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Senior Manager, Embedded Software Engineering



Software Engineering
McLean, VA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Senior Manager, Embedded Software Engineering

Job Locations US-VA-McLean
Job ID 2024-3572
Worker Category
Regular Full-Time[F]

Company Overview

Iridium is an award-winning and innovative satellite communications company with bragging rights to the only network that offers voice and data connectivity anywhere in the world. For over 20 years, Iridium’s unique network and services have supported critical communications needs for individuals, businesses, and the evolving Internet of Things.

At Iridium, we understand the importance of staying connected and the limitations of traditional communications networks. People across the globe, including first responders, humanitarians, global militaries, scientific researchers, and lone workers, as well as ships, aircraft and remote operations all rely on Iridium to stay connected. We take our responsibility for providing these essential communications very seriously and pride ourselves on offering a reliable lifeline when needed. Likewise, Iridium is committed to providing an exciting and innovative workplace, where employees are challenged to think outside the box and collaborate on new, bold ideas and solutions. Our talented teams are passionate about their work and the impact our company makes around the world. Iridium fosters an empowering and inclusive culture that allows employees to genuinely be their best selves. We are looking for others who want to join this truly unique company that celebrates our employees and provides the opportunity to truly make a difference in the world.

Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

What We’re Looking For:

Step into an unparalleled opportunity at Iridium, where we're transforming global connectivity as a leader in satellite technology. We're in search of an accomplished Senior Manager of Embedded Software Engineering to spearhead our team's efforts in driving innovation. At Iridium, we're renowned for our unmatched global coverage, providing reliable communication solutions in even the most remote areas. With groundbreaking services like Iridium Certus®, offering high-speed satellite broadband, and our pioneering Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), we're shaping the future of communication across industries worldwide. Join us in revolutionizing the way the world connects.

If you have experience in leading teams engaged in end-to-end embedded software development, then we will be excited to speak with you about this Senior Manager, Embedded Software Engineering opening. As a mobile product engineering manager, you’ll be responsible to lead and supervise junior and senior engineers engaged in multiple projects developing cutting-edge embedded/realtime software for transcievers. In this role you will get to coach and metor staff to develop high quality products that delight our customers, innovate solutions that keep Iridium ahead in the industry and continuously improve processes and tools to generate value at a consistent pace.

What You’ll Do:

  • Facilitate close working relationships with product owners and stakeholders to manage and prioritize issue resolution, product improvements, and communicate relevant information to the broader organization
  • Foster a highly effective team of software engineers and testers, improving the testing environment and tools for Iridium Transceiver Software
  • Mentor and train the team, evaluating performance, recognizing areas for improvement, and providing reliable solutions to enhance effectiveness
  • Collaborate with multi-sited global teams of software, hardware, and system development engineers
  • Think laterally, analyze, suggest, and implement processes to enhance product quality, reliability, and longevity
  • Plan, develop procedures, and analyze all software aspects of Iridium transceivers
  • Work cross-functionally to instill a strong culture of product quality within the organization
  • Support project delivery milestones for customers and team members
  • Develop customer-facing documentation that presents information clearly for various stakeholders
  • Organize, monitor, and report on multiple projects independently
  • Build relationships with leadership and colleagues outside the team
  • Proactively provide feedback and share knowledge

Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or related field
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in software development, system engineering and software verification/validation
  • 5+ years of previous management/leadership experience
  • Demonstrated 4+ years of experience in embedded software development, preferably for microcontrollers
  • Proven experience in embedded systems design with preemptive, multitasking real-time operating systems with solid understanding of communication protocols such as UART, SPI, and I2C
  • Experience with agile development framework and practices
  • Capable of being a strong motivator and source of direction for your team and role modelling commitment to your team’s goals
  • Have a people-oriented mentality and experience in building meaningful relationships with senior leadership on your team and in other departments
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to complex results and ideas, be open to other points of view, and recognize and adapt to different communication techniques
  • Be able to analyze and understand a situation or problem and think critically to make decisions, come up with and evaluate unique solutions, and see those solutions through to completion
  • Be independent and self-motivated and demonstrate a high degree of creativity, flexibility, and resourcefulness
  • Strong sense of urgency in driving projects to completion and be motivated to achieve outcomes and results
  • Resilience to thrive in a dynamic environment and efficiently manage multiple or complex projects while continuously looking for new and enhanced ways of doing things

Things That Would be Great if You Brought to the Table:

  • Experience in the satellite communication industry
  • Working knowledge of RF communication systems and protocols
  • Knowledge of reading schematics and data sheets for components
  • Experience managing agile teams, including teams in remote or global locations
  • Experience in software production via continuous integration
  • Experience in Atlassian tool chain and Git based DevSecOps

We’ll also need you to:

  • Be able to travel up to 15% annually, including international travel
  • Be willing and able to support activities outside of standard work hours in your time zone.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen

Work Environment:

This position primarily works in the company office or in a home office. The position is largely sedentary with the majority of the position sitting in a chair and working with a computer. The role uses basic office equipment including a phone, video, computer, keyboard, mouse, and printer.

Iridium is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.


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