Manager of Software Engineering, Flight at Relativity Space

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Team and Role Overview

Relativity is looking for an experienced software engineering manager to lead our Flight Software team. This position will be responsible for managing the teams that build the flight control software and embedded software on the Terran 1 launch vehicle. This includes planning schedule and milestones, and interfacing with counterparts in Avionics, GNC, and Vehicle Engineering. Developing team growth strategies to enable Relativity to accomplish our goal of building the world’s first 3D printed launch vehicle will be a key objective.

The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives

To support our mission to reimagine the way rockets are built and flown you will be working with our Flight Software team in order to create highly reliable and performance optimized software that controls every aspect of the launch vehicle, from GNC and engines, to thrust vector actuators and pressure transducers. This means that you will be leading a team that will need to work well across functions within other organizations in the company to understand requirements and plan milestones.

Your overall objective will be to grow a team that is capable of building a software product that can take us to first flight and set us up to build more complex and feature rich launch vehicles. Lastly, it will be key to understand good practices around continuous integration and testing, and building software infrastructure that allows the team to move fast on top of stable foundations.

Candidate Profile

You have ideally built software teams in fast-paced environments with rapid growth. You will be growing this team from day one, and so having strong experience in recruiting and identifying technical leaders whom you can empower to move quickly and mentor others is key. This role will require you to make regular decisions about prioritization to make sure your team’s goals align well with the company. You are also capable of providing technical feedback for design decisions and perform the role of “tie-breaker” when needed.

Minimum Required Skills and Competencies

In order to be successful in this role, you should have the following:

  • Bachelor’s in Computer Science or related technical field and 5+ years of experience in software development
  • 3+ years of experience in a software management role
  • Experience with career development and performance management
  • Experience with Python, C++, and/or other object-oriented languages
  • Experience managing the software release lifecycle for a team delivering multiple products
  • Familiarity with maintenance and deployment of micro-services to the cloud
  • Familiarity with Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment

Preferred Skills and Competencies

  • Master’s in Computer Science or related technical field and 7+ years of experience in software development
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary environments
  • Experience with publisher-subscriber design pattern
  • Experience with time-series databases and visualization tools
  • Experience in software for launch vehicles
  • Experience designing and building real-time control systems

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a United States Person as defined by 22 C.F.R.  § 120.15 is required.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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3500 East Burnett Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

An Insider's view of Relativity Space

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is very interesting--from the large and colorful art pieces on the walls to the large (and small) rocket parts all over. We also have screens all over that are casting live streams of our testing and manufacturing floor. You just feel like you are seeing the future of manufacturing unfold right before your eyes.


Lead Recruiter

What is your vision for the company?

We are creating an entirely re-imagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly, eventually helping to build the future of humanity in space.


CEO and Co-Founder

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've never been at a company before that has so valued recruiting and the candidate experience in all stages of the interview process, from initial contact to even past onboarding. Everyone here respects each others' time and takes hiring very seriously. We have a high bar, but that means we've also cultivated a very talented team!


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What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Stocked Kitchen
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some Meals Provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Happy Hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Annual learning and development stipend of up to $2,000.
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Paid industry certifications
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