Supervisor - Systems Engineer

MDA Space
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC/Remote
Added: April 4, 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!

Professional development and career advancement are two terms that resonate with you. Do you have what it takes to become a supervisor - system ?

If you're a natural leader and people management stimulates you. We're looking for someone who can supervise and mentor multidisciplinary teams to achieve optimal production results, then this is the job for you. You'll be working with state-of-the-art electronic and mechanical technologies, planning tools and ERP logic, and collaborating with different program managers.

Take charge of your career and take it to the next level by joining our passionate and innovative team. Apply today!


The Supervisor, Systems Engineer is a member of the leadership team and reports to the Manager, Engineering of a particular discipline. The supervisor manages a section of a large size engineering department, through developing and maintaining a workforce with the key technical skills necessary to ensure proper execution and delivery of the company’s products and projects. The Supervisor will manage recruitment, development, engagement and retention, and succession planning within their team.

In addition, the incumbent will support the Manager, Engineering with other aspects of the full departmental activities such as technological roadmap development, continuous improvement, modernization of engineering practices, and customer satisfaction. They will support the adoption of next-generation engineering tools, techniques, and procedures to increase competitiveness in their discipline area.

Specific Tasks

Resource Management

  • Recruits employees, assigns, directs and evaluates their work. Monitors and manages overall employee performance, conducts annual performance appraisals and sets individual objectives.
  • Provides staffing expertise to support the demand of Programs, R&D, and Business Development. Ensures that staffing supports the demand of current and future MDA programs.
  • Develops staff to ensure necessary skill sets. Establishes and regularly updates succession plans for key skills to avoid single point failures and bottlenecks in resource allocation.
  • Ensures group competency remains abreast of state of the art techniques in the respective engineering/manufacturing / support service disciplines.
  • Ensures staff works in an environment fostering innovation and evolution to maximize their satisfaction within the constraints of the business, supporting career planning, providing regular feedbacks and celebrating successes.
  • Oversees engineering facilities, processes, and tools required to support department activities and program needs.
  • Identifies and manages facility conflicts between all programs for flight or development activities as appropriate to the department.
  • Supports management of departmental overhead budget within allocation and provides forecasts to finance as required.
  • Supports coordination of capital planning for the department. Proposes necessary capital investment items with proper financial justification and implements the procurement.
  • Ensures the proper application of the company’s collective agreements.

Technical Overview

  • Participates in or leads Technical Overview Board (TOB) meetings.
  • Coordinates and ensures distribution of lessons learned.
  • Supports internal and external audits and ensure corrective actions are implemented as required.
  • Promotes a Design for Manufacturing (DFM) culture.
  • Participates in or leads technical troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • Provides expert support to MRBs and customer enquiries where needed.

Process Development, Maintenance And Application

  • Ensures proper application and adherence to overall company policies and processes by staff in the department.
  • Supports development and maintenance of departmental specific policies, processes, work instructions and standards and ensures they are available to, and followed by staff.
  • Proposes and leads new initiatives, or participates in initiatives for business process improvement (BPI) to improve departmental or global efficiency.
  • Acts as the area owner and ensures all Health & Safety procedures and policies are adhered to and maintained.

Front End Of The Business

  • Provides support and participate in proposal activities
  • Makes recommendations to the product development organisation for new products and R&D initiatives in line with the company’s strategic direction.
  • Supports and coordinates patent applications in conjunction with the product development organisation. Ensures that the company’s trade secrets and proprietary information is protected and handled securely.

Performs other tasks as required such as; leading proposals at the front end of the business, managing small projects or parts thereof, providing support to subcontract management, participating in collective agreement negotiations.

Work Experience Requirements

  • Minimum 5 years experience in the field of engineering / manufacturing preferably in the space industry or related area.
  • Candidate must have demonstrated superior ability for people skills, conflict resolution and leadership skills.
  • Career aspirations to managing teams of people in a dynamic environment.
  • Experience or interest in developing skills in resource management, negotiations, risk management techniques and financial reporting.
  • Good communicator in French and English (written and spoken).

Education Requirements

Engineering or similar degree in an appropriate discipline, Bachelors or higher