Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,300 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.
Space Systems Deputy Chief Engineer
As the Space Systems Deputy Chief Engineer for Rocket Lab’s Photon satellite program, you’ll play a pivotal role in technology development and platform development for high performance missions in Defence and Intelligence Space. In addition, you will participate in the development of technologies and platforms that will see the Space Systems team deliver a NASA mission to the Moon, Venus, and Mars.
Your days will be spent leading the technical design, development, testing, and production of Rocket Lab’s space systems for a range of low Earth orbit and deep space missions. You will be instrumental in using the wealth of on-orbit data from Rocket Lab’s many successful missions to ensure the reliability, robustness, and performance of Photon. The ideal candidate will be familiar with both mission systems engineering and satellite software and hardware and have a proven record of leading space systems engineering teams in fast-paced environments.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Work directly with the Space Systems Chief Engineer in the technical decision-making processes and guide technical development across all space systems disciplines
- Co-chair along with the Space Systems Chief Engineer in technical reviews, engineering change, and configuration management process adherence
- Guide systems engineering processes and facilitate technical trades across the system
- Identify technical issues and proactively implements resolutions to mitigate schedule and cost impacts
- Lead mission definition including mission design, operational concepts, orbit selection
- Guide development of systems engineering products, spacecraft architecture, trade studies, requirements development, verification and validation plans
- Identify vendors and oversee spacecraft component selection
- Provide technical mentorship to team members and monitor technical integrity of all team member contributions
- Contribute to the vision and strategy for growing the space systems program in collaboration with executive and business development teams
- Contribute to proposal development
- Develop, monitor and adhere to efficient program budgets, schedules, and resource plans
Essential Skills & Experience Required
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, math, or related discipline.
- 10+ years of experience in satellite design, development, test, and operations across multiple flight projects/programs.
- Active TS/SCI clearance.
- Experience taking a product from concept phase through prototyping, launch and operation.
- Demonstrated leadership of space systems engineering teams
- Demonstrated breadth and depth across multiple spacecraft engineering disciplines
- Broad understanding of the spacecraft component supply chain and broad network of vendor relationships across the supply chain
- Proficient in key mission design, detailed analysis, and engineering management tools: 3D CAD software, STK, Matlab, NX, SPICE, JAMA, Teamcenter, etc.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Ability to travel regularly, including international travel
What makes you stand out
- 15+ years of experience in satellite design, development, test, and operations
- Masters, PhD, or other advanced degree in engineering, physics, math, or related discipline
- Experience with both low and high budget space system development
- Experience with deep space missions
- Experience with spacecraft and spacecraft subsystem design
- Experience with spacecraft and subsystem environment definition (radiation, structural loads, thermal, EMI/EMC, orbital debris, etc.) and design approaches
- Experience with spacecraft link budgets, ground segments, and data processing
- Experience with spacecraft power and energy budgets
- Experience with spacecraft pointing and geolocation budgets
- Experience with spacecraft rate, attitude, and momentum closed loop control systems
- Experience with cabling/harness design
- Experience with electronic board and avionics design
- Experience with spacecraft and spacecraft subsystem fabrication, assembly, and test; understanding of qualification, acceptance, and protoflight verification approaches
- Experience with flight software development, test, and verification
- Experience with ground software development, test, and verification
- Experience with ground instrument and payload interfacing interface
- Experience with electrical, electronic, electromechanical (EEE) part performance, application, failure modes, test methods, reliability, and supply chain quality
- Strong understanding of computers, programming languages, scripting tools, and automation
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To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S Department of State.
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