Aqua Flight Systems Manager

KBR, Inc.

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Greenbelt, MD

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Aqua Flight Systems Manager

KBR is looking for an Aqua Flight Systems Manager to support the Ground Systems and Mission Operations (GSMO-2) Contract at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as the Technical Manager for the Earth Observing System (EOS) Aqua spacecraft.

The Aqua Flight Systems Manager (FSM) is responsible for technical oversight of the operation and maintenance of the Aqua spacecraft as well as personnel management for all assigned direct reports.

In compliance with the U.S. federal government’s vaccine mandate, only candidates who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a reasonable accommodation or approved medical exception will be considered for this position.

***Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident***

Tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Direct the Aqua subsystem engineering group activities as they pertain to the Aqua spacecraft subsystems, instruments, and the Aqua orbit, in
    • the evaluation of system performance
    • the planning, development, execution, evaluation and reporting of normal, special, and contingency engineering tasks through the leading of weekly/bi-weekly engineering meetings, other project/task meetings as required, one-on-one time with offline engineers, etc.
    • verification and approval of all new spacecraft products submitted through FOT CCB (as signature authority board member) and all spacecraft command activities (submitted via PPCR)
    • leading or assigning lead (routine only) for all spacecraft maneuvers (Drag Make-Up Maneuvers, Inclination Adjust, instrument calibrations, etc.)
  • Augment the subsystem-specific engineering expertise provided by the Aqua offline engineering members, and the broad operational knowledge of the On-Console Engineers (OCEs), with system-wide knowledge and overall mission perspective. When appropriate, delegate technical and reporting and responsibilities to offline engineers
  • In concert with the Aqua Mission Director, lead the team's response to observatory anomalies, failures and degradation
    • assemble an Anomaly Response Team and coordinate engineering investigations and analysis
    • prepare the engineering artifacts - analysis data, trend plots, event logs, scenario timelines, etc., for review by the FOT, NASA and other Aqua stakeholders
    • provide recommendation(s) for immediate, short term and long-term responses
    • develop, and coordinate recovery plan; direct the implementation of the recovery plan
    • ensure that all anomaly response actions are documented through closure

  • Coordinate with the Mission Director and ESMO Management to direct the FOT's interaction with the various support entities - spacecraft, instrument, and ground system contractors; Instrument Operation Teams; GSFC Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD); Flight Dynamics, Conjunction Assessment, Flight Software Maintenance, EDOS; and other mission stakeholders
  • Conduct personnel yearly goal objectives and performance assessments, personnel mentoring/development, timecard approval, company policy training and all other management duties as assigned for all direct reports
  • As an FOT leader, ensure that we continue to deliver a quality product to our customer. Work in concert with the entire team to ensure that sound engineering and operations processes are practiced and continuously improved. Coordinate and collaborate with the other FOT leadership members to effectively and safely implement the EOS mission requirements
  • Facilitate process improvement for online and offline operations
    • Assigning/Developing projects and tasks to improve operational efficiency, effort or accuracy in their daily tasks
  • New-hire training and certification
  • Update/Maintenance/Creation of spacecraft documentation (SOPs, anomaly reports, SOARs, etc) to maintain information to current level and satisfy customer deliverable and requests
  • Represent the Aqua mission at routine, ad hoc, and other periodic meetings, including but not limited to
    • Mission Director Meeting (a.k.a. Top Ten)
    • Ground System Activities
    • Monthly Status Review
    • Command Authorization Meetings
    • FOT Automation Meeting
    • FOT Configuration Control Board (as board member)
    • Instrument Working Group
    • Root Cause and Corrective Action Review Board (as board member)
    • Discrepancy Review Board
    • FSW Maintenance Configuration Board
    • Annual Reviews
    • Science Team Meetings/MOWGs

Required Education, Experience, & Skills:

  • BS in Aerospace Engineering or related discipline
  • 7 + years of spacecraft operations experience including spacecraft subsystem engineering experience

Preferred Experience:

  • Previous EOS Flight Operations experience
  • EOS Tri-Mission OCE certification

In compliance with the U.S. federal government’s vaccine mandate, only candidates who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a reasonable accommodation or approved medical exception will be considered for this position.

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.