Senior Vice President of Engineering


Isotropic Systems is seeking world class candidates to join a fast-paced, proven team working on cutting edge technology in a successful startup company that brings significant opportunity for the right candidate. 

We are pioneering the introduction of innovative and disruptive low-profile multiple-beam satellite communications terminals for mobile and fixed applications. These highly integrated terminal systems combine elements of new advances in microwave lens optics, phased array antenna technology, and dynamic beam pointing control systems using analog and/or digital signal processing. Our terminal designs operate as fully electronic beam steering systems. Our IP has applications across a wide range of market sectors including: aeronautical, land mobile, maritime, and 5G, providing broadband, multi-beam, two-way communications with dynamic tracking of geostationary and non-geostationary satellites or terrestrial nodes.


Isotropic Systems is seeking an experienced Senior Vice President of Engineering with direct experience in communication systems terminal design and array development, who has demonstrated a history of successful product development, volume-production launch and in-life operation as part of its progression into the next phase of the company growth strategy. Reporting into the CTO and working closely with the Director of Product Line Management and COO, the SVP Engineering will manage the design of all aspects of the terminal, including RF circuitry and components, power supply and control, mechanical, radome, modem and subsystem integration, pointing and tracking, and regulatory compliance. The SVP Engineering is responsible for ensuring that the product vision is realized through excellence in execution such that product lifetime quality metrics, manufacturable cost and performance goals are all met, in programs that are delivered within the project budget and on schedule.

The SVP Engineering is responsible for co-developing the technical strategy with the CTO, technical leadership in the areas of analysis of complex Antenna systems for all-electronic antenna systems and motion-controlled stabilized platforms, and monitoring and maintaining trends of performance across multiple product lines and customer development projects.

The SVP Engineering is responsible for developing and maintaining a technical roadmap that will continue to innovate over and above targets. Serving as part of the senior staff they will also be expected to contribute to the overall strategic planning for the company.

Initially they will manage the daily activities of a team of talented engineers across a range of engineering disciplines but will be required also to build a world-class engineering organization in-step with product development activities that dovetail into the overall company objectives.

This includes the development of appropriate internal and external procedures and processes that self-manage the group’s activities in a formal framework.

A strong background in overall communication systems architecture is essential to be able to organize and oversee a multi-disciplinary flow-down of top-level product requirements and system specifications to subsystem levels. Experience with design, control, calibration, pointing and tracking, and productization of electrically-steered communication terminals is a strong qualifying factor.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working with Product Line Management, disseminate product requirements into system and subsystem specifications across all engineering disciplines, from RF to baseband.

  • Manage and report on the daily activities of the Engineering team to deliver products to the Operations team on time and on budget

  • Deliver technology and products that meet performance, cost and quality metrics

  • Working with the R&D team and PLM, integrate new and updated technology into the product roadmap

  • Set up the product development documentation framework to ensure gate requirements are met, product designs are documented and design changes are controlled

  • Build an engineering organization that facilitates scale and growth in line with company objectives

  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives in the areas of analysis, monitoring and performance management

  • Set systems and test requirements of new products and makes decisions relative to system planning, design, testing, tools, processes, architecture, component selection, software and interface specification and control.

  • Manage multiple programs/products simultaneously and able to manage through times of conflicting and dynamic priorities

  • Provide effective and efficient design support during the conceptual design, detailed design, integration, and test phases of a product development program, with the goal of achieving on-time and budget completion of assigned tasks

  • Prepare and present design and analysis summary material during internal and external design reviews

  • Follows Company design procedures and corporate policies

  • Other tasks, as assigned from time to time

Skills and/or Experience Needed:

  • MS in Electrical, Systems, or related Engineering discipline

  • 10+ years of experience in the fields of Systems Engineering, RF engineering, and Engineering Management

  • Exceptional leadership ability

  • Translation of product requirements into detailed product specifications, accounting for the environment in which the product is to operate

  • Extensive experience in working with industry standard project management methodologies, software and hardware design, integration, testing, and troubleshooting

  • Experienced in writing analysis reports and summaries

  • Experience with system-level simulation tools such as Matlab or Simulink

  • Technically proficient in MS Office products

Other Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate calmly in a well thought out response, verbal and written

  • Must have substantial problem solving abilities

  • Extensive experience in Avionic component development and release process (Desirable)

  • Proficiency with standard scientific computing toolkits, languages, and packages, such as Matlab/Python etc (Preferred but not essential)

  • Interpersonal skills to effectively work with Isotropic staff internally as well as working effectively with suppliers and customers

  • Ability to effectively present information in team meetings and design reviews as needed

  • Experience in development and commercialization of SATCOM (Higly Desirable)

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to travel on request (not expected to exceed 20%).

  • This position may be subject to interruptions that may cause a change in immediate priorities and/or work focus.

  • May be subjected to occasional irregular or extended work hours.

Benefits Overview:

  • Full-time

  • Location: Linthicum, MD (minutes from BWI airport) or United Kingdom

  • Isotropic Systems offers a highly competitive compensation package (salary and equity), excellent benefits (including comprehensive medical/dental/vision benefits in the US, paid vacations, US 401k plan option and UK pension contributions, stocked pantries, fridges and coffee) and an environment that recognizes and rewards your contributions.


Isotropic Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, non-disqualifying disability, or any other basis covered by applicable laws. We base all hiring decisions on candidate qualifications and business needs.

John Finney