Space Systems - Experienced Space Mission Systems Engineer - Military veterans preferred

Raytheon (


  full-time   employee

El Segundo
United States

Job Description:
Are you tired of your current job? Would you like to make a career move? Are you a rock star engineer? Do you have the leadership genes? Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is the right place for you. We are the leading group for the creation of advanced sensing systems for space exploration, national security, and civil space. You might have seen on the web many beautiful images of the Earth, down to fine detail, and you might have been amazed by the discoveries coming back from deep space missions. Behind many of those amazing results are the technologies and innovations created by the engineers at Raytheon. We are looking for the next generation of leaders who will shape the future of space exploration, human spaceflight, and national defense. We are looking for you.

We are looking for a Space Mission Systems Engineer who brings space mission system leadership, engineering, capture, and proposal experience to a growth oriented organization. Prior experience in satellite design, development, testing, and operations, or orbital analysis is desired. This role will leverage your knowledge of all elements of the space mission design process including initial concept development, system-level trades, requirements definition, spacecraft design, mission geometry, orbit selection, mission timeline, performance assessment, mission utility, and mission level cost optimization. The job responsibilities may include constellation and sensor MBSE. Knowledge of Space, Ground, Programmatics, and Launch segment inter-relationships to support the optimization of a mission baseline is desired. Potential responsibilities might include supporting the design and assessment of elements like ground segment, user segment, and mission operations. Your vital contribution will help us to deliver excellence to our very demanding customers.

The candidate should be capable of leading efforts that use tools such as STK, HPOP, Matlab, C++, or similar that create analytical products and perform model generation for data analysis and performance prediction. Possible tasks include defining day in the life (DITL) CONOPS for space mission systems. This position will interface with (or serve in the role of) Capture Manager, Proposal Manager, Lead Systems Engineer and other stake holders to ensure program objectives are achieved. Successful candidates should expect to be immersed in a fast-paced, team-based, and challenging technical environment where an individual with talent and initiative can stand out and thrive.

Required Skills:

  • 8+ years engineering experience with at least 4 years working space systems engineering
  • Leadership skills to develop proposals for Government, commercial, and international customers
  • Ability to work independently, determine and develop approach to solutions
  • Experience with spacecraft bus design and bus subsystem design
  • Experience defining the elements of a space mission, performing preliminary mission design, and developing operational concepts
  • Experience generating systems engineering products to architect a conceptual mission architecture
  • Experience with orbit selection, design, and ability to conduct orbit trades
  • Experience quantifying mission utility and analyzing figures of merit
  • Experience with targeting, ground station pass analysis, constellation design, stationkeeping analysis, or collision avoidance
  • Evidence of problem solving and time management skills
  • Experience working with multi-disciplined teams
  • Excellent presentation skills and negotiation skills
  • U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position will require the ability to access US only data systems.
  • U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position will need a U.S. Security Clearance within 1 year of start date.

Desired Skills:
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with all levels of the organization
  • Government program office or laboratory experience
  • Experience in Model Based System Engineering tools (such as IBM Rational or Vitec CORE) for developing architectures and functional analysis.
  • Familiarity with SEIT tools such as STK, MATLAB, C++, and Python
  • Familiarity with Earth, target, and regional coverage; producing access reports and performing Monte Carlo analysis of constellations with sensor physics in the loop
  • Experience with mission geometry, relative satellite motion, and analyzing viewing and lighting conditions
  • Experience modeling different types of spacecraft propulsion (e.g., chemical or electric/low thrust)
  • Experience defining technical budgets (Delta V budget, Link budget, Mass budget, Power budget, Propellant budget, Payload budget) and Orbit Cost Function
  • Ability to carry out design of spacecraft subsystems
  • Experience with small satellite design
  • Familiarity with the Responsive Space concept and methods for reducing space mission cost, and familiarity with space mission cost models including USCM8, SSCM, NICM, and COCOMO 81
  • Experience with mission operations and CONOPS
  • Experience designing interplanetary trajectories (2-body and n-body problems)
  • Knowledge of spherical trigonometry
  • Knowledge of space radiation environment and orbital debris environment
  • Knowledge of end-of-life and disposal approaches
  • Experience with EO/IR payload design
  • Ability to perform launch system selection and identification of launch opportunities
  • Knowledge of ground segment, antenna services, and data distribution
  • Knowledge of US Export/Import law in regards to space technologies
  • Current TS/SCI clearance or ability to obtain one is desired

Required Education:
Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) degree in Engineering, Physics, Math, or related discipline.

Desired Education:
Advanced degree in Engineering, Physics, Math, or related discipline.

U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position will require the ability to access US only data systems.

U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position will need a U.S. Security Clearance within 1 year of start date.

Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.