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Work location:

Italy, Lombardy, Fino Mornasco

Sector:

Aerospace industry

Role:

Engineering

Date of last update: 20/05/2024
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Are you ready to take your career to new heights? At D-Orbit, we're pioneering the future of space logistics and transportation. Established in 2011, our company is leading the way in helping businesses profitably and sustainably unlock the full potential of the final frontier. As a member of our team, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside a diverse group of highly skilled individuals, all driven by a shared passion for innovation and excellence. Join us in our global mission to push the boundaries of what's possible and take your ambition to new heights. Apply now and join us in shaping the future of space.


We are looking for a Head of Propulsion Engineering to join our dynamic team in Italy. In this pivotal role, you will manage the Propulsion engineering division, overseeing the research, development, testing, and the various propulsion systems of different programs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the end-to-end process of propulsion system design, testing, and deployment, starting from initial concept studies through to operational missions.
  • Provide dynamic leadership to the propulsion team and guide junior staff in propulsion sub-system research and development, encompassing design, testing, and delivery. This includes effective task allocation and the implementation of comprehensive training and mentorship programs.
  • Identify and communicate technical and programmatic risks and challenges, proactively developing mitigation strategies and implementing rapid, effective solutions.
  • Support grant activities, studies, and research and development initiatives as required.
  • Collaborate with the Human Resources team to facilitate the growth of the propulsion engineering team as necessary.
  • Your role will extend beyond technical expertise to efficient departmental operations, ensuring that all team members fulfill their responsibilities effectively.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • In-depth technical proficiency in the design, testing, and analysis of propulsion systems.
  • Expertise in handling safety-related issues associated with propulsive/pressurized development and testing, including the management of hazardous materials such as flammable gases and oxidizers.
  • Resilience and adeptness in working within a fast-paced environment with tight schedules.
  • Strong familiarity with ECSS standards.

Preferential Skills:

  • Research and Development experience in green propulsion systems.
  • Previous hands-on experience with N2O.
  • Financial acumen, coupled with skills in schedule and task management.

Education:

Advanced University Degree (PhD, master's degree or equivalent) in Aerospace/Space Engineering or a related field.

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 6 years of work experience in the space/aeronautical industries.
  • Managerial activities experience of at least 4 years.

Language:

Full professional proficiency in the English language is mandatory.


At D-Orbit, diversity and inclusivity are not just values, they are integral to our mission and the way we operate. We are committed to fostering an environment where all individuals are respected, valued, and celebrated for their unique backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace is not only the right thing to do, but it also leads to better decision-making, innovation, and overall success.


We actively strive to build a culture where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work, and where all voices are heard and valued. We are dedicated to creating a workplace where everyone feels safe, supported, and empowered to share their ideas, and where everyone is given equal opportunities to grow and excel. We believe that our differences make us stronger, and we will continue to work diligently to create an inclusive culture at D-Orbit that reflects this belief.

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Type of contract:Permanent job
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