Spacecraft Electrical Architect

Job Reference: GTL-2019-01-103

Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Please note - this is a permanent position.

Our client has more than 40 years’ experience in designing, integration, testing, operation and commissioning of innovative space systems. Using some of the world’s most sophisticated technologies, that meet the needs of a variety of commercial, government, scientific and security customers. Its teams create the technology to monitor our oceans, help us better understand climate change and drive scientific progress. We also supply the International Space Station and, as such, play a pivotal role in exploring the universe.


This is an excellent opportunity to join at the start of a growing business, shape your career and be a major contributor to growth of the business.


Primary purpose of the roles :

Lead the design of the spacecraft/system/subsystem electrical architecture and Avionics architecture.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver defined tasks to budget & schedule
  • Generate specification, architecture, development and validation plans
  • Analyse and where appropriate identify developments required at EM and EQM to support flight development
  • Implement and test hardware in accordance with relevant standards
  • Support Skill Lead in optimizing approaches to engineering processes
Main Activities:


  • Design and conduct trade-offs on the system/subsystem electrical architecture including interfaces and protocols, data handling, hardware fault protection and power distribution. This electrical architect will lead preliminary design electrical architecture as well as detailed design.
  • Take into account EMC requirements within the design
  • Analyse and identify developments required at EM and EQM to support flight development
  • Manage interfaces between subsystems
  • Manage customer requirements and devolve these into subsystem requirements
  • Support integration and verification strategy for the Avionics/Electrical subsystems
  • Manage costs and schedule for the electrical architecture activities
  • Support bids providing technical insight as well as costing inputs
  • Provide guidance to junior engineers and grow the electrical architecture capability

Values & Behaviors:

  • Produce items to quality standards to meet customer / contractual requirements.
  • Provide all tasks and outputs, typically defined within a work package description, in conformance to agreed scope budget and schedules.
  • Build relationships with colleagues and work cooperatively with others to achieve project goals.
  • Contribute to professional exchanges and develop the corporate expertise in digital design engineering.
  • Proactive to optimize engineering processes to reduce costs

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