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Fluid Systems Technical Lead - Structures

Orbex Space

Orbex Space

Copenhagen, Denmark · 2650 Hvidovre, Denmark
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024
Orbex is looking for an energetic, adaptable Fluid Systems Technical Lead to support a small team of mechanical design engineers. It is essential you are a critical thinker and have communication skills that will help drive excellence within the team and ensure all members are technically competent to perform their roles.
The Orbex fluid systems team is pushing the boundaries of fluidic system component design to deliver high performance fluid control to both the propulsion and structural teams.
The team engages in a fast paced, ever-changing environment where quick decision making is required for other departments who make use of the solutions and products we deliver.


Orbex is a leading micro-launch company with our Prime vehicle being prepared to launch from our home spaceport, Space Hub Sutherland. We are well placed to be one of the first operational micro-launch companies in Europe with over €122m of project financing secured, a number of customers signed up, launch licence application submitted, and backing from organisations including UKSA and ESA.
We are a rapidly growing company with staff located between our production and test facilities in Forres, Scotland and Copenhagen, Denmark. Working on cutting edge advances in rocket fuel technology, Prime’s carbon footprint is up to 96% lower than comparable vehicles, leading to innovations in propulsion and tank structures. A state-of-the-art re-flight system means we can recover and reuse our technology, and innovations in separation mechanisms mean we leave no debris on orbit.
Having developed in-house production capability, we can 3D print complex engines, produce full-scale carbon composite fuel tanks, and have avionics and software testing labs in both Scotland and Denmark. Based in Copenhagen, you will be right in the heart of this fast-paced cutting-edge company, using your skills to build a new launch vehicle for a buoyant commercial market.
Orbex is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is working towards a more diverse workforce in the aerospace industry.

The Position
  • The technical lead shall assume technical responsibility of fluidic system design for the structures fluid development core focus area. The technical lead must communicate and cooperate with a multitude of Structural specialists to ensure the mechanical design engineers have clear objectives.
  • An experienced engineer who can take technical ownership of the core focus area and guide the mechanical engineers to success by being the responsible person for the higher-level design of sub-systems along with the systems engineer.
  • Co-ordinate activities with the small core engineering team based on discussions and objectives set together with the fluid systems manager, systems engineer and/or other department technical leads.
  • Work with the fluid systems manager and systems engineer to establish the necessary baseline requirements, documentation, programme management, conceptual design, detail design, testing and production of fluid sub-system.
  • Assist the systems engineer with detailed analysis of the core focus area and communicate with the mechanical engineers of any critical objectives which arise from the analysis.
  • Identify current and future risks with the core focus area development and help shape the technical direction for the higher-level project objectives.
  • Ability to work with multiple projects simultaneously and have flexibility to adapt to an ever-changing environment.
Key Qualifications and Experience
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related field.
  • At least 6 years industry experience in the design and implementation of fluidic system design for advanced technical products, including a minimum of 2 years managing a small technical team.
  • Experienced with defining critical review documentation for fluidic systems.
  • Experience with assembly and dimensional inspection of fluidic systems and the documentation require to define high quality requirements.
  • Mechanical CAD Design, GD&T
  • Cryogenic Fluid handling experience
  • CAD / CFD experience, Solidworks, Solidworks FEA/CFD, Ansys mechanical, fluent/CFX
  • Project planning & budgeting skills
  • MS office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, projects, etc is required
Desirable Skills and Experience
  • ERP software experience desirable.
  • Strong proven knowledge of manufacturing and quality techniques commonly applied in rocket propulsion technology, specific emphasis on additive manufacturing desired
  • Knowledge of ECSS, MIL, RCC, NASA documents and standards is preferable
  • Tank pressurisation and control experience is desirable
  • Experience with Python, EcoSim or AmeSim is preferred


Orbex is a high-paced, startup culture where you will be encouraged to take assume responsibility for tasks and see them through.
It is imperative that you take initiative, communicate openly and can collaborate with technical and non-technical team members.
You must be able to thrive in an international, diverse and multicultural environment.

Location – Copenhagen

Our roles need to be on-site in Denmark due to the nature of the position, export controls and security. This role is based in Copenhagen at Orbex’s Danish propulsion engineering and manufacturing site.
Copenhagen is one of Europe's most modern and aesthetically interesting cities. It is regarded as being one of the most livable cities in the world, with a strong reputation for being clean, green and sustainable.
With a huge, active waterfront and a lively social scene, Copenhagen offers a wide range of social activities and leisure opportunities, all with a uniquely Scandinavian flair. Activities include cycling and sailing, and the centre of the city is famed for it's cultural highlights.


You must be a UK or European citizen or from a country that is a signatory to the MTCR convention. You may be required to undergo a UK BPSS check which includes a criminal record check.

  • Competitive salary
  • Annual 1% special holiday allowance
  • Share Options in the company so you will really benefit from your hard work as the company grows and is successful
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Enhanced vacation leave including the Danish Holiday act (25 days) + an additional 5 days, public holidays and up to 3 additional enhanced public holidays.
  • Up to 8 days additional leave for child related sickness (up to aged 8)
  • Orbex are able to sponsor visas for you and your family and provide comprehensive relocation assistance, this includes 1 month of accommodation in the local area paid for by the company, a relocation allowance and full support through the visa application process.