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Business Unit Collins Aerospace Req ID 01405385 Date posted 07/29/2020 City Danbury State/Province Connecticut Country/Region United States

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United States of America


HCT04: ISR Systems - Danbury 100 Wooster Heights Rd, Danbury, CT, 06810 USA

Come join a company where what you do makes a difference. For over 50 years, ISR & Space Systems in Danbury, CT has forged groundbreaking technologies that have pushed the limits of physics, engineered what was believed to be impossible, and provided actionable intelligence to keep our armed forces and nation safe. We are dedicated to helping you grow your career by using all your talents, insights, and experiences in a welcoming team environment. Bring your passion, commitment, and curiosity and come grow with us as together we work to make our world a safer place.

Position Overview

Our Danbury facility, a world leader in space-based intelligence systems, is seeking an experienced technical leader to own and drive the development of the state-of-the-art products necessary to fulfill the quickly-evolving demands of our customers. We are looking for a STAFF SYSTEMS ENGINEER with extensive background in planning, initialization, operations, and maintenance of space-based electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payloads. In this role, you will act as a customer and field service interface for one or more active payloads. Pre-launch, you will work with mission partners and customers performing planning, training, and dress rehearsals. Post-launch, you will be responsible for performing daily mission planning activities, executing corrective action and anomaly resolution procedures, and preparing operational reports for senior management and the customer. As a technical leader, you will engage with engineering, program management and support functions, functional management, and customers.

There are no direct reports to this position. However, you will be responsible for integrating and directing a small cross-functional engineering support team. In this job you will:

  • Lead pre-flight mission planning activities, including generation of mission support documentation, active participation in ground segment development to ensure payload requirements are incorporated, planning of on-orbit calibration targets and procedures, participating in mission dress rehearsals, working with a bus provider to accurately capture all payload constraints, generation of on-orbit nominal/contingency procedures, and participation in pre-launch reviews.
  • Work with the program office and technical team to plan on-orbit task execution.
  • Lead post-launch execution activities, including daily mission planning in coordination with the bus provider, oversight of all payload activities, review of generated data products, lead on-orbit anomaly resolution teams, generate on-orbit trending reports in coordination with the engineering support team, and provide regular status presentations to the program office and customer.
  • Work collaboratively with mission partners, subcontractors, and customers to efficiently deliver a best-value system that meets customer objectives.
  • Generate plans and proposal material in support of transitioning prototype missions to an operational phase.

Education / Certifications

A bachelor’s degree in physics, engineering, or a related field is required. An advanced degree preferred.



  • 10+ years relevant work experience operating on-orbit EO/IR payloads/systems, with tasks including mission planning, payload tasking, and data dissemination.
  • Experience developing concept of operations (CONOPS), initialization/calibration plans, and on-orbit procedures.
  • Knowledge and experience in EO/IR sensor calibration activities.
  • Able to generate technical documentation, such as an on-orbit handbook.
  • Use and development of analytical tools for modeling and analysis for system development, evaluation, and verification.
  • Understanding of how flight conditions (e.g., thermal, dynamics, pointing, power) affect cross-functional system performance (e.g., optical, mechanical, electrical)
  • Program planning including scope definition, resourcing, and budgeting.
  • Technical leadership of cross-functional/discipline teams.
  • Ability to read and modify software scripts written in Python or other languages.
  • Proficient written communication skills including technical writing.
  • Ability to work independently from a remote location without significant oversight.
  • Proficient verbal skills including technical presentations with the ability and technical confidence to brief a variety of internal and external customers.
  • Ability to receive a security clearance.


  • Knowledge of image processing and image quality techniques
  • Active security clearance

Due to government contract requirements, sole US Citizenship, and not dual citizenship with another country, is required.

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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