Electrical Senior Systems Engineer

Palo Alto, CA
Added: February 9, 2024
Maxar Space Systems is a leading provider of comprehensive space technologies. We deliver innovative solutions to government and commercial customers helping them unlock the promise of space to solve problems on Earth and beyond. We address a broad spectrum of needs for our customers, including mission systems engineering, product design, spacecraft manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing. Maxar Space Systems is a trusted partner in commercial and government missions, combining more than 60 years of deep mission understanding with reliable performance and longevity.

Maxar is currently seeking an experienced Electrical Senior Systems Engineer with broad and deep architecture expertise for Maxar’s World View Legion program, an agile, high-accuracy imaging mission and product line.  Particular expertise is required in avionics design, Command and Telemetry database development, spacecraft integration, troubleshooting, and verification for space-based imaging systems with experience in cradle-to-grave hardware/software development, integration, test, and on-orbit operations.

You will apply your systems engineering experience and technical expertise to lead and apply good systems engineering discipline to a complex space-based imaging program, converting mission needs into an appropriate design through ConOps development, requirements development and decomposition, system functional analysis, system analysis and trades, design and development support. As the program progresses, your focus would transition to verification, integration, and validation activities as well as product line evolution.

We are currently seeking candidates with broad space-based Avionics and Command & Data Handling Systems (C&DH) engineering backgrounds along with a strong foundation in Command and Telemetry database and Software Systems development. Experience in mission planning, operations, imaging technologies and techniques, Guidance/Navigation/Controls, Propulsion, Power Systems, and RF/Communication Systems is a plus. The preferred candidate is for our Palo Alto, California facility.


Support the development of the Avionics subsystem technical baseline to include requirements, architecture, interfaces, system performance and technical roadmap

Drive system analysis and mission level trades

Support development of system CONOPS and Use Cases for Avionics operational modes

Lead development and implementation of spacecraft command and telemetry databases, formats and telemetry packet content definition and management.

Coordinate cross functional inputs to spacecraft command and telemetry formats as well as guide standardization of formats and calibration curve management.

Analyze and allocate bandwidth utilization on internal data bus interfaces as well as links and bandwidth allocation to TC&R connections to the ground

Provide requirements and work in integrated teams with flight software development personnel to implement mission requirements

Support Avionics subsystem requirements & verification/validation management plans, determine requirements flow down to units and lower levels

Interface with customers, compile briefing packages to lead and present at gated reviews

Interface with Avionics unit vendors providing requirements, interface management, and anomaly troubleshooting support

Manage the allocation and derivation of system level requirements to system elements

Manage technical dependencies of customer ground systems, spacecraft systems, subsystems and coordinate collaboration across individuals and teams as appropriate

Partner with engineering leads to capture & manage technical risks including contributor & stakeholder risk management

Coordinate downstream internal customer’s dependencies

Interface appropriately with PMO, Chief Engineer, Master Scheduler, and Customer

Solve integrated spacecraft issues: work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders and cross functional teams to close on all systems issues and trades

Drive Spacecraft testing: Support test plans and methodology development, and establish verification practices, and review and approve verification test results and artifacts

Minimum Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen

Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, physics, or related field. Four additional years of experience may be substituted for a degree

Minimum of 8 years of systems engineering experience. A master's degree may be considered for two years of experience.

Experience with NASA, DoD or FAA Program Management, Software Engineering, or Systems Engineering standards

Experience in space-based imaging technologies and mission operations.

Systems Engineering experience across multiple interacting hardware and software subsystems

Professional written, verbal, presentation, and executive communication skills

Applicants should have engineering, manufacturing, software, and testing background experience

Experience With Any Requirements Management Systems (i.e. JAMA)

Proficiency in MSOffice Suite including Teams, Project, and Visio

Understanding of spacecraft design and product life cycle

Preferred Qualifications:

MS degree or PhD in a special field of Engineering or Science

Experience with satellites and satellite industry, including government civil or defense and intelligence programs

Experience with software development standards and development methodologies

Familiarity with embedded flight code design

Experience in agile development methodologies

Expert with extensive practical and theoretical experience in systems modeling, simulation, system architectures

Compensation range for Sr. Staff level in California $117,000 - $195,000

Compensation range for Sr. Staff level in Colorado $102,000 - $170,000

Compensation range for Principal level in California $140,000 - $234,000

Compensation range for Principal level in Colorado $122,000 - $204,000

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.