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(Senior) Portfolio Manager - Quantum Software



Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Infleqtion delivers high-value quantum information precisely where it is needed. By operating at the Edge, our software-configured, quantum-enabled products deliver unmatched levels of precision and power, generating streams of high-value information for commercial organizations, the United States, and allied governments. With 16 years of ColdQuanta's pioneering quantum research as our foundation, our hardware products and AI-powered solutions address critical market needs in PNT, global communication security and efficiency, resilient energy distribution, and accelerated quantum computing. We currently have offices in Austin, TX; Boulder, CO; Chicago, IL; Louisville, CO; Madison, WI; Melbourne, AU; and Oxford, UK. Learn how Infleqtion is revolutionizing how we communicate, navigate, and discover at We are recruiting for a Senior Portfolio Manager - Quantum Software.


This position is a full-time, hybrid-based position which will be located in our Chicago, Illinois office.

Position Summary

The (Senior) Portfolio Manager is responsible for managing multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering teams, government research labs, and other private companies to deliver excellence in R&D outcomes and be a key contributor to bringing Infleqtion’s technology to market. This position is specifically geared towards Infleqtion’s Quantum Software Organization. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing a portfolio of projects into a cohesive program including managing purchases, subcontracts, cost, schedule, status, staffing, reporting, risks, and overall communication cadence. Additionally, the SPM will represent the company and project’s interests to external stakeholders, setting examples for the company’s performance, and identifying opportunities for expanding the company’s influence.

Job Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities outlined below include essential functions of the role. Depending on business needs, this role may perform a combination of some or all of the following duties. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of complex projects into a cohesive program including managing purchases, subcontracts, cost, schedule, status, staffing, reporting, risks, and overall communication cadence; Prepare schedules and budgets in collaboration with technical portfolio leads, principal investigators and key stakeholders across project teams
  • Identify dependencies between software projects in portfolio
  • Collaborate with business development teams and act as the first point of contact for established customer relationships, including companies, partners, sub-contractors, and vendors; Assess and manage subcontractor performance
  • Coordinate resources across software and hardware quantum projects & portfolios, and indirectly manage, influence, and drive project team members to ensure on-time delivery of tasks, objectives, milestones, and key deliverables
  • Support proposal development and contract updates by working with contracts, legal, and proposal teams to develop technical volumes, work plans, statements of work (SOWs), project management plans, communication plans, quality assurance plans, risk management plans, and basis-of-estimates
  • Prepare and closely monitor scope of work to maintain customer satisfaction and carefully manage change within contract boundaries
  • Engage with technical leaders and personnel to assure that the technical objectives are appropriately planned and resourced
  • Conduct risk analysis and develop mitigation plans and strategies to ensure on-time release and delivery of project deliverables
  • Contribute to company-wide business forecasts as well as technology and product roadmaps
  • Lead project performance including cost, schedule, and technical performance
  • Establish and communicate project schedules that define critical path amongst cross-functional deliverables


  • Bachelor’s degree is required, with a focus in science, engineering, physics, or technology field preferred; Masters, PhD, or advanced certification a plus
  • 5+ years of relevant and progressive experience in a project team context
  • 2+ years of management experience, including control account management; project engineering/management; program management; and Integrated Product Team Lead (IPT) involving the capture, design, development, and transition of sensing, communications, and/or networking solutions, systems, and/or products
  • 1+ years of direct and hands-on experience supporting US government-funded projects is required
  • Direct and hands-on experience with complex and highly technical projects, including hardware (electronics, optics, photonics, or structural/mechanical) capabilities, is required
  • Significant experience handling and creating advanced-level schedules, budgets, and tracking with MS Project and Excel (or other similar software) required
  • Experience with risk management required
  • Experience working with software projects is preferred, with experience in the quantum industry a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively influence and drive project team members and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new and complex topics quickly
  • Demonstrated ability to sufficiently learn the technical details of quantum software development to be able to coordinate resources across projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with all levels of an organization; professional-level communication skills, including verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to effectively share information with technical and non-technical staff
  • Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a highly collaborative, cross-functional, team-oriented, and matrixed environment
  • Desire and demonstrated ability to thrive and produce results in a fluid, dynamic, and fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills that motivate team members to drive projects to success, even if not direct reports
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed staff environment across multiple geographic locations
  • Ability to work modified hours on occasion to coordinate with international offices
  • Passion for solving hard problems and challenges in a highly technical and scientific environment
  • Resourceful problem-solver who collaboratively identifies effective paths forward with demonstrated expertise in executing hardware-intensive research and development efforts
  • Ability to travel domestically and (potentially) internationally up to 10%
  • This role requires that you do not require sponsorship or a work visa transfer

This position may require access to information protected under U.S. export control laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Please note that any offer for employment may be conditioned on authorization to receive software or technology controlled under these U.S. export control laws and regulations without sponsorship for an export license.


The targeted base salary for this role is $150,000 to $180,000 on an annualized basis plus commissions.

In addition to your base compensation, we offer a generous Total Rewards program which includes:

  • 100% company paid Employee coverage for Medical, Dental, Vision, and Short/Long Term Disability insurance programs
  • Employer funded Health Savings Account
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off
  • 401(k) safe harbor contribution
  • Company paid Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Flexible Savings Account
  • Paid FMLA Leave
  • Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Employer Assistance Program
  • Student Loan Repayment

Equal Opportunity

Here you have freedom to embrace your whole self: who you love, your gender identity and expression, skin color, age, appearance, disability, neurodiversity, DNA, military/veteran status, citizenship, and other factors that make up who you are. Your uniqueness is valued, welcomed, and appreciated here. We are dedicated to providing a positive workplace and base all employment decisions on your qualifications, performance, merits, as well as business needs. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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