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Sr. Engineer Spacecraft Lead TS/SCI
Broomfield, Colorado
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Applied on February 25, 2020
Job Id #37514 Posted August 8, 2019


Senior Engineer – Spacecraft Lead   

This leadership position is for an experienced system engineer who can lead a spacecraft team from the preliminary design stages through development, test and delivery. The bus lead will have responsibility for the overall spacecraft design and architecture.  

What You’ll Do 

  • Develop and manage the spacecraft bus technical baseline – develop solutions that meet our customer needs and requirements. 
  • Work with subsystem leads, providing direction and prioritization of tasks and reviewing their design analysis.  Detail oriented coach. 
  • Support preparation and presentation of major design and readiness reviews.  Convey to our customers that our craft will do what they need. 
  • Responsible for generating engineering documents including specifications, environmental design requirements, support to subsystem procurement specifications and statements of work, and test plan development.  Own the technical baseline. 
  • Communicate spacecraft status and risk posture to the program leadership team. 
  • Lead and guide spacecraft bus vehicle level trades and analysis, balance technical performance, cost and risk.  
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company.  Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment. 
  • Perform other duties as necessary. 

What You’ll Need  

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 8 or more years related experience (I&T, Mission Operations, Fault Management, or Subsystem expertise).  
  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.
  • Proven success as a technical team lead or deputy (four years required) with experience in most phases of execution of a space hardware program. 
  • Working knowledge of most spacecraft subsystems sufficient to lead requirements allocation, design trades and performance assessment. 
  • A current TS/SCI security clearance is required. 
  • Architect/Design to cost, and new business experience is highly desirable. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to effectively lead group discussions, ability to set priorities and delegate as required to meet objectives. 
  • Experience in multidisciplinary team work environment with small team leadership responsibilities. 
  • A desire to learn.  Our culture fosters intellectual curiosity in a highly collaborative environment. 
  • Good verbal, written and presentation skills are required. 
  • Working/indirect knowledge of Earned Value Management (EVM) is highly desirable. 


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