Avionics Chief Engineer

  • Full Time
  • USA
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • US Citizenship or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Company Details

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 400 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.

TSC and the greater Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation.  You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic.  Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility.  You will work well under pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.

Who You Are

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve in the capacity of Avionics Chief Engineer reporting directly to the VO Avionics Senior Director. This position will interface closely with the Avionics Department Leader and the Chief Engineer’s Office to maintain an integrated Avionics technical baseline. The chosen candidate will be a proven technical leader with experience across the development, production and operations of complex launch vehicle systems. Excellent communication skills and an ability to function and lead the Avionics team at a detailed level is a must. The ideal teammate/leader will understand, help and motivate engineers and operations teammates in relation to technical efforts, formulating higher level trades and determining best paths forward. An ability to construct a strategic path for the technical team in regards to issues, technical matters and processes is a necessity. This position requires an agile and resilient leader who is able to quickly harness an understanding of the technologies, tools and processes needed to successfully develop, produce and operate Avionics systems within a space launch system. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Develop and maintain avionics software applications through the complete software lifecycle
  • Mentor junior colleagues and help troubleshoot problems across multiple software projects across multiple platforms
  • Design software solutions for vehicle level issues utilizing multiple software subsystems
  • Actively participate in code reviews, requirements development, internal audits, and other software-related development activities
  • Monitor program performance after implementation to prevent reoccurrence of program problems and ensure efficiency of operations
  • Contribute in continuous improvement of the software development and integration process within the department
  • Participate in risk management meetings

What you bring

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering or a related engineering discipline from an accredited university, or equivalent combination of work experience and education
  • Strong foundation of fundamentals of electrical engineering
  • Strong organizational and written communication skills
  • 4 or more years of safety-critical software development programs in aerospace or similar field
  • Experience with embedded system hardware and software
  • Experience with FPGA hardware and software
  • Experience with real-time operating systems
  • Strong organizational and written communication skills
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
  • Experience with safety-critical software projects following DO-178
  • Experience with C and C++ embedded software
  • Experience with VxWorks
  • Experience with Xilinx RTOS
  • Experience with VHDL and/or Verilog

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Experience with MATLAB and Simulink
  • Experience with LabView and National Instruments instrumentation
  • Experience with the Atlassian software project management suite including JIRA, Bitbucket (Git), Confluence, and Crucible

ITAR Requirements
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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