Virgin Orbit, LLC

  • Sr. Manager, Software Engineering

    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 Sr. Manager, Software Engineering to lead the embedded flight software for our LauncherOne Rocket though first flight and scale-up to high production rates. The position reports to the Director of Systems and will be at a Manager or Senior Manager level commensurate with the candidates experience and capability. 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

    • Manage the team that develops, tests, and evolves the embedded Flight Software for the LauncherOne rocket. Must be able to dive in and help where needed including code development, reviews, architecture decisions etc.
    • Collaborate with teams across the company including Avionics, GN&C, Launch, Propulsion, Structures, Business Development, to elicit requirements and resolve implementation issues.
    • Develop scope and schedule baselines to align with program and company objectives; manage and/or oversee execution of all major deliverables
    • Maintain and report key metrics and forecasts for all software applications under the Flight Software umbrella
    • Shared responsibility for development of high efficiency data driven tools, processes, architectures, and test platforms to support high volume production

    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) 10+ years relevant experience
    • At least a few years experience leading a software team through full lifecycle development for high-reliability embedded software applications (i.e. requirements, architecture, design iteration, test, and transition to stable production releases)
    • Experience building and maintaining high performance software teams including forecasting resource requirements, hiring, mentoring etc.
    • Proficient oral and written communications skills including the ability to brief project status to executive leadership.
    • Strong background in software development for real-time systems using C, C++ or python in a Linux environment.
    • Competent with agile development in a Jira Agile Scrum environment

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

    • Master’s Degree in Computer Science or in “STEM” Majors
    • Expertise working with both hardware, software and test of aerospace platforms, preferably Launch Vehicles
    • Experience with software integration and test in a hardware in the loop test environment
    • Experience with safety critical and time critical software and autocode integration
    • Experience with continuous integration and delivery of software
    • Solid understanding of some of the following: system engineering and requirements development, ground software, platform subsystems i.e. GNC, avionics, device driver development etc
    • Experience with OpenEmbedded build automation framework

    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.