Iridium Satellite

  • Principal Engineer - Next Satellite Control

    Job Locations US-AZ-Chandler
    Job ID 2018-1288
    Worker Category
    Regular Full-Time[F]
  • Company Overview

    Iridium is the only truly global voice and data satellite communications network that connects people, organizations, assets, government and relief agencies with “on-the-move” availability.  Together with its ecosystem of partners, Iridium delivers essential, reliable communications with an easy-to-integrate platform and service for improved efficiency.  With more than 20 years of experience, Iridium will soon be launching the next-generation of connectivity, Iridium CertusSM- the most versatile global broadband service with improved speeds to satisfy the critical need to send and receive communications when traveling by land, sea or air.  For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit

    Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

    Software development and maintenance technical lead for the following areas:

    • Generation and management of Next Satellite upload products
    • Next Satellite Control

    Additionally, provide expertise and experience within the larger development team to support all areas of software development within Satellite Operations and Ground Development.


    Duties and Responsibilities:


    • Must be customer oriented and responsive to software control boards
    • Must follow/develop Iridium processes for Change Control, Prioritization, Risk Management, COTS Management, Test and Build
    • Must have ability to develop optimized code for both scalability and performance
    • Must have the ability to work within the Agile/Scrum framework for software development (Atlassian tool suite desired)
    • Create or maintain build environments for software products (including transitioning the L3 InControl build environment to Iridium)
    • Plan and execute software releases per direction of stakeholders
    • Update issue/feature data in software tracking tools (JIRA or ALM Complete)
    • Effectively communicate to all stakeholders, through briefings and documentation, planned implementation or issue resolutions
    • Possess or develop expert level familiarity with InControl (Satellite Control software)
    • Possess or develop expert level familiarity with OSComet (Satellite Control software)
    • Prepare training materials for other development personnel and mentor junior engineers

    Job Requirements:

    • Excellent communicator as necessary to communicate complex behaviors and factors as it relates to issues and performance to both engineers and management
    • Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
    • Exceptional problem solving and data mining skills
    • Ability to comprehend technical documentation
    • Ability to create or maintain a high availability architecture
    • Experience with XML file formats
    • Experience with issue tracking tools (JIRA preferred) and code repositories (GIT/Clear Case preferred)
    • Lead and coordinate development in selected technical areas and report to Ground software development manager
    • Strong working knowledge of Space Vehicle logical and physical interfaces
    • Advanced UNIX experience and shell programming
    • Proficient in software development using Java, C++, C, Perl (Matlab and Python is a plus)
    • Effective MS Office skills
    • Strong troubleshooting skills and ability to use reference documentation
    • Satellite ground network experience is a plus

    Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

    • Must be a US Citizen
    • Bachelor’s degree in a science related major required
    • Minimum of 15 years software programming experience
    • Minimum of 10 years satellite program experience
    • Minimum of 7 years satellite control ground systems experience
    • Minimum of 5 years working with ClearCase for integrated development
    • Minimum of 5 years working with databases (Oracle, SyBase, Mongo, MySQL etc.)

    Iridium is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.


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