Space Mission Management Team Lead

Company Details

ICEYE is building the world’s largest constellation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites.

ICEYE is building the world’s largest constellation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites. These satellites can take images of Earth at any time – even when it’s cloudy or dark. Information derived from these images will help our customers understand the world better and help them make more intelligent decisions. We launched the world’s first SAR microsatellite in January 2018 and have raised $65M in financing to date.

We are a Finnish based international growth company with employees from more than 25 countries and subsidiaries in the US, UK and Poland. Our team is a tight-knit group of experts from a range of areas including engineering, software development, and radar technology. We’re innovative, driven, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We don’t listen to people who say it can’t be done: we go and do it!

To support the growth of the company, we are looking for a Space Mission Management Team Lead to join our team located in our headquarters in Espoo, Finland and will report directly to the VP Space Missions.


  • Responsible for all phases of planning and delivery of the Iceye Spacecraft
  • Unit level manufacturing and test by internal production process
  • Procurement of subsystems from external subcontractors
  • Assembly, integration and test of the spacecraft
  • Environmental testing of the spacecraft
  • Launch site support where required
  • Launch and early operations phase testing and delivery into Operations
  • Work as a key member of the Space Missions group, leading and concurrently implementing the technical direction across each mission in conjunction with the other Engineering teams
  • 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/qualification approaches and testing required from engineering teams for subsystems delivery into the spacecraft build process
  • Define and implement system test plans flown down from top level system requirements & create test procedures flowing down from test plans, traceable to system level requirements
  • Plan, facilitate, schedule and budget for all phase activities and track testing progress
  • Ensure that test results review is taking place by the responsible engineers and that AIV/EVT gate reviews are being held and only passed when all results are confirmed
  • Perform team leadership role and ensure that the team members welfare, morale and aspirations are both addressed and encouraged
  • Manage test operators, AIV Engineers & responsible Engineers’ activities across each mission
  • Work with Product Assurance to ensure appropriate engineering policies and practices are being implemented across each mission and non-conformances and deviations are tracked
  • Facilitate, schedule and budget for core AIV support equipment across missions
  • Electrical and Mechanical Ground Support Equipment
  • Test equipment and Ground Test cables
  • Oversee and maintain tidiness and safe working practices in the clean room
  • Identify training needs and organize training interventions to meet quality standards
  • Perform road mapping of future mission configurations and identify the mission implications
  • Post launch commissioning of the Spacecraft and handover into Operations
  • Support launch site spacecraft checkout and launch vehicle integration and test activities
  • Facilitate and schedule the LEOP commissioning


  • The candidate must have been involved in the Systems engineering and/or AIV aspect of operational hardware and the definition, enforcement and monitoring of all aspects from unit through subsystem, system and operational phases
  • A well-rounded Systems thinker, who can look at the “big picture”, from a top down perspective
  • 5+ years of experience working in this area for a relevant major project that has been delivered and is operational
  • Experience implementing the project management of a large scale technical mission from a team or project lead perspective
  • Strong people skills and demonstrable interpersonal skills including experience with diverse cultural and technical backgrounds
  • A degree in a Mechanical, Electrical or Electronics discipline or having had significant experience in a Systems, AIV or AIV-System role in Aerospace or a closely related area
  • Advanced verbal and written communications skills (technical fluency in English required)

Preferred skills & experience:

  • Has 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)
  • Able 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
  • Ability to merge parallel top down and bottom up strategies
  • Has had exposure to embedded systems and software development and its characteristics
  • Has exposure to Software development and enforcing configuration control at system level


  • A job that matters – you will underpin a critical aspect of our business that our customers around the world will rely on
  • Extraordinary possibility for self-development, research time, ability to attend trainings, conferences or certification schemes
  • Unique experience and opportunity in aerospace industry, in a company that’s growing fast at a time when everything is possible
  • Independent role with a supportive and international work environment, many who have moved to Finland just to join ICEYE
  • Flexible working hours

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