Director of Engineering

Location: Carlsbad, CA or Remote

Hydrosat is a venture-backed space data analytics company developing a new earth observation constellation and software to unlock the power of thermal infrared imagery. Our mission is to capture and deliver thermal infrared data, currently not available from other sources, to provide insights into crop health, drought and wildfire risk, industrial activity, and situational awareness to government and commercial customers.

We are seeking an experienced Space Systems leader to lead the development of a new Earth observation satellite constellation measuring multispectral surface reflectance and land surface temperature. This role will appeal to candidates looking to use their leadership and engineering skills to impact the world in agriculture, climate, and public safety applications. The right candidate will be endlessly excited about growing and developing a team of world class engineers working in the domains of imaging science and space systems engineering.

What you’ll do:

  • Lead the design, development, integration, testing and operations of Hydrosat’s Earth observation satellite constellation
  • Manage constellation development project goals and contribute to the technology roadmap
  • Establish and maintain effective engineering processes
  • Develop relationships with contractor partners and ensure on-time, high quality delivery against requirements
  • Support a team of hardware and software engineers, including resource planning, hiring, professional development, and mentorship
  • Lead complex technical projects by example, providing suggested approaches, design guidance, and reviews
  • Work closely with program and product management to ensure objectives, priorities, and acceptance criteria are well understood
  • Prepare and present project status reports, technical findings, and strategic recommendations to senior management
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including government agencies, industry partners, and suppliers, to support project goals and business development efforts
  • Ensure compliance with all regulatory, safety, and environmental requirements
  • Constantly optimize the happiness and productivity of a remote team through clear communication and feedback


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Advanced degree in engineering, physics, or imaging science
  • 10+ years of systems engineering experience, with 5+ years in a leadership role
  • Demonstrable experience leading multiple teams developing integrated systems
  • Extensive knowledge of spacecraft and Earth observation instrument design, development, and testing methodologies
  • Experience operating space systems for Earth observation
  • Familiarity with regulatory and compliance requirements in the aerospace industry
  • Demonstrable experience growing and mentoring teams
  • Strong first principles thinking and decision making
  • Strong team player with demonstrated ability to take ownership and drive execution


  • Employee Equity
  • Health Insurance: Medical, Vision, Dental
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Maternity, Paternity & Parental Leave
  • 401K Matching

Hydrosat provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.