Subcontracts Program Manager

Sierra Nevada Corporation Louisville, CO

About the Job

Subcontract Program Manager (SPM) will report to the CRS2 Program Planning and Control (PP&C) Deputy Director. The SPM works as part of a collaborative Subcontract Management Team (SMT) including a subcontract administrator, budget manager, multiple cognizant engineers and technical personnel, and quality assurance personnel. The team is tasked with managing a large, complex and time-critical flight software development subcontract in support of the NASA CRS2 program. The SMT’s overarching responsibility is to manage the subcontractor’s performance, risks, budget and schedule, ensuring that the subcontractor complies with all aspects of the subcontract and delivers software products that fully comply with all technical and performance requirements, and are delivered on time and on budget. Detailed responsibilities are provided below.

The Space Systems business area, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about SSG



  • Manage subcontractor program execution in a collaborative SMT environment.

  • Manage subcontract budgets and costs.

  • Identify, mitigate and resolve risks/issues to ensure all deliverable software products meet cost, schedule and technical requirements.

  • Serve as a liaison between the CRS2 Program and Supply Chain, Software Quality Assurance, and other functional organizations of Integrated Supply Chain Management in order to ensure subcontract products are delivered to the CRS2 Program within budget and on schedule.

  • As required, assist with developing, maintaining and updating subcontract requirements, Statements of Work (SOWs), terms and conditions, milestone payment plans, data deliverable requirements, and project/deliverable schedules.

  • Oversee management, storage and evaluation of data deliverables for compliance and completeness. Coordinate internal approvals of data deliverables.

  • As applicable, analyze critical cost, technical and schedule aspects of subcontractor change proposals paying special attention to price and any exceptions to terms, SOW, requirements specifications or any other key requirements, and assist in change proposal negotiations.

  • Evaluate and monitor supplier performance via methods such as on-site visits, program reviews, objective performance measurements, milestone achievement criteria, project schedule tracking, earned value tracking, risk burndown tracking, specification/SOW TBD/TBR tracking and other methods as needed.

  • Support and provide inputs to internal and external reporting requirements as required.

  • Respond to changing needs of operations, engineering and business management within the CRS2 Program by negotiating adjustments in supplier plans and delivery dates as required.

  • Assist in analysis of any invoice discrepancies, accounts payable issues or company cash flow challenges associated with subcontractor payments.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited University or College

  • 5+ years of management experience in efforts similar to those outlined above.  Relevant experience may include program/project management, engineering, operations or technical management, subcontracts/supplier management, supply chain management or business management

  • Due to the specialized nature of this position, experience in management of software development programs is highly desired


  • MBA or technical/business related master’s degree combined with technical or operations related undergraduate degree

  • 10+ years of supply chain/operations/engineering-focused program/project management in avionics and software products, including areas such as spacecraft flight software, guidance, navigation and control, or related technical fields

  • Experience with Risk and Opportunity Management, EVMS, Material Sale Forecasts, ERP/MRP, Gate Review

  • Minimum Fundamental Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as stated in SNC’s Responsibility Matrix


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $117,040.88 - $160,931.20

SNC offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

SNC offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

Sierra Nevada Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status

pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.