• 08/3/23
  • Ref: J141564

Spacecraft Systems Engineer


  • Location Icon England, Oxfordshire
  • Salary Icon Salary is based on experience
  • Work Type Icon Permanent

Job Description

Spacecraft System Engineer
KDC are looking for an experienced Spacecraft System Engineer to join a friendly and welcoming team at the brand-new state of the art facility in Harwell.
The Spacecraft System Engineers are central to the design effort of any mission, working as the technical architect and facilitating trade-offs across the system design. As a Spacecraft Systems Engineer you will work with the subsystem engineers and project managers, balancing the needs of the missions and guiding the technical solutions towards a feasible and achievable conclusion, therefore, you will need a good general understanding of the typical subsystems of satellite missions to perform this role.
As a Spacecraft Systems Engineers you are involved on a mission from beginning to end.  Starting with writing bids to customers, then developing and analysing the design during the early mission phases; you will be supporting testing during AIT (and leading system testing), during the launch campaign and finally assist with in-orbit commissioning of the satellite.
  • Performing trade-off analysis
  • Performing analysis of the spacecraft system design
  • Generate and maintain system level budgets (mass, power, data)
  • Generate and maintain the requirements and associated design & verification compliance
  • Prepare sub-system requirements specification to support procurement
  • Review and modify FDIR techniques, perform FMEA
  • Adapting the system design from existing mission architectures to meet the needs of the current work
  • Coordinating with the subsystem leads to understand their problems
  • Reviewing inputs from subsystem engineers or external partners and critiquing appropriately
  • Authoring and maintaining system level documents, e.g. CONOPS, V&V plan, System test plans
Essential Skills
  • 2 years experience of commercial satellite system engineering
  • An understanding of all the critical subsystems that make up a satellite mission
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with requirements management
  • Ability to perform complicated trade-offs
  • Comfortable working with Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Desirable skills
  • 5 years of commercial experience in a Systems Engineering role contributing to satellite platform &/or payload architecture.
  • Good understanding of attitude and orbit control subsystem.
  • Experience of satellite level AIT
  • Experience of mission operations
  • Experience with STK
  • Experience with FMECA
  • Experience working on ESA missions
  • Awareness of the issues around space debris removal including past missions and relevant regulations
  • Whilst the working language across all divisions is English, proficiency in spoken and/or written Japanese would be considered an asset
  • Competitive base salary
  • Opportunity to work with a highly talented international team working on cutting edge technology.
  • Flexible working around core hours
  • Hybrid working available (Dependent on individual role requirements)
  • 25 days holiday (increasing yearly up to a maximum of 28 days) + 8 days Bank Holiday per year. 
  • Life insurance and long-term sick pay
  • Private healthcare (taxable benefit)
  • Relocation allowance
  • Visa sponsorship for employees
  • New state of the art office and cleanroom facility (opening summer 2022)
  • Regular social events.


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