Staff Mission System Engineer

MDA Space
Richmond, BC/Remote
Added: March 26, 2024
Building the space between proven and possible, MDA Space (TSX:MDA) is a trusted mission partner to the global space industry. A robotics, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 55-year+ story of world firsts and more than 450 missions, MDA Space is a global leader in communications satellites, Earth and space observation, and space exploration and infrastructure. The MDA Space team of more than 3,000 space experts in Canada, the US and the UK has the knowledge and know-how to turn an audacious customer vision into an achievable mission – bringing to bear a one-of-a-kind mix of experience, engineering excellence and wide-eyed wonder that’s been in our DNA since day one. For those who dream big and push boundaries on the ground and in the stars to change the world for the better, we’ll take you there.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

The Position

We are on the hunt for a Staff Mission Systems Engineer , at our Richmond, BC, Canada office, to be a part of the next generation of Earth Observations space missions.

From detecting changes in fragile ecosystems to monitoring northern ice floes and shipping routes, our near-real time Earth observation makes our Geointelligence team a leader in geospatial imagery, ground stations, enterprise geospatial systems and defence programs. You will join our remote sensing team that has 30+ years of experience delivering commercial and government projects such as RADARSAT-2, RapidEye, Sapphire, CASSIOPE, RADARSAT Constellation Mission and now the CHORUS Constellation of SAR satellites.


This is a role suited for an ambitious professional wanting to solve complex problems to generate data on a global scale that contributes to the betterment of our world. You will participate with our large cross functional, multi-disciplined teams in developing world leading space-based Earth Observation missions from concept through design, development, launch and operations.


As a Staff Systems Engineer/Member of Technical Staff you may have a wide range of responsibilities that include:

  • working with the customer and end user to understand their needs and translate those needs to develop and maintain the system requirements from the mission level down to the major subsystem level (Bus, Payload, Ground Segment);
  • leading the mission design trade-off studies to design and develop the overall mission subsystems. Including technical, cost, schedule and risk trades;
  • leading development and generation of deliverable documents such as engineering plans, engineering budgets, design reports, specifications and operational concepts;
  • overseeing the analyses to support the mission development such as link budgets, coverage analyses, geolocation accuracy, pointing budgets, etc.;
  • overseeing the development and maintenance of interface control documents between the major mission subsystems (e.g. Bus to Payload) ;
  • developing make-buy strategies for key technologies and key decision maker in oversight of product/project level make-buy decisions;
  • overseeing the review of design material provided by Subcontractors to ensure compliance to requirements;
  • overseeing the development and execution of spacecraft test, commissioning and operational procedures;
  • Ultimate responsibility for the verification and validation activities of the overall mission;
  • leading Engineering Review Teams for large bids and programs to ensure sound technical solutions, realistic costings and executable plans; and
  • coaching, mentoring and inspiring the mission technical team to create and deliver cutting edge space-based earth observation missions.

Required Experience

  • Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Systems Engineering, Engineering Physics or Applied Mathematics;
  • 10-15 years experience in a relevant field.
  • Experience or knowledge in satellites and their applications, including:
    • Optical or SAR remote sensing,
    • Spacecraft attitude control, orbit determination, and orbit maintenance
    • Spacecraft systems such power control/generation/storage and communications
    • Flight software and data interfaces
    • Spacecraft operations
  • Have familiarity with any of the following software tools:
    • Matlab
    • MS Excel, for the purposes of engineering analyses
    • Systems Tool Kit
    • Requirements Management tools such as DOORS
    • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • An understanding of different types of engineering life cycles as applicable from large complex programs to software development
    • Self-starter with the ability to perform in a dynamic working environment
    • Possess excellent problem solving skills
    • A team-friendly attitude and willingness to learn

    We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

    We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.

    The compensation range for this position is $110,200 - $161,700 annually. The specific compensation offered will be based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

    Comments/Special Considerations

    Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the RELIABILITY status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP).

    MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

    MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity. If you require assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please feel free to notify us.

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