Payload Project Manager

HOUSTON, TX

OVERVIEW: Axiom Space is the commercial leader in human spaceflight and on-orbit research & manufacturing services, steered by a team of experts and guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. Axiom provides unprecedented access to the International Space Station today while building and operating its successor – the world’s first international commercial space station – to improve life on Earth and foster possibilities beyond it.  Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Payload Project Manager who is preoccupied with big questions: Where do we go from here? What are the limits of innovation and exploration? How do we continue to evolve as a species?

SUMMARY: The Payload Project Manager will be responsible for managing the project development activities of Axiom in-space manufacturing and research client payloads to successfully integrate customer internal and external payloads into the International Space Station (ISS) and the commercial Axiom Station.  The ideal candidate will have extensive experience integrating payloads into the ISS following NASA established procedures and guiding both new and experienced users through the process.

Note: Proof of COVID – 19 vaccination status (vaccination card) will be required for employment otherwise a request for medical or religious accommodation is necessary

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

• Represent Axiom Space as the primary company point of contact for the payload client, managing the client relationship and project throughout its entire life cycle

• Developing and documenting a detailed understanding of the client project including overall requirements, success criteria, and constraints

• Establishing and maintaining overall project schedules tracking budgets, key milestones and deliverables  

• Managing all expectations and communication with the client including organization of regular meetings with client to support project development and execution.

• Assisting the client by participating in major payload integration milestones including but not limited to design reviews, operations reviews, flight and ground safety reviews, verification and certification reviews.

• Assisting Axiom in-space manufacturing and research clients in defining and providing various payload data sets including developing necessary safety, logistics, verification and certification documentation.

• Coordinating with engineering team to supply client with Axiom provided hardware and software solutions ensuring that the engineering team is always informed on client and project needs

• Coordinating with operations team to support client development of crew training and mission operations products

• Organize and lead internal payload progress meetings to support payload development schedules, mitigate potential issues and develop customer friendly solutions

• Participate in anomaly resolution when on-orbit anomalies occur during real-time ops

Support proposal development including task/milestone definition and detailed cost/schedule estimates.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

“This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.” 


Education & Experience

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, math or science 

• 5+ years performing Payload Integration, preferably for ISS

• Experienced in customer interfacing role

• Experienced in managing projects of different sizes from start to finish


Essential Functions

Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.

Requirements 

• Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.

• Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.

• Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

 Physical Requirements

• Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).

• Equipment and Machines

• Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Skills

• Highly organized and detail oriented; able to juggle, prioritize, and keep track of multiple tasks and projects.

• Ability to multi-task, work independently with minimal supervision, and make and communicate the rationale behind key decisions in a constantly evolving fast-pace work environment.

• Strong project and time management skills with a high level of intuition and judgment.

• Must have a “can do” attitude – no job is too big or small, problem solver.

• Ability to take on ownership of projects ad hoc and drive them from beginning to end.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

• Self-motivated and proactive; creative mind with an ability to suggest improvements.

• Self-assured and energetic self-starter; proactive about learning and motivated to take on additional responsibilities over time.

•Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to integrate quickly into a small team and represent the company with integrity.

• Professional, confident, driven, and dynamic.

• Passionate about creating an inclusive workplace where people from different backgrounds can succeed.


Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

• Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values

• Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics

• Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity

• Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods

• Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources

• Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-oriented environment


Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.