Manager, User Terminal Development - L58 - Ottawa, Ontario

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 17 GEO satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 and one Phase 1 LEO satellite which is the start of Telesat’s planned global LEO satellite constellation that will offer low latency, high throughput broadband services. Telesat is also a leading technical consultant providing high value expertise and support to satellite operators, insurers and other industry participants on a global basis. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

We have a requirement for a Manager, User Terminal Development, LEO in Ottawa to join the existing engineering team responsible for the end-to-end system design and development of a new LEO constellation and associated communications network. In this role, the incumbent will work closely with the Telesat LEO systems engineering team and will collaborate with outside technology vendors providing user terminal solutions for Telesat. This position will report to the Director of Engineering.

This role requires a candidate with proven experience in managing the development of satellite user terminal technologies that is a team player comfortable working in a multi-functional organization with engineering, program management, business development and sales. This role offers the opportunity to have a significant impact on the development of the Telesat LEO Program and requires a self-directed highly creative individual comfortable working in a fast-paced start-up like environment.

How you will contribute: 

  • Lead a small engineering team in the development of cost effective user terminal technologies suitable for the Telesat LEO constellation system in collaboration with the LEO systems engineering and suppliers
  • Work with Telesat customers to understand the requirements and features needed for user terminals in their specific context
  • Define and maintain the user terminal roadmap defining the requirements and features necessary for the terminals to meet the commercial objectives
  • Develop partnership agreements with selected vendors for equipment needed on terminals.
  • Contribute to the design of the Telesat LEO constellation in ensuring alignment of the user terminal features and performance with the overall system.
  • Document and maintain key information about user terminals strategy available to the team.
  • Plan development strategies with vendors and suppliers; review supplier technologies and approaches; and report progress on a regular basis, highlighting issues and challenges and alerting program management regarding items that need additional attention.
  • Prepare a strategy for the overall development that makes terminals available to customers in time for the start of service of the system.
  • Work with suppliers engineering teams to develop cost effective production method leading to low cost of production

The ideal candidate will possess the following: 

  • B. Sc. in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering and a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in satellite communication with emphasis on user terminal technologies.
  • Recognized technical expert in developing satellite communication solutions for wide range of customer verticals
  • Experience in leading an engineering team in a product development environment.
  • Deep knowledge of state-of-the-art modem, RF, electronics and antenna technologies
  • High level of experience dealing with contract manufacturers for high volume production of terminals.
  • Creative problem-solver with thorough attention to detail.
  • Highly collaborative team-player who can quickly earn the confidence of co-workers and teammates.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with management, engineering teams and partners / suppliers.
  • Experience in dealing with business considerations and practical limitations related to system design and implementation.
  • Ability to prioritize opportunities, needs and resources.
  • An aptitude for and interest in complex technology
The successful candidate must be able to work in Canada and obtain clearance under the Canadian Controlled Goods Program. International travel is anticipated; therefore, the successful candidate will need to maintain an up-to-date passport and remain legally able to travel internationally.

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