Iridium Satellite

Principal Engineer, Ground Software Product Lead

Job Locations US-VA-Leesburg | US-AZ-Chandler
Job ID 2023-2848
Worker Category
Regular Full-Time[F]

Company Overview

Iridium is an award-winning and innovative satellite communications company with bragging rights to the only network that offers voice and data connectivity anywhere in the world. For over 20 years, Iridium’s unique network and services have supported critical communications needs for individuals, businesses, and the evolving Internet of Things.


At Iridium, we understand the importance of staying connected and the limitations of traditional communications networks. People across the globe, including first responders, humanitarians, global militaries, scientific researchers, and lone workers, as well as ships, aircraft and remote operations all rely on Iridium to stay connected. We take our responsibility for providing these essential communications very seriously and pride ourselves on offering a reliable lifeline when needed. Likewise, Iridium is committed to providing an exciting and innovative workplace, where employees are challenged to think outside the box and collaborate on new, bold ideas and solutions. Our talented teams are passionate about their work and the impact our company makes around the world. Iridium fosters an empowering and inclusive culture that allows employees to genuinely be their best selves. We are looking for others who want to join this truly unique company that celebrates our employees and provides the opportunity to truly make a difference in the world.

Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

What We’re Looking For:

If you enjoy learning about and working with breakthrough technologies, and are enthusiastic about working in the space industry, then you will be excited about the Ground Software Product Owner opening with Iridium for a Space Development Agency (SDA) project. As the Ground Software Product Lead within the Ground Systems Development team, you will apply advanced expertise in cutting edge technologies and operations experience to rapidly develop and deploy ground system operations and user service capabilities within a satellite operations environment. You will also provide expertise and experience within the larger development team to support cross-functional efforts and collaboration across all areas of ground system software development.


What You’ll Do:

  • Lead the development of new ground resource management software and enhance existing software capabilities to meet the requirements of the SDA project
  • Lead collaborative efforts and initiatives with Ground Systems Development team and other software team members to develop new ground software components founded upon modern industry standard platforms, languages, and deployment techniques
  • Lead the development of optimized code for both scalability and performance
  • Independently deliver results following Iridium processes for Change Control, Prioritization, Risk Management, Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Management, Build and Test software deployments
  • Prioritize software development objectives within the Iridium-defined Agile/Scrum framework
  • Plan and execute software releases, providing input into stakeholder/program schedules and budgets
  • Confidently present complex information to groups outside of your team through briefings and documentation, planned implementation, or issue resolutions, with limited preparation
  • Utilize your deep expertise to transition existing capabilities to more advanced technologies, such as Cloud computing and micro-service architectures
  • Leverage knowledge to assist in ground system operations process/procedure/training documentation and identify technical training needs
  • Deliver constructive, meaningful feedback and proactively offer guidance and knowledge-sharing with team members

Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related engineering discipline
  • 10+ years of software development and/or support experience in an operations environment
  • The ability to create or maintain a high availability architecture
  • Strong troubleshooting skills supporting large scale integration/test on VLAN virtualize Linux environment
  • Have a strong work ethic and a positive attitude when taking on ever increasing SW development tasks
  • The ability to learn, work with, and become proficient with numerous COTS packages
  • Effective MS Office skills
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to convey products, deliverables, analyses, and/or issues clearly and confidently, and recognize and adapt to different communication techniques
  • Can easily build meaningful relationships with others, including senior leadership outside of your own department, and is comfortable providing constructive feedback to your team members and management
  • Be able to analyze a situation or problem, generate effective solutions, and see those solutions through to completion
  • Must possess the creativity and resourcefulness needed to make reliable decisions and determine methods on new assignments
  • Can thrive in a dynamic environment by handling multiple tasks and managing shifting priorities
  • Be proactive in sharing knowledge you’ve learned with others

Things That Would be Great if You Brought to the Table:

  • Experience with the following technologies:
    • Kubernetes / Docker / OpenShift
    • Apache Kafka / Pulsar
    • JFrog Artifactory and Pipelining
    • Conan
    • ACE/TAO/Boost
    • Linux based environments and bash shell scripting
    • Java / Type Script / Python / Perl / C++
    • XML / JSON / SQL
    • No SQL based DBs
    • js / Apache Web Server
    • RESTful / HTTP / ELK or similar / WebSockets
    • Atlassian management/software development tools: Jira / Git / Bitbucket / Crucible / Confluence and/or Gitlab
    • Micro services architectures
    • Intrusion security
    • Automated testing frameworks
    • Gov and non-Gov AWS cloud environments

We’ll also need you to:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be able to travel up to 10%

Work Environment:

This position primarily works in the company office or in a home office. The position is largely sedentary with the majority of the position sitting in a chair and working with a computer. The role uses basic office equipment including a phone, video, computer, keyboard, mouse and printer. For meetings in-person, this position will need to be able stand, walk within the office and climb stairs on occasion.


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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