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Lockheed Martin Communication Systems Engineer Principal in Littleton, Colorado

Description: The coolest jobs on this planet… or any other… are with Lockheed Martin Space.

At the dawn of a new space age, Lockheed Martin is a pioneer, partner, innovator and builder. Our amazing men and women are on a mission to make a difference in the world and every single day we use our unique skills and experiences to create, design and build solutions to some of the worlds’ hardest engineering problems. Our culture encourages employees to dream big, perform with excellence and create incredible products. We provide the resources, inspiration and focus and if you have the passion and courage to dream big, we want to build a better tomorrow with you

The Payload Architect will provide strategic focus to the up-front program phase of creating competitive, program winning payload solutions for our customers. The following are a summary of the duties:

•Develop relationships with satellite customers in order to facilitate up-front collaboration prior to RFP release.

•Work with Market Assist team to perform pre RFI and pre RFP strategic planning.

•Receive and interpret RFI/RFPs to break down requirements into architectural concepts.

•Collaborate with Antenna, RF, Structures, Power and other satellite subsystem leads to create competitive, winning Payload architectural solutions.

•Ensure Payload architecture meets design to cost objectives.

•Build hardware mini-specifications to facilitate internal and external cost estimating.

•Write payload proposal and executive summary volumes in support of proposal submission.

•Support internal Executive Planning Panel presentations.

•Lead payload related proposal follow up questions.

•Lead Payload discussions at customer orals presentations.

•Collaborate with New Business, IPT leads, and functional management on establishing strategic direction for payload capabilities.

Typically has at least 20 years of experience.

To promote the sharing of ideas, Lockheed Martin fosters an inclusive work environment that encourages differences and big-picture thinking.

Our employees play an active role in strengthening the quality of life where we live and work by volunteering more than 850,000 hours annually. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy:




•Paid time off

•Work/life balance

•Career development

•Mentorship opportunities

•Rewards & recognition

Basic Qualifications:

•BSEE or related discipline

•Significant experience in the communications satellite industry with the majority of that time spent in communications payload engineering role.

•Demonstrated capabilities to craft winning satellite communications payload architectures and solutions in a dynamic, fixed price competitive environment.

•Demonstrated abilities to bring customer perspective to the table in performing payload architecture solutions.

•Experience with communication satellite tools.

•Excellent, near expert, capabilities in Microsoft Excel.

•Excellent Microsoft office skills.

•Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

•Excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills.

•Willingness to travel (foreign and domestic) up to 20%.

Desired Skills:

• Masters or PhD degree, with emphasis on RF or Communications Engineering.

• Familiarity with Lockheed Martin Space Systems and A2100 satellite programs.

• Industry knowledge and recognition; active participation in relevant professional societies, conferences and publications.

• Broad knowledge of military satellite payloads, anti-jam techniques and algorithms, requirements generation for satellite processors, and ability to develop innovative and discriminating satellite solutions

• Expert level knowledge of Digitally Processed Payloads, RF Engineering, Communication Theory, and Digital Signal Processing



Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. They’re dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin’s vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers’ toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.


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