Manager, Software Engineering (Flight Software) (Westwood)

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Manager, Software Engineering (Flight Software)

Hawthorne, CA, United States

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal ofenabling human life on Mars.

Manager, Software Engineering (Flight Software)

The SpaceX Flight Software Engineering team develops and operates the ground and vehicle software to make our missions a reality. Our team owns software development for Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, Dragon, Ground Systems and Recovery Operations for current SpaceX launches, as well as the software that will service our future needs for Mars such as Starship. As a manager, you will have the opportunity to lead a team of highly skilled software engineers both from a technical and personnel development perspective. We have no shortage of interesting challenges that require innovative solutions and strong leadership to accomplish.

Aerospace experience is not required to be successful here - rather we look for smart, motivated, collaborative engineers who love solving problems and want to make an impact on a super inspiring mission.


  • Directly manage 5-6 flight software engineers/lead software engineers
  • Own all aspects, including delivery, of a specific technology roadmap
  • Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining a focus towards common project goals
  • Develop highly reliable and available software systems
  • Develop prototypes to prove out key design concepts and quantify technical constraints
  • Provide strong technical leadership with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Maintain highest standards of excellence, never settle for the status quo

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, math, or similar technical discipline and 4+ years in software engineering, OR 6+ years in software engineering without a degree
  • 4+ years of software engineering management experience leading a team of software engineers
  • Professional experience programming in C++

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in software development and delivering robust and scalable software applications
  • Experience hiring, conducting performance reviews, and regular 1v1 meetings with direct reports
  • Ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority or structure
  • Great creative and innovative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment that includes working with changing needs and requirements
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be willing and able to program in C++ 20-30% of the time

ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITARhere .

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceXs Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) ###-####.

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