Iridium Satellite

Senior Manager, Product Engineer

Job Locations US-VA-McLean
Job ID 2023-2974
Worker Category
Regular Full-Time[F]

Company Overview

Iridium is an award-winning and innovative satellite communications company with bragging rights to the only network that offers voice and data connectivity anywhere in the world. For over 20 years, Iridium’s unique network and services have supported critical communications needs for individuals, businesses, and the evolving Internet of Things.


At Iridium, we understand the importance of staying connected and the limitations of traditional communications networks. People across the globe, including first responders, humanitarians, global militaries, scientific researchers, and lone workers, as well as ships, aircraft and remote operations all rely on Iridium to stay connected. We take our responsibility for providing these essential communications very seriously and pride ourselves on offering a reliable lifeline when needed. Likewise, Iridium is committed to providing an exciting and innovative workplace, where employees are challenged to think outside the box and collaborate on new, bold ideas and solutions. Our talented teams are passionate about their work and the impact our company makes around the world. Iridium fosters an empowering and inclusive culture that allows employees to genuinely be their best selves. We are looking for others who want to join this truly unique company that celebrates our employees and provides the opportunity to truly make a difference in the world.

Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

What We’re Looking For:

In this role you will manage an existing team in subscriber product hardware development, testing, and sustainment engineering activities on our Product Engineering team.  As an Engineering Manager, you’ll be responsible for overseeing product testing, analysis, design, regulatory compliance, change and configuration management.  In addition to these responsibilities, you'll also get the chance to coach and mentor junior engineers, helping to shape the future of our team.    You’ll thrive in this role if you are passionate about creating reliable and robust sustainable products, interested in the long-term success of your work, and highly self reliant.


What You’ll Do:

  • Foster and develop a highly effective team of Product Engineers to test, analyze, and design cuttinig edge products
  • Facilitate a close working relationship with product owners and stakeholders to manage and prioritize issue resolution and product improvements while communicating risk, timing, cost, and value to the broader organization
  • Think laterally, provide analysis, make suggestions, and implement processes that improve product quality, reliability, and longevity
  • Perform test planning, procedure development, and analysis activities for all hardware aspects of Iridium transceivers
  • Mentor and train your team by evaluating employees’ performance, recognizing areas for improvement, and providing reliable solutions to problems that may impact your team’s effectiveness
  • Lead efforts to release new and existing designs into manufacturing, managing engineering changes, and design configurations
  • Work collaboratively with multi-sited global teams of software, hardware, and system development engineers
  • Work cross functionally to instill a strong culture of product quality within the organization
  • Support customers and team members to achieve project delivery milestones
  • Accountable for the development of customer facing documentation that clearly presents information for various stakeholders

Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical or computer engineering or a related technical field
  • 10+ years’ progressive experience in an engineering role, with experience in product design
  • Advanced knowledge of product designs, design verification testing, design change management and configuration control
  • Previous management experience required
  • Capable of being a strong motivator and source of direction for your team and role modelling commitment to your team’s goals
  • Have a people-oriented mentality and be able to build meaningful relationships with senior leadership on your team and in other departments
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to convey products, deliverables, analyses, and/or issues clearly and confidently, and recognize and adapt to different communication techniques
  • Be able to analyze and understand a situation or problem and think critically to make decisions, come up with and evaluate unique solutions, and see those solutions through to completion
  • Be independent and self-motivated and demonstrate a high degree of creativity, flexibility, and resourcefulness
  • Have a strong sense of urgency in driving projects to completion and be motivated to achieve outcomes and results
  • Can thrive in a dynamic environment and efficiently manage multiple or complex projects while continuously looking for new and enhanced ways of doing things
  • Possess effective Microsoft Windows and Office skills, specifically Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Teams

Things That Would be Great if You Brought to the Table:

  • Working knowledge of RF communication systems and protocols
  • Working knowledge regulatory and material compliance standards
  • Experience working with remote global teams
  • Experience using Atlassian management tools
  • Knowledge of laboratory test equipment (network, spectrum, and vector signal analyzers, etc.)
  • Demonstrated understanding of best practices for design change management and configuration management,
  • Knowledge of life cycle management and best practices that can maximize component and product design longevity

We’ll also need you to:

  • Be able to travel up to 15% annually
  • Be able to travel internationally
  • Willing and able to support activities outside of standard work hours in your time zone.
  • US Citizenship is required

Work Environment:

This position primarily works in the company office or in a home office. The position is largely sedentary with the majority of the position sitting in a chair and working with a computer. The role uses basic office equipment including a phone, video, computer, keyboard, mouse and printer. For in person meetings, this position will need to be able stand, walk within the office and climb stairs on occasion.


Iridium is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.


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