Vice President of Engineering

  • El Segundo, CA
  • Full Time
  • Executive

Company Overview
Millennium Space Systems, A Boeing Company delivers affordable, high-performance space systems for exacting customers. At Millennium, you will be part of a close-knit team working on exciting technological problems. We work in an open environment where ideas are shared across all disciplines, and there are ample opportunities for advancement based on excellence. Superstars are welcome.

At Millennium, we innovate and collaborate to make the world a better place. From the seabed to outer space, you can contribute to work that matters with a company where diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values. We're committed to fostering an environment for every teammate that's welcoming, respectful and inclusive, with great opportunity for professional growth. Find your future with us.

Job Summary
As the Company’s Vice President of Engineering, you will be the functional leader of all engineering design teams at the company.  All 5 Directors of Engineering will report to you and look to you to provide guidance, leadership, and represent them at the corporate level. We are looking for a leader, good communicator and a person that builds credibility and trust amongst the teams. Your role is primarily inward facing within the company, in order to help garner the resources that your team needs, envision improvements that will make them more efficient and effective, and then work with the company to deliver those improvements to the benefit of all. Key initiatives in this area are expected to include the shift toward more Model Based Systems Engineering and usable Digital Engineering tools, adoption of Design for Manufacturability and Test engineering methods, and tight integration with Manufacturing and Human Resources. 

You will provide the necessary senior technical and management leadership spanning concept definition, requirements, design, analysis, test and operation of space vehicles and ground systems to support and foster future growth of the company as a high quality small satellite prototype and constellation mission solution provider. In addition, the Vice President of Engineering must work closely with the Chief Engineer to refine and develop technical standards that the company will adhere to, which could span each of the previously mentioned domains. The Vice President of Engineering will work with the VP of Programs and Execution and other VPs to define and refine executable schedules and resource plans for contracted programs. You will work with each of our Program Managers and Systems Engineers to identify areas for process improvement and lean them out as well as to define needed engineering and technical resources to meet our milestones and delivery commitments (people, processes, facilities, tools). You will work with the Chief Engineer and other stakeholders to determine the acceptability of decisions impacting product integrity, engineering execution on programs and mission assurance.  You will work with the Director of Human Resources to grow a pipeline of engineers to meet the demands of company growth.

Key Responsibilities

  • Be the reporting entity for the Engineering Functionals  – Director of Engineering Leaders for spacecraft elements will report directly to you
  • Develop, grow, and mentor our engineering workforce
  • Recruit engineers to meet the demands of the company growth and allocate resources to programs
  • Leading the digital engineering revolution (Configuration Management, Model Based Engineering, Product Lifecycle Management, and other tools)
    • Piloting new tools
    • Collaborating with Digital Engineering implementation stakeholders such as Information Technology, Information Assurance, Manufacturing, Advanced Concepts, Chief Engineer
  • Minimize and eliminate stovepipe, one-off designs, and ensure cohesiveness and flexibility of system architectures and platform designs across the enterprise and leveraging common products and capabilities across programs
  • Working with stakeholders, implement internal engineering standards and methods to promulgate, review, and enforce them
  • Propose and evaluate candidate make/buy solutions for components and subsystems, to include consideration of viable suppliers where it makes sense to meet cost and schedule objectives while meeting or exceeding technical/performance requirement
  • Interact with company leadership and suppliers, responding to program requests for information, support to technical meetings, technical interchanges and enterprise-level working groups
  • Hold standing “Weekly Accountability and Status Reviews” with each of our Program Managers and their key personnel
  • Coordinate and establish engineering and engineering solutions across multiple programs and customers, and establish Core Platforms for our spacecraft platform series, to include commonality in functional block diagrams, vertical products, platform performance and external platform interfaces
  • Effectively work with people at all levels and with external customers and SETAs; be able and willing to contribute wherever and however needed, providing senior leadership and guidance to program activities and to junior, mid-level and senior personnel

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have an active TS/SCI clearance
  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field
  • Master’s degree in a technical field or PhD is a plus
  • Seasoned professional with demonstrated leadership experience with 15+ years of engineering experience with at least 10+ years of engineering management experience
  • 15+ years’ experience in aerospace industry is a plus
  • Demonstrated progressively responsible management experience in leading an organization and achieving positive results
  • Demonstrated experience as a Leadership Team member
  • Demonstrated experience in designing innovative technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to interface effectively with customers, management and peers both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated capabilities in small satellite and small satellite constellations
  • Demonstrated ability to develop the careers of the workforce through mentorship and workforce development methods
  • Excellent communication skills and overall organization knowledge are required to develop plans and policies consistent with Company policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated analytical and attention to details/skills
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate change and can sell the organization on change
  • Proven experience in continuous improvement
  • Strong understanding of system engineering concepts and systematic problem-solving skills


Benefits and Perks
Millennium Space Systems offers a very competitive benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, and 401k plan.  Relocation assistance to Southern California can be provided.

Before applying, please note:
Millennium is DDTC-registered, ITAR-compliant Company. This position is located at a facility that requires special access. Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens and eligible for a security clearance. Additionally, applicants must be willing to apply for and maintain a security clearance. We are proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage veterans, disabled veterans and disabled individuals to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified.

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