Project Manager

EL SEGUNDO, CA (Remote considered) | FULL-TIME

Principal Responsibilities

Cambium is dedicated to the development of next generation, high-performance advanced materials needed across land, air, sea and space, for defense and commercial applications.

There is a need for new material solutions that either enable products to be made better, faster, or cheaper. For example, the defense industrial base is seeing a generational shift from large, complex, manned platforms to autonomous, networked systems built around massed production resulting in the emergence of new platforms like UAVs supported by lightweighting capabilities. The emergence of hypersonics is challenging both the performance of materials needed to withstand extreme temperatures and their resulting supply chains. Commercial sectors from space exploration to renewable energy likewise have unique material challenges. Simply put, each requires material solutions and resulting supply chains that enable products to be made easier, faster, and cheaper. Cambium’s mission is to advance these solutions.

Cambium’s innovation platform is vertically integrated to enable rapid development of solutions, from computational material discovery at the front-end through to rapid prototyping and eventual domestic production of advanced composites.  To do this, Cambium leverages state-of-the-art advances in every field of relevance, from biological, chemical and material discovery, through to advanced fabrication of composite structures. Its early product pipeline, ranges from supporting the development of hypersonic flight vehicles to enhanced survivability unmanned aerial vehicles to laser-protective eyewear and optics. For example, its activities in thermal protection are designed to better protect various hardware against extreme conditions such as heat, fire and rapid-heating impacts, and from severe aerodynamic heating and pressure loads experienced during flight.

With its newly completed $19.7M Series A round and supported by nearly $30M in various multi-year DoD contracts, Cambium is rapidly building out its team, pilot-scale facilities, and associated commercial capabilities. Its team is growing to around 35 this year and to 50 by the end of 2025. In April, the company will move into a new 25,000 square feet HQ in El Segundo, CA where R&D is predominantly located and where various pilot manufacturing lines will be constructed. Additionally, it has over 10,000 square feet at the Mojave Air and Space Port, CA for rapid prototyping and live demonstrations.

Cambium is positioned for significant growth and impact in various sectors that employ high-performance advanced materials for a wide range of defense and commercial markets. As the company continues to expand its research and development efforts, Cambium is poised to shape the future of materials engineering, driving progress towards more resilient, efficient, and environmentally conscious hardware solutions.

Visit Cambium to learn more about the company and its team.

The Project Manager will oversee government programs, planning, directing, and controlling activities to ensure program objectives and customer requirements are achieved from pre-award to completion. The role will also involve scoping new programs including writing proposals and statements of work. You will be responsible for customer interface and communication to program teams. You will interface with all aspects of the company, including production, engineering, sales, accounting, executive management, and government customers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Own the budget, schedule, and resource allocation of programs through initiation, planning, execution, and closing of program objectives.
  • Develop detailed project plans, including work breakdown structures and resource breakdown structures.
  • Create integrated master schedules and Gantt charts to track milestones and schedule variance.
  • Manage program resources and track resource hours to budgeted hours.
  • Prepare and present routine status reports and risk assessments to executives and customers.
  • Coordinate with Principal Investigators and Project Accountants regarding technical tasking and financial tracking of existing and future programs.
  • Write proposals and statements of work to achieve the objectives of the program.
  • Maintain project-related records, including contracts and change orders.
  • Coordinate and manage external contractors and consultants.
  • Ensure previous lessons learned are incorporated into future program planning and execution.

Key Requirements

Preferred Qualifications

  • US citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, sciences, business or demonstrated experience. A technical background is desirable.
  • MBA or PMP certification highly preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience in DoD/DoE-related program management. Experience crafting successful proposals and then successfully managing multi-year, multi-million-dollar RDT&E projects and prime- or sub-prime commercial contracts with the DoD advantageous.
  • Experience in a manufacturing or technology environment within aerospace or defense desired.
  • Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills with the ability to regularly interface with executive management and customers. Ability to work with remote teams.
  • Ability to manage multiple activities and projects using superior organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office and advanced skills in Microsoft Project, Jira, or other project management software. Familiarity with reporting, visualization, intelligence, and analysis tools.


Pay range: $140,000 – $180,000/per year.

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at Cambium. You will also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of stock options. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 5 weeks of paid vacation.

Let us hear from you

If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your resume and brief pitch to:

Cambium is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. At Cambium, all qualified applicants will be evaluated for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.


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