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Senior Engineering Manager, Spacecraft Power Systems

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD, United States
Employer Description

Be Part of Something Innovative


Over the past 25 years, the Space Exploration Sector at APL, has pushed the boundaries of what is possible; delivering game-changing impacts to sponsors like NASA and the Department of Defense. This includes historic, science space firsts like New Horizons reaching Pluto, Parker Solar Probe being the first to “touch” the sun, and the DART mission that redirected an asteroid for planetary defense. As a not-for-profit university affiliated research center, APL also delivered solutions to our nation’s national security challenges, as proven with the recent Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC) Tech Demo, and acts as a trusted partner with the US Space Force in space domain awareness and space-integrated warfare.


APL teams are currently developing missions that will advance the search for life in the Solar System through programs such as Europa Clipper and Dragonfly, exploring the lunar and cislunar domains, and providing fundamental knowledge of our Sun’s influence on the near-Earth environment through IMAP and other research and technology endeavors.  To learn about these APL’s mission and projects, https://civspace.jhuapl.edu/ and https://www.jhuapl.edu/OurWork/NationalSecuritySpace.


Why work at APL?


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.


At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

Job Description

Are you a Senior Engineering Manager with experience in high reliability systems or electronics?


Do you have a passion for contributing to our Nation's space exploration?


If so, we may have a position for you at APL!


As the Senior Engineering Manager (Group Supervisor) of the Spacecraft Power Engineering Group, you will be responsible for managing the world class teams that design, develop, test, and deliver space flight power system hardware.


In addition, in this role you will...

  • Oversee and manage group activities that include power subsystem engineering, analog and digital circuit design and development, solar array development, and battery development. Maintain the group’s core competencies (staff capabilities, laboratories, and equipment) to ensure they remain relevant to the mission of the space sector. 
  • Orchestrate the development of strategic technology plans and associated group plans for the continued advancement of the group’s technology, products, staff, and services.
  • Perform group planning, business development, and line management functions in support of the Civil Space (CS) and National Security Space (NSS) Mission Areas and the SE Branch Office. 
  • Perform line management tasks, to include staff assignments, new hire decisions and placing, staff growth and reduction, staff reclassification and program and project appointments.
  • Foster a positive culture of empowered, engaged, communicative, and collaborative teams.
  • Champion coaching and mentoring within the group for growth of individual careers and group capability.
  • Manage group resources including capital and training budgets and group infrastructure including multiple flight hardware development laboratories.
Job Requirements

You meet our minimum qualifications if you have...

  • A Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering or related field.
  • At least 7+ years' experience in high reliability hardware/system development, including proven experience in product development and test.
  • At least three years prior supervisory experience in a relevant technical hardware development arena.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience with hiring, training, performance management, and coaching staff
  • Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You will go above and beyond our minimum qualifications if you have...

  • A Master's or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or closely related field.
  • Previous experience as a Engineering Manager.
  • Knowledge of NASA and DoD satellite systems and requirements.
  • Experience with staff and resource management including ratings, budgeting, purchasing and business practices.
  • Experience with AS9100 compliance.
  • Use of tools for project and group management (for example, PEER, EGP).
  • TS/SCI clearance.
24 May 2023
23 June 2023
Bachelor's Degree
Manager / Supervisor
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