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Chief Mission Engineer

Irvine, CA 92618

Posted: 07/17/2023 Employment Type: Direct Industry: Engineering Job Number: 84436

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced Chief Mission Engineer to join a growing team in Irvine, CA. Reporting to the Systems Engineering Manager, the Chief Mission Engineer will manage multiple discipline roles involving mission responsibility and authority for Design, Analysis, Manufacturing, Verification, Validation, and Operations. Chief Mission Engineers are recognized for broad Industry technical achievements and expertise in a subdiscipline, product line, or mission space of key technical importance to the company. The Chief Mission Engineer applies their technical and leadership skills in organizing, leading, and guiding strategic technical decisions and resolving top technical challenges and issues of importance to the company. Chief Mission Engineers share their technical expertise and leadership in mentoring, training, and leading technical designs, implementations, and missions. Chief Mission Engineers will architect and drive key elements of the technological roadmaps for missions, capabilities, system functional behavior, and system performance to support innovative, high-capability, high-reliability products, and programs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Lead all aspects of developing a space product that may impact multiple missions and programs – from direct customer engagement that drives technical approaches to deriving requirements and architectures for mission capability needs
  • Chair Non-Advocate Reviews for Projects, Programs, and Missions to ensure business, customer, program, and supplier success
  • Designing and developing optimal space vehicle architectures and detailed mission solutions to complex space domain challenges for various remote sensing, RF, and optical applications
  • Leading and participating in technical discussions with customers and suppliers to ensure mission success
  • Develop engineering artifacts and tools that support interoperability with flexible and state-of-the-art architectures
  • Establishing Lifecycle Best Practices, Frameworks, Guidelines, and Processes are executed
  • Performing capabilities benchmarking and competitiveness assessment
  • Performing mission roadmaps and technology vision/strategy synthesis, insertion, deployment, and overall capability monitoring and management
  • Utilizing Subject Matter Expertise and applying surge support for the troubleshooting of focus areas
  • Ensuring knowledge capture and knowledge transfer by working with and mentoring engineering members
  • Engaging and supporting company tactical and strategic special projects
  • Mission Concept of Operations refinement, mapping, and application
  • Requirements generation, derivation, decomposition, and mapping
  • Configurations and change management
  • Logical and Physical Architecture definitions and interface management
  • System-level design activities to include State-Machines, Orbital dynamics, and Communication architectures
  • System Integration, Verification, and Validation definition and execution
  • Mission Operations and systems tasking

Job Requirements

Qualification and Skills
  • Master's degree in engineering or physical
  • 15+ years of experience as a technical leader for space-domain missions
  • Demonstrate a proven track record of applying successful expertise to sophisticated
  • Technical leadership experience with multifunctional teams in the space domain
  • Demonstrate ability to make complex critical decisions promptly
  • Demonstrate experience and success with one or more of the technical areas listed above
  • Experience leading complex initiatives, with a proven track record of collaboration and coordination across internal and external stakeholder organizations
  • Experience with risk, issue, and opportunity management
  • Understanding of how people, processes, tools, systems, and leadership concepts of operations operate to achieve goals
  • Proven ability to deliver effective communication verbally, written, and through well-crafted presentations across all levels of an organization, including executive leadership
  • Impeccable attention to detail and a sense of urgency
  • Ability to self-govern with minimal supervision, establish workload priorities, and utilize efficient time management practices to achieve programmatic or strategic initiatives

Additional Differentiators
  • Demonstrate experience and success with technical leadership of launched or operational space domain systems and
  • Experience and success with space-based encrypted communications architectures and devices, as well as knowledge of standards for geospatial intelligence data and products
  • Demonstrate experience and success with space-based remote sensing missions, including Optical or RF systems
  • Experience and success with space-based reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety
  • Demonstrate experience and success with space-based optical systems and applications
  • Experience and success with rendezvous proximity operations and docking
  • Familiarity with satellite system budgets, including mass, power, delta-V, link, and data budgets
  • Benefits
  • 100% Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Employee Equity Incentive Program
  • 401(k) Match
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Access to Gradifi Refi tuition refinancing assistance
  • Cross-training and professional development opportunities
Salary Range $200,000-$250,000
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