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Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mission Interface Engineering Manager in Pasadena, California

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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

Job Family: Engineering

Discipline: Systems

Career Level: 4

Title: IND Mission Interface Engineering Manager


Will be a member of the Mission Systems Engineering Section (394) and will report administratively to the Mission Interface Coordination Group Supervisor (394F) and programmatically to the Mission Support Definition and Commitments Office. Will be responsible for managing negotiations, commitments, and assurance of services to space missions by the Deep Space Network (DSN) and the Multi-mission Ground Systems and Services (MGSS) which manages AMMOS (Advanced Multi-Mission Operations System). https://AMMOS.NASA.gov

Will work to define, coordinate, balance and integrate highly sophisticated technical and programmatic issues in an end-to-end manner to ensure that the total support system satisfies flight project requirements. In partnership with the mission and the DSN and MGSS Project Offices, the MIEM is expected to lead the definition and documentation of the mission service commitments in the Service Level Agreement (SLA), DSN Service Agreement (DSA), and the mission service interfaces in the Operations Interface Control Document (OICD). The MIEM will function as the MGSS and DSN representative as the primary point of contact for all phases of a mission. Other responsibilities include leading multi-disciplinary teams and facilitating mission DSN and GDS engineering, testing, implementation through close collaborations with the mission manager and mission GDSE to ensure mission interfaces are delivered and validated. The MIEM will also plan, negotiate, monitor, and review critical event support commitments, and conduct Mission Event Readiness Reviews.

Required Skills:

Bachelor's degree in Aerospace, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 9 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years related experience.

  • Advanced knowledge of Deep Space Network

  • Extensive understanding of Mission Operations Systems Engineering and Ground Data System Engineering

  • Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in mission system design and flight operations practices with demonstrated ability to lead and carry out flight-ground system trades

  • Significant experience creating technical documentation

  • Demonstrated successful experience managing budgets and tasks.

  • Ability to collaborate with multi-organizational and multi-disciplinary teams

  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills, with a strong commitment to mission success

  • This position may require at least 20% of domestic travel and/or 20% foreign travel

Desired Skills:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications

  • Recent experience as a system engineer on a planetary flight project

  • Complete knowledge of the Deep Space Network (DSN) and Multi-mission Ground System and Services (MGSS)

  • Strong multi-discipline technical knowledge in mission system design, development, and flight operations

  • Engineering experience in developing, implementing, testing, and delivering flight or ground data systems

  • Demonstrated abilities in conflict resolution, coordination, and organization

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate participation of diverse groups into a unified team

  • Working knowledge of IND, JPL, NASA, and International Space Agencies (ESA, JAXA, ISRO) and participation with industry partners & other NASA centers

JPL has a catalog of benefits and perks that span from the traditional to the unique. This includes a variety of health, dental, vision, wellbeing, and retirement plans, paid time off, learning, rideshare, childcare, flexible schedule, parental leave and many more. Our focus is on work-life balance, and living healthy, fulfilling lives as we Dare Mighty Things Together. For benefits eligible positions, benefits are effective the first day of the month coincident with or immediately following the employee’s start date.

For further benefits information click Benefits and Perks (https://www.jpl.jobs/benefits-perks)

The hiring range displayed below is specifically for those who will work in or reside in the location listed. In extending an offer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory considers factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s job related skills, experience, knowledge, and relevant education/training. Hiring range for this job may be adjusted based on primary work location outside of Pasadena, California. This adjusted range will be provided to candidates by the Recruiter when applicable.

The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.

$143,312 - $183,248

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.

In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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