Systems Engineering Manager – Space Industry Ref# V-32542-2

  • South East, Oxfordshire, Oxford, UK
  • Competitive
  • Permanent
  • V-32542-2

Holt Executive are currently partnered with a global leader in Space and Satellite sustainability, a dynamic and rapidly growing technology innovator who are making hugely positive contributions to the growing problem of orbital space debris.
They require a Systems Engineering Manager to lead a highly talented, passionate team on all space system engineering activities. This role will have overarching management responsibility for the spacecraft systems team; ensuring everyone works together to deliver appropriate solutions, to schedule and cost, across all projects.

The company are fast-growing, and you will have the platform to expand on your experience and develop your skills further to enable your team to deliver amazing results and make a difference every day, by driving missions forward.
Responsibilities for the Systems Engineering Manager:

  • Leadership and technical mentoring to the systems engineering group.
  • Line management of Systems Team Leads.
  • Manage hiring on a permanent and temporary basis, including outsourcing etc.
  • Review scoping and costing for new project work packages.
  • Review and communicate work package, and other plans, within the group and to Project Managers, including any technical or schedule risks.
  • Ensure the quality of standards and procedures within the Systems Group.
  • Define, map and propose relevant processes and procedures.
  • Provide input and guidance to the technology roadmap for Systems.

Essential Skills required by the Systems Engineering Manager:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in relevant engineering or scientific discipline.
  • Excellent knowledge of systems engineering standards and space industry standards.
  • The ability to appropriately tailor and adapt standard engineering practises to a lean and fast-paced engineering development environment.
  • Working technical knowledge of various space- and ground- segment subsystems and specialist functions, particularly orbital mechanics and AOCS/GNC.
  • 10+ years’ experience of systems engineering within the commercial space industry.
  • 5+ years’ recent experience in a line management role.
  • Experienced and enthusiastic people manager, with a focus on leading and building strong teams, able to put the team and plan interests first.


  • Competitive base salary
  • Flexible working around core hours
  • Hybrid working
  • 9-day working fortnight
  • 25 days holiday (increasing yearly up to a maximum of 28 days) + 8 days Bank Holiday
  • Life insurance and long-term sick pay
  • Private healthcare (taxable benefit)

If your skills and experience match this Systems Engineering Manager opportunity, we encourage you to apply by sending your CV to

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