Director of Space Hardware

Space Systems · Santa Barbara, California
Department Space Systems
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Umbra builds next-generation space systems that observe the Earth in unprecedented fidelity. 

Our mission: Deliver global omniscience.

To stay ahead of climate change, geopolitical risk, and other major crises and issues, we need a global understanding of what is changing, where, and how fast. Umbra provides easy access to the highest quality commercial satellite data available, which is an indispensable tool for the growing number of organizations monitoring the Earth. We empower our customers to create the solutions that inform, inspire, and address our planet’s most pressing needs. We’re helping to create a brand new industry that has never meaningfully existed before. 

We are looking for a Director of Space Hardware with senior level space systems experience that spans the full range of spacecraft design, test, and operations. The Director of Space Hardware serves as the technical conscience of the organization, simultaneously providing guidance and oversight of all Space Systems hardware. An ideal candidate can fuse traditional spacecraft design and analysis philosophy with the agility and flexibility of commercial approaches, to deliver state-of-the-art capabilities. An appreciation for a test-centric, risk-aware approach is critical, along with a willingness to dive deep on subject matter as required. This position reports to the Vice President of Space Systems and includes extensive engagement with the COO and CEO.

Key Responsibilities

  • Technical design oversight of flight hardware across the Space Systems Department
  • Technical coordination with Software, Manufacturing and Operations Directors
  • Functional oversight over Mechanical and Electrical teams, managing several direct reports
  • Review of all electrical schematics
  • Review of all mechanical drawings
  • Review of flight software architectural decisions and algorithms regarding their impact to flight hardware
  • Review all space systems documents
  • Participate in all design reviews
  • Develop and maintain system requirements and subsystem specifications
  • Aid in execution of existing and experimental hardware test campaigns

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors and Masters degree in applicable engineering field
  • 15+ years experience in aerospace engineering
  • 15+ years experience in design and manufacturing of flight hardware
  • Experience with electrical design, analysis, and layout
  • Experience with space mechanisms and mechanical drawing reviews
  • Experience with the development of embedded software and flight software
  • Experience developing, documenting and tracking space system requirements
  • Effective in providing constructive feedback to junior engineers
  • Excited to share knowledge and experience across the engineering team
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic and fast-paced development environment.

Desired Qualifications

  • 20+ years experience in aerospace engineering
  • 20+ years experience in design and manufacturing of flight hardware
  • 5+ years experience in execution of research and development test campaigns
  • Hands-on experience and fundamental knowledge of mechanical and electrical space systems
  • Experience on multiple launch integration campaigns
  • Experience in on-orbit satellite support and anomaly resolution
  • Experience with modeling and simulation tools
  • Experience with space-based remote sensing missions
  • Experience managing a small team of engineers


  • Flexible Vacation / Paid Sick Time/ Family Leave
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life
  • 401(k) Plan with 3% non-elective employer contribution
  • Stock Options

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  • Location
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Department
    Space Systems
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience