Virgin Orbit, LLC

  • Software Integration Engineer

    Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • Who we are


    At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.

    Position Summary
    Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Software Integration Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will assist in software engineering in Systems, Integration & Test for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. 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 gather requirements for our Flight Software System
    - Flight Software Integration & Test including GNC autocode on software and HITL platforms
    - Working with the software and GNC team, define test cases and predicts to support all phases of the software lifecycle including HITL testing
    - Data architecture, configuration management and coordination of data inputs for various database that support the Flight Software System
    - Systems engineering focal for program level Integration & Test activities involving Flight Software
    - Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
    - Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
    - Performs other duties as assigned
    - Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
    - Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
    - Performs other duties as assigned

    What you bring


    If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…
    - Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or in “STEM” Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with 5+ years of experience or equivalent
    - Full flight software lifecycle experience in the aerospace industry using C or C++
    - Extensive understanding of some of the following:
    - Software system engineering requirements, development, integration & test
    - HITL testing
    - Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC/GN&C)
    - System engineering for an aerospace development program
    - Hands on capability to manage configuration, develop tools to automate data management, integration and test
    - Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
    - Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
    - Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
    - Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
    - Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
    - Physically able to handle items weighing up to 10lbs (unassisted)

    … and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

    Master’s Degree in a relative field
    Developing, integrating or testing flight software that includes an autocoded GNC component.
    Professional experience in an Agile environment.
    Modern C++ methodology in a Linux environment
    Experience coordinating or leading cross-functional integration
    Familiarity with Python, GIT, or similar language for data management related purposes
    Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
    Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’


    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.

    Personal Requirements
    Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”
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    Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit 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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