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Engineer, Satellite Subsystem

Requisition Number:  17911
Contract Type:  Permanent

Manassas, VA, US

SES is looking for a Senior Engineer to join the international team operating out of Luxembourg and USA, and will be responsible for the health, monitoring and operations of the spacecraft Power and Thermal subsystems across SES's fleet of GEO and MEO satellites.

Your mission will be to provide engineering support to the full satellite lifecycle: from new satellite procurement through launch, orbit raising operations, on-orbit operations, as well as re-orbit. For this you will be using MATLAB or Python for coding solutions to enhance our spacecraft performance monitoring and analytics toolkits, but also developing a custom skillset and expertise, across a wide technical breadth, to make an impacting contribution to the success of every spacecraft mission.

You will be responsible for (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Bring the Electrical Power & Thermal expertise to nominal and contingency operations of SES’s satellites
  • Provide 24/7 on-call support as part of the team, as well as specialized support to new satellite construction programs, orbit raising operations, and development of the ground products required for satellite operations
  • Monitor the Electrical Power & Thermal subsystems to identify degraded performance, anticipate scenarios, and take appropriate action
  • Develop and maintain tools for evaluating and trending health to maximize satellite safety, availability, and longevity
  • Perform required engineering analyses, modelling of the spacecraft Electrical Power, Thermal subsystems, and Survivability
  • Interface with internal and external parties in relation to the responsibilities of the subsystems, such as external Satellite Manufacturers and internal Fleet Development teams 
  • Lead projects as required 
  • Proactively stay informed about industry trends, best practices, and emerging technologies
  • Continuously seek opportunities to expand your knowledge/skill set, as well as for process optimization and improvement





Must Have

  • Master’s degree in Electrical, Electronics or Aerospace Engineering with min. 2 years applicable professional experience in satellite engineering and/or operations
  • Thorough understanding of overall satellite design, operations, and testing
  • Computer software skills, including Python or Matlab
  • Able and willing to meet the needs of a 24x7 on-call environment, which can require out of hours support and response under pressure to contingency situations
  • A valid driver license is essential for on-call support
  • Fluency in English with very good communication skills


Nice to Have

  • Track record to meet deadlines 
  • Experience in satellite engineering and/or operations on Thales, Airbus or Boeing GEO or MEO satellites
  • Knowledge of space radiation environment 
  • Able to travel internationally 



The base salary range for this full-time position is $87,000.00 - $122,000.00 + bonus + equity + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed on this job posting reflects the target salary for new hires in Washington, DC Metro Area. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. 


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.  


In conformity with U.S. Government technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and/or other applicable U.S. law, regulation or other requirements imposed by the U.S. Government, certain positions may require U.S. Citizenship, status as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or a “protected individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligibility to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.  

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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