Sr. Manager, Avionics Engineering

Palo Alto, CA
Added: February 9, 2024
At Maxar Space, our products are vast: from our World View Legion platform for earth observation, to the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) supporting NASA’s Artemis Program to return to the Moon, to our highly reliable 1300/Legion class platform for communications applications.

We are seeking a Sr. Manager of Avionics Engineering to join our team in Palo Alto, CA. In this role, you will be responsible for leading an engineering team responsible for Avionics/Command and Data Handling subsystem design, analysis, hardware procurement, and testing. You and your team will work alongside a highly cross-functional team and will have the ability to impact all phases of spacecraft design and build: from working with Product Management and Mission Architecture teams to build out product roadmaps and develop new Avionics architectures for our various spacecraft platforms, to design implementations alongside Systems and Subsystem Engineering, to powering on the spacecraft and collecting data for the first time in AIT (and the troubleshooting fun that comes thereafter), and finally, to performing orbit raising activities as the fully built-up spacecraft is on its way to performing its mission.

You are technical in nature. You are business savvy. You can build teams and develop people.


Lead your team: responsible for spacecraft subsystem Command and Data Handling (C&DH) and flight harnesses. This includes working cross-functionally to design C&DH subsystem architecture, wire lists, command & telemetry databases, and data buses. Furthermore, working alongside Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) to resolve on-the-floor anomalies and supporting spacecraft launch

Focus on your team: Mentor, train, develop, provide opportunities for you team members based on personal, professional and business needs

Ensure the highest quality: of all deliverables to stakeholders, like harness or unit manufacturing and other peer engineering groups like flight software.

Foster a collaborative working environment: within your team as well as cross-functionally across the organization

Be a partner: with Supply Chain to pro-actively manage procurements, with Business Development / Mission Architecture to develop new architectures, and with Systems Engineering and AIT to ensure clean hand-offs

Continuously improve: Tease out product and/or process inefficiencies and make it better

Own your portfolio cost models and budget: you proactively manage your budget, identify risks and opportunities to your work, and own your cost models to be used for new business proposals

Own your portfolio schedule: you proactively manage to your schedule, and work alongside your peers to ensure stakeholder needs are met

Minimum Requirements

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

A B.S. degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field. Four years of experience may be substituted for a degree.

Minimum of 10 years in aerospace or related field working electronics or electrical systems or product development for high reliability, space-based systems or for critical systems in fields such as automotive, transportation, or medical devices

Experience in managing and/or leading engineering/product teams or projects.

Amazing to have

MS degree

Prior Command and Data Handling Experience, including sound knowledge of related physical components and their relationships within various systems

Prior experience providing technical oversight to ensure electrical systems are compliant and verifiable at the avionics digital and analog telemetry level

Prior design experience with mixed-signal, high-speed digital, high performance embedded compute, FPGA development, and electromagnetic compatibility

Understanding of space environment as it relates to radiation tolerance/hardness, thermal stress and typical analyses techniques including simulation and modeling

Experience supporting new business development/proposals, including estimating rough order of magnitude costs and schedules

Strong communication and analytical skills

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.