Avionics Software Architect Sr

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We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As the New Shepard Avionics Software Architect, you will join our team of passionate and accomplished experts helping define the roadmap for all software aspects of reliable and repeatable human-rated spaceflight.  You may already have one or more world changing technical contributions under your belt, but your passion for aerospace drives you to reach for the stars.  You are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and contributing to innovative solutions while demonstrating leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. Your technical excellence in avionics software is notable.

This position will directly impact the history of human space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable human spaceflight. This is a senior individual contributor role, reporting to the System Architect of the New Shepard Business Unit.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Define and advise on execution of software engineering efforts supporting autonomous human-rated space flight
  • Lead definition of flight software architectures to for robust, real-time, safety-critical, software systems
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to define software requirements, architectures, and designs
  • Oversee development of rapid prototypes to prove out concepts and quantify technical risks
  • Define software aspects of fault tolerant flight software responsible for the overall command and control and autonomous flight vehicles
  • Define software specifications for the development and test of software for embedded platforms
  • Oversee software development and integration testing
  • Oversee efforts to integrate software components, create and run unit tests, validate on Hardware-in-the-Loop and release real-time embedded solutions
  • Coordinate with hardware, controls and system engineers to plan, develop, and lead system verification and qualification, to ensure software products meet system requirements and safety-critical standards
  • Lead and contribute to production of technical documentation for software architecture, design, verification plans
  • Perform project trades and oversee project execution


  • BS degree in Computer Science or similar field
  • 10+ years relevant experience in development of flight software
  • Experience with systems integration and hardware-in-the-loop / software-in-the-loop testing
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience working with and leading cross-functional teams in a diverse work environment
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills
  • Critical thinker with innovative problem-solving skills
  • Self-starter with strategic and creative mindset
  • Proven experience with planning/scheduling tools including processes such as Basis Of Estimates and Integrated Master Schedules
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


  • Aerospace software expertise
  • Experience with Command and Control systems
  • C++, Python, Linux, Jira, Git experience
  • DO-178 or mission-critical software experience
  • Experience with hardware, firmware, and software integration on electronic components
  • MS, PhD degree in engineering
  • Agile Scrum experience or certification
  • Project Management certification (PMP/Certified Project Manager)

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Compensation range for on site CO applicants is $150,544-$220,798

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $163,725-$240,130

Compensation range for on site CA applicants is $163,725-$240,130

Other site ranges may differ

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at EEOCompliance@blueorigin.com.


Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k) with up to 5% company match.

Paid Time Off:  Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 14 holidays

Discretionary bonus programs

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