The RF Systems Mission Architect will design and architect mission solutions that provide RF satellite payload capabilities that meet our customer’s mission needs. The candidate will design antenna, RF, and digital payload systems to meet mission objectives for Communications and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance missions. The ideal candidate will have significant experience and knowledge with Spaceborne communication and ISR missions and antenna systems. He or she will have the ability to develop system architectures and trade studies of antenna and payload configurations and geometries across multiple orbits and platforms. Responsibilities include the application of antenna theory, leading and performing link budget analysis and electrical antenna modeling and simulations to drive implementation trades which result in optimal system designs to meet customer antenna beam requirements.
Provide antenna and RF payload design leadership to L3Harris for various Spaceborne Missions.
Identify mission value of new technologies and help drive L3Harris’ robust, multi-disciplinary, advanced technology development program.
Perform concept development to provide mission solutions.
Interpret and create requirements for key L3Harris Acquisitions related to spaceborne payload and mission systems.
Evaluates customer and /operational needs to help define and coordinate system performance requirements, integrate technical parameters and assure compatibility of all physical, functional and program interfaces.
Executes technical responsibilities within project cost and schedule constraints.
Resolves cross-functional technical issues.
Assess and provide direction for make/buy decisions and selection of strategic suppliers.
Determines whether requirements can be met with existing capabilities/designs or if new design requirements must be developed.
Generates and derives system and antenna requirements based on customer mission requirements.
Provides technical coordination between external customer’s engineers, industry engineers and internal engineering groups to articulate technical issues.
Prepares and presents technical information internally and externally that addresses specific subjects of interest.
Advocates the customer’s critical needs to internal stakeholders.
Work across a variety of mission domains other than space.
Provide technical direction for the development, integration, and testing of complex electro-mechanical antenna systems.
Lead and perform trade studies required to make both tactical and strategic technical decisions for programs.
Leads trade studies involving number of satellites, satellite altitude, satellite orbits, and satellite complexities.
Provide mentoring, guidance and leadership to junior engineers.
Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 12 years of prior related experience or a Graduate Degree with a minimum of 10 years of prior related Space System experience or equivalent.
10+ years of relevant experience performing RF and antenna system trades.
Experience with RF payload modeling, simulation, build, and test.
Preferred Additional Skills:
TS/SCI active security clearance highly preferred.
Ability to obtain TS/SCI security clearance.
Creative, innovative, entrepreneurial problem solver.
Experience applying technologies and capabilities in ways not previously anticipated to solve our customers’ ultimate objectives.
Experience with exquisite space and small-sat opportunities and design concepts.
Proven and effective communications skills, interpersonal skills and customer focus.
Experience with functional and physical architecture development.
Experience collaborating in a team environment.