Senior Systems Engineer - Verification & Validation


OVERVIEW: Axiom Space is the commercial leader in human spaceflight and on-orbit research & manufacturing services, steered by a team of experts and guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. Axiom provides unprecedented access to the International Space Station today while building and operating its successor – the world’s first international commercial space station – to improve life on Earth and foster possibilities beyond it.  Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Senior Systems Engineer – Verification & Validation who is preoccupied with big questions: Where do we go from here? What are the limits of innovation and exploration? How do we continue to evolve as a species?

SUMMARY: This position will work on-site at our headquarters in Houston, Texas and will be primarily focused on defining and implementing our verification and validation strategy, planning, and implementation.

This role will also encompass all phases of the space systems development process including requirements definition, system and spacecraft interfaces, system and spacecraft design, assembly, integration, test, and mission operations. Prior experience developing space systems for challenging environments and missions is expected.

Note: Proof of COVID – 19 vaccination status (vaccination card) will be required for employment otherwise a request for medical or religious accommodation is necessary


• Plan and implement verification and validation (V&V) strategy, including implementation practices and processes.

• Work closely with NASA to integrate joint verification activities with the International Space Station

• Manage customer-related integrated V&V plans. Lead V&V collaboration efforts both internally and externally.

• Establish and oversee verification requirements for subsystems and suppliers as part of the integrated V&V plan

• Collaborate with system and subsystem engineers, program office personnel and customers for V&V planning, scheduling, and execution.

• Support the development and maintenance of requirements (both internal and external).

• Prepare technical documentation and presentations for peers, management, and external customers and partners.

• Perform other systems engineering tasks as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

“This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.” 

Education & Experience

• Bachelor’s Degree in engineering (aerospace, electrical, mechanical, or related discipline)

• A minimum of 15 years of direct experience in engineering verification- and validation-focused activities, including V&V strategy development, planning, and execution.

• A broad background in space systems engineering is desired, including an understanding of space vehicle design, space system architecture development, ground systems support, payloads, and space missions and operations development.

• Detailed knowledge of spaceflight subsystems and functions is desired, preferably human spaceflight related experience.

Essential Functions

Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.


• Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.

• Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.

• Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

 Physical Requirements

• Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).

• Equipment and Machines

• Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


• Effective in working in a start-up environment with the ability to lead, drive, and implement tactical change.

• A strong attention to detail while appreciating the bigger picture of the complex and ambitious projects that we take on.

• Demonstrated leadership and extensive collaboration skills are a must.

• Excellent writing and presentation skills with experience communicating to senior decision-makers and technical audiences.

• Effective in small teamwork environment with broad responsibilities and minimal oversight.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

• Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values

• Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics

• Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity

• Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods

• Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources

• Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-oriented environment

Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

JOB CODE: 15-1252