As a Launch Site Mission Integrator on the Mission Management team, you will be a hands-on contributor responsible for all launch site activities associated with current and future customer spacecraft missions. You’ll support mission planning by working directly with the Mission Manager and all of the Launch Site Operations Teams to ensure customer requirements are met for launch site processing from Vandenberg Air Force Base, SpaceX’s primary site for polar and high-inclination orbital missions.
In this role you will directly support the execution of the campaign through all phases of operation from launch site spacecraft arrival and offload, to supporting the customer on console during launch. You’ll be an advocate for our customer by acting as the point of contact to apply customer feedback and campaign lessons learned to rapidly improve mission execution and customer satisfaction.
In this position you will also represent the SpaceX launch site to our customers and be charged with ensuring we successfully execute on all our contractual launch site deliverables for National Security Space missions, NASA missions, commercial missions, and rideshare missions. You will be responsible for maintaining certification of the Launch Site and providing operational insight to our government customers.
Function as launch site focal point for spacecraft range requirements and safety documentation, including the spacecraft Air Force Space Command Manual 91-710 Tailoring, Missile System Prelaunch Safety Package, and the Ground Operations Plan
Serve as launch site focal point for spacecraft customer interface requirements validation (e.g. interface control document) while working with multidisciplinary teams for approval and implementation
Be the subject matter expert and primary point of contact for customer spacecraft processing, transportation, and logistics at the launch site before and during the launch campaign
Plan and generate technical content for the launch portions of the spacecraft design reviews and Ground Operations Working Group activities planning future spacecraft launch campaigns
Plan and manage spacecraft rehearsals along with the execution of spacecraft requirements and inputs into SpaceX day of launch operations
Manage and coordinate spacecraft daily processing and scheduling and provide inputs into integrated SpaceX launch schedules
Identify, develop, and codify process improvements to streamline and standardize spacecraft processing activities
Function as launch site focal point to draft launch base elements of new proposals and contracts
Plan, schedule, and staff customer launch site visits and technical interchange meetings
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, physics, aerospace engineering, or another engineering discipline
3+ years of industry experience
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Technical project management and master scheduling experience
Proficiency in or hands-on professional experience with launch vehicle and/or spacecraft integration along with operations in 100,000 class or cleaner cleanrooms
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
Ability to operate effectively with remote supervision
Ability to become certified to operate equipment such as aerial lifts, fork lifts, and overhead cranes
Experience working with cross-functional team and external customers
Highly detail oriented, diligent, and hard working with excellent customer interface skills
Active Top Secret or Top Secret SCI clearance preferred. Must be willing to pursue a clearance if not already cleared. Note that an active clearance may provide the opportunity for you to work on sensitive SpaceX missions. If so, you will be subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing
Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Vandenberg
Must be willing to travel to other SpaceX offices, vendors, and customers as necessary. Includes occasional international travel.
Must be willing to work long hours and occasional weekends when necessary to support launch and critical project timelines
Must be able to lift a minimum of 35 lbs. unassisted
Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
Must be willing to operate heavy machinery
Physical dexterity is required due to flight hardware is built in tight quarters
Occasionally exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, ice
Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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. Learn more about the ITAR here.
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