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Solutions Architect

About The Company

The Space industry is going through a revolution in multiple areas such as the costs to accessing orbit, mass production techniques being applied to satellite manufacture, use of satellite communications to enable Internet of Things and terabytes of Earth observation data being generated daily that entail classic big data opportunities. In all of these we are witnessing a change from the conventional institutional approach led by governments to commercial ventures. As we enter this renaissance of the sector, software and IT will play key roles in enabling and realising these visions as without these the cost efficiencies and automation cannot be realised. SCISYS is an established company in the space sector and aims to be a pivotal player in the commercial sector. SCISYS is therefore looking to recruit a Solutions Architect in the satellite ground segment to assist in growing our business.

About The Role

SCISYS is looking to cement its positon within the institutional market, as well as move into the commercial sector addressing both telecoms operators and operators of mega-constellations. A Solutions Architect will be recruited to provide direction and leadership within the Space division in all aspects of the ground segment. The Division is therefore looking for an ambitious, innovative, technically driven and commercially aware engineer with a proven track record. In addition to supporting our institutional clients we are investing in productising our offering, which the successful candidate will shape, lead and direct.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide direction and leadership to all aspects of application architecture, infrastructure and application design
  • Provide guidance on the selection of IT solutions (including software packages) for projects. Being able to evaluate the potential impacts on the customer such as license costs, phasing out of legacy systems, training, etc.
  • Select the appropriate design standards, methods and tools and ensure they are applied effectively
  • Take full responsibility for the overall system architecture and when required manage the work of an architecture team
  • Work with business analysts and/or elicit business requirements to ensure the technical solution meets the business’ needs and can be delivered on the chosen architecture
  • Identify the commercial impacts of changes in the analysis and implementation model and evaluate these in conjunction with project management.
  • Ensure that the development team are following the agreed technical architecture and development methodologies. Consolidate the specification and design to facilitate the development of IT systems
  • Assist with pre-sales support, presentations to customers and conferences/workshops.
  • Lead and shape the technical solutions to be presented within proposals to customers.
  • Define technology roadmaps and input to the shaping of the Division’s strategy
  • Actively contribute to the Division’s Technology Forum and support internal lunchtime seminars
  • Keep abreast of technology and develop new techniques for use in systems architecture

    Desired Skills
  • General

    • Able to provide expert advice in a digestible form to both the company and its customers.
    • Ability to estimate costs and implementation timescales associated with potential solutions.
    • Experience of leading technical teams
    • Excellent customer engagement, communication and presentation skills
    • Proven track record of writing successful proposals

    • Engineering


    • Demonstrable experience of the requirements management process
    • Developing solution, system and/or software architectures
    • Proven track record of designing, estimating and implementing large-scale enterprise level applications and/or mission critical systems
    • Proven experience of a range of development lifecycles (e.g. Agile, Waterfall, DSDM)
    • In depth understanding of design and modelling techniques (e.g. SysML/UML)
    • In depth knowledge of multi-tier client-server architecture
    • Significant experience of designing in accordance with existing standards, protocols and interfaces.
    • In depth understanding of estimating techniques (e.g. Cost, Effort, Risk).


    • A broad familiarity with a range of software technologies, including:
      • Knowledge of operating systems (e.g. Windows, Linux)
      • Knowledge of XML and related technologies
      • Knowledge of various database approaches (e.g. SQL, NoSQL)
      • Understanding of Open Source licensing issues
    • Ability to identify and introduce disruptive technologies into solutions.


      Domain Knowledge (desirable but not essential)

    • Experience of Ground Segments for institutional or commercial satellites
    • Ground Control Systems covering control, planning, automation, simulation or archiving
    • Ground Mission Systems covering payload data processing, instrument planning or archiving
    • Assembly, Integration and Testing



    • From time to time you will be asked to work on customer sites throughout the UK, Europe and outside the EU, which requires a willingness to travel and work onsite.
    • You must be able to obtain the required security clearances.
    • You must be eligible to work in the UK.



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