Director of Software Systems Engineering

Herndon, VA
Added: February 9, 2024
Maxar is seeking a Director of Software Systems Engineering to lead a portfolio of programs focused on solving some of the hardest problems in the US Government. We need someone with a deep technical background who also has a wealth of experience in program management who can mentor and assist other program managers. In this role, you will manage a team of 5 – 6 direct reports, and 60 – 70 indirect reports. You will be responsible for building high performing teams who function in Agile software development constructs. Previous experience as a Product Owner or Scrum Master will serve you well.

In addition to background experience in the space industry, your role will center around helping your teams succeed, in addition to hitting your monthly, quarterly, and yearly targets for revenue and profit. A portion of your time will be focused on business development – both in growing existing contracts within your portfolio, and in pursuing and winning recompetes and new opportunities.

In addition, you will be responsible for reaching across and throughout the business to achieve your goals. The ability to demo capabilities and present materials to executives within and outside of Maxar to gain buy-in is important. This is a high-visibility role with a lot of authority and responsibility.

Required Qualifications:

US citizen with active TS/SCI security clearance. Willing to undergo and pass a CI polygraph

Bachelor's or Master’s degree in a relevant field such as computer science, engineering, business, or geography

10+ years of experience working in, or for, the intelligence or defense community or US government

3+ years of experience as a Program Manager of a multi-million dollar contract

Demonstrated success in delivering functioning systems to the government’s satisfaction using Agile design and development techniques

Experience with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

Experience in people management

Experience working with subcontractors

Willingness to work in a Sensitive Compartment Information Facility (SCIF) as needs dictate

Ability to travel 10% of the time

Desired Qualifications:

Agile or Program Management certifications

Previous experience as a Product Owner or Scrum Master

Network of existing contacts throughout the US Government

Understanding of the space domain and offerings in the market


Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.