Proposal Team Engineer
SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

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The Company
Work to advance the course of human history and pave the way to Mars.

SpaceX is a US based advanced technology company founded by residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk. SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up including cutting edge electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engine systems. The Falcon Launch Vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft programs are some of the most ambitious engineering systems in the world, designed to support our ultimate goals of aviation-like spaceflight capability and making humanity a multi-planet species.

"SpaceX is like Special Forces… we do the missions that others think are impossible. We have goals that are absurdly ambitious by any reasonable standard, but we're going to make them happen. We have the potential here at SpaceX to have an incredible effect of the future of humanity and life itself."
– Elon Musk

If you’re undaunted by the impossible, actively seeking out insanely challenging projects under tight schedules, and want to work with a remarkable organization pushing the envelope of human exploration, then you will want to be part of the SpaceX legacy.

We are actively seeking the brightest minds from all industries and technologies to continue building our world class team. Please visit for additional information.

The Department

Product and Mission Management

The Product and Mission Management Office at SpaceX leads, at a programmatic level, the successful execution of the terms and conditions of contracts with our global customer base. The office includes roles in product management, business development and sales support, proposal development, mission management, mission engineering, contract management, scheduling, and regulatory coordination.

The Job

This entry-level position within the proposal team combines significant elements of engineering knowledge and project management skills. The selected individual will support the proposal development process for strategic federal and commercial opportunities (requests for proposals, requests for information, Broad Agency Announcements, and so forth). The Proposal Team Engineer is a critical interface among the Engineering, Sales and Proposal teams, and the position requires coordinating, combining and reconciling (as needed) the efforts of subject matter experts with those of the proposal team, capture manager and executive team.

The ideal candidate will seek to apply engineering tools and skills to business activities and will thrive on facilitating and enhancing communication among the SpaceX Engineering, Sales, Mission Management and Proposal teams. The position requires initiative, strong leadership ability, attention to detail, exceptional project management techniques and writing skills, and the ability to interact with engineers in various technical disciplines.

As an integral part of the proposal development process, the Proposal Engineer has the unique opportunity to understand the dynamic intersection of engineering, mission requirements, SpaceX products and the launch services marketplace. The position offers unparalleled opportunities to participate in or lead special projects and support P&MM beyond the proposal process, enabling growth through more complex and increasingly technical assignments.


Lead a team consisting of Sales, technical, and management personnel through proposal development

Help assess customer solicitations and technical requirements against capabilities of SpaceX products

Identify previously proposed or customer-unique solutions with Engineering, Sales and Mission Management personnel

Prepare a schedule for proposal development

Develop and issue requests for proposal information to the technical team and convert responses into effective proposal narratives

Provide proposal documents across the organization for review and approval and then incorporate reviewers’ comments, leading technical discussion as needed to resolve concerns

Follow up with proposal team members to ensure that resources are adequate and team members can meet proposal milestones

Arrange printing, shipping and delivery of the proposal in the required format with correct markings

Collect lessons learned from the team and document them to improve proposal development in the future

Assist Product & Mission Management in proposal responsibilities

Involve and keep engaged the technical team, Legal, and Contracts in proposal development

Help prepare and complete matrices tracking SpaceX compliance with customer requirements

Execute special projects

Create and improve internal documents, tools and procedures

Maintain up-to-date proposal write-ups


Bachelor’s degree in engineering field

One course or practical experience in technical writing

Proficiency in Microsoft Office software

Familiarity with Microsoft Project and Adobe software desired

SpaceX offers one of the best environments in the world for employees to learn, build real working systems and tackle exciting challenges every day. We operate in a fun, casual work environment and have great benefits including: competitive salary, stock options, medical/dental insurance and free gym memberships. By joining the SpaceX team, you are not just a part of history, you are making it.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.

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