Share this Job
Apply now »

Let's exceed the expected!

RUAG Space is part of RUAG International. The company focuses on the aerospace industry and employs around 6’000 employees. RUAG Space is the leading supplier of products for the space industry in Europe. Three product groups, six countries, one team: Electronics, Spacecraft and Launchers are part of our product portfolio. In addition to Switzerland - which is RUAG Space's headquarters - we are also represented in Sweden, Austria, Finland, Germany and the USA. We develop, produce and test subsystems and equipment for use in space. Experience, outstanding reliability, customer focus and a comprehensive, clearly structured product portfolio all make RUAG Space the partner of choice for manufacturers of satellites and launchers across the globe. We set trends and stand for innovation - embodied by numerous projects in the production of individual and sophisticated structures, mechanisms and launch vehicles.


RUAG Space USA is seeking candidates for the Director of Business Development, Civil Space.  This position will be directly responsible for NASA and NOAA business opportunities.  The following shows the responsibilities and requirements of the Director position.
Primary responsibilities include:

  • Systematically scouts and reports business potential and market trends in their area, providing insight on the end customer competitive environment 
  • Ensures a strong customer interface at the business development level within the dedicated market area, managing the opportunities, ensuring the generation of RFI and RFPs
  • Acts as the voice of the customer internally 
  • Develops and executes capture plans, particularly for large programs, sub-system or bundle business opportunities 
  • Creates, identifies and develops business opportunities
  • Performs regular lead qualification in alignment with KAM & Sales, Programs and Engineering  
  • Provides guidance for win theme and pricing, supports negotiations  
  • Approve bids according to authority matrix 
  • Manages proposal reviews and decision-making processes according to authority matrix  
  • Contributes to performance assessment of US Sales team
  • Shares market information with Product Sales, Programs and Engineering. Identifies and ensures the relevant information flow and secures alignment with all relevant stakeholders within the company 
  • This position reports to the VP of Busines Development & Strategy
  • Must have strong communication skills
  • Must lead and perform all duties according to the RUAG Space Values and Code of Conduct
  • Perform other duties as necessary

Most important skills: 

  • Understand the Civil business markets
  • Create solid capture plans for assigned campaigns 
  • Implement prospect planning and lead qualification 
  • Manage prospective pipelines
  • Must be able to close on opportunities to secure new contracts 

Position requirements:

  • BS or BA from a credited university plus ten (10) years or more in the Business Development role.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Civil space market and competitive landscape with a solid personal network in this business area
  • Persuasive communicator with excellent presentation skills 
  • Cooperative leadership style, self-starter and experienced with multinational teams in distributed locations 
  • Experienced negotiator at all levels
  • Successfully managed complex projects in a matrix organization and across multiple sites 
  • Must be able to travel up to 50%
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office tools


  • Entrepreneurial thinking, solution driven, willing to make a difference, commercial mindset 
  • Strong motivator with high energy level and persistence to overachieve goals 
  • Open-minded, adaptable to change, flexible, strong communicator, willingly to involve others and shares information  
  • Be able to prioritize in a complex environment


Clearance Requirement: 

  • Not required; however, preferred.



Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).

RUAG Space USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law.

Did we spark your interest in this exciting position? Then we look forward to receiving your online application




Centennial, CO, US

Job Experience Level:  Professionals
Job Category/Job Family:  Distribution / Sales

RUAG International is a Swiss technology group focusing on the aerospace industry. Based in Zurich (Switzerland) and with production sites in 14 countries, the company is divided into four divisions: Space, Aerostructures, MRO International and Ammotec. With its strategic focus on the Aerospace business unit, the company will consist of the two divisions Aerostructures and Space in the medium term. RUAG Space is Europe's leading supplier of products used in the aerospace industry. RUAG Aerostructures is a global first-tier supplier in aircraft structure construction. RUAG International employs around 6’000 people, two thirds of whom work abroad. 

Nearest Major Market: Denver

Apply now »