Senior Software Architect: space sector - Oxford

£65,000 - Software Architect
Ref: 81 Date Posted: Thursday 25 Nov 2021
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Senior Software Architect – space sector

Harwell Science Park

2-3 days a week in the office 


This fully funded start-up is a wholly owned subsidiary of a global enterprise providing space sector services.

It’s been spun-out to create the freedom for this small team to work away from interruption and large corporate baggage. The challenge is to identify, define and develop ground-breaking next-generation space services for the NewSpace market.

They’re about to grow rapidly because they’ve just won a large project with partners and they are the prime.

The opportunity

As senior software architect, you’ll take the lead in defining and delivering cutting edge software and processes in a collaborative environment, working with highly skilled engineers across multiple domains and sites.

  • Plan, design, develop and manage applications
  • Design, develop, prepare test strategies and plans, environments, facilities & equipment.
  • Hire & build your own team
  • Write high-quality code.
  • Work with team leads, Scrum Master and product owners.


  • 5 years’ experience and work within ITIL, DevOps, Agile and CI/CD.
  • Leadership of design and delivery teams
  • Design, build, test and maintenance of modern software applications.
  • Version control e.g. GIT, Bitbucket.
  • Ability to cope with design complexity and uncertainty.
  • Self-motivated with an aptitude for problem solving and driving difficult issues
  • Experience of mentoring and coaching peers or junior engineers.  

Desirable Skills

  • Kubernetes with: AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform.
  • Experience with SQL, PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C#.
  • Development for a Linux environment.
  • Developing services and applications using Java, TypeScript, and Angular.
  • Scripting, using languages like Bash, PowerShell or Python.
  • Developing software, microservices, APIs, RESTful services.
  • Docker environments.
  • Test automation skills within a continuous integration environment.
  • Satellite communication technologies with an appreciation of satellite subsystems, systems engineering processes and operations environments.
  • Experience with typical ESA project and documentation processes.
  • Eligibility for UK security clearance.

Occasional travel may be required. Rules onsite require British Citizens. You will be required to undergo security clearance.

Due to occasional high volumes of applications, it’s difficult to reply to everyone. If we haven’t been in touch within a week, then you haven’t been successful on this occasion. Thanks for your interest.

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