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Senior Software Engineering Manager of Embedded Applications Group

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
United States, Maryland, Laurel
11100 Johns Hopkins Road (Show on map)
November 26, 2023

Are you an experienced leader with a background in embedded software engineering?

If so, we may have a position for you at APL!

As the Senior Engineering Manager (Group Supervisor) of the Embedded Applications Group, you will be responsible for leading a diverse and passionate organization that crafts and delivers world class embedded software that enables our nation's space exploration and national security.

In addition, in this role you will...

  • Oversee and manage group activities that include spacecraft flight software engineering, high-fidelity real-time test environments, and autonomy systems. Maintain the group's technical capabilities, laboratories, and equipment to ensure they remain relevant to the mission of the Space Exploration Sector.
  • Orchestrate the development of strategic technology plans and associated group plans for the continued advancement of the group's technology, products, staff, and services.
  • Perform group planning, business development, and line management functions in support of the Space Formulation, Civil Space Flight, and National Security Space Mission Areas and the Space Systems Implementation Branch Office.
  • Perform line management tasks, to include staff assignments, new hire decisions and placing, staff development and retention, staff reclassification and program and project appointments.
  • Foster a positive culture of empowered, engaged, communicative, and collaborative teams.
  • Champion coaching and mentoring within the group for tailoring individual career journeys while advancing group capability.
  • Manage group resources including capital and training budgets and group infrastructure including multiple flight software development laboratories.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field.
  • At least 7+ years' experience in high reliability hardware/system development, including proven experience in product development and test.
  • At least three years of prior supervisory experience in a relevant software development area.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience with hiring, training, performance management, and mentoring staff
  • Are able to obtain a Top Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • A Master's or PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or closely related field.
  • Previous experience as an Engineering Manager (Assistant Group Supervisor / Group Supervisor).
  • Knowledge of NASA and DoD satellite systems and requirements.
  • Experience with staff and resource management including ratings, budgeting, purchasing and business practices.
  • Experience with AS9100 compliance.
  • Familiarity with APL tools for project and group management (for example, PEER, EGP).
  • Possess an existing TS/SCI clearance.

Be Part of Something Innovative

Over the past 25 years, the Space Exploration Sector at APL, has pushed the boundaries of what is possible; delivering game-changing impacts to sponsors like NASA and the Department of Defense. This includes historic, science space firsts like New Horizons reaching Pluto, Parker Solar Probe being the first to "touch" the sun, and the DART mission that redirected an asteroid for planetary defense. As a not-for-profit university affiliated research center, APL also delivered solutions to our nation's national security challenges, as proven with the recent Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC) Tech Demo, and acts as a trusted partner with the US Space Force in space domain awareness and space-integrated warfare.

APL teams are currently developing missions that will advance the search for life in the Solar System through programs such as Europa Clipper and Dragonfly, exploring the lunar and cislunar domains, and providing fundamental knowledge of our Sun's influence on the near-Earth environment through IMAP and other research and technology endeavors. To learn about these APL's mission and projects, and .

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at.


About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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