Iridium Satellite

Software Engineer III, Simulations and Automation

Job Locations US-AZ-Chandler
Job ID 2023-3165
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:

Iridium is seeking a talented, motivated, and experienced Software Engineer III to join our Automation Software Engineering team. A Software Engineer III is expected to both write and review code, as well as establish and maintain framework infrastructure throughout our agile development cycle. In this role, you’ll gain valuable experience designing and developing automation for interdisciplinary projects, and supporting team members with day-to-day activities. You’ll thrive in this role if you enjoy software engineering, design, devops, research, deep-dive troubleshooting, and detail-oriented tasks in both individual and team-based settings.


What You’ll Do:

  • Work with industry standard tools and software such as Elasticsearch/Logstash/Kibana, Amazon Web Services, CI/CD pipelines, event-driven messaging, containers and more.
  • Participate in an Agile software team to collaborate and coordinate with team members on a variety of tasks including:
    • Software architecture design
    • API definition, design, and implementation
    • Virtualization and containerization
    • Automation framework infrastructure deployment
    • Hardware communications
    • Data transformation and visualization
  • Solve complex problems and offer creative solutions by becoming a technical leader within the automation organization
  • Translate User Stories into specific actionable tasks
  • Maintain and expand existing software tools, lab environment, and hardware components.
  • Create documentation that clearly presents complex information
  • Learn the details and protocols of the Iridium satellite constellation and ground systems to better assist the internal Iridium teams

Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical degree)
    • Alternatively: comparable related technical field experience
  • 5+ years’ experience with software development and/or automation
  • Experience developing software in Python and/or other object-oriented software languages
  • Demonstrated understanding of fundamental object-oriented software engineering concepts
    • Coding with maintainability, extensibility, and re-usability in mind
  • Experience working with Linux and/or Unix via the command line
  • Experience with Git and distributed version control
  • Demonstrated systems and/or troubleshooting experience
  • Advanced knowledge of software development
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to confidently present products, deliverables, analyses, and/or issues
  • Possess an analytical mindset, with the ability to understand a situation or problem and think critically to make decisions or come up with solutions
  • Be comfortable managing upward, including being a proactive communicator and asking for help when needed
  • Have confidence and be able to establish valuable relationships with others
  • Must be able to prioritize key tasks and have a strong sense of ownership over your work
  • Be active in seeking out ways to continuously improve yourself and gain new knowledge

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

  • Experience with:
    • Agile software development process
    • Jira or similar tool
    • Integrated Development Environments (e.g. PyCharm, Visual Studio)
    • Machine virtualization, specifically VMware/ESXi
    • Containerization knowledge in docker and/or podman
    • Structured databases such as MySQL
    • Schema-free document engines such as Elasticsearch
    • DevOps and CI/CD tool suites
    • Configuration as Code tools
    • Intermediate networking skills
  • Advanced Knowledge of the Linux and/or Unix operating systems

We’ll also need you to:

  • Be on call to support operational issues
  • Be able to travel up to 15 days annually
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English is required
  • US Citizenship is required

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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