REQUIREMENTS AND VERIFICATION ENGINEER
Spaceflight Systems, Inc. is looking for someone with deep experience in requirements and verification to join our systems engineering team. We are developing spacecraft for high-resolution imaging of our planet in near real-time as well as integrated launch systems for secondary payloads, and a solid understanding of our customer, regulatory, behavioral, and performance requirements throughout the program lifecycle is critical to delivery of affordable, on-time hardware that meets our customers’ expectations. Spaceflight is rapidly expanding, and we require experienced, creative, and energetic engineers who enjoy working in agile and dynamic environments.
DUTIES SPECIFIC TO THIS POSITION:
This position is ideal for a candidate who wants to live the entire systems engineering lifecycle: understanding, documenting, and contextualizing requirements, developing system architectures and decomposing functionality, and verifying component, subsystem, and system behavior and performance. The immediate role is helping to define the requirements baseline for the next and future blocks of imaging satellites and launch systems and putting in place an executable, affordable, and rapid verification strategy. The system requirements capture process involves working directly with customers (internal and external). A key skill during this phase is the ability to work constructively with customers to ensure they do not over-specify the system and that true intent, rather than implicit design assumptions, are properly captured. In this position, you will work closely with the rest of the systems engineering team to decompose the system requirements and capture lower-level specifications and interfaces. You must demonstrate the ability to walk the line between creating an unnecessary mass of documentation, which requires and army to maintain, and insufficient documentation and communication of intent, which results in rework, hidden risk, and ultimately more expensive and longer development cycles. You must be able to write clear, concise, and verifiable requirements and should have a deep and intuitive understanding of space systems. You will work on a multi-disciplinary team on a variety of projects and must be an excellent written and verbal communicator.
Knows how to write a good requirement, fix a bad one, notice when an important one is missing, and delete a useless one. Knows the verification methods by heart and can explain them to someone like they are five.
Supports mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, and software engineers in the design and development of balanced systems, and is comfortable knowing this is often achieved when each discipline is equally cross at you.
Be able to start from parent sources such as a concept of operations, customer needs, system-of-system analyses, and engineering best practices and write a system-level specification on a (metaphorical) blank sheet of paper.
Can derive requirements from third parties and external sources (e.g. safety regulations regarding the shipment of propellants and batteries)
Understand the requirements decomposition and flow down process and have experience with systems and tools to help support and automate it.
Can create a requirements verification cross-reference matrix and use it as a tool to create and execute a system verification plan.
Understands how to leverage external specifications, standards, and compliance documents to speed up the requirements capture process without creating a tangled web of document references and dependencies that’s burdensome to comply with.
Can create, or work with subject matter experts on, system budgets and technical performance metrics to track key requirements compliance throughout the program lifecycle.
Champions configuration management, always documents methodology, and is willing to change an opinion in light of new data.
Interfaces with multiple levels within a customer’s organization to solicit and validate requirements.
Mentors junior engineers in how to write good requirements, because it’s not as easy as it looks (writing requirements that is).
Works with the entire systems engineering team to develop a good requirements baseline.
Works with team members across the various disciplines to gain better understanding of impacts on the system requirements and design.
Interfaces with program management and customers to present their work and status, particularly at major design reviews.
Is comfortable presenting to colleagues, management, and customers.
Bachelors of Science, or a greater degree, in technical writing or an engineering discipline.
10+ years of experience in systems engineering, with focus on requirements and verification.
Good understanding of satellites and other space systems.
Experience using at least one requirements management database/tool (the specific tool is not important, just use of a database).
Must be able to work with minimal supervision.
Must be a U.S. Person (U.S. Citizen or Green Card holder) due to government regulation of the space industry.