👷 Principal Systems Engineer (Space Destinations - Customer Accommodations IPT Lead)    

space station
business development

At Sierra Space, we envision a future where humanity lives and works in space, on moons, and on distant planets. Sierra Space builds and delivers the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, offering “space-as-a-service” in support of the new space economy. 

Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin, Durham, North Carolina, and Kennedy Space Center, Florida, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space 

Become part of our team developing the first independent commercial space station. This space station is based on our expandable _LIFE_™ habitat, serviced by _Dream Chaser_® spaceplane, and will provide the facilities and services for commercial research, manufacturing and tourism.  

The Customer Accommodations IPT is the voice of the customer and business interests to the technical team, and vice versa. Customer Accommodations bridges the gap between the technical and business teams and considerations, ensuring that our Space Destinations products are responsive to the demands of the customers, market, and business objectives. As the IPT lead, you will be responsible for collaborating with business development, strategy, and product teams to help strike the balance between the business demands and the technical constraints. And, you will be responsible for all programmatic aspects of your assigned product team providing scope, definition, technical review, mentoring, and planning to our team (and customers) providing customer and payload capabilities on our commercial space station. 

As a technical leader, you will have specific, focused responsibilities for customer relationship, cost, schedule and technical planning, risk management, tracking and reporting, technical execution, procurement, production, and deployment to ensure overall program performance objectives are achieved. You will be crucial in planning, tracking, and coordinating across the space station program and reporting to the Customer Accommodations group.  You will be the driver in ensuring program issues and problems are identified, tracked, and resolved and the success of the program.

In the definition phase, you will be responsible for the customer-focused system level architecture, mission objectives, capabilities, CONOPS, and requirements for the space station, including payload services and capabilities. In the execution phase, you will be responsible for the overall customer lifecycle, including customer mission definition, integration, certification, operation, and post-flight experience.


  • Bachelor's degree in STEM related discipline and typically a minimum of fourteen (14) years of experience. Alternative degrees such as business or user experience design may be considered; higher education may be considered in lieu of experience

  • Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of education

  • Demonstrated experience with systems engineering, system architecture development, requirements specification

  • Demonstrated customer-facing experience

  • Leadership abilities inclusive of successful change and risk management, life cycle program or product management, multi-disciplinary decision making and leading from within a team.

  • Requires ability to manage complex situations, delegate and empower authority, lead and inspire, drive innovative thinking for success, instill collaboration and transparency, challenge the status quo, and demonstrate the ability to adapt to dynamic situations.

  • Requires skills in time management, cost accounting, schedule reconciliation, team building, conflict resolution, communication and strategic thinking.


  • Master's degree in STEM related discipline or business administration

  • Experience in business development, business strategy, and/or market analysis

  • Experience leading integrated product teams or multi-disciplinary teams

  • Experience with payloads

  • Experience with ensuring compliance with approved Corporate and ISO 9001:2000 Policies and Processes

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required. Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit www.sierraspace.com to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $159,430.15 - $219,216.46

Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

As COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities, we are taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 and associated variants pose in the workplace. SNC is committed to supporting our employees while ensuring we continue to meet essential national security needs of our country.

With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, SNC will continue to require COVID-19 vaccination status for all employees including new hires. In accordance with applicable requirements, all current and newly hired employees who are unvaccinated may be required to adhere to enhanced onsite safety protocols including weekly COVID-19 testing, face coverings, and social distancing. 

The status of applicable COVID-19 vaccination requirements are subject to change depending on applicable court orders and the course of ongoing litigation. Candidates may later be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved exemption. 

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

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Sierra Space
United States, Broomfield, CO
Posted 6d ago
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