Vice President Technology

Sierra Nevada Corporation Louisville, CO

About the Job

The VP of Technology acts as a Chief Technology Officer for the Business Area. As Chief Technology Officer, you’ll support the United States government and its allies to solve some of the most complex engineering challenges while providing expert technical guidance and oversight for our products and programs. Your knowledge of civil, commercial, and national security space will drive the success of our technical strategic goals and the future of SNC. Your proven ability to develop and execute strategic technical roadmap objectives for a highly diverse customer set, while making sure resource allocation decisions maximize a return on investment is paramount to our strategic position in the market as well as in the Aerospace and Defense industry.

At SNC’s Space Systems Group (SSG) we are not only the creator of the Dream Chaser® spacecraft, but also the designer and manufacturer of rocket engines and components, systems that sustain life in deep space, as well as systems and satellites that improve life here on Earth. The work of our Space Systems team not only supports the U.S. government (including NASA), but also commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about SSG

As VP of Technology, you will:

  • Develop vision, strategic plan, and short-term and long-term goals for our technical business objectives; lead Business Area leaders in formulating, maintaining, and updating product and technology roadmaps consistent with SNC and Business Area/Unit strategic objectives
  • Work synergistically with business development leadership and capture leads to provide technical support to new and continuing pursuits and proposals; provides oversight and leadership during the capture phase of a program
  • Maintain oversight of all technical matters in support of the ITCO and the exportability, technical determination and release ability of their business areas products and services
  • Support pursuing new technology program opportunities with other customers/partners
  • Support the convergence on the correct technical solution for the each program opportunity
  • Assess competitors’ technologies and technical capabilities
  • Provide oversight of the preparation of white papers, ROMs and responses to customer requests for information in support of business development
  • Plan and coordinate the execution of new technology development into new business / product pursuits
  • Responsible for the business area and unit Internal Research and Development (IRaD) planning, budgeting and IRaD program prioritization
  • Provide oversight of IRaD programs to assure the program team achieves the desired program objectives
  • Work across the enterprise with the other business areas to avoid duplication of IRaDs and finding synergies between business areas technologies
  • Support the VP of Business Development return on investment (ROI) analysis of the business area’s strategic products and programs
  • Oversee patent and intellectual property portfolio (joint responsibility with SNC legal) - Responsibilities include identifying new patent opportunities, supporting the patent preparation and submission process and providing input and recommendation on the maintenance of existing patents
  • Research, identify, and provide assessments of any business area potential technology acquisitions
  • Support and provide independent programs peer reviews internal and external to business area
  • Attend and support the quarterly VP BD/Technology meetings
  • Provide a professional public presence


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Engineering, or related field
  • 15+ years’ experience in aerospace industry or NASA
  • 2+ years’ experience at a commercial space business
  • Experience in human spaceflight, either launch or orbital
  • Excellent customer relations skills at a senior level
  • Frequent and experienced speaker at aerospace conferences
  • Familiarity with commercial space financing
  • Knowledge, industry relationships and a high degree of technical and technology competence as well as business and management experience in the Federal Government contracting space
  • Broad knowledge of Engineering, Business Development, Operations, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing methods, and organizational structure
  • Experience managing IRAD projects
  • Ability to travel to other aerospace and customer locations
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret with SCI Eligibility U.S. Security Clearance is required


  • Participation in mergers and acquisitions, and/or commercial fundraising
  • Active Top Secret with SCI Eligibility U.S. Security Clearance  

Important Notice:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret  with SCI eligibility U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-U.S. Citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance.  The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.

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: $238,949.24 - $328,555.19

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.