Assistant Payload Manager

United Arab Emirates, Sapienza Consulting [NSSR-1725]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems Engineering Telecommunications Engineering
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting has a long successful heritage within the space sector of over 25 years and has established ourselves as a leading provider of workforce, engineering services and software solutions to Space and Defence. Not only have we been critical to the success of over 50 ESA space missions but Sapienza has also helped to scale dozens of other SpaceTech and Satcom businesses around the world.

We are working closely with one of our more established Satcom customers who are currently seeking an assistant payload manager to support the design and AIT (Assembly, Integration and Testing) phases of new satellite programs focusing on payload systems. He/she will oversee the system level budgets and the interfaces with the platform systems and operations to support the future mission studies. The incumbent will also support the procurement phase of new satellite missions, lead the specification of payload systems as well as the proposals evaluation and contract negotiations.

Many expats are drawn to the UAE as a result of the tax-free lifestyle on offer and for those on an international wage the standard of living is very high. Private education facilities, fantastic shopping and numerous entertainment options make this an interesting and enjoyable place in which to raise your family. Our customer would provide full relocation assistance for the successful candidate.


The Assistant Payload Manager will support the existing fleet operations, optimisations and anomaly investigations on engineering matters as per below.

  • Future Missions: Support future mission studies as necessary.
  • Procurement: Lead the outlining of requirements related to the communications payload and TT&C subsystems and specification of the same. Support the procurement phases, the proposals’ evaluation and negotiations with the bidders.
  • Existing Programmes: Provide continuous monitoring of new programmes throughout the various stages of payload and TT&C design, as well as the assembly, integration and test campaign, assessing its performance against specifications and requirements, identifying any potential non-compliance areas as early as possible, and participate in program reviews, review boards and spacecraft testing as necessary. Provide guidance on payload and TT&C related issues, as part of space segment engineering which is the design authority on any changes, modifications or waivers affecting the payload. Work closely with the platform system engineers, to ensure that the whole team is up to date on any developments on the payload area that may impact their areas.
  • Fleet Support: Work closely with satellite operations to provide payload engineering support to our fleet of spacecraft. Verify from a payload engineering perspective, all health reports issued by satellite operations and assist on the assessment and troubleshooting of payload anomalies. Ensure lessons learned in this activity are properly recorded and registered, and fed back in the procurement of future programmes.
  • New Technologies: Keep up to date with technology developments in the industry and maintain visibility over the current capabilities and technology road map of the various payload component manufacturers.
  • External Spacecraft Programmes: Support the spacecraft development programmes of other agencies and institutions in the UAE, as requested.


  • BSc Communications Engineering degree
  • Minimum 7 years in similar position with a satellite manufacturer
  • Demonstrated experience in technical supervision of satellite payload engineering activities
  • Experience working with both digital and flexible payloads
  • Demonstrated experience in managing technical interfaces
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, including schedule management, risk identification and mitigation, space segment configuration control, product and quality assurance processes, action item tracking and execution, communication and reporting


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