NSSL Lead Systems Engineer
A thriving economy in space is needed to make life on Earth more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable. Space technology will enable global access to information, solutions to climate change, answers to global food security, products that transform healthcare, clean energy production, and more. Today, rocket launch options are slow, expensive, and unreliable. Stoke is building the world’s most efficient fully and rapidly reusable rocket designed to fly daily that will radically increase access to space and open up the space economy to safeguard our precious home, Earth.
As a Lead Systems Engineer at a small and growing startup, you will own the mission architecture, the integration of multidisciplinary subsystems for a launch vehicle and/or spacecraft, and will ensure all parts of the vehicle work together to meet the customer’s objectives. You will work across the product lifecycle from early concept development through vehicle integration and operations. You should be organized, a good communicator, and excellent at identifying and solving problems related to the integration of complex systems. You must be ready to stay focused, move fast, self-direct, and learn on the fly. You will be expected to perform proposal requirements flowdown and lead the development of a mission architecture capable of meeting the customers’ requirements.
- Strong knowledge of systems engineering fundamentals, and ability to apply that knowledge in practical ways to a fast-paced development program.
- Demonstrated experience working on one or more development projects through the full lifecycle, from concept through operations, on an aerospace or similar high-performance product.
- Proficiency performing mission analyses including those related to trajectory, thermal environment, communications, and guidance, navigation, and control.
- Proficiency working with interdisciplinary technical teams, including mechanical, electrical, and software engineers.
- Ability to lead.
- Ability to follow.
- Rigorous attention to detail.
- Excellent written and verbal communication.
- Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.
- Experience in leading government proposals.
- Possession of, or the ability to maintain, the necessary security clearance(s) required for supporting government programs.
- Listen to customer input and develop conceptual system architecture, concept of operations (ConOps), and functional capabilities which meet customer objectives.
- Define system requirements to meet functional capabilities and ConOps, define product breakdown, and decompose requirements to lower-level products.
- Negotiate interfaces between stakeholders and ensure interfaces are documented and kept up to date.
- Estimate vehicle loads and environments and develop plans to validate estimates.
- Manage changes to requirements, interfaces, and designs throughout the development process.
- Facilitate and document system safety analyses such as Functional Hazard Assessments (FHA) and Failure Mode, Effects, and Criticality Analyses (FMECA) in coordination with the design team.
- Develop requirement verification and validation plans, and execute verification activities in
coordination with the design team.
- Define vehicle operations and maintenance plans, and document operational lessons to continuously iterate and improve system operability.
- Lead and own the technical baseline for government proposals.
- Medical, dental, vision and basic life insurance
- Paid time off
- Flexible scheduling
- Level 3 Range: $120,900 - $181,300
- Level 4 Range: $147,700 - $221,600
Our job posts are intentionally written to attract a wide variety of experience levels, and we make decisions about the right fit on a per-candidate basis.
Your actual level and base salary will be decided based on your specific experience and skill level.