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Mission Systems Engineer

  • Use your project and systems engineering experience and technical expertise!
  • A rewarding part to play in a complex superconducting space technology programme
  • Grow with a business with literally limitless potential!
Our client is a trailblazer in sustainable and scalable space exploration technology. We take immense pride in supporting them as they scale new heights in the cosmos. Join us on this exhilarating journey as we work together to push the boundaries of space exploration!

The Role:
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Mission Systems Engineer will play a crucial supporting role in the technical oversight of subsystem and system issues within the complex space-based superconducting program.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic leader who owns projects, gets things done, and holds teams accountable with a blend of determination, timeliness, and a touch of assertiveness.

As the key technical liaison with mission-involved customers and suppliers, this role will be responsible for facilitating comms and ensuring a smooth collaboration between everyone, providing critical technical oversight for the development of systems architecture and design, as well as supporting various functions to ensure key milestones are achieved on time, and to the programme.

Utilising your skills in project and systems engineering, you’ll be crucial in ensuring space mission requirements meet the needs of this complex and robust programme, and that others are meeting their role obligations too. You’ll be in charge of developing the overall concept, breaking down mission requirements, analysing systems, making critical milestone decisions, and providing support during the design and product development phase.

Key responsibilities:

  • Act as the primary support/technical liaison with mission-involved customers and suppliers.
  • Provide support/technical oversight for system architecture and design development, along with supporting technical teams.
  • Manage project scheduling and monitoring while enforcing task completion.
  • Ensure integration of key components into the overall system design. 
  • Lead non-conformance investigations and serve as the test leader for flight articles.
  • Create and review system and component Qualification Test Plans, Procedures, and Reports.
  • Lead program gates such as Preliminary Design Review (PDR), Critical Design Review (CDR), etc.
  • Set operational schedules and Concept of Operations (CONOPS).
  • Define and review system requirements, product/sub-system specifications, and Interface Control Documents (ICDs).

What we are looking for in the ideal candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering specialising in Project delivery/Electrical/ Mechanical Engineering.
  • Minimum of 3+ years of relevant experience in the aerospace, defence, medical device, or Agri-tech industries.
  • Proven experience in project delivery, functional requirements parsing, derivation, and allocation.
  • Strong background in systems design/integration, and technical risk identification and management strategies with Verification and Validation (V&V) principles.
  • Solid understanding of industry-standard systems engineering design principles with proficiency in classical and Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) methodologies.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, communication and leadership skills, meticulous attention to detail, commitment to quality, enabling collaborative success in fast-paced environments.
Whilst there is not an expectation for you be an absolute expert, you will thrive if you’re the type that enjoys trying new things, failing fast, and being inquisitive and open-minded.

In return:

You will be working for a company that LOVE what they do and you can anticipate being in a role you will love too! As a start-up organisation you can expect to work with plenty of independence whilst collaborating with others as you become the expert in your space. You’ll have a large and rewarding part to play. As this role is hands-on, like most roles in this business, it is based at their company headquarters in Auckland.

Remuneration will be commensurate with your experience, so if this sounds like you please APPLY NOW! Or, for further information please call Debbie during business hours on 09 200 3123 for a confidential discussion or email Debbie@scitexgroup.com.


To apply for this vacancy you MUST be a New Zealand citizen, resident, or have already secured the right to work in New Zealand and therefore hold a valid visa.

Scitex specialises in permanent, contract and temporary recruitment – and has done since 1987. 


Profession: Engineering
Location: Auckland
Work Type: Permanent

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