Systems & Project Engineer

Westminster, CO
Added: February 9, 2024
Maxar is seeking an experienced systems engineer, also acting as a project engineer lead for one of our work package engineering teams on our WorldView Legion Space & Ground Program. This role is based in Westminster, CO.

In this role you’ll be part of the WorldView Legion Satellite & Ground System Program integrated product team (IPT) for creating the technical solutions and delivery plans for both strategic and tactical satellite ground system capabilities positioning Maxar for growth in the global marketplace through technical solution management and delivery.

These enterprise-scale WorldView Legion capabilities power Maxar business systems and some of our core product offerings. The WorldView Legion Satellite & Ground System Program team drives innovation into both space & ground systems through the build lifecycle management in partnership with executive sponsors and business units. We deliver technical solutions into both internal operations and external, customer-facing offerings, collaborating with both operational leaders and go to market teams. This role as the technical team lead provides technical leadership and program execution oversight throughout the whole initiative and project lifecycle.

To be successful in this role, you must be a systematic and technical solutions-focused leader who is able to ensure a scoped technical product or capability is enabled and delivered on schedule and within budget in a way that is compatible with or complimentary to the existing Maxar Commercial and Secure Operations ground systems. The successful candidate will have experience with model-based engineering as well as generation of traditional SE artifacts, such as Concepts of Operations, Requirements, Use Cases, and related documentation. The candidate should have experience working with large, complex software systems, and will be expected to leverage this experience to quickly learn specific aspects of our space & ground systems including commanding & telemetry, and space mission control and mission management systems, etc.

As Maxar’s systems span multiple areas of expertise, you will require extensive technical leadership, collaboration, and clear communication, both written and verbal. The scope of deliverables includes requirements derivation, engineering and solution design, initiative and project planning/readiness, and technical oversight of the successful implementation or product roll out in the context of the WorldView Legion program.

In this role, you will also gather and manage customer business and technical requirements as part of working with market-facing team members. You will lead and collaborate closely with the program manager and project leads, architects, and other systems engineers to ensure alignment of customer requirements with development and implementation plans. You will also collaborate closely with release train functional leads (product owners and subject matter experts) to define technical work plans and dependencies. You will be responsible for technical outcome verification and facilitating an optimized transition into operations and keep end-users/operators apprised of the overall technical solution and progress. This role is heavily software-based, and business-value focused with the ability to thrive in an often chaotic and fast-paced environment.

Your Career: We’re very serious about professional development and continuing education at Maxar. We offer our team members with the opportunity to define their own career trajectory. Our group has amazing resources to support learning and development. You will work with your manager, or a mentor, to set goals and design a development plan to advance your career.

What We Offer: Time for dedicated professional development, conference attendance, corporate partner and industry training, peer group collaboration, hackathons, as well as paid certifications, education reimbursement and student loan forgiveness.


Gather and decompose business requirements into program technical requirements and tie them to program milestones in concert with business stakeholders

Bundle proposed technical solutions into coarse-sized work packages and coordinate with agile software development teams on draft implementation schedules, sizes, and execution plans

Participate in technical solutioning, architecture design, and integration working sessions to understand system design goals and constraints

Collaborate with train architects to identify ICDs/APIs which require updating and what the impacts of those updates would be outside of the program

Meet with operators, end-users, and customer representatives to refine concept of operations and derive new requirements for user touchpoints

Identify and propose changes with scaled agile development teams to develop the requested technical features

Lead and collaborate with enterprise and train architects to refine the high-level design into a more detailed design

Coordinate with test and evaluation teams to align on appropriate level of end-to-end testing and customer-facing testing

Collaborate with software development teams to write and groom features

Identify sequencing and dependencies on/with other major initiatives/programs within Maxar

Lead validation of end-to-end solution for business value and operations transition

Lead a scrum development team as both Technical Product Owner and Feature Owner - to include aid in facilitating agile ceremonies such as daily stand-up, sprint and quarterly planning, and feature demonstrations

Support the Agile Software Development Life Cycle process used to facilitate system baseline changes, taking ownership of those deliverables expected from the customer organization

