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Raytheon Technologies Sr Principal Comms Systems Engineer in El Segundo, California

Would you like to be part of the new space movement? Are you a rock star engineer? Do you have the leadership gene? Raytheon Intelligence and Space is the place for you. In the last few years you might have seen in your social media feed amazingly beautiful images of the Earth from space in exquisite detail.

Or perhaps images in the news forecasting the weather and reporting on natural disasters. Maybe you’ve even gazed at images from deep space wondering when humans will journey to the farthest reaches of the universe. Behind many of these amazing images are the technologies and innovations created by the engineers at Raytheon Intelligence and Space. Situated in sunny Southern California, a location rich in aerospace history, we have unparalleled heritage in advanced sensing systems for space exploration, national security and civil space. We are actively seeking engineers to help evolve our technology and grow our business into new domains and markets. Are you up to the challenge? We’re looking for you.

Job Description:

The Systems Engineering Center is seeking a strong, technically sound Comms engineer for the role of Senior Principal Comms Systems Engineer who is committed and passionate about creating innovative, cost-effective solutions for advanced space-based Comms architectures, systems and mission capabilities.

The successful candidate will serve as the Senior Comms Systems Engineer on a large-scale, and very complex Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Communications (ISRC) Program and will be responsible for providing technical leadership and guidance of the Comms Sub-System IPT along with supporting the delivery of verified products, components or services to support the Comms Sub-System team.

The Senior Principal Comms Systems Engineer is will provide significant technical contributions

to the Integrated Sub-System and all system engineering work products across the entire life cycle of the program, including architecture development, requirements development, system integration and test, verification and validation.

This position reports to the Comms Sub-System Integrated Product Team Lead and interfaces with cross-functional product teams, sub-contractors program management, and functional managers.

Required Skills:

  • Minimum of 10+ years of engineering experience with some experience in Space RF & digital communication system design and development

  • Experience in requirements development and flowdown of top-level functional, operational and constraining requirements to the Comms subsystem and hardware levels.

  • Knowledge of Digital Design techniques and implementation (modem design and optimization, Advanced Coding and Modulation Schemes,

SoC Design Implementation,

ASIC or FPGA Design and Development)

  • Knowledge of Digital Signal Processing (Digital Pre-distortion techniques, Carrier Recovery, Channel Equalization)

  • Experience in Payload vs spacecraft trades and analyses

  • Experience in Requirements analysis and performance budgeting

  • Knowledge of End-to-end data delivery (data chain) architecture development - comm payload system function and interfaces, link design (frequency plans, data rates, coding, noise, modulation), data processing (encryption, storage, error correction and detection, packet delineation, etc.) and ground system operations

  • Ability to coordinate between organizations (cross-functional teams, customers and departments).

  • Ability to contribute to the development of new ideas and concepts, translate these ideas into executable action plans, and communicate these plans to a diverse client base.

  • Team oriented individual with strong interpersonal and communication skill

  • U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance as of day one of employment.

  • Active and Current TS/SCI or completed SSBI within last 24 months required

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of Antenna subsystem development (requirements analysis, performance budgeting, conceptual design)

  • Knowledge of Anti-jamming communication algorithms

  • Knowledge of space hardness and survivability environments; spacecraft subsystems (TT&C, ADC, CDH, Thermal, Structures/Mechanisms, propulsion, Guidance and Navigation); and Launch vehicle considerations.

  • CONOPS trades and analyses (Orbital and constellation design)

  • Data delivery/data chain flow trades and analyses (operations, observation payloads, communication system, and ground system)

  • Mission timeline analyses (tasking, scheduling, control and operations)

  • Mission utility analyses to quantify performance as a function of design, cost, risk and schedule

  • Ability to mentor and lead engineering personnel to collaborate with members of other teams to accomplish problem resolution and other tasks in a timely manner.

  • Experience leading multi-discipline intra-company integrated product teams

  • Master's Degree/PhD in relevant field


Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM), or Master’s degree in relevant field

U.S. Citizenship Status is requires as this position will require the ability to access US only data systems


Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.