Director of Infrastructure, Space Program Engineering


Spire Global is a space-to-cloud analytics company that owns and operates the largest multi-purpose constellation of satellites. Its proprietary data and algorithms provide the most advanced maritime, aviation, and weather tracking in the world. In addition to its constellation, Spire’s data infrastructure includes a global ground station network and 24/7 operations that provide real-time global coverage of every point on Earth.

The Role

Infrastructure Tools Engineering at Spire Global is foundational to unlocking new capabilities for satellite software development. The vision of this team is simple: carry Spire Global's Satellite Development Platform to new heights through inclusive, thoughtful, and deliberate engineering.

This role is currently open in our San Francisco location (Hybrid arrangement OK).  

What you’ll be doing…

As the Engineering Director, you will be responsible for making sure the technical vision of the team is aligned with business priorities and implemented on time and on quality. This includes supporting the bottom-up ideation, creation, and curation of technical proposals which is core to Spire’s culture, roadmap management and backlog grooming. More specifically, you will shape how satellite software is designed, deployed, tested, and managed. Last but not the least, shaping the infrastructure organization to meet Spire's commitments into the far future.

You will be part of a nimble and autonomous team yet have access to resources of the rest of Spire’s engineering organization including SREs, security engineers, and PaaS tooling.

We look forward to working with you and unlocking the promise of Space exploration for the benefit of all.

Who you are...

Our ideal candidate will have considerable soft skills as well as strong technical abilities. The team’s mission goes beyond just building software. Socializing solutions, encouraging adoption and supporting our internal customer team will all be essential. Confident individuals with a cool temperament would fit in well, especially if they can empathize with our developers when challenges arise.

What you’ve done…

  • 10+ years of work experience in related Industry
  • 5+ year leading engineering teams.
  • Developing and deploying distributed applications on AWS, Azure, or GCP.
  • Real world experience with infrastructure including AWS, Kubernetes, Kafka, CI/CD pipelines, and debugging operational system issues.

Preferred Qualifications…

  • Past experience working as part of a small autonomous team to design and deploy web applications, services, and data streaming/processing systems.
  • Enjoy working as part of a cross-functional customer-centric team.
  • Ability to and interest in taking on and driving tasks to completion on your own.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate and present different positions in documents and other communication channels.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of API design principles and best practices, caching strategies, and designing for resiliency and scalability.

Spire is Global and our success draws upon the diverse viewpoints, skills, and experiences of our employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.