Chief Engineer, Avionics

El Segundo, California /
Engineering – Electronic Systems /
/ On-site
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

This Chief Engineer, Avionics role will role responsible for developing the RS1 program for increased reliability and manufacturable as the program scales. With a focus on impactfully applying hard earned knowledge in a dynamic environment while mentoring and growing a team of engineers.  
We are looking for someone who is capable of bridging disciplines to work with the hardware software and systems engineers. This role will span the scope of both technical leaderships, as well as the mentorship and growth of exceptional engineers. 


    • Work to ensure that the unified final design of the avionics system meets and exceeds the mission’s requirements
    • Work to improve the design of the vehicle from system level across multiple disciplines
    • Verify that industry best practices are applied correctly and effectively
    • Develop engineer, manufacturing and integration best practices and processes to maximize mission success while not impacting the ability to produce at scale. 


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Computer Engineer or similar major
    • 10+ years of experience working with complicated electrical systems
    • 5+ years developing and delivering Avionics assemblies from design to initial low-rate production
    • Experience completed environmental qualification in demanding environments.


    • Familiarity with industry best practices like SMC-C-016, IPC and other electronics focused standards
    • Experience with launch vehicle engineering activities, integration, and test, and launch operations
    • Experience troubleshooting vehicle levels issues with developing launch system in an integrated operational environment
    • Experience collecting and maintaining requirements for complex, multi-domain systems
$175,000 - $258,000 a year
The salary range for this role is $175,000 - $258,000. 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.
We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, and 401(k) to eligible employees.
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, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) 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.