Sunday, October 20, 2013

Principal Communications Systems Engineer

Job ID: 3542

Position Description:

Advanced Programs and Systems – Principal Communications Sciences Systems Engineer supporting Commercial and US Government New Business pursuit and capture in the area of RF communications payload architectural design, definition and design for satellites and systems. Business Development support includes leading proposals, research and design (R&D), preliminary studies and support to Marketing and Sales for customer discussions regarding business requirements and best value solutions

Role/Job Responsibilities:

• Lead Communications Sciences Systems Engineering efforts for satellite or system new business activity including designing satellite RF antenna and repeater subsystems, command, telemetry subsystems and defining ground interfaces

• Work integrally with Customer and SS/L Marketing and Sales to define and evaluate payload architectural design trades to identify best value solutions. Proceed to develop technical performance requirements, define satellite antenna and repeater architectures, conduct key trades and perform detailed antenna and repeater performance and analyses

• Support Marketing and Sales in leading technical discussions with Customers, external agencies and other contractors regarding satellite RF antenna and repeater concept design approaches, key attributes and predicted performance

• Support Proposal Manager in preparing and documenting RF antenna and repeater technical description for all customer communications, including requests for information (RFIs) and firm fixed price proposals

• Must be experienced in working with communications satellite frequency plans, beam planning, antenna design requirements, EIRP and G/T budgets and conversion factors, repeater block diagrams, microwave components and related payload performance budgets

• Perform and lead R&D activities as principal investigator

• Flexible and able to work in situations that are ambiguous or uncertain

• Self-guided and able to work with minimal or no supervision

• Team-player with ability to lead others

• Attentive to details as well as big picture view

Position Requirements:

• Understanding of communications systems (digital and analog), RF and microwave theory and devices/components, antennas and propagation

• Proficient with MS Office applications

• Excellent verbal and written communications skills including presentations to groups

• Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills

• Formal systems engineering training

• Attention to detail

• Effective decision making in fast paced work situations

• Creative problem solving

• Flexible

• Able to multi-task

Requires a BS or equivalent + a minimum of 12 years experience, Master's Degree + a minimum of 10 years of experience, or Ph.D. + a minimum of 8 years of experience.


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