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Senior Technical Advisor, Communication Systems

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Senior Technical Advisor, Communication Systems
Join an innovative team that is responsible for transforming the satellite communication industry. We create and bring to market new technology, products and services based upon globalized connectivity without boundaries. We reach beyond the traditional satellite industry and the broader communications landscape. As part of the Intelsat vision, we will define new technology and products with the performance, features, and flexibility required to open new markets, drive new services, and ensure the most reliable and secure communications globally. To accomplish our goal, we are looking for bold thinkers who will help continue our legacy of excellence in communications technology leadership for decades to come.
Your role in helping us shape the future:
The Senior Technical Advisor, Communication Systems will lead the end-to-end Systems Engineering for Intelsat's Next Generation Software Defined Network (NG SDN). As the Senior Technical Advisor, you will be a subject matter expert who is responsible for applying systems engineering best practices and systems engineering rigor during ideation, design, and development, to ensure the E2E system meets all cost, schedule, and performance requirements. The system scope includes software defined satellites, satcom communication/modem platforms, resource management and control systems, network and service orchestration, network function virtualization, mobile networks, user terminals, and back-office system interfaces.
As the Senior Technical Advisor, Communication Systems, you will be responsible for design and development of the E2E Next Generation network infrastructure. You will be the single point of contact for architecture, design, requirements, test strategy and development planning. You will work with subject matter experts on various aspects of the system to deliver a complete end-to-end design and you will continue to support the design through development, test, and implementation. This will include requirement and design updates, ongoing engineering analysis, and resolution of design issues in collaboration with other technical leaders. You will work with the latest technical innovations and advanced techniques in the Satellite industry.
You will also collaborate directly with Intelsat product development teams and business owners, exposing you to the entire product development lifecycle. This position offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to influence both the technical direction and business success of Intelsat. The successful candidate will be a champion for change, with the ability to identify how new technologies, approaches, and services can be employed in the Intelsat network.
Are you up to the challenge?

  • You will be a technical leader so you must possess a strong understanding of Satellite Communications System Architectures and System Engineering best practices.
  • You will support execution of technology strategies, breakthrough initiatives, and roadmaps of Intelsat infrastructure and services.
  • You will provide SME (Subject Matter Expert) guidance and systems engineering rigor during the ideation, design, and development process, to ensure success in future products and services.
  • You will work with other subject matter experts and key partners in satellite engineering, terrestrial network engineering, software engineering, and operations to take design concepts through successful implementation.
  • You will be involved in all aspects of systems engineering, including requirements definition, system analysis, technical trade studies, engineering analyses, concept of operations development, interface specifications, and end-to-end solution design. This may involve leadership of trade studies that evaluate cost vs. performance vs. schedule.
  • You will work with technical project management functions as required, to help manage the various stages of engineering design and development including managing cost, schedule, and technical performance.
  • You will support technical procurement activities including developing requests for proposals, documentation of statements of work, requirements, test, and acceptance criteria. You will also provide technical leadership in proposal evaluation and supplier/partner selection.
  • You will be called on to build and maintain relationships with key vendors, including providing oversight and direction during development and implementation activities.
  • You will be called on to represent the department and build a feedback loop between various cross-functional teams to identify, quantify, and address design and development dependencies, risks, and opportunities. Cross-functional collaboration and leadership will be expected.
  • You will be called on to present designs and engineering artifacts to your peers and leadership.

You should definitely have:

  • Must have a Bachelors' Degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a similar discipline with at least eight (8) years of hands-on work experience.
  • Ten or more years of experience with emphasis on communications or communications-related specialties such as Satellite and/or IP network architecture and design and development strongly preferred (an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of the stated minimum education and experience requirements, i.e. Advanced Degree and eight (8) years of experience).
  • Strong knowledge and experience with Satellite Modem, Antenna, Gateways, Teleports, and Baseband Platform design and implementation.
  • Extensive knowledge of, and experience in, understanding standards-based reference architectures and industry best practices in networking and communications systems architecture, design, and implementation strategies.
  • Experience developing System Architecture artifacts (including Functional, Logical, and Physical)
  • Expert-level knowledge of System Engineering processes and activities, including requirements definition, use case / user story development, interface control documentation, high-level system design and architecture, preliminary and critical system design reviews, system design trade studies, and integration and test of complex communications and software systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a central system engineer and/or architect responsible for design, analysis, and implementation of complex systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a cross-functional thought leader, including detailed technical interaction with domain subject matter experts in satellite and satellite ground systems.
  • Vendor/Partner management and leadership experience.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • This role is subject to ITAR/EAR; candidates must be a US Person (this includes US Citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Individual such as an asylee or refugee).

It would be nice if you had:

  • Expert knowledge of the satellite communications, RF signal processing technologies and theory, modulation techniques.
  • Experience designing or using Satellite Resource Management and Control Software.
  • Experience with satellite system design and operations considerations such as link budget analysis and link optimization.
  • Hands-on experience building or implementing two-way VSAT platforms such as Comtech, Gilat, iDirect, Newtec, Kratos, or similar.
  • Satellite terminal/modem hardware and software design and development experience.
  • Knowledge of Satellite beam forming considerations and techniques.
  • Exposure to satellite operational simulation tools.
  • System Integration and Testing experience.
  • System Security experience.
  • Working knowledge of current terrestrial wireless systems and standards (3GPP) with exposure to 5G and 5G NTN technology design and implementation strategies.
  • Familiarity with MEF LSO and ETSI MANO based architectures.
  • Communication Software Design and Development Experience - meaning you have designed or written code (such as Python, JavaScript, JSON, OpenAPI, XML, C, C++)
  • Exposure to, or experience with, virtualization, Kubernetes, and Docker implementation.
  • Experience with User Interface (UI/UX) design.
  • Experience with Agile solution development processes such as SAFe.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide mentoring and guidance to less experienced engineers to raise functional technical in-house expertise.
  • People and/or project/program leadership experience.

What it's like to work with us:
Intelsat is connecting the world and transforming the satellite and inflight connectivity landscape by reaching beyond the traditional satellite industry. We are defining new products that will open new, profitable markets. We connect the aviation industry and air travelers with innovative technology and applications, and we do it all in a high-energy environment that welcomes the next challenge. 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 DTO, medical, tuition reimbursement, and training
  • Flexible Work Arrangements and Hybrid Work Policy of 3 days per week onsite experience
  • 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
About Us As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat applies our expertise to develop breakthrough solutions that advance and secure boundless applications for our customers and partners.
At Intelsat, we increase human potential by connecting people, communities, businesses, and governments. Our employees enjoy a casual and collaborative environment, where we celebrate professional excellence in pursuit of the corporate mission. We hire skilled professionals who work in various areas such as: satellite engineering, network operations, cloud architecture, accounting, sales, legal, and more. Browse our current job openings or create a professional profile to stay informed about opportunities that match your interests and expertise.
Intelsat is subject to regulation by certain U.S. Government national security agencies, which require that we collect and share certain Personally Identifiable Information ("PII") with the U.S. Government to obtain permission to employ non-U.S. persons in certain roles. If selected for a role at Intelsat, we may collect and share your PII for these purposes.
Intelsat is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Vets and Disabled

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Open door policy
OKR operational model
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Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Company-sponsored happy hours
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

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