Sr. Engineering Manager - Mission Engineering and Analysis

| Centennial, CO, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 159,430-239,145 Annually
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Are you dreaming about a position where you can deliver quality, meaningful results? Come be a part of our diverse, multi-disciplined team of engineers, operating in an agile environment, using the latest tools and methodologies. Develop your technical acumen as well as your leadership skills at a company with huge potential for long-term career growth. As an Engineering Manager, you will be using your skills and expertise to manage functional teams through program execution for our products and services. These cover a very wide range from advanced mission payloads and electronic systems through highly integrated aircraft to orbital and space exploration systems. You will represent the engineering department at all management level meetings. You'll ensure that the engineering design, documentation, and approvals meet the program schedules, are obtained in a timely manner and that engineering hours expended are productive, meeting program goals and budgets. You will own and continuously improve processes and procedures, oversee training of staff and provide technical direction as required.
Sierra Space-based in Louisville, CO with operations in Madison, WI, Durham, NC, Huntsville, AL, Houston, TX, and Kennedy Space Center, FL-designs and manufactures the Dream Chaser spaceplane and other advanced spacecraft, commercial space destinations, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers, and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space
Sierra Space is seeking a Sr. Engineering Manager to lead our Mission Engineering and Analysis group. The Sr Engineering Manager - Mission Engineering and Analysis will lead a group of highly technical engineers encompassing skills in Mission Engineering, Mission Systems & Payloads Engineering, Ground Systems Engineering and Mission Mod/Sim and Analysis. As part of the greater Systems Engineering organization, the successful candidate will grow, shape and help to define Sierra Space's competencies in this area while managing the talent resources to multiple programs. The successful candidate should have demonstrated experience and expertise in Mission Engineering and Mission Analysis as well as experience leading technical teams and personnel.
Job duties will include:

  • Resourcing and managing personnel needs for all Sierra Space programs in the Mission Engineering and Analysis domains.
  • Ensuring adequate tools, processes and training are in place to enable successful Mission Engineering and Analysis execution.
  • Developing competencies and filling gaps within the Mission Engineering and Analysis domain and providing vision and strong leadership for the growing team.
  • Providing Mission Engineering and Analysis subject matter expertise at the individual and team levels to support a variety of programs, proposals and internal research and development projects across Sierra Space's growing portfolio.
  • Performing as a Mission Analyst subject matter expert on one or more development contracts.


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in a related discipline and typically 12 or more years of relevant technical experience
  • Advanced knowledge of engineering principles and practices
  • Extensive experience with Computer Aided Engineering tools, analysis and simulation
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary design and development teams
  • An active Top Secret U.S. Security Clearance with SCI and SAP eligibility required


  • Typically 6-8 years of relevant leadership and/or project management experience, especially on system development programs.
  • Master's degree or higher in related field of study.
  • Functional Management experience (people, processes and tools), including experience hiring, training and mentoring technical teams.
  • Operational employment of and/or domain knowledge in electronic warfare, space domain awareness, electro-optical sensing, and mission communications
  • Experience evaluating sensor or weapon system performance on space-based platforms.
  • Experience with DoD modeling environments (Brawler, Suppressor, AFSIM, EADSIM, ESAMS, etc).
  • Familiarity with preparation and development of project estimates, technical proposals, and program cost and schedule management.
  • Experience with systems engineering management tools, such as JIRA, DOORS, GIT.
  • Practical knowledge of industry standard design principles, to include, but not limited to requirements management, Model Based System Engineering (MBSE).
  • Experience across all phases of the program development lifecycle, from capture through design, implementation and test.
  • Prior exposure to working successfully in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment emphasizing rapid prototyping and fielding of capabilities, with minimal supervision
  • Ability to motivate/work with others
  • Experience performing system astrodynamics modeling and simulation, including analysis, documentation and presentation of results.
  • Ability to derive requirements and design drivers from system modelling and simulation results.
  • Experience working in or familiarity with common industry system modeling tools and languages, such as STK, FreeFlyer, Matlab, Cameo EA, SysML, Python, and C++.
  • Ability to independently research, adapt and/or develop mission analysis tools to solve novel problems.
  • Familiarity with space mission sensors, payloads and ground systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of systems engineering principles and practices.
  • Superb communication, writing, and presentation skills with presentation experience to senior decision-making and technical audiences.
  • Great attitude with the ability to collaborate effectively on multidisciplinary teams to solve hard problems in a rapid development environment.

Physical/Mental/Emotional Requirements:

  • Frequently walk, sit, stand, climb stairs and steps
  • Frequently repeat same hand, arm, and finger motion many times to include finger and hand dexterity
  • Rarely lifting or carrying up to 20 lbs.

Working Conditions:

  • Rarely exposed to outdoor elements (high/low temperatures, sun, rain/snow, etc.)
  • Rarely exposed to fumes or hazardous chemicals/materials
  • Rarely exposed to loud noises

Referral Bonus:
To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.
Application Deadline: This role will remain posted until a qualified pool of candidates is identified.
With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.
Estimated Starting Salary Range:
$159,430.15 - $239,145.23
Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.
Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.
At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

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The Dream Chaser spaceplane is an incredibly exciting project! This vehicle – with a cargo and a crew variant – will revolutionize space travel. It will carry astronauts to destinations in Low Earth Orbit, it will supply cargo and science experiments to the ISS and the Orbital Reef space station, and it can land at many spaceports around the world!


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Through my career, my management has continually ensured that I am working on projects that I found interesting, challenging, and enjoyable. My management has my best interests in mind and they want me to be successful. Additionally, my managers have repeatedly fought for my promotion and empowerment to greater responsibility.


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Sierra Space Benefits Overview

Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

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