Nanoracks Hiring in Houston
Position:Senior Mission Manager
Reports To:Director of Payloads
Location:Webster, TX
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About Nanoracks

Nanoracks is a cutting-edge aerospace company focusing on providing commercial access to space, currently on the International Space Station (ISS), suborbital vehicles, expendable launch vehicles, and more! We have sent over 1,000 payloads to the Space Station, kickstarted the CubeSat deployment revolution, and have customers in over 30 nations.

Since 2009, Nanoracks has created and expanded new in-space markets and has been the world leader for ushering in a new era of in-space services. Currently, Nanoracks is working to build commercial space stations (“Outposts”) from the spent upper stages of launch vehicles in orbit. This technology will enable spent upper stages to be used as crewed and un-crewed space stations for various purposes and customers—both civil and commercial.

Nanoracks will provide and facilitate an ecosystem of interoperable technologies and distributed free flying space stations. You can read our approach here.

We hope you’ll apply to join our team. We work with leaders from all over the world, including NASA, universities and government centers both foreign and domestic, and commercial companies. We’re fast, fun, passionate, and love sending things to space.

What We're Looking For

Smart, talented, critical thinkers with an ability to handle responsibility in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. You will own your projects and be results oriented. Nanoracks is a small company (70+ awesome people), but we interface with much larger organizations from around the world.  You will need to be able to work in small and large groups as well as simultaneously execute an entire project on time.

Nanoracks is looking for a Senior Mission Manager, in Webster, TX who will be focused on the company’s growing launch service offerings, ranging from small satellites to pressurized and un-pressurized microgravity payloads. The Senior Mission Manager will manage and oversee the launch campaign of customer payloads from contract signing to in-space operation, to include contract execution, performance to cost and schedule as well as serve as primary customer interface. In this capacity he/she shall manage multifunctional Nanoracks team and Nanoracks Subcontractors or interface with associate Subcontractors as required to complete contracts under their supervision.

Senior Mission Manager


The ideal candidate will exhibit critical thinking with an ability to handle responsibility in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. Candidate will demonstrate ability of a rapid uptake of new concepts, product, and company offerings, he/she will achieve excellent business understanding and inclusive leadership.



  • Single point of responsibility for execution, cost, schedule, and performance on the contract. Deliver to pre-assigned profit targets.
  • Serve as primary interface to customer payload teams from contract signing to in-space operation, and payload return as relevant to mission objectives.
  • Manage and maintain customer contracts once signed through execution in partnership with Contract management organization.
  • Develop and manage launch campaign and payload-specific schedules and budgets.
  • Serve as primary interface to counterparts of launch vehicles and next-level integrators on behalf of the customer throughout the payload integration process. Support and assure connectivity of engineering teams among companies to assure seamless integration and satisfaction of requirements.
  • By working with systems engineering team, consolidate and communicate pertinent payload data and requirements to corresponding functional organizations responsible for contract execution.
  • Partner with Configuration Management and corresponding functional organizations to generate and maintain relevant documentation in support of efficient data collection and requirement verification.
  • Manage the engineering team responsible for payload fit-checks, hardware testing, and integration activities in the field.
  • Conduct and preside in all internal and external reviews. Reviews include but are not limited to the reviews of customer’s payload data, contract requirements and verification, documentation, and compliance data for Nanoracks as well as its launch vehicle partners or their subcontractors.
  • Support business development & sales teams, including brokering of technical reviews, leading feasibility assessments, major proposal efforts, drafting statements of work, assisting in contract formulation and milestone development, etc.
  • Sponsor and Support internal engineering team as necessary to facilitate launch of customer payloads, defining requirements, budgets, schedule for R&D projects, etc.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience (project management, project engineering, engineering, etc…)
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience in mission management in the aerospace industry.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering (e.g., mechanical, electrical, aerospace, chemical), hard sciences (e.g., physics, materials science), computer science/engineering, or mathematics from an accredited university.
  • Experience in leading multifunctional teams, proven success operating in matrix environment.
  • Good understanding of finance and proven experience in managing to financial targets of programs.
  • Demonstrated success managing large projects or programs, working on important organizational initiatives and/or delivering results to the business.
  • Strong business acumen and strategic thinking.
  • Experience in participating in program captures and bid reviews.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills for both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% (launch sites, customer facilities, NASA/Government centers (both foreign & domestic).
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to support launch & integration operations (to include weekends and/or holidays, as needed).


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct experience working with CubeSats, Small Satellites, or any other platforms or payloads designed for operation in space (design, build, test, analysis, launch, operation, etc.).
  • Familiarity with biological or chemical processes, in basic laboratory principles and techniques, or the ability to quickly gain knowledge with biological or chemical processes.
  • Experience working with government and commercial aerospace customers.
  • Familiarity with the aerospace industry, including launch vehicles and/or payload development.
  • Ability to understand basic technical features of the products (structural, thermal, orbital mechanics).
  • Understanding of United States export control laws and regulations.
  • Understanding of United States spectrum coordination laws and regulations.


EEO Statement:

It is our policy to select, place, train and promote the most qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and without regard to non-work related factors such as race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran stats, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, genetic information, or other protected status. When applicable, our policy of non-discrimination applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, placement, lay-off, compensation, termination, reduction in force and benefits.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general content and requirements for performance of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter the scope of work within the framework of this job description at any time without prior notice.


Competitive with local and industry standard.

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