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Guidance, Navigation, and Control Manager

Axiom Space

Axiom Space

Webster, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, December 8, 2023

OVERVIEW: Axiom Space is the commercial leader in human spaceflight and on-orbit research & manufacturing services, steered by a team of experts and guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. Axiom provides unprecedented access to the International Space Station today while building and operating its successor – the world’s first international commercial space station – to improve life on Earth and foster possibilities beyond it. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic GNC Manager who is preoccupied with big questions: Where do we go from here? What are the limits of innovation and exploration? How do we continue to evolve as a species?

SUMMARY: Our team is looking for a GNC Manager to support the design, development, assembly, integration, test, validation, flight production and operations of our GNC System for Axiom Station modules. We are looking for an individual who will manage, lead, and direct the GNC Team and objectives for mission success. The role requires a strong technical background, people / organizational time management, and adept communication skills.


  • Strategically manage the GNC subsystem in fast-paced environment.
  • Lead, mentor, train, and develop 15+ GNC engineers.
  • Actively manage subsystem schedules, staffing needs, budgets, and deliverables.
  • Accomplish subsystem objectives by managing staff and technical workload.
  • Actively manage subsystem schedules, staffing needs, and budget.
  • Manage the GNC hardware/system requirements, tools, and processes.
  • Manage subsystem suppliers, deliverables, and content.
  • Manage and mitigate system and programmatic level risks.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • 10+ years of experience leading technical teams.
  • Experience in an Engineering Management or Lead Engineer role.
  • Experience in hiring and building a high performing team.
  • Demonstrated leadership for driving issue resolution and mitigating technical risk.
  • Able to work effectively in an Agile / Scrum environment.
  • Ability to motivate and provide clear and concise direction to direct reports.
  • Able to manage project scope and schedule.
  • Experience with simulation and modeling, trajectory development, Monte Carlo analysis, spacecraft control, RPOC/RPOD, navigation filters and hardware, and software tools like Trick, Python, and C++.

Essential Functions

Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.


  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

Physical Requirements

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Equipment and Machines
  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


  • Excellent interpersonal skill
  • Excellent communication skill, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-oriented environment

Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.