Flight Safety Certification Senior Engineer

Flight Safety Certification Senior Engineer

The Exploration Company

Munich or Bordeaux

We want you as a talented Flight Safety Certification Senior Engineer to help us in our mission by leading the Safety and Mission Assurance certification process for the Nyx Earth missions to the ISS, ensuring compliance with NASA's safety standards and regulations. You will oversee all aspects of the safety certification process from initial hazard identification to final acceptance, ensuring that spacecraft designs and operations meet rigorous safety requirements.

Key Responsibilities

In your capacity as a Flight Safety Certification Senior Engineer, your role will be continuously evolving, but day to day your duties will include:

  • Lead the end-to-end safety review process for the Nyx Earth missions to the ISS, including Phase 0 during the System Requirements Review (SRR), Phase 1 during the Preliminary Design Review (PDR), Phase 2 during the Critical Design Review (CDR), and Phase 3 during the Acceptance Readiness Review (ARR);
  • Ensure compliance with NASA's safety standards, regulations, and requirements throughout the spacecraft development lifecycle, by acting as requirements owner internally until closure of the Verification and Validation activities;
  • In collaboration with the RAMS engineer, perform the identification, assessment, and mitigation of potential hazards associated with spacecraft design, operations, and mission objectives. While the support of the other engineering disciplines and sub-systems responsible will be key, the Flight Safety Certification Senior Engineer will be in the driver seats with a real hands-on role;
  • In collaboration with the RAMS engineer, implement the controls to mitigate identified hazards, including design modifications, operational procedures, and safety protocols.
  • In collaboration with the RAMS engineer, support the Verification and Validation process to ensure that safety-critical systems and components meet their requirements and performance standards;
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance, and mission operations, to ensure alignment on safety requirements and objectives;
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the safety certification with the NASA safety board and other external stakeholders, providing regular updates on safety assurance activities and addressing any safety concerns or issues;
  • Manage safety assurance activities within budget and schedule constraints, identifying and mitigating risks to ensure On Time, On Cost certification of the spacecraft;
  • Assess and manage risks associated with spacecraft design and operations, including conducting risk assessments, developing risk mitigation strategies, and tracking risk mitigation actions;
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives to enhance safety processes, procedures, and tools, leveraging lessons learned from previous missions and industry best practices.

What we would love to see from you

In the role of Flight Safety Certification Senior Engineer ideally, you will have the following:

  • Advanced degree (Master of Science or PhD) in system engineering, aerospace engineering, or another related field;
  • 5 to 10 years of experience working in aerospace system engineering with at least 5 years in Safety and Mission Assurance. Having participated to an actual partial or complete safety certification with NASA will be greatly appreciated;
  • Knowledge and skills in FMEA, hazard analysis and NASA safety processes; software assurance knowledge is a plus;
  • Fluent in English. French and German is an asset.

Skills and Behaviours

  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong organizing and prioritization of tasks;
  • Positive and flexible attitude to get the job done;
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the business;
  • Demonstrates behaviours consistent with The Exploration Company’s core values of Mission, Vision, Integrity, Excellence and Teamwork;
  • Space enthusiast: ready to change the European space industry.

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