Iridium Satellite

Project Manager

Job Locations US-VA-McLean
Job ID 2022-2290
Worker Category
Regular Full-Time[F]

Company Overview

Aireon has deployed the world’s first and global space-based air traffic surveillance system, which is revolutionizing the entire aviation industry.  The Aireon system provides real-time aircraft monitoring spanning never before covered areas of the planet, including remote, oceanic and polar regions.  Aireon’s receivers are hosted on the Iridium constellation, which consists of 66 operational satellites in low-earth orbit and utilizes a unique cross-linked satellite architecture creating a web of coverage around the world.  The Aireon system enables safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly aviation travel, resulting in significant CO2 emission reductions.  Numerous Air Navigation Service Providers have already signed on as customers and are receiving Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data, including NAV CANADA, NATS (UK), Naviair (Denmark), Enav (Italy), the Irish Aviation Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (South Africa) and more.


We are committed to offering an employment experience and benefits package that enables you and your family to grow with us and to share in our success.

Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

The Project Manager will have an important role in supporting the management, scheduling, coordination, and organization of projects and programs for Aireon’s space-based ADS-B surveillance system. The Project Manager will be a key member of a newly formed interdisciplinary special project office (SPO) that aims to ensure an optimal replacement of the complex Aireon ground system in a cost-effective manner that meets the service objectives of all Aireon customers.  Reporting to the Director, Program Management, the Project Manager will be involved with all phases of the project and program life cycle: Concept, Planning, Execution, and Transfer. Communication and adeptness at working with a variety of personalities and skillsets across multiple organizations and locations will also be a key part of this role.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop and maintain integrated plans to ensure timely monitoring of program and project activities on a regular basis and recommend changes to enhance the program, as appropriate
  • Collaborate with Aireon engineering, safety, and operations teams to develop and execute multi-year projects and programs
  • Work closely with the internal team and development partners to ensure collaboration and successful planning and execution of service design milestones
  • Coordinate and schedule project meetings including taking notes, actions and following up with participants
  • Work with various stakeholders and functional leads to timely identify dependencies, issues, and risks across projects
  • Support the development of processes and procedures for the team to ensure completion of milestones within specific budgets and schedules; assist with team resource planning
  • Liaise with other project managers and partners to ensure the effective and efficient program delivery

Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

Required Qualifications

  • Working experience with project management and product management tools (Jira, Azure DevOps, MS Project, Confluence, etc.)
  • Experience with the development and management of project, program, and Integrated Master Schedules
  • Experience with Agile and traditional project scheduling and tracking processes
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills with ability to proactively build rapport among stakeholders
  • Able to succeed in high-pressure, fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and competitive environment
  • Working experience in Aviation or Aerospace industry a plus
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in project management support role
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • S. Citizenship Required
  • Strong organizational and project management skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Project management certification

About You

You are a self-starter. Sitting and waiting isn’t an option. You take the initiative to make things happen.

You are collaborative. You're a team player who puts the interest of the team above your own. You display a positive attitude, are open and enjoy contributing.

You are a natural leader. No matter where you find yourself, others tend to gather around you, leading to encouragement and mentoring.

Technology is your passion. It doesn’t just provide a paycheck, you are genuinely interested in what you do and the impact that it has on others.

1-3-6-12 Month Plan

In the first month we’ll expect you to…

  • Get onboarded and train with your manager
  • Get acclimated into the role and its matrix function
  • Understand the tools, different stakeholders and customers, and engineering organization
  • Develop working rapport with Aireon’s chief innovation scientist and the special project office team

At 3 months we’ll expect you to…

  • Establish initial performance goals
  • Be knowledgeable of the current system architecture, data delivery methods, and customer base
  • Begin learning the engineering design and development processes
  • Collate presentation materials for senior leadership meetings and assist with capturing and tracking meeting actions

At 6 months we’ll expect you to…

  • Assume responsibility for tracking internal team actions and developing project timelines
  • Assist in team resource planning activities
  • Participate in trade studies and alternatives analyses
  • Coordinate risk management activities related to service development milestones

At 12 months we’ll expect you to…

  • Facilitate collaboration among engineers and other team members
  • Integrate schedules related to service development activities
  • Monitor the progress of multiple project components and identify areas in which the team could be more productive or produce higher quality products or services
  • Assist the teams in meeting deadlines and constantly strive for improvement

About the Team

  • This position is within the Aireon Engineering and Operations Department, which consists of more than 55 employees
  • The position will reside within the Program Management Office (PMO) directorate, which currently has three team members, but will double in size by the end of the year
    • PMO team members operate out of Aireon headquarters in McLean, VA and rely on a flexible, hybrid work model
  • This position will primarily provide project management support to the Aireon Special Project Office
    • The Special Project Office team primarily operates out of Aireon headquarters in McLean, VA
  • These teams stay connected through recurring team meetings, one-on-one meetings, company all-hands meetings, and corporate events.

Perks and Benefits 

  • Premium medical, dental and vision plan
  • Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Retirement 401K plan with Employer Matching
  • Education Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Vacation, Sick Leave, Floating Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Company Sponsored Events
  • Employee Referral Program



Aireon requires all employees/new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to starting work. Aireon is an equal opportunity employer and will consider requests for exemption from this policy as a reasonable accommodation where it can do so absent undue hardship, consistent with federal, state, and local law.


Aireon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.



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