Program Director for Strategic Data Acquisition

Cambridge, ON/Remote
Added: March 26, 2024
Spire Global is a space-to-cloud analytics company that owns and operates the largest multi-purpose constellation of satellites. Its proprietary data and algorithms provide the most advanced maritime, aviation, and weather tracking in the world. In addition to its constellation, Spire’s data infrastructure includes a global ground station network and 24/7 operations that provide real-time global coverage of every point on Earth.

Spire operates a hybrid-work business model and this position will need to work from our Cambridge, ON office 3x per week.

Join Our Mission

We invite a visionary Program Director for Strategic Data Acquisition to join our ranks, reporting directly to the CEO. This pivotal role demands as much a strategic thinker as a meticulous implementer, adept at spearheading and flawlessly executing initiatives to discover, secure, and integrate groundbreaking data sources that fuel our growth and enhance our data portfolio.

You will navigate a program of strategic significance, scouting for and implementing data that not only complements but elevates our existing datasets, and ensuring seamless integration into our Data Vault through partnerships or infrastructural advancements.

Your Role And Impact

As our Program Director, you will embody the spirit of innovation, leadership, and execution, meticulously overseeing every facet of the program—from conception to fruition. Your responsibilities will encompass:

  • Designing and implementing the execution of a comprehensive strategy for data acquisition, emphasizing speed, efficiency, and innovation
  • Fostering global partnerships and deploying diverse infrastructure to enrich our data offerings
  • Engaging closely with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring operational excellence and strategic alignment
  • Managing resources judiciously, adhering to budgets and timelines, and surpassing ambitious targets

Who We Seek

We are in search of a dynamic, proactive leader and doer with a proven track record in delivering strategic, fast-paced programs. You should bring:

  • A hands-on, detail-oriented approach, with experience in handling sensitive elements and developing global partnerships
  • Exceptional relationship-building skills, capable of navigating internal dynamics and external collaborations with finesse
  • A commitment to excellence, with the ability to manage complex budgets, timelines, and resources, achieving results that matter
  • A passion for execution excellence of programs that deliver a real difference

In this role, you will not only oversee the tactical aspects of the program but also inspire and align a diverse team towards a shared vision. You will play a critical role in communicating progress, navigating challenges, and driving strategic discussions that shape the future of Spire Global.

Our Promise

At Spire Global, we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where innovation thrives, and solutions flourish. We believe in the power of data to drive our mission forward, and the need for a multiplicity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to help us chart a course towards a more prosperous, secure, and sustainable world for all.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead development and maintenance of comprehensive program plans to enable appropriate resourcing, execution, monitoring and control
  • Lead a small, dedicated, and tight-knit team
  • Drive and influence on-time, within scope, and within budget delivery of the target program
  • Lead collaboration with finance, procurement, manufacturing and engineering disciplines to manage program deliveries
  • Perform proactive risk management, actively working to mitigate and retire program risks
  • Develop high-level knowledge of Spire RF technology (hardware and software), and data products to coordinate with the relevant internal and external stakeholders, escalating to and working with Spire technical teams and subject matter experts as required
  • Lead development of schedules, scope, risk and cost assessments for new procurement / partnership proposals
  • Influencing skills, establishing and maintaining relationships that promote a successful program outcome

Key Skills

  • Experience in managing complex infrastructure deployment programs
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, or applicable field of study or equivalent work experience
  • Successful track record driving resource, scope, and schedule management across multiple programs simultaneously
  • Self-motivated, hands-on, and proactive with the ability to apply critical and strategic thinking to shape solutions out of complexity
  • Flexible and calm in the face of ambiguity and issues
  • Proven track record of building and leading small, high-performing teams of exceptional, highly motivated individuals
  • Experience interfacing and negotiating directly with third parties (suppliers, partners, etc.)
  • Exceptional communication and leadership skills with the ability to win the confidence of highly skilled engineers and executive staff alike
  • Adept at building consensus across cross-functional teams
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills
  • Strong English language verbal and written communication

Preferred Skills

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) / PRINCE II certification or equivalent
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft products

Spire is Global and our success draws upon the diverse viewpoints, skills and experiences of our employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.

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