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Capella is at the forefront of making vital information about our world accessible in a timely manner. We’re leveraging proven technologies and building new capabilities to create a constellation of SAR satellites that can collect information about any spot on the planet within an hour.At Capella you’ll workin a collaborative team environment, alongside smart people with a history of space mission success. No prior space experience is needed—we’re looking for people excited about tackling seemingly impossible challenges, learning new skills and concepts, and helping each other achieve success.Our mission and our products are meant to understand the whole world and help everyone in it, regardless of race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.We value diversity at Capella and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position, but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

About the Team

The spacecraft operations team is responsible for building, maintaining, and improving the software, infrastructure, and systems that operate Capella constellation. We prepare for satellite launches,  maintain spacecraft on-orbit, and develop new capabilities to improve how customers can collect and access Earth imagery. The team’s focus is on software and system engineering maintaining and improve a fully-autonomous, rapid-response spacecraft operations system. All members of the team at all levels are expected to participate in the on-call rotation that responds to anomalies so that we provide reliable performance our customers can depend on. 

We seek to push boundaries and solve challenging problems where there aren’t known answers. Learning to be comfortable with uncertainty and taking the initiative are key skills for success. The team values and always strives to maintain a collaborative and supportive environment where supporting each other, teaching, and learning are our core principles—we tackle our challenges together. 

About the Role 

As the Director of Software Engineering in Space Operations you will define, grow, and the guide the teams responsible for building, testing, deploying, monitoring, and maintaining the applications that run our constellations. The space operations software engineering teams are responsible for the ground software responsible for command and telemetry handling, mission automation, system monitoring and alerting, ground station integration, satellite operator tools and interfaces, and common software infrastructure. Day-to-day responsibilities include working with internal and external stakeholders to define roadmap and set prioritization for tasks,  plan team growth and help with recruiting, and providing key technical vision and expertise in the areas of software architecture and engineering. You will help set broad direction and strategy, establishing practices to ensure the quality and performance of the system is maintained and customer needs are met. 

 Ideal Qualifications: 

  • Past leadership experience mentoring multiple software engineering teams 
  • Strong knowledge of a programming language. Either scripted (Python, Julia, etc.) or complied (C, C++, Rust, etc.) 
  • Excellent foundations of software architecture, interface design, and testing patterns. 
  • Experience building and maintaining highly reliable software systems employing best practices in logging, monitoring, alerting, and reporting 
  • Experience building production software and API services. 
  • Knowledge of distributed task/worker systems. 
  • Knowledge of building database-backed applications and technologies (SQL, NoSQL, and Timeseries)  
  • Experience maintaining engineering roadmap, leading prioritization of efforts across multiple projects and teams. Working with product and sales teams to define and achieve goals. 
  • Used to continually learning new concepts and developing new skills. 
  • Strong communications skills, ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, and enjoyment of learning from and teaching other team new skills. 


In addition to an opportunity to take part in an innovative and fast-growing business with a highly motivated and skilled team, we also take pride in taking care of our employees. Here are just a few ways that we show our appreciation:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending
  • Short and Long Term Disability and Life Insurance
  • FSA and HSA
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible PTO
  • Gourmet-style, Daily Lunch
  • Capella Community Events
  • Equity Commuter and Parking benefits
  • Parental Leave
  • Dog-friendly Work Environment (SF)
  • Cell and Internet Monthly Stipend
Capella Space

Capella Space

United States, San Francisco, CA

Posted a month ago