Technical Program Manager (TESAT)
Herndon, VA 
Posted 25 days ago
Job Description

This position offers FULLY REMOTE opportunities for candidates across the United States. Preferred locations: Arlington VA, Denver CO, Houston, TX or Merritt Island, FL

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc offers advanced solutions to meet the most complex U.S. defense, security, space, and intelligence requirements. Celebrating over 50 years in the US, we remain a trusted government partner, leveraging world-class satellite, laser communication, rotor and fixed wing solutions to help our national security, defense and space focused customers meet their missions.

Airbus U.S. looks to employ a commitment driven team, dedicated to enabling our customer's mission success. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment and a welcoming and engaging staff. With competitive compensation and superior employee benefits, as well as a commitment to fostering individual career growth, Airbus U.S. is the place where top talent wants to work.

Position Summary:

TESAT Government, an Airbus U.S. Space & Defense division, is looking for Technical Program Manager to manage one or more of the Optical Communications programs. TESAT Government, along with its parent, Airbus U.S., is a leading supplier of spacecraft equipment, technology and solutions to U.S. customers focusing on optical (i.e., laser) communications. This role consists of program management, planning, budgeting, scheduling, coordination, and reporting to ensure that program(s) and tasks are executed to meet cost, schedule and performance commitments. The individual must work closely with the engineering team to coordinate technical expectations and deliver results for assigned program(s) as well as other functional areas of Airbus U.S. to ensure that contractual, supply chain, finance, export, compliance, and legal requirements are satisfied. Additionally, the Technical Program Manager will interface directly with the customer and key subcontractors to execute the program(s).

Position Responsibilities:

Technical Program Management: 70%

  • Serve as program manager and/or deputy program manager for identified space equipment program(s).
  • Manage assigned program(s) to ensure key objectives are met including technical, cost, and schedule for medium dollar amount/medium complexity/medium team size program(s).
  • Develop project plans, program financial budgets, program schedules, risk registers and more to effectively manage assigned program(s).
  • Develop detailed Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and track and manage project costs against the program spend rate baseline.
  • Develop program schedules that identify major milestones, internal and external task dependencies, critical paths, and resources allocation requirements.
  • Manage and update project risks through a risk management plan that identifies, assesses, documents, and mitigates program risks.
  • Provide daily project direction and support by effectively communicating and coordinating with team members (engineering, manufacturing, and support functions) to plan, update, and execute program plans against cost and schedule, with consideration to risks and their mitigation, within the program budget.
  • Create and submit status reports, briefings, summaries, technical reviews, revenue/budget reports, cost/benefit analysis, risk management and other documents as necessary. Provide current project and program updates via Program Management Reviews to senior management and team members to accurately report and reflect status of program(s).
  • Proactively track leading indicators, identify issues or delays, and recommend corrective actions as needed.
  • Provide leadership with recommendations and implementation strategies to ensure project and program costs remain within the budget and schedule.
  • Coordinate and manage projects and ensure Contract/Subcontract Data Requirements List (CDRLs/SDRLs) are completed.
  • Manage internal, external, and international organizations to ensure strict adherence to timelines.
  • Manage milestone progress and invoice for work accomplished.

Stakeholder Management: 20%

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with customers, other external stakeholders, and internal stakeholders, working in a collaborative partnership to ensure successful program execution and business growth. This includes working with internal support functions across the company - finance, contracts, compliance, security, export, configuration management, etc.
  • Provide direct management of partners and affiliates, including program definition and scope, program reviews, deliverables, schedule and milestones management, risk management, payments, invoices.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with subcontractors, suppliers, Airbus affiliates and other external stakeholders.

Additional Responsibilities: 10%

  • Coordinate with finance, contracting, supply chain, compliance and security team members to ensure program(s) are being managed per financial, contractual and compliance requirements, within the program's scope and budget according to approved schedule.
  • Apply guidance and redirection as required to ensure program(s) stay on track and meet expectations.
  • Support the development and generations of proposals to capture new business opportunities.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:


  • Required: Bachelor's degree in Aerospace, Systems, Electrical, Mechanical or other STEM related scientific field.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is desired.


  • A minimum of 7 years with a Bachelor's degree or 5 years with a Masters.
  • Experience in technical program management of teams located in various areas.
  • Experience managing projects and teams, for space flight hardware or technologies, for U.S. Government or commercial space customers, with successful execution (cost, schedule, performance).
  • Experience with hardware production is desired.
  • Experience working with subcontractors and supply chain teams highly desired.


  • Required: None
  • Preferred: PMP

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

  • Understanding of space systems, technologies, and products.
  • Experience and familiarity with U.S. government contracting practices.
  • Knowledge of program management metrics, tools, and reporting methods.

Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Presentation, Proficiency in Other Languages):

  • Demonstrated strong and effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Systems-thinker, entrepreneurial mindset and ability to perform in a fast-paced environment with complex issues and competing priorities.
  • Excellent listening, comprehension, interpersonal, communication (verbal/writing), skills as responsible for daily communication in all forms.
  • Excellent analytical and presentation skills; clear, concise, accuracy, and commitment to follow-up.
  • Collaborative spirit, diplomacy skills with inclusive and personable approach.
  • Professional demeanor, with ability to effectively engage and partner with stakeholders at all levels, internally and externally, from support functions to engineers to executive leadership to senior government officials.
  • Ability to work in a diverse, geographically distributed team to achieve successful program execution.

Technical Systems Proficiency:

  • Excellent PC skills, specifically Microsoft Office 365 primarily Word, Excel, Teams, SharePoint and Project.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce, Costpoint, and Deltek systems a plus.

Travel Required:

  • 20% domestic and international travel.


  • U.S. Citizenship


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance required.

Nature of Contacts:

Role includes involved, influence and negotiation type communication with internal and external parties on a frequent basis.

Physical Requirements:

  • Vision: able to see and read computer screen and other electronic equipment with screens, able to read documents.
  • Hearing: able to hear to participate in conversations in person and via teleconference or phone and to hear sounds including safety warnings or alarms.
  • Speaking: able to speak in conversations, deliver information and participate in communications.
  • Equipment Operation (personal computer, telephone, copies, fax machine, and related office equipment and using electronic identification card to enter building floors and internal doors): able to operate most office and personal electronic equipment.
  • Carrying: able to carry documents, electronic equipment and/or supplies up to 40lbs/9kg.
  • Lifting: able to lift documents, electronic equipment and/or supplies up to 40lbs/9kg.
  • Pushing / Pulling: able to push/pull items in office areas.
  • Sitting: able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on computer.
  • Squatting / Kneeling: able to occasionally squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items shelved on bottom shelves.
  • Standing: able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Walking: able to walk through office and outside areas including uneven surfaces.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Airbus provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or other legally protected status. In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. Airbus expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered. Airbus does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Employment with Airbus is at will, meaning either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice. Airbus reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

By submitting your resume or application you are consenting to Airbus using and storing information about you for monitoring purposes relating to your application or future employment. This information will only be used by Airbus. Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or religious belief.

Airbus is, and always has been, committed to equal opportunities for all. As such, we will never ask for any type of monetary exchange in the frame of a recruitment process. Any impersonation of Airbus to do so should be reported to

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Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, political affiliation or belief.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
per year
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
7+ years
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