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Lead Communications System Engineer


This is a Full-time position in El Segundo, CA posted March 27, 2021.

As a Lead Communications Systems Engineer (Level 4), you will design and develop state-of-the-art, space-based communication systems for commercial, civil and/or national security programs. You will be part of a highly-motivated team that works with domestic or international customers on their latest satellite systems. This is a 1st shift position.

Project assignments typically span the unit life cycle, from internal trades, concept studies and system definition, to satellite unit development and test. Candidates will belong to or lead a systems engineering team interacting with customers, suppliers, program management, integration and test engineers, and senior technologists.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Designing and developing next generation RF, optical, and/or digital satellite communication systems
  • Requirement development, allocation and analysis
  • Performance analysis
  • Developing performance and link budgets
  • Performing waveform development and characterization
  • Performing trade studies
  • Supporting integration and test of payloads and spacecraft from unit level through in-orbit operations
  • Performing system design and verification activities
  • Leading teams

This position requires an active/current U.S. Security Clearance with successful completion of a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) by the federal government within the last 5 years (A U.S. Security Clearance that has been active in the past 24 months is considered active.)

Basic (Required) Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in an engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of experience in systems engineering concepts (requirements definition, allocation, verification, architecture design and trade design)

Preferred (Desired) Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in RF, digital, and/or optical communications
  • Experience leading teams of engineers
  • Proficiency in Matlab/Simulink
  • Experience with digital signal processing
  • Experience with performance characteristics of analog electronics or data converters (Mixers, ADCs, DACs, etc.)
  • Experience with digital/RF lab equipment (oscilloscope, signal generator, spectrum analyzer)

Degree and Typical Experience in Engineering Classification:  Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor’s degree and 9 or more years’ experience, Master’s degree with 7 or more years’ experience or PhD degree with 4 or more years? experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard.


This position offers relocation based on candidate eligibility. (Basic relocation is available for internal candidates, based on candidate eligibility.)

Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies.

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