Senior Manager, RF Systems Engineering

Orbital Sciences Corporation - Dulles, VA

Posted 870 days ago
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    Mid-Senior level
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    Defense & Space
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Direct and coordinate technical personnel assigned to a department and for the processes for completing work in the assigned functional field. Ensure that qualified and appropriate personnel are assigned to meet the needs of all programs. Responsible for technical, cost, and schedule requirements of pre-proposal efforts, proposal development, design and development, internal/customer design reviews and technical documentation.


The candidate will be the functional manager of a matrix organization supporting the Space Systems Group and Advanced Programs Group business areas. As a functional manager, the candidate will organize, support, and grow a talented team of RF engineers working day-to-day on design, build and test of commercial communications and scientific spacecraft. The candidate will also be a technical resource for the group, providing mentoring, guidance and assistance with problem solving, and will participate directly in some programs or new business efforts on a part-time basis. The successful candidate will have strong technical skills, ability to organize and direct a medium-sized engineering team, and demonstrated motivation to develop employees' careers. In particular, the candidate will:

- Coordinate staff size and skill pool across programs and business units. The candidate will work with the group director and the program managers to understand and forecast business needs, and ensure the right employees are available at the right time. The candidate will recruit new talent, organize training and mentorship for new employees, and foster an environment of career development and growth.
- Establish, maintain and propagate tools, processes, procedures and guidelines to achieve technical excellence and consistent results across programs and business units. Propagate and implement lessons learned and best practices across programs.
- Perform managerial duties for direct reports, including annual appraisals, timecard supervision and approvals, status reports, and regular communications with employees. The candidate will assist with overhead budgeting, IR&D planning, capital planning, and department metrics.
- Perform initial design work and provide technical content and written input for new business efforts, both formal proposals and informal responses to potential customers.
- Generate and/or review and provide guidance for basis of estimate (BOE) cost inputs for proposals, studies, and new program starts.
- Provide technical guidance to on-going projects on an as-needed basis. Conduct peer reviews of subsystem and component designs to ensure program success and avoid late-arising issues.

Desired Skills and Experience

Required Qualifications:
- BSEE (or related field) with some combination of the following course work or on-the-job experience: microwave theory, satellite communications, radio-wave propagation, electromagnetics, antennas. Good understanding of communications and microwave theory.
- Practical experience in space vehicle design/production
- Excellent written and oral communication skills. Comfortable with direct end-customer, subcontractor and upper management interaction and negotiation. Ability to write technical documents clearly and concisely.
- Demonstrated ability to manage, organize, and coordinate a team of engineers to meet schedule and budget constraints while maintaining technical excellence
- Familiar with cost account management concepts, including cost and labor estimation (BOE preparation), task scheduling, and earned value tracking
- Strong skills in Microsoft Office (particularly Excel)

Preferred Qualifications:
- MSEE (or related field) a strong plus
- Prior functional or program management experience
- Hands-on experience with microwave component/system measurement
- Familiar with engineering analysis software such as MATLAB or Mathcad, and support tools such as Visual Basic for Applications
The successful candidate will have experience in many of the following areas in order to provide the requisite technical guidance to your engineers working on geosynchronous communications satellites and low-earth orbit scientific/environmental satellites:
- "Big picture" RF subsystem design to provide customer-requested performance while satisfying applicable constraints on mass, dc power, volume/size, schedule and cost. Preparation of system budgets and block diagrams.
- Detailed design and analysis of communications systems for satellite and interplanetary applications. The candidate must be familiar with RF analyses such as link budgets, gain/loss budgets, noise figure, etc. Experience with digital transmission and high data rate systems is a plus.
- Requirements flow-down from top-level customer document through subsystem-level definition to component-level specification.
- Definition, design, and specification of space vehicle antennas.
- Subcontractor management and manufacturing interface definition including performance specification,interface control drawing, and statement of work generation.
- Preparation and presentation of design reviews and training materials.
- Oversight of component and subsystem manufacturing and test.
- Subsystem and system level RF testing.
- Initial mission operations and in-orbit checkout/testing planning, execution, documentation, and summary presentation.


In order to be considered for this opportunity, please apply directly to our website ( EOE/M/F/V/D.

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Orbital Sciences Corporation

Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers. The company’s primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense missions; human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and target vehicles. Orbital also provides satellite subsystems and space-related technical services to government agencies and laboratories.

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