• Senior Mission Payload Specialist / Flight Software Engineer - VADER

    Axient Albuquerque, NM 87190

    Job #2274628339

  • Overview

    Axient is seeking a Senior Mission Payload Specialist/Flight Software Engineer to support our customer in Albuquerque, NM.


    You will work in a small, highly empowered team where every team member is directly responsible for the success of the program. Engineering responsibilities span technology domains including space-rated/qualified guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) hardware, software, sensors, and processors in an extremely fast-paced, responsive development environment. This SETA candidate will provide in-depth background on satellite vehicle bus and integration of GNC and C2 subsystems to improve program office insight into state-of-the art IC, DoD, commercial and legacy space vehicle systems, GNC, FSW and C2 requirements and capabilities. You must apply advanced principles, theories, and concepts for highly classified systems, while also effectively communicating complex results with management and executive leadership.

    SETA Role and Responsibilities:

    • Supports design, interpretation, and analysis of technical solutions to complex projects

    • Leads or supports technical programs, projects, or tasks whose technical complexity requires engineering oversight

    • Ensures completion of tasks within estimated time frames and budget constraints

    • Provides input to the government customer concerning risks to performance, schedule, and budget due to either proposed contractor plans or contractor's execution of accepted plans

    • Ensure the quality of the program, project, or task deliverables meet or exceed standards or metrics and assesses such deliverables to ensure that the final deliverables will meet the warfighting purpose for which they are intended

    • Plans and performs engineering research, design development, and other engineering assignments in conformance with the design, engineering, and customer specifications

    • Responsible for the overall technical/engineering portions of major projects or programs

    • Coordinates with multiple partners/agencies to ensure system engineering communities support delivery milestones

    • Tracks and advises design trades and associated cost, schedule, and technical impacts to requirements

    • Initiates, supervises, and/or develops requirements from a project's inception to conclusion for complex to extremely complex programs

    • Provides strategic advice, technical guidance and expertise to program and project staff

    • Provides detailed analysis, evaluation and recommendations for improvements, optimization development and/or maintenance efforts for client specific or mission critical challenges/issues

    • Consults with client to define need or problem

    • Supervises studies and leads surveys to collect and analyze data to provide advice and recommend solutions

    • Communicate clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy-oral and written

    • Other duties as required


    Required Skills:

    • Minimum ten (10) years of relevant classified DoD/IC, or relevant work experience

    • Proven Experience in spacecraft, or highly autonomous unmanned systems

    • Knowledge in using sensors to support space-to-space missions (i.e. rendezvous and proximity operations)

    • Proven experience integrating subsystems such as sensor suites, PNT, survivability, and network communications into systems to achieve desired effects

    • Experience in RF SATCOM (Laser desired) crosslinks

    • Knowledge of spacecraft engineering, development, and manufacturing

    • Experience in planning and executing test campaigns for space mission systems

    • Experience with Statements of Work (SOW) and Performance Work Statements (PWS)

    Desired Skills:

    • Ten (10) years of relevant DoD work experience with SAP and/or SCI

    • System Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) to a Government program office

    • Demonstrated knowledge of embedded software for autonomous space operations

    • Demonstrated knowledge of payload functionality and interface

    • Demonstrated technical program management in space systems

    • Experience leading software algorithm development teams

    • Experience using multivariable optimization in mission planning software systems

    • Knowledge of spacecraft Assembly, Integration and Test (AI&T) -- comms, propulsion, bus, power and environmental

    • Experience with ground mission planning architecture and software

    • Experience in DoD or IC program management including Integrated Master Schedules, and risk management

    Minimum Education Requirements:

    Desired Requirements:

    • An applicable engineering degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or possess a Professional Engineering license

    • Relevant MA/MS/ME degree


    • Active TOP SECRET clearance with sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI) and special access program (SAP) eligibility (no less than two (2) years total SAP and/or SCI environment experience, with 1-year total within last 5 years) and willingness to submit to a Counter-Intelligence polygraph

    • Candidate must maintain a TS/SCI clearance as a condition of employment

    Location/Travel Requirements:

    • Full-time, on site in vicinity of Kirtland AFB, NM, and will require travel up to 30% of time within the continental United States

    Must meet applicable COVID safety requirements and protocols

    Applicants for positions which require a US government security clearance or access must meet eligibility requirements to include US citizenship.

    This company is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or are a disabled veteran, and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application as a result of your disability, you have the right to receive assistance by calling us directly at ~~~ orclick here (~~~?subject=Application%20Help) to reach us by email. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship, or any other federal, state, or locally protected class.

    Axient LLC is a federal government contractor and must comply with applicable COVID safety requirements and protocols under Executive Order 14042.

    Job ID 2022-3972

    Posted Date 2 months ago (8/4/2022 11:21 AM)

    # of Openings 1

    Category Engineering

    Location : Location US-NM-Albuquerque

    Minimum Education Requirement Bachelor's

    Minimum Experience Requirement, Years 10