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Lead Spacecraft Operator



Renens, Switzerland · Vaud, Switzerland
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2024

SWISSto12 is one of the world’s fastest-growing aerospace companies, evolving from its pioneering use of 3D printing technologies for high-performance Radio Frequency (RF) products and applications to recently announcing the manufacture of entire geostationary telecom satellites, called HummingSat, that define a new category in space.

SWISSto12 is a leading provider of Radio-Frequency (RF) products and sub-systems for aerospace applications. The company’s patented 3D printing technologies and associated product designs are unique to deliver lightweight, compact, highly performing, and competitive RF products.

SWISSto12 is also providing the HummingSat as the world’s first commercial telecom GEO SmallSat developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). Its uniquely compact size combined with highly capable telecom payloads allows telecommunications operators to deploy a cost-efficient, compact and agile asset without sacrificing performance or security. HummingSat has recently been selected by Inmarsat to build three I-8 satellites and in 2022 by Intelsat to build the I-45 satellite.

We are looking for an experienced Lead Spacecraft Operations Specialist to join our development and customer programs for our HummingSat GEO satellite product line. If you are looking for position where you can play an active role in contributing to innovative and growing company, this role is for you.

In this role, you will be responsible for the following functions:

  • Initial Phase: Dive deep into DSS testing, integration, and the meticulous development of operations procedures.
  • Flight Operations Leadership: Transition to guiding and overseeing all flight operations activities, ensuring seamless coordination and mission success.
  • Operational Framework: Establish and regularly update both standard and contingent operations protocols, ensuring optimal spacecraft performance and safety.
  • Training and Development: Design, implement, and conduct comprehensive training programs for spacecraft operators, fostering a well-equipped and informed team.
  • Support and Guidance: Act as the first point of contact for other spacecraft operators, providing technical support, guidance, and expertise whenever necessary.
  • Collaboration: Engage with interdisciplinary teams to ensure integrated system performance, addressing any challenges that may arise in real-time operations.
  • Documentation: Author, review, and maintain detailed operational manuals, training documents, and procedural guidelines, ensuring accuracy and clarity.

Required experience and competencies:

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in spacecraft operations, with a preference for candidates with prior leadership roles.
  • Proficient understanding of DSS testing and integration methodologies.
  • Demonstrable expertise in crafting spacecraft operation protocols, both nominal and contingent.
  • Exceptional skills in training and personnel development.
  • Ability to address and resolve real-time operational challenges swiftly and effectively.
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, apt for a team-centric environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, or a related field; Master’s degree or equivalent experience is a significant advantage.
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in other languages is a plus.

Interested applicants are requested to apply through LinkedIn

Working conditions and contract:

SWISSto12 offers a full-time contract with an attractive compensation package. The position can be based at either our Foster City office or our Lausanne, Switzerland office and will require occasional travel between the two locations to work teams and suppliers at both locations.

More about SWISSto12:

SWISSto12 has successfully established contracts with Inmarsat/ViaSat, Intelsat and ESA for HummingSat as well as contracts for their RF product line in Europe and the US with prominent partners and customers such as Thales, Lockheed Martin and the ESA. SWISSto12 is a spin off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), is privately owned and backed by prominent Swiss and European Investors. SWISSto12 is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, and operates a US-subsidiary in Foster City California and another team in New Hampshire. The company is well funded for its near and mid-term developments and backed by a solid customer revenue stream