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Systems Engineer

| Greater Denver Area

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Staff Systems Engineer to work in the Mission Control System Domain within the OASIS organization.

This team is responsible for defining and managing the development and deployment of the DigitalGlobe Mission Control System including: real-time command and control, data processing and distribution, data archiving, subsystem analysis tools, ground resource scheduling, and image meta-data systems. Successful Senior Staff Systems Engineer (SSE) candidates will have experience with spacecraft operations and large, complex systems, and are expected to leverage their experience to quickly learn all aspects of our ground systems from ordering, planning and tasking, raw telemetry data processing, core image processing, data management and discovery, and web/cloud hosting and distribution. SSE’s are responsible for owning DG Initiative capabilities, supporting definition of capability features, feature content and acceptance criteria, and  providing technical leadership to subordinate SE’s who in turn provide technical support to scrum teams that keep mission development and implementation processes flowing. 


  • Lead the Agile Software Development Life Cycle process used to facilitate system baseline changes; taking ownership of Initiative capability deliverables expected from the customer organizations.
  • Oversee the management of component/service-level requirements and trace-ability to design documentation, test cases, and operational training material.
  • Work directly with feature owners, other systems engineers, program managers, developers, testers,  and customers to define features and generate optimal system designs.
  • Create system-level functional flows with an ability to frame all requirements inside those flows.
  • Create draft flows and lead design sessions with component SMEs to create preliminary designs.
  • Lead development of as-built models and design documents for software components to ensure all documentation is current.
  • Continually learn about our evolving complex systems with particular focus on spacecraft to ground interfaces.
  • Make contributions to the enterprise vision, engineering processes, and overall architecture roadmap.
  • Lead design sessions with internal clients from back-end processing to user interfaces, with an emphasis on mission control and production segments within the ground systems.
  • Manage client expectations to ensure realistic deliverables and then exceed those expectations.
  • Lead troubleshooting of command and control telemetry system anomalies, may require directing the interpretation of hex dumps and scripting tools for team use.
  • Coordinate team responses to large scale dynamic requests.
  • Interface with spacecraft manufacturer for small satellite ground system build.
  • Leads and participates in innovation exercises such as Hack-A-Thons, to determine optimal paths toward implementation of complex feature designs.
  • Mentor other SEs and build rapport with other collaborators such as spacecraft engineers and component software developers.

Basic Qualifications

  • Has a complete understanding of the systems engineering domain and can mentor subordinate SE's.
  • Experienced with Model-Based System Engineering practices, SysML, modeling system state transitions, data flows, etc., and working with Enterprise Architect or similar framework.
  • Has extensive systems engineering and operations experience.
  • At least five years experience in spacecraft or mission planning operations or related engineering.
  • Currently hold or able to obtain US Government clearance.
  • Full knowledge of multiple development methodologies (Waterfall, Spiral, Scrum/Agile).
  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Computer Science, Geographic Information Systems, Business, or similar study. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of Agile development principles and best practices.
  • Capable of reviewing and critiquing engineering designs and providing feedback on those designs.
  • General knowledge of spacecraft subsystems.
  • Strong listening, written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong sense of self-motivation is essential – must be willing to be actively involved in the details of the system design and operability.
  • Successful at multi-tasking and able to handle multiple priorities.
  • Able to identify  and resolve project issues independently.
  • Strong teamwork and collaborative skills.
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) or Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) is a plus.
  • Service Oriented Architecture experience is a plus.
  • Software development experience is a plus.

DigitalGlobe and Radiant solutions offer a generous compensation package including a competitive salary; choice of medical plan; dental, life, and disability insurance; a 401(K) plan with competitive company match; paid holidays and paid time off.

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Monthly "Welcome & Well Wishes" (W3) meetings where we come together to meet new team members and say farewell to long-term employees who are retiring. A member of the DigitalGlobe Leadership team hosts the event and features a slideshow to introduce new team members. And refreshments/snacks/ice cream are served.


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DigitalGlobe Benefits Overview

A great team deserves great perks.

Comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision Plans + Flexible Time Off + 10 Paid Company Holidays + Competitive Salaries + Employee Cafe + Free General Healthcare (when enrolled in a paid DG medical plan) + Amazing Office & Game Room + Exclusive Disc Golf Course = WE VALUE OUR PEOPLE

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Contribute from $120 to $2,650 per household (per calendar year) for reimbursement of health‐related expenses you may need to pay for out of pocket.
Disability Insurance
6 weeks of salary continuation at 100% beginning on 8th consecutive day - 60% up to $20,000 per month if unable to work due to disability longer than 12 weeks.
Dental Benefits
The plan will pay 100% Preventative, 80% Basic, and 50% Major. $2,000 Annual Maximum. Deductible of $50 individual and $150 family for basic and major services. Orthodontics at 50%.
Vision Benefits
Vision Service Plan - 1 set of contact lenses and 1 eye exam (after copay) per calendar year. 1 pair of frames every 24 months.
Health Insurance Benefits
Options include a Consumer Driven Healthcare Plan (CDHP) and PPO. Prescription Drug Plan is also covered under these medical plans. DigitalGlobe pays the majority of costs for both FT/PT employees.
Life Insurance
2X salary each up to a max of $800,000.
Wellness Programs
Counselors available 24/7, 365 days through a toll free number, 5 free face to face counseling sessions. Chiropractic services on-site weekly.
Onsite Gym
DG's onsite gym and yoga studio is available to all employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Immediate vesting of matching contribution upon completion of enrollment provided by Fidelity Investments.
401(K) Matching
Discretionary match of 50% of the first 8% of eligible earnings contributed on a per‐pay‐period basis to an annual maximum of $9,000.
Company Equity
Available for some employees- dependent on specific position
Performance Bonus
Available for some employees- dependent on specific position
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
DigitalGlobe offers competitive leave benefits including PTO, Unlimited Time Off (for salaried employees), Parental Leave, Military Leave, Jury Duty, and Bereavement Leave.
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
8 holidays and 2 floating holidays.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
DG's casual dress code is largely varied, with some employees wearing shorts and sandals, while other opt for more button ups and jeans. Rarely, if ever, are suits seen in the office.
Commuter Benefits
Employees can set aside a portion of their pay, via pre‐tax payroll deductions, for the payment of Mass Transit or Parking expenses.
Game Room
Our game room has access to outdoor terraces, and includes competitive ping pong games, as well as bean bags and Foosball tables.
Stocked Kitchen
Kitchens on each floor include ice, coffee, assorted teas, and waters. Soda is provided in one central location free of charge (just bring your own cup).
Some Meals Provided
Free fruit, bagels, or donuts every Tuesday!
Our employees have two parking garages with more than enough spaces to go around. Motorcycle, Electric Vehicle charging, and bike spots are given close access to the indoor entrances to the building.
Relocation Assistance
Relocation is offered on a case by case basis
Fitness Subsidies
At DigitalGlobe we want to stay focused on wellness and getting, or staying, in shape! Incentives include waiving joining fees, significantly reduced month-to-month rates with no contracts.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
DG offers a wide range of training programs. Currently, DG is converting to AWS - included in that is varying AWS-related training and certification programs offered to all employees.
Tuition Reimbursement
The tuition reimbursement for employees is a maximum of $5,250. Effective after one year of employment.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Flex time off plus 10 paid holidays. Free general healthcare when enrolled in a DigitalGlobe medical plan
Amazing corporate office with game room and cafe. Frisbee golf course around corporate building exclusively for employees. Free fruit, bagels, or donuts every Tuesday!

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