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Product Owner / Space Operations (satellites, launchers, deep space)

 

Leanspace is a European space startup developing a state-of-the-art cloud technology that enables aerospace engineers to easily build space software. Our customers are some of the hottest NewSpace companies in the world, and also established, large space organisations.

 

One of the key domains we work with is space operations – and the associated ground segments. Our value proposition is simple: putting together ground segments should be quick and easy.

 

Having secured new funding and currently experiencing a strong growth in our commercial traction, we are looking to hire a number of Ground Segment Engineers, to help us improve the product, deliver to customers, and take it to the global space market.

 

The company is based in Strasbourg, France, a beautiful and vibrant city that offers an amazing quality of life. Strasbourg is a highly international city at the crossroads of France, Germany, and Switzerland. It’s only 2 hours away from the space hubs of Darmstadt, Luxembourg and Paris. Strasbourg offers a rich culture, easy access to nature, wonderful gastronomy, and a fast-growing startup scene.

The Position

 

To drive the development of this digital platform, we are looking for a specialist in space operations (satellites, ground stations, launchers, rovers…), with strong domain knowledge and the right entrepreneurial mindset, to join us as a Product Owner.

@Subject Matter Experts — this is the opportunity you have always dreamed about! You will transform mission operation systems by shaping a new approach from scratch: satellite control, TT&C, mission planning, ground station management, network operations, operations automation…

Part of an agile team, you will take ownership of some of our products. You will shape their scope and manage their implementation roadmap. You will play a key role in our R&D activities, in direct collaboration with the company founders and the engineering team. You will report directly to the CEO.

The position is full-time and based in our R&D centre at the International Space University campus, near Strasbourg, with part-time remote working possible. This position will require occasional business travels.

 

Your mission at Leanspace

Product strategy (30%)
Gather user needs from clients, industry experts, the literature, and by attending conferences and client meetings
support market analysis, define pricing, contribute to product marketing
attend Product Board meetings with the executive team, to pitch ideas and shape the global product roadmap

Product development (60%)
Populate and maintain the backlog, by formulating high-quality user stories (including detailed acceptance criteria !), and maintain and prioritize it over time.
review and test the developed features for acceptance, to ensure it fits your vision
participate in the R&D: create wireframes with the UX designer, contribute to solution architecture, help the QA Lead to create relevant test scenarios, support the VP of Engineering to resolve issues in the development process.

Subject Matter Expert support (10%)
Identify top talents, attend interviews, speak in conferences, and attend exhibitions – you will be one of the faces of the company.
Consult the company’s executives to help them in taking the right strategic decisions.
Guide junior engineers, challenge senior experts, so that together we make the best product possible and solve real pains of space organisations !

 

Requirements

At least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering field, and at least 5 years of professional experience in the space industry
Strong expertise in space operations, with experience as flight controller, spacecraft engineer, ground station engineer, system architect and/or software engineer.
Exposure to several operational contexts. You know the difference between operating rocket launches, satellite constellations, and lunar rovers.
A drive to challenge the status quo. You can prove a track record coming up with new tools and processes
Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and business stakeholders, and to drive teams through negotiation and persuasion, not by power
Fluency in English, written and spoken
Based in, or willing to relocate in the Strasbourg area (including nearby German or Swiss cities)
Desire to do occasional travels (clients meetings, conferences)

 

Bonus points

  • …you have been exposed to both established and NewSpace organisations
  • …you have already designed, developed or commercialised space software products
  • …you have previously worked as Product Owner or worked in an Agile environment
  • …you have previously worked in a product-based company
  • …you like to play strategy games 😉

 

Why you’ll love this job

Your work will shape the future of the space economy, how cool is that? You’ll do this surrounded by a team of incredibly curious and passionate people who are driving a product that will dramatically impact the space industry.

We can promise:

  • A culture where innovation and out-of-the-box thinking is the rule. Your voice will be heard!
  • Our co-workers are a close-knit, intelligent, and awesome team
  • We are a fast-growth space tech startup; you will have a direct impact on the future of space!
  • Your software will be used operationally to support real professional space missions. You will have a direct impact on the future of space.
  • A stock options plan that will make you a shareholder and reap the financial benefit of our success
  • A family-friendly environment, high flexibility in working hours and the possibility to work remotely part of the time

 

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