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Ground Software Fluids and Simulation Leader 5 - Vulcan Development

United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance

Denver, CO, USA
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2023

Ground Software Fluids and Simulation Leader 5 - Vulcan Development


Denver, CO

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At ULA, success comes through the efforts of a strong, united team.

Thanks for your interest in United Launch Alliance, the world’s most experienced and reliable space launch company!

Successfully launching more than 150 consecutive missions doesn’t just happen. It’s credit to the commitment of our 2,500 team members and the systems and processes we use to pull them together.

As a ULA employee, you’ll have the opportunity to grow in your career while working in a team-oriented culture that combines technology, innovation, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary.

Together, our unshakable unity yields stronger solutions and better results as we carry out our mission to save lives, explore the universe, and connect the world.

Our team is excited to meet you!

Your Role: What you'll be doing

You will lead a talented, high-performing team of employees that architect, design, develop, and test flight & ground software solutions. You will coordinate project schedules, monitor development tasks, and provide & analyze metrics to evaluate process execution and reliability. In an agile environment, you will engage with Product Owners, Technology Architects, Quality Assurance, and Automation team members on cross-functional activities. As a member of the Software Engineering leadership team, you will help set the organization's direction and provide process ownership and technical leadership. You will participate in strategic activities such as proposal efforts, future planning, and developing software roadmaps.

You are skilled at building strong teams and developing people. You have a passion for leading and driving change. You are motivated by improving systems & processes and seeing reliability & user productivity increase. You naturally break down organizational silos and build partnerships. You provide leadership and clarity to create a shared vision and roadmaps to evolve the capabilities of software systems.

The Vulcan Development Ground Fluids and Simulation Software Leader reports to the Vulcan Development Ground Software Senior Manager. They will oversee and direct non-recurring development activities of the Vulcan simulation/test environments for ground software.

  • Ground software provides command, control, communications & testing of all ground equipment and launch vehicle systems (avionics, cryogenic fluids & pneumatics) through all phases of launch site operations, launch vehicle checkout, and launch.
  • Simulation/test environments provide the virtual environment for testing ground software.
  • This role directs a team responsible for developing & evolving future capabilities to be implemented into Vulcan ground software.

Your Background: What education and experience you'll need

At least 8 years applicable experience in the associated technical or administrative area, plus a minimum of 2 years managing people, project management or team lead experience or a combination of the three.

Your Background: What skills you'll need

  • A Bachelor's degree in Software, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or relevant field from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Prior experience managing people or managing programs/projects.
  • Proven ability to lead across organizational boundaries and as part of cross-functional teams.
  • Experience with task planning/budgeting and project/program management.
  • Interpersonal skills: collaboration, motivation, coaching, and conflict resolution.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills.
  • Experience and ability to drive strong team culture.
  • Ability to grow and motivate employees .
  • Self-starter with effective decision-making ability and can work with minimal direction..

Relocation Available


Summary Salary Range (Colorado Only)

$131,460 - $244,424

Please note that the salary information shown above is a general guideline only. Salaries are based upon a candidate’s experience and qualifications, as well as internal equity, market and business considerations. Employees may be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus in addition to base pay.

About ULA: What makes us different

Because we understand launch success comes through the collective efforts of a team, we seek the best to join us. We value ethics, ingenuity, diversity and professional development for employees at all levels.

We offer our employees competitive pay and benefits including:

  • 401(k) match plus an additional employer contribution
  • Discretionary annual incentive bonus for eligible employees.
  • Generous paid time off
  • Flexible work environments
Additionally, most salaried ULA team members work a “9/80 schedule,” meaning they enjoy every other Friday off.

Benefits and work schedules may vary for union-represented hourly positions and are described in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).

ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law.

ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English | Spanish ) and Right to Work poster ( English | Spanish ).

Interested in growing in your career with ULA?

Apply today. We look forward to learning more about you!

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