Principal Space Systems Engineer

Ref: ZR_6645_JOB  ·  Posted on 04 January 2022


As a Principal Space Systems Engineer, you will act as the technical leader for a growing enterprise within the Space and Airborne Systems product line. As well as developing and leading the in-house Space engineering team, the role will include working with subcontractors, suppliers and partners to drive the rapid design, development, integration, and test of spacecraft, associated payloads and ground segments. This is a multi-disciplinary technical leadership role overseeing the design development and testing of all space and associated systems including Mechanical, Electrical, Communications, Flight Control, Command & Data Handling, and Imagery Sensors. In addition to design, you will also be responsible for ensuring adequate integration and functional/performance/environment testing is performed on critical hardware systems such as spacecraft mechanical, structural, and electrical subsystems. Responsibilities also include ensuring on-time, on-budget and on-specification delivery as well as working with the wider Space team to grow the business to meet growth targets.

Ideally you will be a Subject Matter Expert and have significant experience designing, building, and testing satellites and ISR systems. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will also have had experience in technical leadership roles building, managing, and motivating a new team of spacecraft engineers

Key responsibilities
  • Leading design and modelling of spacecraft bus hardware and flight control software
  • Support spacecraft payload integration, testing, delivery to launch and spacecraft bus partners/vendors
  • Interface with systems, software, and electrical or RF engineering teams
  • Developing thermal and structural analyses of the spacecraft and payload.
  • Create and complete technical documentation for all payload designs, developments, integrations, and tests.
  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.
Skills & experience
  • A Bachelor's degree (or better) in Aerospace, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering or STEM-related field.
  • Experience in the design, development, build, and testing of various different spacecraft components – For example, small satellites (e.g. nano/micro satellites)
  • Experience with space payload design and integration
  • Working knowledge of spacecraft operations and related ground systems
  • Proficient using various analysis engineering tools such as Solidworks, MATLAB and STK
  • Fluent in Windows and very capable in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Project, PowerPoint, Word).
  • Experience working with Linux operating systems is desirable
  • Must be able to quickly develop subject matter expertise in a specific project.
  • Demonstrated technical lead and/or project management experience

Our client is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

You will be required to hold a minimum of SC. If you do not hold an active SC clearance, please familiarise yourself with the vetting process before applying.

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