Launch Technical Manager

Company Details

Arianespace, an ArianeGroup subsidiary, provides launch services for all types of satellites into all orbits. The company has set the global standard since 1980, orbiting more than 600 satellites with its family of three launchers: Ariane, Soyuz and Vega. Arianespace is headquartered in Évry, near Paris, and has a technical facility at the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, plus local offices in Washington D.C., Tokyo and Singapore.

Arianespace, an ArianeGroup subsidiary, provides launch services for all types of satellites into all orbits. The company has set the global standard since 1980, orbiting more than 600 satellites with its family of three launchers: Ariane, Soyuz and Vega. Arianespace is headquartered in Évry, near Paris, and has a technical facility at the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, plus local offices in Washington D.C., Tokyo and Singapore.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The successful candidate will exercise the responsibility of Launch Technical Manager at the Launcher Engineering Department for the Vega, Vega C, Ariane 5, Ariane 6 and Soyuz launch vehicles.

  1. For Business Units:
  • Configuration management:
    Coordination of the configuration management process for the relevant launcher system and launch system at the Guiana Space Center. Authorization of modifications proposed at program committee meetings. Approval of Launch Service Provider (LSP) and Operator responsibility description files in accordance with French legislation on space operations, relying on in-house expertise.
  • Oversight of launch vehicle and subassembly production in order to:
    • Ensure the prime contractor’s industrial process benefits from the launch operator’s positive contribution.
    • Anticipate the impacts and handling of any specific requirements (mission specifics, modifications, anomalies, non-launcher family, impacts on other launch systems, etc.).
    • Assistance with the technical aspects of the European Safety Kit (KSE*) program (safety system installed on Soyuz launchers from Guiana: acceptance in Samara, Russia, involvement in launch campaigns, processing of waivers, etc.). Currently, this means overseeing the existing contract. If a new order is placed for Soyuz launchers from Guiana, it will involve resupply of kits.
  • Lessons learned from flights:
    • Organization and coordination of the level 0 analysis process and associated management committee. Approval of anomaly files, reports and/or presentations, relying on in-house expertise.
    • Arianespace technical contact person for specification and definition of each launcher’s data measurement plan.
    • Monitoring and approval of processing/closing of technical incidents.
    • Involvement in working groups in response to a major anomaly.
    • Monitoring of level 1 analysis by Ariane and Vega prime contractors.
    • Monitoring of handling of anomalies affecting the launch system outside Arianespace’s scope of responsibility.
  • Quality and product assurance:
    • Involvement in quality audits initiated by Arianespace’s Quality Department or at the request of prime contractors or the European Space Agency.
    • Review of launcher waivers via the CIED** (internal waiver examination commission) process and approval of waivers under LSP and Operator responsibility.
  • Launcher adaptation to mission requirements:
    Involvement in definition and oversight of development of hardware/software specifics for each mission, in conjunction with the activities of the other departments.
  • CNES and ESA launch vehicle technical contact person for issues relating to:
    • Mitigation of risks inherent in launch operations (Arianespace’s obligations pursuant to French legislation on space operations).
    • Qualification of the launch system (qualification monitoring).

2. For Business Units and the Technical and Quality Department:

  • Coordination (for Arianespace as operator) of the flight readiness justification process for the launcher system as Launcher System Technical Officer (LSTO) for Ariane, or Arianespace Head of Production Program for Vega/Vega-C.
  • Technical contribution to preparation of the flight readiness file by the prime contractor (review of campaign anomalies ahead of ownership transfer at H0). Selective critical analysis of manufacturing files (anomalies, waivers) submitted at preparatory milestones ahead of campaigns (launcher technical report), at reviews (FRR, LRR) and/or technical committees (ATB, CTV) supporting the overall inspection and approval process.

3. For Business Units and the Sales Department:

  • Preparation, working with the System Technical Manager, of technical summary files for the launcher system in support of the launch service continuous improvement process (increased performance/volumes, availability, etc.) and company profile with respect to customers and the insurer community.
  • Involvement in/chair of additional development reviews for the launcher system conducted by the industrial prime contractor and representation of Arianespace on the associated management committees.
  • Assistance with technical validation of the User Manual and subsequent updates.
  • Technical support for the System Technical Manager for preparation of commercial proposals as part of non-standard implementation of the launcher system (upper section and launcher electrical architecture/systems).

*Kit Sauvegarde Europe
**Commission Interne d’Examen des Dérogations

JOB REQUIREMENTS

The successful candidate will ideally have:

  • Operational skills in electrical systems.
  • Knowledge of the Ariane 5, Ariane 6, Vega, Vega C and/or Soyuz programs and stakeholders.

S/he will be involved in all technical aspects of launch vehicles throughout their lifecycle (from production of component parts to in-orbit delivery of payloads).

PLACE OF WORK

Évry with assignments in mainland France, Europe and French Guiana.

MISCELLANEOUS

Full driving license required.
Confidentiality requirement: job subject to NDA (non-disclosure agreement) – Case 7724.

CONTACT

Applications (resume + cover letter) should be sent:

By email:

recrutement@arianespace.com (subject: poste DIO no. 20.21)

Or by post:

ARIANESPACE
Direction des Ressources Humaines
Boulevard de l’Europe – BP 177
91006 Evry Courcouronnes Cedex (France)

Tagged as: Ariane 5, Ariane 6, Vega, Vega C, Soyuz, launcher system

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