Mission Operations Engineering Team Lead

El Segundo, CA
Full Time
Ground MOPS
Entry Level

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

The Mission Operations Team works across the entire spacecraft mission life cycle, from the proposal phase, to spacecraft and mission design, through space vehicle integration and test, and culminating with launch and on-orbit operations. The team is responsible for all facets of the mission design, including definition of operational concepts, development of on-orbit procedures, and innovation of advanced methods of spacecraft operation unique to each space mission. Mission Operations is directly responsible for Millennium’s critical on-orbit assets.

As the Mission Operations Engineering Team Lead (ETL), you will be the primary point of contact for technical, budget, and resource allocation to meet team member needs, customer requirements, program needs, and company goals. You will set the engineering standard for the team, define roles and responsibilities, establish processes/workflow, and facilitate mentorship and training by Mission Operations Engineering Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). You will ensure that programs are adequately staffed and program objectives are met on time and on budget. You will be involved in forecasting future staffing needs based on the new business pipeline, and you will work side-by-side with Millennium Recruiting to build the team at all experience levels.

Successful engineering team leads possess technical knowledge in the group's discipline as well as the leadership and communication skills needed to interact with engineers and the broader Millennium organization (Programs, Manufacturing, Mission Operations, HR, Recruiting, etc.).

This position's internal job code is Systems Engineering Manager. Our team is currently hiring for level K.



  • Manage team of ~14 engineers and contractor teammates
  • Motivate and support team members
  • Work with company leadership to resolve issues and challenges relating to effective team execution
  • Advocate for the team
  • Communicate company goings-on, higher level decisions, events as required to the team
  • Escalate matters to Director or HR as required.
  • Provide regular 1:1 meetings with direct reports
  • Provide formal feedback and raise requests per company guidelines
  • Facilitate IR&D and process improvement initiatives with subject matter experts
  • Define the overall team charter and set company strategy for Mission & Autonomy
  • Team task management
  • Resource allocation
  • Scheduling
  • Planning/Forecasting
  • Involved in technical review in the areas of Mission Operations with support from SMEs
  • Promote knowledge sharing by facilitating lunch and learns and peer reviews
  • Learn from mistakes/discrepancies and improve engineering process
  • Provide and/or facilitate technical mentorship
  • Define organizational workflow and promote efficiency
  • Identify resources gaps
  • Support team with necessary infrastructure
  • Organize and conduct phone screens and first round interviews
  • Identify future business needs and hire accordingly
  • Keep customers, PMs, & Engr Leadership apprised of high-level issues
  • Assigns REA’s to programs and products
  • Identify, communicate, and assist in the risk management process

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering or the physical sciences / computer science
  • 3 years experience in satellite design and/or operation
  • 1+ years as a project or team lead, or equivalent experience managing complex systems
  • Ability to obtain TS/SCI clearance
  • Ability to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance for which the U.S. Government requires U.S. Citizenship. (More information on this process can be found by following the Mandatory Security Clearance and Access Process Disqualifying Criteria link which is listed in the job posting).

Preferred Qualifications


  • 5+ years experience in satellite design and/or operation
  • Experience defining satellite & constellation CONOPS
  • Experience defining satellite & constellation DRMs
  • Experience with satellite fault & autonomy
  • Experience with satellite end-to-end testing
  • Experience with Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing
  • Experience with Software-in-the-Loop (SIL) testing
  • Active TS/SCI clearance

Please note that the salary information shown below is a general guideline only of what is reasonably expected to be paid for the position. Salaries are based upon candidate experience and qualifications, as well as market and business considerations.

Summary Pay-Range

  • Level : K $147,050-  $216,250 

Benefits and Perks
Millennium Space Systems offers a very competitive benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, and 401k plan.

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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