AVP Systems Engineering (Airborne communications)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sapienza Consulting [NSSR1905]

Field(s) of expertise
Telecommunications Engineering Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting, a tpgroup company is working with many Satcom and New Space players all over the globe.

On behalf of our one of our UAE customers, we are in need of a AVP Systems Engineering. This person will be responsible for the Systems Engineering of Airborne communications systems including on-board network, line of sight and Satcom systems. Supports the commercial sales team in generating technical proposals for Airborne systems. Leads project requirements and design processes as designated design authority through project Preliminary and Critical Design processes, including the presentation at customer design reviews and the generation of design documents and drawings. Leads the specification and design oversight of supplier Satcom and Line of sight system components in support of system solution from tender evaluation and selection, supplier design through to delivery.


  1. Manage the design of medium and large scale projects as per customer requirements, ensuring that high quality design solutions are successfully delivered.  Ensure that the evolving design is progressed and controlled (including both internal and supplier development) through quality processes resulting in successful internal and customer design reviews.  Manage technical risks and assume design authority accountability for delegated projects, overseeing design evolution through to design validation and system requirements verification.
  2. Provide innovative and cost effective technical proposals and initiatives to support business development – including product development intiatives and vendor partnership initiatives; and sales including the generation of customer solutions, technical presentations to customer, Technical Specifications and Proposals, and Statements of Work
  3. Oversee the realisation of designs, managing design problems throughout the project lifecycle, controlling design changes through robust design configuration and change control
  4. Manage Final Design Reviews, design certification and completion of End Item Data Packs to support project transition to in-service support entities (both internal and to customer)
  5. Support Post Delivery design issues, providing advice to in-service support teams and resolving latent design problems
  6. Manage customer and suppliers efficiently.  Ensure customer’s satisfaction assuring their trust and credibility to successfully delivery technical solutions.  Oversee and control supplier design and development through detailed reviewing of supplier outputs from tendering through to delivery
  7. Mentor and train junior staff as required and ensure continuing development and evolution of technical expertise within the department


1.      Project and Task Management

·      Develop work breakdown structures for project design tasks as required

·      Managing design teams to execute the design and development tasks on time and to the required quality

·      Managing technical risks including analysis and defining risk mitigation and fallback plans

2.      Systems Engineering

·      Working to common System Design and Engineering practices, processes and standards

·      Production of high quality System Requirements and Design specification and documentation

·      Execution of Systems Analysis tasks and production of Systems Analysis Reports

3.      Communications Engineering

·      Advanced knowledge of the communications standards necessary for military grade systems, including MIL-STD, ETSI and ITU

·      Excellent working knowledge of RF Communications Systems Engineering tasks including RF link design and analysis for Satcom and/or line of sight datalinks

·      Knowledge of routing, switching and associated applications (such as telephony and video streaming)

4.      Airborne Systems Engineering

·      Excellent working knowledge of Airborne radio data communications systems (Line of sight datalinks and/or Satcom systems)

·      Excellent working knowledge of international airborne design, verification, qualification and certification standards and processes including but not limityed to:  MIL-STD-810, -461 and DO-160 environmentals, DO178 and D0254 developments, ARINC and other avionics standards.

·      Very Good awareness of vendor airborne line of sight and/or Satcom vendor products and systems

5.      Customer Management

·      Managing senior level technical client interaction, including design reviews and technical proposal presentation

·      Developing good relationships with client personnel and a high level of trust

·      Communicating effectively with clients to identify their requirements

6.      Vendor Management

·        Managing vendor interaction for the full lifecycle from assessing candidate supplier solutions and tendering through subcontracted supplier design and development activities and sub-system delivery and acceptance

·        Developing effective relationships with vendor personnel

·        Communicating effectively with vendors to ensure quality and timely delivery of designs and solutions


Strategic planning

·      Plans team tasks in line with dept./corporate goals

·      Organises team resources and time to execute assigned tasks

·      Monitors progress of team tasks and amends plans if require

Customer oriented

·      Proactively develops effective relationships with internal & external customers

·      Measurably improves operational performance in area of responsibility

·      Manages all but the most sensitive escalations


·      Exploring new ideas and ways of doing things

·      Supports a culture of innovation within dept./team

·      Strives for improvement

Time management

·      Prioritises tasks appropriately

·      Allocates time (own or team) appropriately to assigned tasks

·      Carry’s out tasks efficiently

Problem solving

·      Demonstrates proactive action to solve problems within scope of team

·      Anticipates problems and implements preventative measures

·      Knows when to escalate problems/issues

Financial & Resource Management

·      Allocates time (own or team) appropriately to assigned tasks

·      Prioritises tasks appropriately

·      Carry’s out tasks efficiently

Delegation (empowering others)

·      Exercises and encourages a disciplined approach to work

·      Is able to see the long-term view of who the learner can become and the short-term view of the next steps/challenges to move them forward.


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering or equivalent, Telecommunications and Electrical are a plus.
  • Master of Science in Engineering is a plus
  • 10+ years in senior project technical roles on airborne satellite communications or line of sight datalink projects

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