Director, RF Communication Subsystems

27 May 2023

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Maxar is currently seeking a Director of RF Communication Subsystems to join our team in Palo Alto and San Jose, CA. This is a management position reporting up to the VP of Subsystems and is responsible for the end-to-end scope of the communication subsystem. Scope includes development and management of the communication subsystem technology roadmap in support of the Office of the CTO, all communication subsystem engineering functions (Payload Engineering Managers, communication engineers, communication design, and Telemetry Command and Ranging), communication subsystem (repeater and antenna) make/buy decisions, communication unit (passive & active) engineering design, including vendor and in-house manufacturing technical management, RF unit manufacturing & antenna design / test including vendor technical management, communication panel subsystem test and verification, near-field range test management, and Satellite Antenna Test Range (SATR) test management. The subsystem is also required to provide direct program support via subject matter experts and leads matrixed to a particular program with emphasis on maximizing continuity on the program. You will be accountable for subsystem technical, cost, and schedule performance including risk management and mitigation.

You will be supported by mission architects, system engineers, other subsystem groups, engineering services, AIT (Assembly, Integration and Test) and supply chain to perform the detailed engineering, manufacturing and testing necessary to deliver a subsystem that meets its program specifications, cost, schedule and quality targets. The resources required to accomplish this will be available primarily within your own organization, although collaboration and support will be required/provided from the other support groups mentioned as well.
  • Direct experience in developing and driving both RF design engineering, and RF manufacturing for RF Active/Passive units, plus RF antenna product lines
  • Manage Directorate Technical activities to derive technology roadmap strategies in line with Directorate B&P strategy and IR&D Director guidance
  • Collaborate with Subsystem Director team members, and across Maxar to align strategic objectives and operational decisions
  • Interface with Program Management Office if/when issues are unable to be resolved by the subsystems technical team
  • Lead team efforts towards continuous process improvement and innovation initiatives and ensure process adherence
  • Create Risk Mitigation planning process that enables the strategic risk taking essential to meet rapidly evolving customer mission demands, while providing the rigor to continuously assess and burn down risk as required to meet cost and schedule objectives
  • Provide technical and proactive risk management expertise to serve Project Managers (PM), External Product Engineers (XPE), and Cost Account Managers (CAM) in the planning & execution of in-house and supplier development efforts

Minimum Requirements:
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Aerospace related degree required. Four years of additional experience may be substituted for a degree. An MS degree may be counted as two additional years of experience.
  • Minimum of 12 years of engineering or technical program management experience in an engineering/manufacturing environment
  • Cost and Schedule management experience
  • Experience in managing against Program Work Statement / Statement of Work
  • Experience in management of contract deliverables

Preferred Qualifications:
  • MS degree
  • Experience with SAP cost reporting tools
  • Experience in all phases of a satellite development program
  • Proposal development and IRAD experience
  • Previous experience with spacecraft hardware and software development
  • Experience developing governance processes to ensure excellent engineering project execution

Attributes of a Preferred Candidate:
  • Cost Account Management (CAM) and Earned Value Management (EVM) experience
  • Direct experience with aerospace industry design practices
  • Experience with managing internal and external vendors/suppliers
  • Extensive experience conducting vendor source selection activities for critical procured flight hardware
  • Proven skills in issue resolution and decision making across functional groups in a highly complex environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to communicate well with Maxar leadership
  • Strong listening ability: Be able to hear what is said, understand what is meant, communicate with stakeholders, and productively engage all involved members
  • Ability to influence effectively
  • Comfortable in a dynamic, fast paced environment
  • Strives for excellence with a high level of integrity.
  • Passion for satellite and space system product development, integration, manufacturing, and test
  • Desire to build processes and operational structures to grow the Maxar Space Segment
  • Strong drive for executing and obtaining strategic goals
  • Ability to attack problems: block and tackle near term issues, anticipate and mitigate potential future issues

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: $166,000.00 - $276,000.00 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.

  • ID: #50007286
  • State: California Paloalto 94301 Paloalto USA
  • City: Paloalto
  • Salary: USD TBD TBD
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Showed: 2023-05-27
  • Deadline: 2023-07-25
  • Category: Et cetera