Head of Flight Software, Avionics

El Segundo, California
Engineering – Electronic Systems /
Full-time /
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.  

When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

Our Team
We are a tight team with big goals. That means we need all hands on deck. At ABL, every person takes ownership of their work, and understands how it impacts our mission. Accessing space doesn’t need to be expensive, complicated, or difficult, and we’re building the systems, CONOPS, and organization to prove it. Our team has come together to pursue mastery of our domains and build something bigger than ourselves. We are proud to serve the people pushing the frontiers of space technology. Our goals are ambitious. The work is challenging. We take a deep personal responsibility for everything we make. Driven by great people and greater talent, ABL is reimagining the next generation of space launches. 

As Head of Flight Software you will lead architectural design and day-to-day management of your team of engineers responsible for the delivery of reliable, scalable, and testable software on our launch vehicles.


    • Lead the Flight Software team in developing highly reliable autonomous flight software.
    • Own flight software development from conception to flight-ready systems through design, development, testing, and integration.
    • Champion safety, reliability, and testability.
    • Mentor your team and provide support in architectural decisions, investigations, troubleshooting issues, and designing solutions.
    • Lead the team in developing and maintaining feature, regression, SIL, and HIL testing.


    • B.S. degree or higher in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or related subject area.
    • 5+ years experience in the development of high reliability software.
    • 2+ years experience in managing direct reports. 


    • Proficiency with C++, Python, and Linux.
    • Experience in the use of standard electronic lab test and troubleshooting equipment.
    • Experience working in hardware-in-the-loop (HITL) or system integration labs (SIL).
    • Proven history of integrating software and hardware systems
    • Demonstrated electrical engineering, digital and analog circuit fundamentals, and lab skills (ability to read schematics, understand datasheets, debug PCBs)
    • Experience with test automation and automated data analysis
    • Experience writing test plans, test procedures, and verification matrixes
    • Experience working in a dynamic startup environment
    • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
$160,000 - $190,000 a year
The salary range for this role is $160,000 - $190,000. This is the lowest to highest salary we reasonably and in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may be modified in the future. An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, and business or organizational needs.
ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, U.S. permanent residents, individuals granted U.S. asylum status, or individuals admitted in U.S. refugee status) is a required qualification for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.