Senior Program Manager - Design & Development

MDA Space
Brampton, ON/Remote
Added: April 4, 2024
Building the space between proven and possible, MDA Space (TSX:MDA) is a trusted mission partner to the global space industry. A robotics, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 55-year+ story of world firsts and more than 450 missions, MDA Space is a global leader in communications satellites, Earth and space observation, and space exploration and infrastructure.

The MDA Space team of more than 3,000 space experts in Canada, the US and the UK has the knowledge and know-how to turn an audacious customer vision into an achievable mission – bringing to bear a one-of-a-kind mix of experience, engineering excellence and wide-eyed wonder that’s been in our DNA since day one.

For those who dream big and push boundaries on the ground and in the stars to change the world for the better, we’ll take you there.

The Position

As Senior Program Manager, you will manage programs for domestic and international customers that include opportunities related to new R&D, servicing the International Space Station, commercial space companies and deep space exploration.


  • Lead multi-disciplinary program teams to meet technical, schedule and cost requirements. Programs are of a cost-plus and/or firm price nature
  • Identify and manage customer and program risks and opportunities including prioritization, mitigation, escalation, and resolution
  • Negotiate, discuss and reach an agreement with the customer with respect to the key requirements and objectives of the program
  • Maintain hands-on control of the program through a process of regular program reviews, design reviews and audits, staff meetings and other program meetings
  • Maintain program visibility at the customer level through regular technical, management, and progress meetings.
  • Liaise with customers to maintain effective relationships to instill and enhance the customer’s confidence in MDA’s quality systems and products
  • Develop/maintain a cadre of capable subcontractors and suppliers in conjunction with the supply chain that will ensure meeting supply requirements throughout the life of the program
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with Quality Assurance, Finance, Project Planning and Control, Contracts, Engineering and Manufacturing and New Business
  • Demonstrate leadership across the organization; promoting common core values


  • Minimum 10 years Program Management experience is mandatory, including leading multi-disciplinary teams
  • Working in small and medium sized enterprises
  • Minimum 10 years direct experience in design and development of space flight, military or other safety/mission-critical hardware and/or software
  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in engineering or technical field
  • Experience in program planning and execution, design & development, manufacture, assembly, integration and test, operations, and/or maintenance (e.g. robotic systems, spacecraft subsystems)
  • Strong knowledge of program management best practices along with experience with MS Project, earned value methodology, negotiations, risk management, contract management, subcontract management, financials and ITAR regulations Areas of specific knowledge that are desired include: electro-mechanical or robotic systems, safety-critical space, aerospace, military applications, systems engineering, embedded systems, software, simulations, mission operations
  • Experience with government space agency programs
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Team player demonstrating a high level of integrity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Conflict management skills in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Results-oriented and exhibits excellent critical thinking
  • Strives to provide customers/clients with personalized and efficient service
  • Ability to cope with significant workload peaks
  • Ability to travel as required

Comments/Special Considerations

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the reliability status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and ITAR .

We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

MDA is proud to provide accommodation(s) during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodations, please indicate this on your application/cover letter and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.

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