Ensure quality by managing system and component-level requirements providing traceability to design documentation, test cases, and operational training material

Work directly with other Product Owners, system engineers, program managers, developers, testers, and customers to define technical user stories to affect an optimal system design implementation

Develop as-built design documents for software components

Work directly with internal software development team as well as 3rd party software vendors

Create system-level functional flows with an ability to frame all requirements inside those flows

Lead development of as-built models and design documents for software components to ensure all documentation is current

Continually learn about our evolving complex systems with particular focus on command & control & telemetry and mission control interfaces

Make contributions to the enterprise vision, engineering processes, and overall architecture roadmap

Participate in design sessions with internal clients from back-end processing to user interfaces, with an emphasis on mission planning and mission control segments within the space & ground systems

Manage customer expectations to ensure realistic deliverables and then exceed those expectations

Lead design sessions across operational and support groups

Coordinate team responses to large scale dynamic requests

What we look for in a Technical Leader:

A seasoned, experienced professional that uses their understanding of their expertise to resolve a wide range of issues in creative ways.

Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.

Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. This position networks with senior internal and external personnel in their area of expertise.

Receives little instruction on day-to-day work and only general instruction on new assignments.

Personal Grit: Recognizes situations when priorities shift and adjusting to maintain perspective. Acts as a role model in challenging situations, manage your own emotions, and believing in the capacity of all team members to learn and grow.

Team Engagement: Lead with empathy and concern for others’ physical and mental health, and focus on team member needs for inclusion, development, and growth.

Business Focus: Maintain a business focus, and continue to honor our commitments to customers, partners, and employees with a view to the future

Strategic decision making: Makes good and timely decisions that keep the program moving forward. Ability to make sound decisions in the presence of information ambiguity.

Communicates Effectively: Develop and deliver multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences

Builds and leads effective teams: Builds strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals

Drives for results: Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances

Manages Complexity: Make sense of complex, high volume, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems

Courage: Steps up to address difficult issues, says what needs to be said, does what needs to be done

Ability to delegate while remaining accountable for outcomes

Demonstrated attention to detail and follow-through

Excellent cross-functional and multi-level collaboration, relational, negotiation, coaching, and management skills; high-energy attitude

Minimum Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen and be willing and able to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance

Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Aerospace, Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field. Four additional years of experience may be substituted for a degree

Minimum of 6+ years of relevant experience in systems engineering, program management/project management, and experience in Geospatial Earth intelligence/aerospace/IT systems. Experience must demonstrate ability to deliver against key programmatic milestones and a strong understanding of Earth observation and/or intelligence enterprise-level systems and processes.

Expertise with industry standard aerospace and ground systems engineering and software design processes

Experienced with Model-Based System Engineering practices, SysML, modeling system state transitions, data flows, etc., and working with Enterprise Architect or similar framework

Knowledge of standard software systems engineering processes, tools, and artifacts, such as Enterprise Architect, Visio, and Block, Activity, Context & Sequence diagrams

Experience as a program technical lead in planning and technical management of a technical team

Software development experience using scaled agile methodologies in aerospace, aviation, IT or related technically complex industry

Experience managing cross-functional teams or projects, and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders

Strong sense of self-motivation is essential – must be willing to be actively involved in the details of the space & ground system design and operability

Successful at multi-tasking and able to handle a workload with multiple priorities

Able to identify and resolve project issues independently

Strong teamwork and collaborative skills

Preferred Qualifications:

Current/active Secret or TS/SCI security clearance

Background in satellite space, ground & mission control and mission planning systems

Experience with Agile software development practices & the various methodologies (Scaled Agile Framework preferred: SAFe, and Waterfall experience considered) and design processes

Demonstrated proficiency in cloud-based, service-oriented architectures and distributed systems

AWS cloud knowledge & experience and containerization technologies such as Cloud Foundry, Docker, or Kubernetes

Background in GIS, manufacturing, spacecraft command and control, ground systems infrastructure, or analytics

A passion for building highly automated systems

A good understanding of security best practices

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.