• Satellite System Engineer - Technical Lead

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/25/2019 11:16 AM)
    Job Location
    Required Clearance
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in systems engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience. Agile experience preferred.


    Candidates should have the following:

    • Demonstrated experience in large or small satellite design, and trade studies related to mission, cost, and capabilities (can include bus and/or payload)
    • Demonstrated understanding of space systems, basic orbital mechanics
    • Demonstrated experience with space mission management and planning activities
    • Familiarity with satellite mission ground systems including development and functional operation
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interface on a daily basis with the GDMS program manager and customer, and to provide mentorship to junior staff to meet program requirements and schedule
    • Experience preparing deliverables and briefings that include collection data, gap analyses, utilization analyses, statistical and forecasting analyses, presentations, written reports and recommendations
    • Experience coordinating and facilitating technical exchange meetings between various organizations
    • Understanding of the pros and cons of various SIGINT and GEOINT architectures
    • Solid comprehension of radio-frequency engineering fundamentals
    • Experience providing technical reviews and assessments of ongoing development activities


    Clearance Requirements:

    Department of Defense Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance is required at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) has an immediate opening for a Satellite Systems Engineer – Technical Lead focusing on system of systems interoperability, mission CONOPS development, and analysis and planning. This individual must have strong understanding of spacecraft design and orbital mechanics, as they will assist the customer during technical system reviews. This leadership position is not daily operations as partner organizations complete the actual day-to-day operations.  This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.


    The Satellite System Engineer – Technical Lead will be part of a small team that supports a larger program. This small team through a keen understanding of mission purpose and system capability monitors, analyzes, and alters various overhead sensing platforms as well as associated ground systems and networks. The engineer will analyze system data for anomalous behavior and work to correct such behaviors as well as troubleshoot connectivity issues to maintain data flow. As system capabilities are added or enhanced, the engineer will assist the team to understand if these enhancements continue to support mission requirements. The engineer will also provide feedback on how best to take advantage of these additional features by performing trade studies and relevant statistical analysis. The ability to plan and execute enterprise level testing may be required.  The engineer will also provide technical leadership and assist in the development of next generation programs by creating day-in-the-life simulations and contributing to overall mission CONOPs. The engineer will work directly with the customer on a daily basis and identify new technical tasks that the GDMS team will support. This position is within the customer work environment and requires excellent attention to detail and the ability to act with technical precision and speed. 



    • Preference given to candidates with familiarity with modeling and simulation using Satellite Took Kit (STK) and/or MATLAB to perform orbital analysis and provide the customer options through trade studies
    • Experience designing and developing satellite buses or satellite subsystems; propulsion, power, communications, thermal, attitude & control, telemetry and command
    • Satellite operations experience and familiarity with TT&C, TLE, and ephemeris
    • Ability to keep an economic perspective when seeking efficiencies to improve customer value
    • Proficient use and understanding of systems engineering concepts, principles, and theories
    • Proficient written and verbal communications skills
    • Proficient ability to grasp and apply new information quickly and effectively handle complex assignments 
    • Shows initiative on assignments, exercises independent judgment and professionally executes projects with little direction
    • Proficient ability in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions


    • Typical candidates for the Satellite Systems Engineer position have a Bachelor's degree Systems Engineering, Physics, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Electrical Engineering or the equivalent and at least seven to ten years of related work experience.





    Company Overview

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


    General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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