Senior Mission Operations and Automation Engineer

Varda Space

Varda Space

51-200 employees

Space terrestrial applications manufacturer

Industrial & Manufacturing

Compensation Overview

$120,000 - $180,000Annually

+ Stock Options + Long-term Cash Awards


El Segundo, CA, USA

Required Skills
Data Analysis
  • B.S. degree in aerospace, mechanical, computer, electrical engineering, physics, or related field and 6+ proven years of experience, or advanced degree with 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Teamwork, communication, and problem solving in a collaborative environment
  • Scope projects including requirements capture and initial design trades given open-ended problems
  • Understanding of orbital mechanics, modeling and simulation, and software development
  • Experience in using continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) tools
  • Proven system engineering and configuration management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of satellite subsystems, ground systems, mission operations and concept design
  • Experience with real-time satellite command and control
  • At least one year of professional hands-on development experience with general-purpose programming languages, such as C/C++ or Python
  • Familiarity with configuration management tools such as Git, SVN, or Perforce
  • Own, drive and develop the high level mission operations concept of operations, implementation, verification and readiness
  • Partner with organizations within Varda to ensure all systems required for successful mission are on track and partnered
  • Own mission operations readiness across the company in preparation for flight, including operator training and mission rehearsals
  • Architect, implement and verify procedures, software and software interfaces to operate the mission in flight
  • Partner with software, site reliability and IT teams to ensure end to end system operates as expected
  • Build and maintain the primary tools and real-time interfaces used to execute regular spacecraft operations
  • Develop and implement methods of operational automation, to reduce day-to-day operator responsibilities
  • Take full ownership of the entire lifecycle of software, including rolling out to operations, managing configurations, continuous improvement, and supporting end-users
  • Perform duties of lead technical authority during mission operations for both the space and ground segments
  • Focal for customer and internal leadership during critical mission activities
  • Provide oversight of nominal on-orbit operations for Varda’s entire fleet of on-orbit and reentry vehicles
  • Monitor health of on-orbit vehicles to ensure any required operator action can be taken safely, as well as any automation or configuration for said monitoring
  • Design, architect and implement the operator to ground interface, including command and control, mission planning, mission data processing, and the associated infrastructure to support all activities
  • Partner closely with Avionics/RF and Software teams to ensure hardware and software feature requirements are designed and implemented as required
  • Own integrated pre-launch ground segment tests to ensure full end to end integrated system operates as planned
  • Build secure and resilient software to protect our operations

Varda Space’s mission is to manufacture products in space to benefit life on earth. The company is committed to accelerating innovation in space through their microgravity manufacturing platform, with applications including pharmaceuticals, hypersonic testing, and fiber optics.

Company Stage

Series B

Total Funding



El Segundo, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth



Exciting team of professionals at the top of their field to working by your side

Working in El Segundo, CA - an awesome Southern California beach city with quick access to entertainment and outdoor activities

Equity in a fully funded space startup that is about to go through massive growth

Company parties and generally a fun atmosphere


Unlimited PTO

Health insurance

Lunch and snacks provided on site. Dinners twice a week for those working late.

Parental leave