IT Systems Engineer

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Launcher develops the worldโ€™s most efficient rockets and transfer vehicles to deliver small satellites to orbit.

The Team

Be the first full-time team member on our IT team at our HQ. At first, help us tackle many hands-on projects.

The Role

As a member of the IT team, you will have the opportunity to build a modern IT infrastructure from the ground up. We build our systems cloud-first with an emphasis on researching and deploying the latest technologies and paradigms. You will identify opportunities to improve and expand our IT infrastructure to enhance speed, security, and ease of use. You will have the opportunity to plan, build, test, deliver, and maintain projects from start to finish. You will prioritize establishing our IT function to be an ally to enhance employee productivity while balancing security. A high-performing candidate will have the opportunity to lead and build a team within a few months.

Compensation: Above average salary + company equity (stock options) + competitive benefits

Location: Hawthorne, California


  • Continually assess Launcherโ€™s IT security posture and identify areas for improvement across people, processes, and technology
  • Support Launcher employees with their day-to-day technical support needs
  • Design, document, and standardize best practices for IT infrastructure
  • Provision of new hardware, equipment, and software


  • 5 year+ experience in a similar role OR a strong demonstrated portfolio of completed IT/networking related projects.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Strong proficiency in networking protocols and infrastructure (Ethernet, TCP, IP, HTTP, DNS, ICMP, DNS, DHCP, IPv4, Routing, LAN/WAN)
  • Strong operating systems proficiency including Linux, Windows, and OSX
  • Strong PC/Server hardware skills - ability to select turnkey or custom built workstation and servers.
  • Understanding of how to find providers, get quotes, and provision dark fiber, internet transit, MPLS, and other WAN services from third-party providers.
  • Proficiency with public cloud systems (Microsoft Azure, AWS, GCP) and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) networks with cloud interconnect (peering)
  • Experience working directly with end users to support their IT needs
  • Experience designing, building, and implementing Single Sign-on (SSO) systems (SAML/OIDC)
  • Experience with corporate multi-site VPNs or Identity-Aware Proxies
  • Experience with enterprise managed Wi-Fi systems (UniFi, Cisco, Ruckus, etc.)
  • Experience with 802.11x network access control
  • Experience with enterprise email deployments (Google Workspace, Microsoft Office365, Microsoft Exchange)
  • Experience with endpoint device management
  • Experience with endpoint malware protection
  • Ability to take initiative without specific direction to accomplish goals
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with an emphasis on the ability to communicate technical concepts in a way those unfamiliar with them can understand

Bonus Skills and Experience

  • Experience working with ITAR, NIST, FIPS, and FedRAMP compliant systems
  • Experience writing scripts to automate routine tasks
  • Internet transit, peering, and BGP

ITAR Requirement:

  • As we must adhere to the U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. All applicants must indicate their immigration status on their resume and/or cover letter.

Equal Opportunity

Launcher is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.


United States, Los Angeles, CA (Hawthorne)

Posted 4 months ago

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