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Senior Software Build Engineer

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2023

About The Role

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

SPACE SYSTEMS

This is a rare opportunity to play a key role in Rocket Lab’s evolution into an end-to-end space company that delivers launch, spacecraft, and on-orbit operations. The Space Systems Division is shaping Rocket Lab’s future with Photon, our brand of high-performance satellites, enabling innovative missions in low Earth orbit and beyond including missions for NASA to LEO, the Moon, and Mars and commercial customers, including leading the design and manufacture of 17 high-power telecommunication spacecraft buses for Globalstar.

Rocket Lab is also growing our spacecraft components business, anchored on the acquisition of Sinclair Interplanetary manufacturing reaction wheels and star trackers in Toronto, SolAero Technologies manufacturing solar power and primary structure solutions in Albuquerque, Planetary Systems Corporation manufacturing launch separation systems in Silver Spring, and Advanced Solutions, Inc., provider of flight and ground software as a service in Denver. Our components business is key to vertically integrating our spacecraft solutions and enabling constellations for customers.

SENIOR SOFTWARE BUILD ENGINEER

Based out of Rocket Lab’s global headquarters in Long Beach, the Senior Software Build Engineer is responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining our spacecraft flight software build environment. You will be working closely with the flight software engineering team to plan out and implement a continuous build system for a variety of missions.

WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:

  • Work closely with embedded software teams to develop and improve our TeamCity build pipelines
  • You will work with cross-functional teams to integrate continuous build and testing into a broader CI/CT/CD framework
  • Work closely with flight software developers, operations personnel, and systems engineers to understand requirements and functional needs

YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS (Note: you must meet every qualification in order to be considered):

  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or equivalent technical degree
  • 5+ years of experience with software development
  • Strong experience with Linux
  • Strong experience with Docker
  • Strong experience writing maintainable bash scripts
  • Experience building C/C++ Applications
  • Experience with embedded toolchains
  • Experience with Git Submodules
  • Experience with Python 3

THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:

  • Experience writing a TeamCity Pipeline-as-Configuration library/framework
  • Experience with embedded software including microcontrollers and/or Q7
  • Experience with Gitlab/Jira Integration
  • Experience with Yocto
  • Experience with Make and/or CMake
  • Experience with Bazel
  • Experience with Robot Framework
  • Experience using GCC with cross compilation
  • Experience with a Code Quality tool like SonarQube or CppCheck
  • Experience with dynamic analysis tools like ASan and Valgrind

The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the California Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience.

In addition to base salary, Rocket Lab offers a comprehensive total compensation package based on individual qualifications and experience, which may include cash or equity incentives. Employees will also be eligible for medical, dental, vision coverage, 401(k) retirement plan options, and to purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab's Employee Stock Purchase Program.

Base Pay Range (CA Only)
$120,000$177,000 USD

Important information:

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN NEW ZEALAND OFFICES ONLY:

For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant. These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.

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