Senior Program Manager, Space Systems

Req ID:  31961
Travel:  Less than 10%

Palo Alto, CA, US, 94303

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


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Vets and Disabled


Senior Program Manager, Space Systems


Your role in helping us shape the future:

You will be responsible for satellite system design, integration, validation and testing with regard to Bus Electrical subsystems, monitoring both Intelsat's own spacecraft programs and those of external customers who have contracted with Intelsat.  Bus Electrical responsibilities include Electrical Power (solar array, battery and control), Attitude Control (sensors, actuators and control), Data Handling (telemetry and data acquisition, command distribution and control), Electric Propulsion, Flight Software (support for Data Handling, Attitude Control, Electric Orbit Raising, and Fault Detection Isolation and Recovery), Wire Harness (support for all subsystems), Electrical aspects of qualification (thermal and thermal-vacuum cycling, radiation, EMC, ESD). You will monitor multiple programs with different designs and will interface directly with customers in support of their programs.  You will be independently responsible for these bus subsystems and will report to the Senior Manager of the site as necessary.


Are you up to the challenge?

  • Conduct all tasks related to the Intelsat spacecraft electrical bus procurement activities at all phases of the programs under supervision by Intelsat's program office.
  • Provide assessment of the spacecraft electrical bus subsystems design and evaluate the adequacy of the hardware and firmware to satisfy the contracts requirements.
  • Provide a continuous assessment of the electrical subsystems performance and performance budget as a result of design changes, development, manufacturing and test.
  • Work in close cooperation with the spacecraft program manager to ensure the performance of the electrical subsystem is compatible with other S/C subsystems.
  • Evaluate bus electrical test programs at the subsystem and system levels to ensure that these test programs adequately test the performance of the spacecraft's hardware and firmware over the applicable range of environment. 
  • Witness spacecraft integration and test activities and participate in test data review.
  • Review the spacecraft operational and contingency procedures for technical accuracy, prior to their delivery to HQ for launch rehearsals.
  • Support spacecraft launch site operations, mission operations and in-orbit operations, including in-orbit anomaly investigations.
  • Coordinate technical support from other Intelsat groups as required for performing the primary function of the position.
  • Coordinate relevant bus electrical technical interface with other organizational entities of Intelsat and applicable external customers.


You should definitely have:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field of study, with at least ten years of direct experience with spacecraft system design and testing.
  • The ability to work independently as part of a field office involved with continuous interface with customers, contractors and subcontractors.
  • Top notch customer service skills, including the ability to respond to customer questions and requests in a timely manner and the ability to stay cool under pressure when investigating possible spacecraft anomalies.
  • Expert-level knowledge of spacecraft system design, hardware, firmware, programs and testing modules.
  • Excellent verbal and written command of the English language.


It would be nice if you had:

  • Experience in working with contractor or vendor management.
  • Experience in spacecraft bus electrical design and evaluation.


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.


  • 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.