Lead Command & Control Software Engineer / Technical Project Manager

Remote / Austin, TX / Denver, CO /
Ground Software /
Full Time
Satellite imagery is a historically-scarce resource, whose adoption has been slowed by an unbalanced relationship between price and resolution. In theory, frequent, ultra high-resolution imagery of Earth has near infinite applications; in reality, only a sliver of that potential has been realized.

Albedo aims to be the catalyst in unlocking satellite imagery’s latent potential, hoping to expand current applications and propel the discovery of new use cases. Whether our imagery is being used to reduce wildfire risk, assess the environmental impact of global forestry, contribute to timely 3D reconstructions of urban areas, or monitor carbon emissions from industrial power plants, our mission is to get better data into the hands of decision makers fast. We’re modernizing how satellite imagery is used by providing near real-time access to our ultra-high resolution data.

What We’re Up To: Albedo is developing a novel approach to the earth observation industry, both in space and with our business model. We are intentionally doing things differently by taking (calculated) risks, trying new things, and moving with speed. Our team believes satellite imagery is a valuable resource that should be made accessible, in every sense of the word. We are committed to our customers, ensuring that what we’re building is what they want. We are playing at the edges of how traditional New Space technologies have been approached, and we want to shake up the industry as it stands today.

Who We’re Looking For: Albedo is launching next-generation, ultra high-resolution imaging satellites to service a global audience through a modern, cloud-based product interface. In order to achieve this goal, we are looking for a team of people who are both passionate about our mission and are willing to put in the work to design, develop, and test an innovative earth observation concept in the commercial industry. The times ahead will be set in a fast-paced, often uncertain environment, but if you are hard-working, kind, and team-oriented, you can expect a rewarding and purposeful experience.

We're looking for a dual Lead Software Engineer & Technical Project Manager to join the growing Albedo team! This role is unique in that the ideal candidate produces the output expected of a very experienced engineer and can help drive the overall technical direction of the entire Ground system. Where a conventional software engineer usually spends close to 100% of their time writing code, you will spend 60-70% writing code, and the other 30-40% providing technical oversight. You'll work in close collaboration with our Product Managers to accurately model out customer and product requirements in the technical roadmap, size the overall estimation of work left to do, in addition to working closely with other engineers to develop features of the Albedo ground system. In addition, you’ll work with the space team to ensure our internal requirements are met and the requisite infrastructure is built to support our constellation of satellites.

What You'll Do

    • Oversee the development of the Albedo Ground system by providing strategic and technical guidance on priority, implementation, and integration & testing. 
    • Lead the integration and testing of software across all parts of the Albedo Ground system, including mission planning & scheduling, command and telemetry pipelining, and general scheduling and spacecraft CONOPs, ground station communications, and image processing.
    • Capture customer and product requirements in the technical roadmap and ensure execution tracks toward deadlines
    • Work with the Sales team to interact and collect feedback from customers to continuously improve the internal ground system

Ideal Technical Skills and Experience

    • Deep experience integrating the many components of a satellite ground system
    • Defining, guiding, and executing an efficient ground system testing approach
    • 10+ years of object-oriented software development experience in production environments

Important Traits For This Role

    • Strong communication skills and the ability to effectively pass on and share your knowledge with others
    • Flexibility: We are a small-team doing a lot of things - a flexible and positive mindset is instrumental for success!
    • A humble and open mind: willingness to accept feedback and consistently improve upon yourself and the product you will be responsible for
    • A high-degree of emotional intelligence: ability to collaborate closely with coworkers in a respectful and empathetic manner
    • Belief in the value of diversity: active appreciation of each person’s unique perspective and realization that diversity produces better outcomes
    • Alignment and willingness to champion Albedo's Core Values


    • Employee friendly equity compensation
    • 4% direct matching 401k
    • Insurance: Medical, Vision, Dental, Mental Health
    • Parental leave and childcare coverage
    • 20 paid vacation days, yours from day one
    • 10 company holidays and unlimited sick days
    • Monthly wellness benefit
    • Two team retreats per year to build relationships IRL
Additional Requirements: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. All persons hired will be required to be a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or 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. Albedo is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Questions? Feedback? Feel free to email us at careers @ albedo.com