Senior Principal Engineer, Ground Hub Architecture

Req ID:  32023
Travel:  Less than 20%

McLean, VA, US, 22102

Education:  Four-year college degree
Experience:  At least 10 years of experience required
Equivalency:  Combination of education/experience not considered



Join the innovation team responsible for defining the requirements of the Next Generation Epic Satellites Ground Hub architecture. We are defining new innovative ground segment technologies to support an integrated end-to-end echo-system and services management. As a leading contributor, you will be primarily responsible for Hub infrastructure design, we are looking for bold innovative thinkers who can lead and contribute to our next generation ground architecture.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Vets and Disabled


Your role in helping us shape the future:

You will collaborate within the organization to lead the design and implementation of the next generation Epic satellites ground hub architecture as part of the integrated echo-system. As the subject-matter expert for Intelsat's Next Generation Epic ground infrastructure, you will lead technology development to ensure seamless integration between the terrestrial and satellite ground infrastructure working closely with the subsystems leads and vendors.


Are you up to the challenge?

  • Define requirements for the hub infrastructure to support large numbers of satellite multi-spot density scaling.
  • Develop requirements for hub multiple carrier transmit modules working closely with various verticals vendors.
  • Develop satellite air interface and hub sizing to meet the teleport traffic loading and growth forecast.
  • Define requirements for high frequency ground site diversity and redundancy architectures.
  • Perform engineering calculations related to the hub design, the sizing and diversity architecture.
  • Create detailed scope requirements for the RFP, collaborate with technical leads and project managers to ensure the success of the design detailed in the RFP, including communication regarding technical scope, schedule, budget, and resource needs.


You should definitely have:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science or equivalent
  • At least 10-years of recent experience with ground hub infrastructure design and architecture (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of the stated requirement)
  • Good knowledge of satellite hub vendors’ platforms capabilities, BW management, QoS capabilities in FWD/RTN
  • Expert-level knowledge of satellite ground systems including antenna systems, active and passive RF components, transmission lines, and RF propagation theory
  • Expert-level knowledge of transmission system redundancy schemes, frequency conversion theory, and RF amplification theory
  • Expert-level knowledge of various modulation and coding schemes used in today’s satellite industry
  • Demonstrable expertise in satellite ground infrastructure and end-to-end echo-system.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with others to resolve complex problems, provide technical leadership for cross-functional teams, resolve conflicts and move projects forward
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present effectively to senior leadership, influence stakeholders and garner support
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Access, etc.)


It would be nice if you had:

  • Understanding of hub platform demarcation points (terrestrial, satellite)
  • Experience in IP and serial interfacing theory and applications
  • Experience in monitoring and control systems
  • Knowledge of NGSO satellites non-satellite-based communication technologies such as cellular, terrestrial microwave, optical systems
  • Knowledge of network management orchestration


What it’s like to work with us:

Intelsat is connecting the world and transforming the satellite landscape by reaching beyond the traditional satellite industry. We are defining new products that will open new, profitable markets. To help us reach this goal, you should be a bold thinker who will perform a key role in shaping Intelsat innovation for years to come.

  • We emphasize personal and professional growth
  • Awesome benefits including PTO, medical, tuition reimbursement, and training
  • Fun, diverse, and inclusive culture


Other Job Info:

  • These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees assigned to this job.
  • Job requires ability to lift up to 20 lbs


  • This role is subject to ITAR; candidates must be a US Person (this includes US Citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Individual such as an asylee or refugee).
  • These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees assigned to this job.
  • Company description: Intelsat is the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. We enable providers of media, telecom and government services to deliver information and entertainment to people at home, in the office or on the move. On a day-to-day basis, Intelsat supplies video, data and voice connectivity in approximately 200 countries and territories for approximately 1,800 customers, many of which Intelsat has had relationships with for over 30 years. Some of the world’s leading media and communications companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and government/military organizations hallmark Intelsat’s customer base. Customers access capacity through extensive service offerings, which include transponder services, hybrid managed services combining satellite capacity and terrestrial facilities, and channel services.