supply chain
business development

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At Maxar Space, our products are vast: from our WorldView Legion platform for earth observation, to the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) supporting NASA’s Artemis Program to return to the Moon, to our highly reliable 1300/Legion class platform for communications applications.

We are currently looking for a Manager of Propulsion Engineering to join our team in Palo Alto, CA.  In this role, you will report to the GNC Subsystem Director and be responsible for leading an engineering team responsible for both chemical and electric propulsion subsystem design, analysis, hardware procurement, and testing.  You and your team will be working very closely alongside a highly cross-functional team and will have the ability to impact essentially all phases of spacecraft design and build: from working with Product Management and Mission Architecture teams to build out product roadmaps and develop new Propulsion architectures for our various spacecraft platforms, to supporting orbit raising activities as your fully built-up spacecraft is on it’s way to performing it’s mission. You are technical in nature.  You are business savvy.  You love leading teams and helping people grow.

**Who we are:**·        

We are always curious – our history has proven our innovation, and this is the cornerstone of our success. We stay curious and continuously learn to improve our product, processes, and culture. When we find out that we did something wrong or there’s a better way to do it, we work to immediately fix it. You embody a growth mindset and help us further move the needle.·        

We are highly collaborative and work better together – the work that we do is at the intersection of everything: Business Development, Product Management, other Subsystems, Systems Engineering, AIT, Supply Chain. We are all highly intertwined with one another and we only succeed if we move together as a whole. You thrive at these intersections and your success will be through these relationships. You’re also a storyteller and multi-technical-lingual, meaning that you’re able to distill the most important of information when speaking to others so they understand you.·        

You matter – we are very serious about YOU and your development, and will work closely with you to help craft your career objectives. Our tight-knit community provides many growth and learning opportunities ranging from working across organizations and to multiple layers of management, will work closely with you to help craft your career objectives. We also expect that you provide this YOU focus to your team as well. You lead with empathy for others’ physical and mental health, and focus on team member needs for inclusion, development and growth.·        

We are gritty – There is never a dull moment in our day…and that’s intended to be a good thing! We recognize situations when priorities shift and adjust to maintain perspective. We act as a role model in challenging situations. We manage our own emotions and believe in the capacity of all team members to learn and grow.


  • Lead your team: your team is responsible for the spacecraft propulsion subsystem. This includes the design, procurement, testing operation of chemical and electric propulsion subsystems, working cross functionally within the GNC organization and external disciplines to meet spacecraft performance requirements. Additionally, your team will be responsible for performing subsystem analysis in support of mission operations. Building and sustaining a strong team will be your on-going responsibility, as you nurture the team’s strengths in program execution, problem solving, and innovation.

  • Focus on your team: Mentor, train, develop, provide opportunities for your team members based their needs and those of the organization

  • Foster a collaborative working environment: within your team as well as cross-functionally across the company

  • Be a partner:  with Supply Chain to pro-actively manage procurements, with Business Development / Mission Architecture to develop new architectures, with Systems Engineering and AIT to ensure clean hand-offs

  • Continuously improve: Tease out product and/or process inefficiencies and make it better

  • Own your portfolio cost models and budget: you proactively manage your budget, identify risks and opportunities to your work, and own your cost models to be used for new business proposals

  • Own your portfolio schedule: you proactively manage your schedule, and work alongside your peers to ensure stakeholder needs are met.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or a related field.

  • Minimum of 8 years of related work experience

  • Minimum of 4 years leading teams and/or directly managing people

  • Knowledgeable and up-to-date on current state-of-the-art propulsion technologies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 12 years of relevant experience

  • Familiarity with satellite propulsion system design and test obtained through educational training and/or on the-job experience in a related field.


Our salary ranges are market-driven and set to allow for flexibility. Individual pay will be competitive based on a candidate’s unique set of knowledge, skills, and geographic diversity, with earnings potential commensurate with experience. The range for this position is:

$133,000.00 - $223,000.00 annually.


Additionally, this position is incentive eligible with a target based on contribution, company performance, and/or individual results achieved; the specific incentive plan and target amount will be determined based on the role and breadth of contributions.

Maxar employees must follow all applicable Maxar policies and COVID-19 requirements as well as those of Maxar customers and third parties. Individual job requirements may vary, and Maxar reserves the right to modify its policies and requirements as it deems appropriate in accordance with applicable law.

Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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United States, Palo Alto, CA
Posted 6d ago
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