Software Engineering, Director | Aerospace

YORK SPACE SYSTEMS Denver, CO $180000.00 to $225000.00 per year

Director of Software Engineering | York Space Systems 


York Space Systems was founded to radically improve spacecraft affordability and reliability, transforming, and enabling next generation space mission operations worldwide. Today, it is one of the most innovative aerospace companies, specializing in both end-to-end customer solutions and the rapid production of spacecraft platforms. York’s complete Space Segment Solution including spacecraft production, payload integration, system integration & test, launch services, ground segment services, and mission operations enables customers to leverage York’s existing technology solutions to get rapidly and responsively to orbit. We’re looking to expand our team across the board. 


York is looking for a Director of Software Engineering to lead an exceptional team and building software for revolutionary spacecraft. Our ideal candidate is a seasoned software developer with extensive leadership and coaching experience.  In this role you will shape the culture and operational philosophy of our ground and flight software teams, while representing York both externally directly with our customers and internally across the engineering and program teams.   



  • Set priorities across the software function to ensure program delivery and quality expectations are achieved. 

  • Interface with Engineering and Program Management to best understand the program needs and mission requirements for each contract. 

  • Facilitate communication across the various stakeholders within the software team. 

  • Distribute work among the software team members to ensure right first time, on time delivery while developing each individual team member. 

  • Perform load capacity planning with the software program managers to define resourcing needs while following through on relevant hiring and up-skilling of existing staff. 

  • Coach managers and individual contributors within the team, ensure training and development plans are in place for all team members. 

  • Communicate status, challenges, and lead times for software deliverables to internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Lead and facilitate the software change control board, ensure documentation and communication of software evolution to all invested parties. 

  • Drive process development, adherence, and improvement across the multitude of tasks within the software development team. 

  • Stay abreast on the latest innovations in software development processes, languages and front / back-end technologies to ensure York remains cutting edge. 


Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field.  Master’s degree preferred but not required. 

  • 10+ years of software engineering with a minimum of 5+ years in a leadership / management role. 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with an ability to work in a diverse cross functional team environment. 

  • Extensive experience managing the software development lifecycle, including facilitating agile development.  

  • Experience in integrated software / hardware verification and test. 

  • Full-stack development experience. 

  • Experience with SQL databases. 

  • Experience with modern security practices. 

  • Ability to gain a security clearance. 


York Space Systems 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, military or protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Must have permanent authorization to work in US.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 

YORK SPACE SYSTEMS is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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