Director Space Missions USA

Company Details

A satellite-based service to provide the world with access to near-real-time imagery from space.

At ICEYE, we are on a mission to improve the quality of life on earth, the quality of our decisions, and the quality of data that drives both. Our growing satellite constellation provides access to timely and reliable radar imagery, day and night, in any weather, to help the environment, advance global infrastructure, manage natural resources, and resolve security and intelligence challenges. Our team is a tight-knit group of driven innovators that strive for excellence; we don’t listen to those who say it can’t be done, we do it!

In the past two years, we have more than quadrupled our satellite fleet, demonstrated value to government and commercial customers globally, signed agreements with key industry partners, grown our international team from under 50 to over 200 employees, and received significant funding to achieve scale. Building on investor confidence and ongoing mission success, we are expanding operations in the United States.

Our journey is just beginning. Join us.

The Role:

We are expanding our operations in the US including satellite manufacturing, operations and sales teams. To support the growth of the company we are now looking for a Director – Space Missions to be based in Orange County, California.

We are searching for a leader who has the technical skills and hands on experience to recruit and lead a team of technicians and engineers, set-up the lab environments and manage the spacecraft through Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) and coordination through launch.

This role is an incredibly unique opportunity to be part of the ICEYE US manufacturing startup phase.


  • Hands-on approach to building and leading a team of spacecraft technicians
  • Responsible for leading all phases of planning and delivery of the ICEYE Spacecraft from component procurement through spacecraft launch and orbit
  • Ensure effective plans are in place to deliver configuration controlled spacecraft to the appropriate quality level, within mission budgets and schedule constraints
  • Communicate flight acceptance approaches and testing required from engineering teams for subsystems delivery into the spacecraft build process
  • Perform road mapping of future mission configurations and identify the mission implications
  • Coordinate all aspects of the launch planning and logistics with the launch provider
  • Support launch site spacecraft checkout and launch vehicle integration and test activities
  • Post launch commissioning of the Spacecraft and handover into Operations
  • Engage directly with customers as required for mission opportunities and the delivery of the mission

Required Background & Skills to be Successful:

  • US Citizen
  • Current TS/SCI clearance or ability to receive one
  • Based in Orange County, CA facility
  • Hands-on leader willing to work at the side of the technicians
  • Involved in the AIV of operational hardware and the definition, enforcement and monitoring of all aspects from unit through subsystem, system and operational phases
  • Around five years of experience implementing the project management for a relevant project that has been delivered and is operational
  • Strong people skills and demonstrable interpersonal skills and prior experience directly engaging with customers
  • A degree in a Mechanical, Electrical or Electronics discipline or had significant experience in Systems or AIV
  • Willing to travel to Finland in early 2021 to shadow AIV team through the existing build process for training purposes

Desired Additional Skills that will be of value:

  • Knowledge of satellite architectures: power system, AOCS, RF, Payloads, harnessing, communication interfaces, mechanical structures and mechanisms, as well as ground support equipment (MGSE and EGSE)
  • Ability to flexibly cope in time pressured and high stress periods in the mission timeline
  • Flexibly manage ambiguity in systems, people and processes to meet strategic need
  • Exposure to embedded systems and enforcing configuration control at system level
  • Experience in Aerospace

Tagged as: satellite manufacturing, space mission design, planning and delivery, mission road mapping

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