Space Propulsion Product Engineer

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  • Location

    Oxfordshire, England

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Salary:

    Daily rate

  • Contact:

    Andrew Morris

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  • Published:

    3 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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PROPULSION PRODUCT ENGINEER - 6 month contract, Harwell Oxford


Our client is seeking a Product Propulsion Engineer to work within their Propulsion Engineering Team in Harwell. This role is to act as a Technical point of contact between the company, suppliers and customers for their Space propulsion products. The successful candidate will:

  • Work with a team of talented and passionate engineers to tackle difficult problems and push the boundaries of in-space propulsion;
  • Take responsibility for the propulsion equipment selected for the subsystem e monopropellant/bi-propellant thrusters, electric thrusters (HETS GIEs etc) propellant tanks, pressurant tanks, fluidic components and technical follow-up with suppliers for the equipment qualification and procurement.
  • Support propulsion architects and subsystem technical leads with technical document preparation for projects, studies and bids;
  • Provide technical input to future propulsion developments and contribute to continuous improvement of our products, systems and processes.


  • Provide technical input to the design and development of new chemical propulsion subsystems for satellites/Space product lines. This will include, but not be limited to:
    • Managing the technical requirements specification (URD) for chemical propulsion equipment and interface with the equipment supplier/s
    • Evaluating supplier proposal reviews in TEBs and supporting propulsion equipment definition and selection;
    • Preparing technical documentation for the solution through the different project life cycle milestones & reviews (PDR, CDR, QR etc)
    • Interpreting mission/customer specific and generic system level requirements and establishing technical requirements for the equipment of the subsystem
    • Perform ad-hoc additional duties that will arise from time to time that are consistent with the nature of this position


  • Demonstrated knowledge of state of the art chemical and/or electric propulsion subsystem technologies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge/ability in space projects at different stages of the lifecycle from Phase 0/A to Phase D/E.
  • Collaborating in a multi-discipline and international team environment


  • Previous ability in design and/or testing of in-space propulsion components such as chemical thrusters (monoprop, biprop) electric thrusters (eg. HETs, GIEs..) tanks, valves, or subsystems
  • Good communication and influencing skills to build productive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders;
  • While specific knowledge of the French and Italian languages is not a prerequisite for this position it would be advantageous to facilitate activities organisation.