Senior Mission Systems Engineer

Senior Mission Systems Engineer

SSTL - Surrey Satellite Technology

Guildford, United Kingdom

This role is an exciting opportunity to join the Systems team with responsibility to lead space missions from LEO to GEO and beyond. Engineers at SSTL have involvement on a mission from concept, through to AIT, launch, commissioning and operational life; a true cradle to grave experience, and will give you the chance to see your work in Space in a rapid timescale! The Systems Engineer role plays an essential part in leading other technical disciplines, to bring together quality and pragmatic solutions for innovative projects, whilst working within a great team environment.

Key Tasks

  • Working with the Sales and Engineering teams in support of bid/tender activities to generate technical solutions for a variety of customers;
  • System level design of space and ground segments including requirements analysis, sensitivity analysis, mission analysis and design trade-offs;
  • System engineering throughout all project phases;
  • Requirements management and engineering;
  • Preliminary and critical design phase activities, including mission conops development;
  • System/subsystem level interfacing and trade-offs;
  • System assembly and integration;
  • Test planning, requirement verification testing, and system validation;
  • System commissioning and operations;
  • Perform cost, risk, schedule and performance trades;
  • Lead/support technical studies for a variety of customers;
  • Review of technical work;
  • Mentoring of junior colleagues where necessary;
  • Understanding and improving relevant company standards and work practices;
  • Conduct customer-facing meetings and presentation at all project stages;
  • Preparation of project documentation and presentation materials to a high standard for all phases of the work;
  • Interfacing to internal and external customers;
  • Technical study work;
  • Management of subcontractors as requires;
  • Management of one or more project work packages;
  • Act as a technical focal point for SSTL Mission Products, maintaining all key system level information in relation to these Mission Products.

Previous Experience

  • Experienced spacecraft Systems Engineer (ideally 7+ years’ experience);
  • Experience of designing space missions starting from end-user requirements (cradle-to-grave);
  • Experience of designing and analysing space and ground segments to the sub-system level;
  • Experience in requirements and verification management;
  • Ideally with experience of spacecraft level verification testing;
  • Ideally with system experience of in-orbit commissioning and associated spacecraft operations.

Qualifications Knowledge & Skills

  • A good degree or equivalent in Engineering, Physics or Maths;
  • Good working knowledge of orbit analysis, constellation configurations, RF link analysis, system budgets, operations, ground segment, space environment and satellite mechanical and electrical architectures;
  • Good knowledge of a wide range of satellite applications, e.g. Earth observation, communications, navigation, science etc.;
  • Good knowledge of requirements management;
  • Good knowledge of FMECA and FDIR design;
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Knowledge of MS Project or equivalent planning tool;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Excellent knowledge of STK and Matlab or equivalent analysis tools;
  • Hands on familiarity with environmental testing (eg vibration and thermal vacuum tests);
  • Good knowledge of assembly and test methods for space flight equipment;
  • Excellent technical writing and presentation skills;
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing priorities;
  • Results orientated, can-do approach;
  • Pro-active and able to take initiative;
  • Decision making and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills - both written and oral communications; ability to interface with customers and technical representatives;
  • Good team working skills, together with the ability to influence others at all levels;
  • Proven ability to deliver solutions under pressure and to tight timescales;
  • Able to demonstrate company mindsets and behaviours; Be accountable, Drive & delivery, Communicate effectively, Self-manage effectively, Work as one team.

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