Senior Systems Engineer Manager

6764 Airport Rd
West Jordan, UT 84084


Bert Sadtler
Boxwood Strategies
(410) 274-6707


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Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Optisys is a groundbreaking antenna technology company, fusing novel RF design with metal additive manufacturing to generate unique, highly integrated and market leading solutions.

Optisys excels at rapidly developed, customized, high performance antenna designs in metal waveguide for global customers that include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, L-3Harris  and General Dynamics. Optisys serves a broad range of market segments from sea to deep space, with many deployments in all these areas. These solutions are produced for the commercial, defense and government sectors.

Optisys is a turn-key solutions provider offering components or full system development and has a full vertically integrated process from design through manufacturing. This enables engineers to see their designs through the whole development process from design through production, test, and deployment.

Optisys is the only successful US-based design specialist for antennas produced using metal 3D printing. We currently have around 30 employees and are on a very rapid growth tract due to an enormous influx of customers and IRAD for new technology.

Optisys solves unique problems that provide the opportunity for strong engineers to have full engagement and express their creativity and ingenuity through exciting and groundbreaking new concepts and solutions.

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Summary for Systems Engineer Manager

The immediate need is for a systems engineer who has the breadth to write technical proposals and manage customer relations.

As a career path option, this person could become the leader of the Optisys Program Office and build the Optisys Program  Department over the next 12-18 months. 

As another career path option, a strong technical candidate could become the leader of the Optisys Systems Engineering Group.

This is a new role that reports to Clinton Cathey and is due to the exponential increase in proposal and program work. 

The preference for this role is to work at the Optisys HQ in Salt Lake, however, working remotely  would be considered.

This role is an opportunity to work on the leading edge of metal 3D printed antennas, which are a novel class of antennas that allow for pushing the limits of what physics allows in antenna design. Optisys antennas can be found all around the world and out of this world in space. 


Ideal Duties and Responsibilities 

Customer relationship management:

Support programs from initial contact, to solution ideation, to proposal generation, thru development, and into production.

Technical proposal generation:

Technical volume
Schedule estimation
Cost estimation

Sales calls and visits:


Lead development effort:

Develop schedule with program engineers
Assign tasks and verify status
Internal and external design reviews
Provide guidance to program engineers
Coordinate with manufacturing and operations

Lead program management team:

Hire program mangers
Assign customers and/or regions to team members
Mentor program managers
Support team’s proposals

Support multiple programs and proposals



Current US Citizenship or Current Green Card Holder

+10 years of experience in the aerospace industry

Demonstrated Experience with directional antenna systems:  any of the following:

Systems design
Integration and Test

Demonstrated Leadership and management of programs and projects:

Develop schedule with program engineers
Assign tasks and verify status
Internal and external design reviews
Provide guidance to program engineers

Demonstrated Proposal generation:

Technical volume
Schedule estimation
Cost estimation

Demonstrated Customer facing roles

Geographic Location Requirements

This role prefers that you are working at the OPTISYS Salt Lake offices. A relocation package is available. However, remote would be considered.

OPTISYS Culture 

Optisys is a close-knit team of highly motivated individuals who all share the same aspirations of ensuring Optisys becomes a global power in RF technology.

We thrive on a culture of ingenuity, passion, and collaboration, and due to the nature of the product we develop you will be interfacing with all levels of the company regularly.

Top Priorities During the First 6 Months: 

Top Priority during the first month: Off load some of the technical proposal writing from the Optisys CSO 

Take ownership of relationship with a mutually chosen set of customers

Proposal generation

Program management

Participate with the hiring of at least 1 program manager for the team

Integrate with the team and company culture


The target compensation is a combination of a base salary plus a performance bonus based upon company performance and employee performance.

Breakdown of Compensation: 

Total On-Target Cash Compensation Range Dependent Upon Capabilities: $160K-$250K
The annual On-Target base salary range is between $150K-$250K.
There is an annual performance bonus.
There is an employee phantom stock option program.
The pay cycle is every other week.

The Recruitment Process

OPTISYS has retained Boxwood to conduct a different kind of recruitment. We have selected Boxwood because we are believers in Boxwood’s unique approach to candidate selection and qualification.  While this process is different, we feel that it genuinely offers both candidates and the company the best opportunity to get to know each other at a deeper level than is typical with the conventional interview approach.

Please click for a short video on the Boxwood Process.

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are first asked to view the Boxwood short video and thoroughly review the detailed position description. Interested and qualified candidates should then APPLY HERE 

OPTISYS’s Benefits Summary 

Schedule: Full-Time, flexible hours

Paid Time Off: 4 weeks

Holidays: 8 standard holidays

Insurance: BCBS, Dental, Eye

Retirement: 401K

Relocation: Negotiated

Other: Tuition reimbursement

Executive Leadership

Janos Opra, CEO

Janos Opra has 17 years of experience in military communications systems ranging from RF engineer to business development to leadership. He has won multiple new business opportunities by coordinating with engineers, program management, and end users to develop products. These products had a market segment of over $100 million. Mr. Opra has a wide variety of industry contacts from his time spent in the aerospace industry. He has worked directly with high level military planners to establish project requirements and CONOPs for multimillion dollar hardware platforms and their supporting software.

Robert Smith, COO

Robert Smith has 23 years of experience designing and analyzing equipment and RF components to MIL-STD requirements and is an expert in metal additive manufacturing. For the past 4 years, he has focused his expertise on AM with an emphasis on aluminum RF components. With Optisys, Mr. Smith focuses on overseeing the design and fabrication of antenna products, pushing into new territory in metal AM processes.

Clinton Cathey, CSO (Hiring Manager)

Clinton Cathey has 18 years of engineering experience, with the last 13 years of experience in communications systems ranging from ME/EE engineer to project lead. At Optisys, Mr. Cathey leads the company and provides technical and management direction. He is a preeminent expert in antennas and motion controls with specializations in pointing and tracking systems. His focus has been with industrial automation through airborne and shipboard motion stabilized and target tracking gimbals. He is an IEEE Senior Member and is an inventor on multiple patents related to tracking and SATCOM antennas

Michael Hollenbeck, CTO 

Michael Hollenbeck has 14 years of experience designing and analyzing antenna and RF components for commercial and military communication systems. At Optisys, he designs cutting edge RF and antenna components using AM and provides technical direction for the company. Mr. Hollenbeck has led numerous projects, including design and simulation of complex RF components such as waveguide, antennas, arrays, and filters to critical success. He has worked on iterative designs to produce RF products in the 1-100 GHz (3-300 mm) ranges.

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