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Mission Assurance Manager

Terran Orbital Corporation

Terran Orbital Corporation

Irvine, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2024


Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, a leader in innovation, manufacturing, and operations in the satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast-growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations.

Terran Orbital is seeking an experienced Mission Assurance Manager to join our growing team. Reporting to the Director of Mission Assurance, the Mission Assurance Managers work with a multidisciplinary team, especially program managers and quality assurance, to ensure the successful execution of customer deliverables. The Mission Assurance Managers team with, and provide independent assurance for, the Program Manager to deliver affordable, high-performance space systems that meet internal specifications and customer contract requirements.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate and partner with internal program management, engineering, manufacturing, quality, operations functions, and external customer program management to ensure program performance, quality, cost, and schedule requirements are met
  • Collaborate with Program Managers on customer meetings, notifications, and interface
  • Actively participate in design, manufacturing, test and other readiness reviews and evaluations
  • Perform proposal reviews and lead the execution of mission and product assurance customer requirements
  • Provide leadership to identify, evaluate, and monitor potential issues and risks independent of program management, engineering, manufacturing, and operations
  • Participate in Material Review Board, Engineering Review Board and Failure Review Board activities as required
  • Track non-conformance status to ensure notification, disposition and closure prior to program delivery
  • Perform internal acceptance reviews to ensure modules are acceptable for delivery to programs
  • May lead Mission Assurance team including reliability engineers, parts engineering and technical subject matter experts
  • Develop reliability analyses and failure analyses as needed to improve design, production, and support program deliverables
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualification And Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline or relevant technical discipline (e.g., math, physics, chemistry, etc.) or engineering Associates degree with at least 8 years of aerospace Mission Assurance experience
  • 8+ years of experience total, 3-5 years of experience in a key Mission Assurance or Product Assurance role
  • Experience in one or more of the following disciplines: Quality Assurance, System Safety Engineering, Reliability Engineering, or Parts, Materials and Processes Engineering
  • Knowledge of Quality Management Systems and processes
  • Demonstrated teamwork with strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to communicate across organizational boundaries and levels

Additional Differentiators

  • Bachelor's degree in an electrical engineering or EEE discipline
  • Master’s degree in engineering, physical sciences, or business administration
  • 5+ years of Mission Assurance experience in aerospace industry during the PDR/CDR phase of a program
  • Experience with Mission Assurance and Quality-related industry and government standards
  • Experience with aerospace customers and their mission/product assurance practices
  • Concept-to-launch experience with one or more satellite missions
  • Understanding of satellites, space sensors, and ground systems used for space assets


  • 100% Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Employee Equity Incentive Program
  • 401(k) Match
  • Unlimited PTO

Salary Range $150,000-$215,000

Your actual level and base salary will be determined case-by-case and may vary based on the job-related qualification, knowledge, skills, education, and experience. In addition to base salary, we offer equity for each employee, 100% covered medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) match, unlimited flex time off, covered life insurance, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, employee referrals, and lots of swag!

About Terran Orbital

Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. Learn more at www.terranorbital.com

Physical Demands

An employee must meet the physical demands described to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. In performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to sit or stand for long durations of time, in addition to bending, reaching, and walking. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. This position is generally sedentary, with substantial computer usage.

Work Environment

The job operates in a professional office environment but in a manufacturing company. This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and scanners.


To comply with US Government space technology export regulations, the applicant must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the US Department of State. In addition, please note that this position may require a current United States National Security clearance or eligibility for such a clearance.

Terran Orbital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected].