Head of Software Engineering

Los Angeles, California

Enterprise software at ABL is a bit different than at large corporations. Our engineers don't write programs to process payroll; they build tools that control mission critical operations and data flows.

The Software Engineering team at ABL builds applications and tools that serve as the technological foundation for world-class rocket engineering, production, and launch capabilities. The Head of Software Engineering develops the roadmap and drives the implementation of these software systems. They are responsible for building and supporting a high-performing team that continually and pragmatically solves problems across multiple complex domains — areas such as supply chain management, manufacturing process control, mission design and trajectory analysis, and launch operations, to name a few.


Dive deep into ABL's business, seeking an understanding of how software solutions can multiply efforts throughout the company

Partner with founders and other leaders to cultivate a strong technical vision

Drive the creation and refinement of clear roadmaps, and motivate the team to deliver on these plans

Work with users and stakeholders to gather grounded, actionable feedback about the real-world effectiveness of the software systems

Continually improve product development processes, with a relentless orientation towards delivering end-user value

Proactively remove obstacles that stand in the way of engineering productivity

Foster team effectiveness and individual growth by understanding the team’s skill levels, working styles, motivations, and professional goals

Provide thoughtful mentorship

Lead with integrity, honesty, and resilience

Explore and quickly prototype solutions in many different areas

Write high-quality, pragmatic code

Near Term Responsibilities
Medium-Term Growth Path
Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, or similar

10+ years experience in software engineering

3+ years experience managing technical teams

Experience creating processes that cultivate a high-quality and enjoyable engineering culture

Excellent prioritization and organizational skills

Excited by the idea of managing multiple responsibilities at once and ruthlessly prioritizing the highest impact work

Experience developing reliable, maintainable, and performant web application backends

Fluency in Python

Preferred Skills and Experience

Experience with Flask or Django

Experience with React.js or similar frontend frameworks

Demonstrated success defining and launching substantial software products

Proven ability to attract and mentor high-performing engineers and technical leads

Experience in the space industry

Hardware experience or willingness to have some hardware involvement. It is important for the software engineering team to remain grounded to the systems that their software is serving

Additional Requirements
What We Look For

Beyond technical prowess, ABL focuses on the following candidate characteristics. Tangible examples are the best way to highlight these during the evaluation process.

1. Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  

2. Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective. 

3. End-to-end ownership: projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 

ITAR Requirement

This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.


We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.

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