Sr Software Engineer - Spacecraft Flight Software Lead (Clearance Required)

| Louisville, CO, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 138,635-207,952 Annually
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Sierra Space Careers: Dare to Dream
We honor those that are not afraid to dream big dreams, those that tenaciously chase their dreams even when others say it cannot be done, those that achieve big dreams and change everything. Those are Dreams Worth Chasing.
At Sierra Space we envision a future where humanity lives and works in space, on moons, and on distant planets. Our mission isn't restricted to the few, instead we see a future where all people can choose to live, work, discover and explore beyond our planet. Our company is building a platform in space to benefit life on Earth and together we will alter the course of humanity.
We have a bold mission. We are a bold company. Together, we are an extraordinary team.
About the Role
Do you enjoy developing new products and services? Join us! Our Software Engineers work in an agile, collective environment. You will be using your skills and expertise to define, design, develop, test, certify and improve cutting-edge software products. These cover a very wide range from advanced mission payloads and electronic systems through highly integrated aircraft to orbital and space exploration systems. You'll perform coding, debugging, testing, and troubleshooting of systems and software throughout our development process. Your technical duties involve the design and development of new software products throughout the product lifecycle.
Sierra Space's Orbital Mission and Services (OMS) division focuses on the design, build, and operations of small satellites in support of commercial services and national security space and offers two work locations: Louisville, Colorado and Centennial, Colorado.
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assess new spacecraft designs to determine detailed, low-level software requirements
  • Conducts multidisciplinary research and collaborates with equipment designers and/or hardware engineers in the planning, design, development, and utilization of electronic data processing systems for product and commercial software
  • Determines computer user needs; analyzes system capabilities to resolve problems on program intent, output requirements, input data acquisition, programming techniques and controls; prepares operating instructions; designs and develops compilers and assemblers, utility programs, and operating systems
  • Estimate cost and schedule for spacecraft flight software development activities
  • Ability to oversee subcontracted efforts
  • Ability to provide technical leadership to small work teams
  • Ability to trade multiple approaches to meeting mission requirements to find the best fit based on varying criteria
  • Develop embedded flight code using standard RTOS runtime components and development tools
  • Support functional testing of completed software items
  • Originate software architecture documents, verification and validation plans, procedures, reports, and other documentation in support of flight software design and development activities
  • Ensure compliance of flight software designs with Engineering performance specifications
  • Execute spacecraft flight software design and development activities consistent with Customer quality, cost, and schedule requirements
  • Read and interpret technical specifications
  • Prepare material for and present technical information at design reviews
  • Work with other engineers to implement operating procedures, resolve system issues, and provide required technical information
  • Understand, plan, and execute technical activities in accordance with SNC policies, procedures, and work instructions


About You
Our mission is driven by the unwavering passion to push the boundaries of what is possible. We seek those who Dare to Dream - to envision the extraordinary and pursue it relentlessly - to join us on this transformational journey.
We're looking for dreamers who align with our values, vision, and audacious goals - while also meeting the minimum qualifications below. The preferred qualifications are a bonus, not a requirement.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree Computer Science, Software Engineering or other related discipline and typically 10 or more years of relevant experience
  • Relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of required education.
  • Advanced capabilities using Computer Aided Engineering tools
  • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering principles and practices
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Active Top Secret US Government security clearance with SCI eligibility


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of industry standard software languages such as C, C#, C++, HTML, Java, Python, and Bash
  • Experience with software tools for requirements tracking, code reviews, static analysis, library and artifact repository, and automated build
  • Knowledge of software development methodologies such as Agile/Scrum, Waterfall, and Spiral
  • Proficient with data structures


Physical/Mental/Emotional Requirements:

  • Frequently walk, sit, stand, climb stairs and steps
  • Frequently repeat same hand, arm, and finger motion many times to include finger and hand dexterity
  • Rarely lifting or carrying up to 20 lbs.


Working Conditions:

  • Rarely exposed to outdoor elements (high/low temperatures, sun, rain/snow, etc.)
  • Rarely exposed to fumes or hazardous chemicals/materials
  • Rarely exposed to loud noises


IMPORTANT NOTICE:
This position requires current/active Top Secret with SCI eligibility U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-U.S. Citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance. The Department of Defense Consolidated adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.
Elevate Your Career
At Sierra Space, we are committed to your personal and professional development. We empower you to make profound and meaningful contributions and foster a vibrant culture of collaboration, where teamwork ignites breakthrough innovations.
Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.
We also offer a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.
Estimated Starting Salary Range:
$138,634.92 - $190,623.01
At Sierra Space we are at the very doorstep of unlocking the future and the work in front of us is hard, but it is truly important and meaningful. Achieving our mission requires dedication, relentless pursuit of a dream and an unwavering passion for pushing the boundaries to accomplish what others might believe to be impossible. We seek those who too, Dare to Dream and will join us in a pursuit to achieve the extraordinary.
Application Deadline: This role will remain posted until a qualified pool of candidates are identified.

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Location

Based in Louisville, CO with operations in Broomfield, CO, Madison, WI, Durham, NC, Huntsville, AL, Houston, TX, and Kennedy Space Center, FL. Our offices in Colorado are close to Boulder, Broomfield and Denver.

An Insider's view of Sierra Space

What are some social events your company does?

The Young Professionals Group holds social events including happy hour, paint n sip, axe throwing, hiking, ice skating, first time home-buyer info session, ugly holiday sweaters, matching Halloween costumes, picnics, game nights, volunteer events, joint events with other local companies and organizations, and more!

Maggie

Systems Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

The Dream Chaser spaceplane is an incredibly exciting project! This vehicle – with a cargo and a crew variant – will revolutionize space travel. It will carry astronauts to destinations in Low Earth Orbit, it will supply cargo and science experiments to the ISS and the Orbital Reef space station, and it can land at many spaceports around the world!

Miguel

Director Engineering, 4800 - DC100

How does the company support your career growth?

Through my career, my management has continually ensured that I am working on projects that I found interesting, challenging, and enjoyable. My management has my best interests in mind and they want me to be successful. Additionally, my managers have repeatedly fought for my promotion and empowerment to greater responsibility.

Chris

DCCS Structures Engineer

What are Sierra Space Perks + Benefits

Sierra Space Benefits Overview

Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available

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