Scientist, Space Vehicle & Systems Architect

Palm Bay, Florida, United States


  • Full Time
  • 1
  • Sometimes
  • 10-14 years
  • US Citizen

Job Description

The Space Vehicle & Systems Architect delivers full life-cycle systems integration and engineering services to meet the missions of its customers.  Responsible for the architectural design, development oversight, and deployment of space systems. Responsible for definition of system solutions based on customer current and future needs.  Develop system architectures across multiple platforms, mission domains and applications.  Accountable for end-to-end systems engineering and integration, engineering documentation, customer engagement, and enterprise coordination.  Requires maintaining currency with industry trends and new technologies applicable to  products and mission solutions.  Works on advanced, complex technical projects or business issues requiring state of the art technical or industry knowledge.  Provides technical direction for the development, engineering, interfacing, integration, and testing of payload & bus components of complex hardware/software systems to include requirements elicitation, analysis and functional allocation, conducting systems requirements reviews, developing concepts of operation and interface standards, developing system architectures, and performing technical/non-technical assessment and management as well as end-to-end flow analysis.

Essential Functions:

  • Applies an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to plan, design, develop and verify a lifecycle balanced space environment system
  • Understands the complete mission that customers want to achieve
  • Evaluates customer and /operational needs to help define and coordinate system performance requirements, integrate technical parameters and assure compatibility of all physical, functional and program interfaces
  • Leads and coordinates various analyses to optimize space system architecture
  • Knowledge of bus/spacecraft architectures and subsystems 
  • Executes technical responsibilities within project cost and schedule constraints
  • Resolves cross-functional technical issues
  • Assess and provides direction for make/buy decisions and selection of strategic suppliers
  • Determines whether requirements can be met with existing capabilities/designs or if new design requirements must be developed
  • Provides technical coordination between external customer’s engineers, industry engineers and internal engineering groups to articulate technical issues
  • Prepares and presents technical information internally and externally that addresses specific subjects of interest
  • Advocates the customer’s critical needs to internal stakeholders
  • Provide technical direction for the development, integration, and testing of complex hardware/software systems
  • Lead and perform trade studies required to make both tactical and strategic technical decisions for programs
  • Lead or participate in technical interchange meetings (TIMs) to manage project execution and resolve enterprise issues
  • Provide mentoring, guidance and leadership to novice engineers


  • 12+ years with a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent 
  • Must have an active Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Prior related Space Vehicle/System experience strongly desired
  • Experience creating and implementing system architectures and complex mission solutions
  • Ability to partner with stake holders and team leaders to identify mission gaps and develop system solutions which provide customer value
  • Experience architecting, analyzing, developing, and integrating end to end systems in areas such as Space payload (EO, RF, etc.), Space Vehicle, and Bus subsystems
  • Experience applying technologies and capabilities in ways not previously anticipated to solve our customers’ ultimate objectives
  • Experience in operating as a prime provider for both exquisite space and small-sat opportunities
  • Effective communications skills, interpersonal skills and customer focus desired
  • Experience with functional and physical architecture development

Experience collaborating in a team environment


IMPORTANT: All resumes must be submitted with a brief candidate summary that outlines the key qualifications required for this position as per the job description. Please showcase all skills and experience relevant to each requirement for THIS particular job. This write-up will be shared with the client along with the resume. Candidates without a proper write-up will not be forwarded to the client.


Questions from the employer

You will need to answer the following questions when you apply to this job.

  • Do you have an "ACTIVE" Top Secret/SCI or Top Secret/SSBI security clearance?
  • Do you have 12+ years with a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent?
  • Do you have prior related Space Vehicle/System experience?

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