Director, Spacecraft Design Engineering

Engineering Irvine, California


Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, a leader in innovation, manufacturing, and operations in the satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast-growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations.
Terran Orbital is seeking an experienced Director, Spacecraft Design Engineering, to join our growing team as a key leadership team member. The Director leads strategy and execution across a multiple-discipline team of Design, Analysis, Software, and Systems engineers. The Director will apply their technical skills and experience in leading, developing, and guiding the development of Spacecraft Systems supporting the sustainable growth of the business. The candidate will share their technical expertise and technical leadership in mentoring, training, process/tool development, and leading a technical engineering team.  The Director leads key elements of the process and technological roadmaps for Spacecraft Systems.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support engineering department operations and provide organizational drive for analysis, software, mechanical and electrical system design teams within Spacecraft Design and Engineering
  • Develop and maintain the long-term vision and strategy for spacecraft platform development, ensuring alignment with the company’s overall business objectives
  • Identify and integrate emerging technologies into the Spacecraft Engineering plan to maintain competitive advantage
  • Establish Lifecycle Best Practices, Frameworks, Guidelines, Standards, and Processes within engineering and with Systems Engineering, Components & Modules Group, production, programs
  • Ensure domain expertise of the team and develop technical talent to sustain expertise within the organization in support of current and developing needs
  • Develop and implement knowledge capture and transfer
  • Strategic plans for engineering processes and tools to support technology road map and business plans   
  • Cultivate innovation: research, study, and propose the use of advanced technologies to be leveraged in the development of new and improved products
  • Drive process and oversee deployment of process and team members to programs
  • Ensure engineering input to program technical risk and opportunity, and resolve critical technical issues
  • Enable common usage of qualified products, designs, tools, and analysis and identify needs for new capabilities
  • Support Engineering and Failure Review boards
  • Liaison with Systems Engineering, Components & Modules Group,  Production, Programs, and Business Development
  • Lead and execute strategic initiatives
  • Support Independent Non-Advocate Reviews for Projects, Programs, and Missions to ensure business, customer, and supplier success
  • Collaboration with Business Development, identify IRAD needs and priorities, and support proposal inputs 
 Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field is required; advanced degree a plus
  • 10+ years of experience in cyber physical system product development and/or operations
  • 5+ years of technical leadership experience working with multi-functional engineering teams
  • Experience in the development and qualification of hardware, software, and operations
  • Ability to resolve and close technical issues and challenges with competing demands
  • Experience in developing and retaining high-performance product development teams
  • Demonstrated ability in identifying sales opportunities and capture of business opportunities
  • Hands-on full life cycle experience, including concept development, design reviews, manufacturing and AIT, operations, and anomaly investigations


  • 100% Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Employee Equity Incentive Program
  • 401(k) Match
  • Unlimited PTO

Salary Range

$200,000 - $250,000

Your actual level and base salary will be determined case-by-case and may vary based on the job-related qualification, knowledge, skills, education, and experience. In addition to base salary, we offer equity for each employee, 100% covered medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) match, unlimited flex time off, covered life insurance, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, employee referrals, and lots of swag!

About Terran Orbital

Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. Learn more at

Physical Demands

An employee must meet the physical demands described to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. In performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to sit or stand for long durations of time, in addition to bending, reaching, and walking. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. This position is generally sedentary, with substantial computer usage.

Work Environment

The job operates in a professional office environment but in a manufacturing company. This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and scanners.


To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, the 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. In addition, please note that this position may require a current United States National Security clearance or eligibility for such a clearance.

Terran Orbital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.

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