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Telesat Director, Telesat Lightspeed Mission Assurance in Ottawa, Ontario

Director, Telesat Lightspeed Mission Assurance

Telesat (NASDAQ and TSX: TSAT) is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecommunications, corporate and government customers for over 50 years. Backed by a legacy of engineering excellence, reliability and industry-leading customer service, Telesat has grown to be one of the largest and most successful global satellite operators.

Telesat Lightspeed, our revolutionary Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network, scheduled to begin service in 2027, will revolutionize global broadband connectivity for enterprise users by delivering a combination of high capacity, security, resiliency and affordability with ultra-low latency and fiber-like speeds. Telesat is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and has offices and facilities around the world.

The company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 15 GEO satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 and one LEO 3 demonstration satellite. For more information, follow Telesat on X and LinkedIn or visit www.telesat.com

Telesat believes in the power of collaboration and the value of in-person interactions. This is why our employees generally work from the office Tuesday - Thursday, leaving Monday and Friday for choice and flexibility to work where you feel most effective. This setup fosters brainstorming, problem-solving, and trusted relationships and allows our employees to come together three days a week to collaborate, innovate and thrive!

The Lightspeed Mission Assurance Director, will support the Lightspeed Program Delivery Vice President to coordinate all program Mission Assurance activities, plan and manage the Telesat Lightspeed Mission Assurance Organization, develop and maintain a system for managing processes critical to Mission Success including program quality processes. They will manage a team of Mission Assurance professionals, providing team strategies for meeting company objectives, team motivation, guidance, career development, and mentorship.

Main Responsibilities

  • Provide a vision of how the program will achieve Mission Success

  • Working across the Telesat Lightspeed segment organizations, drive implementation and oversee execution of processes to ensure Telesat Lightspeed system Mission Success

  • Develop and maintain a system for communicating, managing and linking processes

  • Work with the Sr. Manager, Lightspeed Program Delivery to provide training on processes

  • Develop and advise senior management on communications related to Mission Assurance

  • Work with the Director, Lightspeed Program Managment Office to ensure effective Risk Management

  • Administer program quality processes including

  • Quality and Nonconformity Reporting and Disposition

  • Corrective and Preventive Action

  • Supplier Assurance

  • Software Assurance

  • Operations Quality

  • Independent reviews, audits, and investigations

Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, Master's degree or equivalent in Engineering Management is preferable

  • At least 15 years' experience in engineering development involving both hardware and software, preferably working in communications or satellites

  • At least 5 years' experience as a manager with Mission Assurance experience

  • Ability to assess technical status and issues in hardware, software, and operations

  • Expertise in failure and anomaly investigation, corrective action, preventive action, and continuous improvement

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in dealing with engineers, internal and external stakeholders, senior management and staff

  • Ability to convey status and issues clearly, concisely and accurately

  • Ability to effectively communicate with technical and non-technical individuals

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Significant skill in influence management to help broker solutions across organizations

  • A team player, collaborative and independently driven

  • Must demonstrate a flexible, open-minded attitude and have strong interpersonal skills

  • High-level of expertise with Microsoft Office suite: Excel, Project, Word, Visio and PowerPoint, and Atlassian tools: Jira, Confluence

Decision Making and Supervision

  • In this role, the individual will wield substantial influence over the trajectory of the Telesat LightSpeed program. They will be responsible for talent acquisition, fostering a constructive work atmosphere, and leveraging their extensive expertise to inform recommendations and decisions.

  • This position entails overseeing direct reports

Working Conditions

  • General office environments

  • Full-time office

  • Prefer Telesat Ottawa office based, exceptional candidates based from another Telesat location will be considered

  • Occasional travel, including international travel is anticipated

  • Candidate must be able to obtain relevant security clearance

At Telesat, we take pride in being an equal opportunity employer that values equality in the workplace. We are committed to providing the best candidate experience possible including any required accommodations at every stage of our interview process. All qualified applicants that have been selected for an interview that require accommodations, are advised to inform the Telesat Talent team accordingly. We will work with you to meet your needs. All accommodation information provided will be treated as confidential.

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