Lead Software Systems Engineer

Palo Alto, CA
Added: February 9, 2024
At Maxar Space, our products are vast: from our World View Legion platform for earth observation, to the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) supporting NASA’s Artemis Program return to the Moon, to our highly reliable 1300/Legion class platform for communications applications.

Maxar is currently seeking a Lead Software Systems Engineer (SSE) to join our Systems Engineering Team. In this role, you will support our World View Legion program, Maxar’s agile, high-accuracy imaging mission and product line. As a Software Systems Engineer the successful candidate must be technical deep in software development and is expected to cover the program lifecycle through launch and on orbit operations.

The SSE will interface between the Software organization, Systems Engineering, Subsystems Engineers (Thermal, Power, Electrical, etc), System Integration and Test, the Program Office, and the customer. Interfaces inside the software organization include Ground Software, Dynamics and Controls, Flight Software, Simulations Software, Hardware Testbed and Avionics Emulators, and Software Verification and Validation. We are seeking an experienced candidate with a proven track record of working independently in a fast-paced environment and whose work ethic reflects action and problem solving. The successful candidate must function in an ambiguous environment with a focused intention to eliminate ambiguity with properly vetted solutions.

This role will be performed in our Palo Alto, California or our Westminster Colorado facility.


Manage the allocation and derivation of system level requirements to software elements

Responsible for the derivation of software Use Cases from top level System CONOPs

Responsible for managing the software architecture and ensuring it meets contractual functional intent.

Act as the systems owner in the design and development of the software solution

Responsible for the software V&V Plan and execution across all software teams.

Responsible for long term architecture across programs and product lines to optimize reuse of requirements, architecture, and test.

Manage technical dependencies on customer, systems, subsystems and coordinate collaboration across individuals and teams as appropriate.

Partner with engineering leads to capture & manage technical risks including contributor & stakeholder risk management.

Coordinate downstream internal customer’s dependencies on Software.

Manage technical subcontractor(s) or coordinate closely with leads to manage, as appropriate.

Interface appropriately with PMO, Systems Engineer, Master Scheduler, and Customer.

Recognize and manage scope creep from Systems Engineering, PMO, or Customer.

Continue to foster and grow customer relationship.

Provide and/or contribute to Software program documentation as needed, including distribution, shares, organization, etc.

Contribute to and participate in Gate Reviews

Responsible for authoring and delivering software program plans.

Minimum Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Bachelor's degree Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, related field, or equivalent experience

Minimum Of 8 Years Of Total Experience

Minimum of 4 (subset of total experience) years of technical management and leadership overseeing complex development efforts (ie: aerospace, defense systems).

Experience with NASA, DoD or FAA Program Management, Software Engineering, or Systems Engineering standards

Systems Engineering experience across multiple interacting hardware and software subsystems

Excellent written, verbal, presentation, and executive communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

MS degree or PhD in a special field of Engineering or Science

Experience with satellites and satellite industry, including government civil or defense and intelligence programs

Experience with software development standards and development methodologies per NASA NPR 7150

Experience in agile development methodologies

Familiarity with embedded flight code design

Expert with extensive practical and theoretical experience in software modeling, simulation, system architectures

Experience in space-based imaging technologies and mission operations.

Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.