Vice President, Product Development

Req ID:  33122
Travel:  Less than 20%

McLean, VA, US, 22102

Education:  Advanced degree (e.g. Master’s)
Experience:  At least 12 years of experience required
Equivalency:  Combination of education/experience not considered




Your role in helping us shape the future:


Transform our customers’ experience by driving the team developing innovative connectivity products and services that will reshape Intelsat’s offerings and seamlessly integrate satellites and other space-based platforms into the global telecommunications fabric and cloud infrastructure.  You will leverage Intelsat’s existing core competencies and internal and external technology and business innovation, to plan and roll-out key managed services mixing innovative space and terrestrial technologies.  You will bring fresh ideas to transform our product development process to improve speed to market. This is a fun time to join Intelsat, the company that started the space telecommunication industry and is about to revolutionize aeronautical connectivity and other verticals.


Are you up to the challenge?


  • Bring leadership to the planning and development of innovative products and services and foster a dynamic team culture required for employees to translate disruptive ideas into operational customer-friendly end-to-end solutions.
  • Provides a common focal point to prioritize commercial requirements and translate market needs into differentiated engineering solutions leveraging performance trade-offs, eco-system partnerships to accomplish the company’s vision and achieve timely deliveries in the marketplace. Work cross-functionally with our Business Units, Engineering, Operations and interact with customers to align the products requirements.
  • Bring a culture of continuous data-driven improvement to improve our solutions, our time to market and enhance customer experience and satisfaction, leveraging resources within the team and across the company
  • Cultivate a can-do attitude to challenge the status quo and support our business units and product managers with creative and revenue generating ideas informed by a strong understanding of telecom, space and software trends
  • Identify and leverage technology expertise to realize synergies across the company including our recently acquired Commercial Aviation business.
  • Deliver concise and KPI-oriented communications and recommendations to support strategic business planning discussions with leadership.


Can you drive these processes?


Comfortable with product development best practices, you strike the right balance between rigorous program management and technical creativity and energize the team. A problem-solver, you take on tough and bold challenges. Cultivate strategic internal and external partnerships that will complement the team skillset, ensuring alignment on Intelsat’s strategic roadmap, product positioning and commercial strategies.


Coordinate regular and consistent communication with internal stakeholders.  Develop and maintain feedback loop to ensure the projects are aligned with market opportunity and demand. 


You should definitely have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Software development and at least 10+years of telecom  products and innovation experience including satellite communication technology.
  • Thorough knowledge of the economics and engineering of telecommunications networks including satellite ground and space systems, mobile networks and 3GPP standards - Cloud computing and agile software development frameworks is a plus.
  • Experience leading a cross functional team to drive results, deliver products and meet deadlines, instill enthusiasm and creative thinking
  • Experience interfacing with the operations and commercial teams to drive customer satisfaction
  • Concise and crisp communications - Proficiency with Microsoft Office – Driving KPIs
  • Strong managerial, analytical and critical-thinking skills
  • Problem-solver obsessed by the end-result and the customer experience

It would be nice if you had:

  • MS in Electrical Engineering/ coupled with an MBA
  • Vast knowledge of the satellite industry and both ground space and ground platforms, data analytics enhanced by machine learning
  • Experience working in a global company

What it’s like to work with us:

  • 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.



  • 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.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC