Lead Spacecraft Systems Engineer

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Join the mission to make Earth a sustainable home forever.

We see a future where space is the gateway to a more resilient and sustainable Earth.โ€‹ Outpost is the sustainable space company. Outpost is creating the world's first commercial reusable satellites that will come back to earth after mission completion and then get refurbished for the next mission, reducing future space debris and contributing to the long term sustainability of human life in space while making the cost of a satellite mission up to 80% cheaper and 100% cleaner.

We enable precision Earth Return of satellites and orbital payloads. We believe that our future in space must be built with sustainability at its core and that efficient, precise Earth Return is essential for the development of new industries in space and the improvement of life on Earth. Outpost allows companies to iterate on technical developments in space and ensure mission success. If you believe that the advancement into space will create a better planet Earth for all living beings and have the background to support it, then we want to hear from you.

WHO YOU ARE: You have been building satellites for years, probably since college, and know everything there is to know about how to make amazing satellites that are low cost and scalable. You've probably thought a lot about how to optimize the satellite manufacturing process, or seriously considered make/buy decisions on pretty much every sub-system. Plain and simple, you know exactly what needs to happen to build an amazing satellite. You will be the technical leader of a team developing a spacecraft system serving a range of missions and customers. This includes generating, tracking, and guiding requirements definition, spacecraft design, procurement and manufacture, integration and test, and verification and validation of the overall spacecraft system. You will be expected to fulfill a leadership position in guiding, instructing, and mentoring other engineers in best practices, policies and procedures, coding standards, and task management.


  • BS in engineering (MS preferred)
  • You must have successfully flown a satellite in the last 12 months
  • Preferably you've helped build a satellite constellation
  • Experience in all phases of system/subsystem development, from initial concept definition through on-orbit operation
  • Experience building a low cost small satellite
  • Experience in sheet metal, subtractive, additive, and composite design approaches
  • Prior experience as systems engineer, chief engineer, project manager, or lead engineer on satellite mission
  • At least 4 years of experience leading a team
  • Living in or willing to relocate to Los Angeles.


  • Lead and Develop a complete space system (including satellite, working with launch vehicle ICD, satellite, ground support and data management operations)
  • Hire an engineering team and ensure proper management processes
  • Think outside the box
  • Develop and maintain technical budgets
  • Develop and manage system requirements and verification techniques
  • Develop simulations and perform analysis across vehicle functions
  • Develop test methods and plans for new developments
  • Develop, in collaboration with team members, interface specifications, CONOPS definition, and other design documents
  • Lead the technical teams in creating offers and customer interaction
  • Lead proposal activities and facilitate technical exchanges with the engineering team
  • Assist with program management and product management
  • Provide mentoring for more Junior Systems Engineers
  • Innovate without having to find magic unicorns


  • Excellent communication skills - you pride yourself on your ability to convey complex topics with clarity and build mutual understanding from both your team and others in the company
  • Strong leadership ability - you take ownership of your projects, advocate for your team when they need resources, and inspire those around you to work together through challenging problems
  • Growth mindset, and skills in active listening.
  • Highly analytical mindset, with an ability to see both the big picture and the details
  • Future minded thinking - youโ€™re always one step ahead thinking about how to best build systems and processes that are designed to scale and can adapt to future challenges
  • Requirements Management & Design for Requirements
  • Mission concept of operations design & system architecting
  • Managing system budgets
  • Systems Integration (Design & Implement)
  • Management of Interface, Verification and Validation
  • Product Lifecycle Planning/Management
  • Thorough understanding of the Systems Engineering development lifecycle and change management process
  • Specification & System Technical Writing
  • Product Lifecycle implementation, tailoring & managing compliance to it
  • Technical Reviewer & Requirements Compliance Management
  • AIT/V Planning

Compenstation includes equity and benefits.


$150k - $215k

United States, Santa Monica

Posted 2 months ago

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