Space Flight Operations Facility (SFOF) Manager – Pasadena, CA, US

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Space Flight Operations Facility (SFOF) Manager – Pasadena, CA, US

Space Flight Operations Facility (SFOF) Manager


Department: Facilities Operations Management
Location: Pasadena, CA, US


NIKA is hiring for a Space Flight Operations Facility (SFOF) Manager to provide day-to-day management to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) FOM Support Services contract in Pasadena, CA! This is for a potential opportunity that would be awarded mid-year 2024.

Named a “Top Workplace” by the Washington Post, NIKA is a well-established company that is focused on growth within an entrepreneurial environment. We work with governments to operate and manage their real property. Our operations management, engineering, and project management services provide our customers with the value and expertise to ensure operational readiness for complex and mission-critical facilities.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides the oversight of NIKA’s SFOF support group.
  • Supports the team regarding NIKA’s 24 / 7 site-wide after-hours trouble call “first responder” requirement.
  • Directly supervises 10 SFOF Stationary Engineers that are spread across 3 shifts 7 days a week.
  • Responsible for on-boarding and training curriculums for all existing and new staff.
  • Responsible for a SFOF local operating procedures, including the annual review and revisions.
  • Will be the back-up for the EGS Electrical Engineering Manager and could be (at times) the primary point of for scheduling 16.5 KV distribution coordination, preventative maintenance, and outages.
  • Complete responsibility for all electrical and mechanical equipment, outages and preventive maintenance for B230 and B264.
  • Responsible for timely close out all SFOF NCRs, RCFAs, Near Misses, and CARs.
  • Responsible for representing NIKA’s SFOF group at necessary meetings with JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab) personnel.
  • Ensures day-to-day preventive maintenance and repairs for the Space Flight Operations Facility’s (B230 and B264) are performed on-time and meet all JPL contract deliverables.
  • Ensures that the SFOF Team maintains plant operations logs and performs daily and weekly rounds in bldgs. 230 and 264.
  • Supports and ensures SFOF BAS / PCC (Power Control Console) Operator are initiating Flash Reports for all critical equipment breakdowns and Facility Infrastructure interruptions.
  • Provides field updates to NIKA Management and JPL key customers when critical repairs are made and or when Facility Infrastructure was restored.
  • Ensures the Stationary Engineer (PCC Operators and Rovers) are addressing all critical B230 and 264 equipment issues and BAS alarms.
  • Coordinates additional staffing / resource requirements through BAS / PCC Operator on-site (during non-core hours) to handle emergencies beyond the capabilities of on-site staff.
  • May also be required to interface directly with other Managers / Supervisors (i.e. Program Manager, Operations Manager, Maintenance Manager, SFOF Manager / Supervisor and Leads) as required to address emergency situations.
  • Recommend operational improvements and communicate system events to SFOF Supervisor regarding the condition of buildings 230 and 264 during core hours.

Required Skills

  • Minimum of 15 years of related SFOF Management experience required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering required.
  • Must have experience with power/UPS distribution.
  • Must be skilled with Building Management Systems (BMS) and have hands on HVAC/Electrical experience.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and able to obtain an access card to the site.

NIKA provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Further, NIKA takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and employees are treated during employment without regard to any of these characteristics. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated.

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