Program Manager

    • Job Tracking ID: KDRSS-333684
    • Job Location: Wallops Island, VA
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 04/14/2022
    • Years of Experience: 15+
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Job Description

The Program Manager role includes leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams in the development thru launch of Sounding Rocket systems. The individual will be responsible for interfacing with the Sounding Rocket and Launch functional capabilities, numerous suppliers and teammates and within the Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Systems (KDRSS) organization to build their leadership and technical teams. In addition to managing the execution (technical, cost, schedule) of the current portfolio backlog, there is a new business component to the position interacting with a range of government and commercial customers to include NASA.

The Program Manager is a senior level manager within the company who has a minimum of fifteen (15) years experience, including seven (7) years of demonstrated management experience or project level management in major systems. The program manager must have good understanding of the project management process, have strong communication and customer service skills and be able to motivate their team(s). The Program Manager should be good with budget and funding calculations and must possess analytical skills.  The Program Manager is involved in all stages of a project or program ensuring success in the planning, scheduling, implementation and tracking process for assigned tasks.

The position requires a person with domain knowledge in Ballistic Missile and/or Sounding Rocket systems and the development experience to take ideas to flight hardware on short timelines. Clear and concise, written and oral communication of complex subjects to Kratos executive leadership and all levels of customer program management is required.



  • Overall technical, cost, and schedule responsibility for program-related activities to include delivery of services and the design, development, fabrication, assembly, integration, demonstration, and test of Sounding Rocket systems.
  • Manages employees and managers performing team leadership activities in the area of team planning, management, and execution.
  • Develops and executes integrated plans and guides the development of team business and technical strategies, goals, objectives.
  • Acquires resources for organizational activities, provides management of suppliers and leads process improvements.
  • Implements the KDRSS command media and best practices throughout the organization, including safety, risk/issue/opportunity, technical performance, and change control management, among other disciplines.
  • Ensures program planning and monitoring activities and performance is in accordance with contractual obligations and specified ISO, CMMI, ITIL, Earned Value or their quality and financial control processes. 
  • Responsible for development and maintenance of an Integrated Master Schedule and Integrated Master Plan.
  • Develops and maintains relationships and partnerships with customers, suppliers, stakeholders, peers, partners, management and direct reports.
  • Supports development and implementation of proposals, statements of work, strategic planning, campaign and business development strategies in pursuit of new business.
  • Manages, develops and motivates employees and mid-level team leadership.


  • Team Building
  • Personnel Management
  • Change Management
  • Conflict Resolution



  • Yes



  • A program manager is responsible for running complex programs and projects with activities to include:
    • Planning and establishing project goals and milestones.
    • Clearly defining requirements and scope.
    • Risk management.
    • Defining resources and schedule for implementation of the program.
    • Detect and resolve project issues effectively and efficiently.
    • Integrate project teams and managing conflicts within the varying skill sets.
    • Perform team assessments and evaluations.
    • Developing and maintaining project related reports an documentation.
    • Identifying and implementing process improvement.
    • Ensuring all activities comply with company standards and procedures.


This position is contingent upon contract award which is expected early 2022.

Questions and correspondence related to this opportunity should be directed to:




Experience and Skills

The Program Manager shall be knowledgeable of overall organization, direction, and requirements of the contract efforts. Experience in interfacing directly with the designated government or commercial customer representatives and supervising various task order activities is required.


  • Must show completion of a full four year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors (BA/BS) or higher degree in business, management, engineering, or science.  An advanced MA/MS degree may be substituted for two years of overall experience.
  • BA/BS with 15 years of experience, MA/MS with 12 years of experience or a PhD with 10 years of experience
  • Experience working Space technology development programs in a rapid development environment
  • 5+ years of experience with leadership role in space systems design, architecture definition, and functional analysis
  • May require up to 25% travel to support technical meetings, design reviews, other reviews & meetings and launch operations.

Preferred Qualifications (Desired Skills/Experience)

  • Experience with system integration (hardware, firmware, software).
  • Experience in Satellite or Space Programs.
  • Experience working with suppliers.
  • Experience in the implementation and use of Program Management Best Practices,
  • Experience developing and managing strong relationships with partners (internal & external) and government customers and representatives.
  • Experience interfacing with senior and executive leadership.



The employee will likely be placed in an office.  The work environment characteristics are representative of those of an employee encounters while performing essential functions of the job in a typical office/workstation situation.  Able to work sitting or standing at desk and operate a computer via standard input devices such as using a keyboard and reading information on a monitor.

Job Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
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