VP of Systems Engineering



Software Engineering
Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2024


VP of Systems Engineering

Who We Are

Kymeta’s mission is to enhance lives by unlocking the potential for global satellite and cellular broadband communications while on the move. We do this through our innovative solutions, best-in-class technologies that meet and exceed our customers’ requirements.

Our core principles define the character and spirit of our employees and how we operate. We are committed to fostering a customer focused culture by creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that is rooted in supporting its employees and our corporate social responsibilities.

What We Need

The VP of Systems Engineering will work with exceptionally talented teams of multi-disciplined engineers to develop the next generation of satellite-based mobile communications. The role will work with RF Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical & Firmware Engineering, Materials & Reliability Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain, Program Management, Product Management, and executive leadership to define, develop, test, and align Systems Engineering to meet product family objectives. Oversee all aspects of the platform development cycle from technology innovation through product family introduction. As a technology leader, you will hold technical direction, decision-making process, and alignment of product families to system requirements.


  • Ability to set direction for team solving complex issues on critical systems-related approaches, requirements, specifications, and design.
  • Coordinates engineering support throughout the lifecycle of the platform. Develop new concepts for future product designs to meet projected requirements.
  • Align cross-functional teams on Systems Engineering Design for Manufacturing, Assembly, Test, Cost & Supply Chain.
  • Guide engineering teams on system-level design specifications, analysis, and trade-offs, including defining hardware and software requirements, features, and integration tests.
  • Establish, foster, and mature Research and development (R&D) partnerships with academia, commercial industry, and government agencies in respective areas of expertise and support cross-collaboration with the other areas.
  • Support engineering team readiness and execution during test phases and lead anomaly resolution teams.
  • Responsible for the framework to support technical root cause investigations and corrective action plans.
  • Accelerate design, development, and deployment speed through engineering development process improvements.
  • Leadership and management of Program Head Engineers, Principal Engineers, and Systems Engineering group.


  • Experience with satellite systems, and missions. Deep understanding of satellite terminal design principles, manufacture, assembly, integration, test, and operation.
  • Expertise in communications and systems theory and analysis including link budgets, signal propagation, phase noise, EVM, and non-linear effects.
  • Demonstrated experience collecting complex engineering data from multiple sources and the ability to organize and communicate data concisely to the customer and senior leadership.
  • Experience designing, developing, and integrating networking, communications, and datalink capabilities and subsystems.
  • Experience with DfX (Design for Cost/Manufacturability/Assembly/Test/Quality/Reliability/etc).
  • Strong ability to listen and clearly and concisely communicate deep technical details in a high-level understanding to various backgrounds.
  • Leadership experience, ability to influence and set technology standards and process direction.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in end-to-end performance management and optimization across radio access networks, services & systems aspects, and core networks & terminals.
  • 10+ years of direct experience in prototype or medium to large-scale program definition, design, development, integration, testing, and capability demonstrations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and adaptability, working with multiple disciplines through all phases of development.


  • Broad exposure to mechanical design and development practices in a development and production manufacturing environment.
  • A background performing GNC component trade studies (including make/buy trades and supplier identification/research).
  • Understanding of digital or analog beamforming and communications systems.
  • Previous experience in highly complex system integration and test activities.
  • Previous experience with one of the following: Python, C/C++, or Java programming.
  • Previous experience with one of the following wireless standards and networks: LTE, 5G, and Sat Comm communications systems.


  • BSEE with 18+ years in industry or equivalent experience in a related field, M.E. Systems Engineering preferred.
Kymeta is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices. In the spirit of pay transparency, we have determined the salary range for this position to be $200k- $300k. This is the full base salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range would be atypical, in order to allow for future and continued salary growth. Compensation packages are based on a variety of factors unique to each candidate, including but not limited to: skill set, years and depth of experience, certifications, and geography. The total compensation package for this position includes an annual target bonus of 10%, stock options, and benefits listed below. We believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity of our current team members as a part of any final offer.
We offer a competitive benefits package which includes:
Medical Plans: A choice between two competitive options
Flexible Spending & Health Savings Accounts
Vision & Dental
Employee Assistance Program
Paid Time Off
Exempt employees: Flexible PTO and 12 paid holidays per year
Nonexempt employees: 15 vacation days, 7 sick days and 12 paid holidays per year
Kymeta is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.