1+ months

Sr Technical Program Manager , Kuiper Government Solutions

Arlington, VA 22201


Job summary
Project Kuiper is an initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world. The mission of Project Kuiper€™s Government Solutions (KGS) is to leverage Kuiper and provide high speed, low latency, and secure satellite broadband services to United States and allied government customers.

We have an immediate opening for a Sr. Technical Program Manager to support the Kuiper Government Solutions (KGS) team focusing on U.S. Government customers such as NASA, DoD, and National Security As a Sr. Technical Program Manager, you will work with technical and senior leadership across the program to ensure Kuiper government systems meet the highest engineering standards. In addition to building and maintaining processes of the Kuiper Government Systems team, you will be responsible for establishing and tracking milestones and project priorities to maximize development efficiency, identify project critical paths, and ensure supplier/partner products are delivered on time and to Kuiper specifications. You will work in a collaborative, analytical, and fast-paced environment and must be comfortable interacting with highly technical cross-functional teams. The candidate must have strong business judgment, dive deep into data, have strong writing skills, and be comfortable leading executive-level reviews.

The best candidates will have deep understanding of aerospace/satellite and systems engineering. Candidates with demonstrated experience within deployed satellite telecommunications services will be preferred.

This position will be based in in the Northern Virginia area.

Key job responsibilities
This role is responsible for defining Project Kuiper€™s government communication systems from a wide variety of government customer ground, air, maritime, and space based users via Kuiper€™s Low Earth Orbit satellites. This is a unique opportunity to assist in the development of a global broadband communication system. You will work closely with the commercial satellite and consumer terminal teams to organize resources, schedule milestones, and track achievements in the group. In addition, you will be responsible for identifying project dependencies and critical paths in government systems development.
On a day-to-day basis, you will coordinate among teams and subcontractors to surface and solve the critical risks to the programs you are assigned to lead. In this role you will:

  • Propose and drive adoption of improvements to the Kuiper program for government users
  • Act as the point of contact for Kuiper Government Satellite Systems with external teams, partners, and subcontractors to identify and mitigate programmatic risks in meeting shared goals
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to executive management on the plans, status, and critical issues. Escalate urgent issues appropriately and drive them to closure in a timely manner
  • Document trade studies for intra-team review for stakeholder buy-in
  • Establish subcontract management and vendor deliveries.
  • Organize regular project and team meetings, focusing design teams on program milestones and unblock technical issues by pulling together the multi-functional technical expertise to resolve issues
  • Set agenda, communicate meeting notes and actions, follow up with responsible owners
  • Develop, track, & communicate project schedules and achievements
  • Drive engineering project execution, develop project plans, make technical trade-offs, manage risks, track and report on status, and resolve blocking issues
  • Work closely with partner organizations (including government agencies) to develop work packages and ensure that all teams have what they need to be successful
  • Establish goals and metrics to identify opportunities to deliver customer solutions to cost, performance and schedule requirements.
This position is in Arlington, VA. Some travel, primarily domestic, will be required.

Security Clearance: Candidates must have recent or active US Government security clearance of TS/SCI (with polygraph preferred) and be able to maintain a TS/SCI security clearance, so you must be a U.S. citizen for consideration.


  • Bachelor€™s Degree in Engineering, Physics, or related field, or equivalent experience
  • 8+ years engineering leadership experience with aerospace or satellite and ground-based development technologies
  • 8+ years of project/program management experience.
  • Experience with schedule tracking tools such as MS Project, SmartSheet, and Jira.


  • Master's or PhD degree in Engineering, Physics, or related field
  • Proven track record of delivering results for large, cross-functional initiatives while managing multiple competing priorities
  • Track record of successfully delivering complete systems (hardware, firmware, software, algorithms) on time, to scope, with high quality
  • High sense of ownership, urgency, and drive; resourceful, and able to deliver results with minimal direction
  • Technical fluency; comfort understanding and discussing technology concepts, schedule trade-offs and new opportunities with technical and non-technical team members
  • Experience demonstrating judgment, and proven ability to lead and influence others
  • Strong organization, communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to facilitate and align roadmaps and manage disparate tasks with varying priorities.
  • Experienced in DoD/IC/NASA Satellite development projects.
  • Expertise in Space Segment level trade studies.
  • Technical background in multiple satellite subsystems
  • Ability to negotiate and resolve conflict smoothly and without formal authority (influence without authority).
  • Solid ability to identify and mitigate risk with senior business leadership.
  • Strong time and task management skills with consistent attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working with government agencies.
  • Strong time and task management skills with consistent attention to detail.

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us.


Posted: 2022-05-20 Expires: 2022-07-21

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