Iridium Satellite

Principal Solutions Architect

Job Locations US-VA-McLean
Job ID 2021-1922
Worker Category
Regular Full-Time[F]

Company Overview

Aireon has deployed the world’s first and global space-based air traffic surveillance system, which is revolutionizing the entire aviation industry.  The Aireon system provides real-time aircraft monitoring spanning never before covered areas of the planet, including remote, oceanic and polar regions.  Aireon’s receivers are hosted on the Iridium constellation, which consists of 66 operational satellites in low-earth orbit and utilizes a unique cross-linked satellite architecture creating a web of coverage around the world.  The Aireon system enables safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly aviation travel, resulting in significant CO2 emission reductions.  Numerous Air Navigation Service Providers have already signed on as customers and are receiving Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data, including NAV CANADA, NATS (UK), Naviair (Denmark), Enav (Italy), the Irish Aviation Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (South Africa) and more.


We are committed to offering an employment experience and benefits package that enables you and your family to grow with us and to share in our success.

Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

Aireon is seeking a Principal Solutions Architect to join our Integrated Product Team at Engineering. As a Principal Solutions Architect, you will be critical to the future of cloud-based platforms to support Aireon's internal and external customers. You will be the subject matter expert responsible for designing and implementing Aireon's cloud architecture to build the most secure, scalable, high-performing, resilient, and efficient cloud infrastructure possible for Aireon's products.


As the subject matter expert and in collaboration with Aireon's DevOps team members, you will develop and implement cloud-native technology adoption plans, architecture design principles and best practices, and cloud management and monitoring strategies.

What You’ll Do

Within the first month at the role, we will expect you to:

  • Get onboarded and trained with your manager.
  • Be proactive in learning what Aireon does.
  • Understand our internal processes and cloud-based products and architectures.
  • Understand the role of IPT at Aireon and learn about IPT members' roles and responsibilities.

Within the first six (6) months at the role, we will expect you to:

  • Develop and own the Aireon's Well-Architected playbook of principles for designing, implementing, and managing secure, efficient, resilient, high-performing, and cost-effective cloud-native solutions in public and government cloud environments.
  • Develop best practices, templates, and documentation to create architectural designs.
  • Own and maintain architecture artifacts in a centralized toolset, including high-level architecture, detail architecture, integration diagrams, roadmaps, and capability mapping.
  • Identify risk areas and opportunities for improvements in existing product architectures and provide alternate strategies to address concerns and realize opportunities.
  • Develop a technical roadmap that outlines initiatives to mitigate risks and realize opportunities.
  • Lead proof of concepts and prototyping to support architectural decision-making and document comparative analysis.
  • Drive the creation and modifications of end-to-end architectures, engaging all technical resources necessary to contribute to the architecture\design.

Overall, we will expect you to:

  • Continue developing reference architectures and validate designs through proof-of-concept to meet evolving business needs.
  • Evangelize cloud-native emerging technologies on conceptual and practical architectural levels.
  • Provide subject-matter expertise and clarify architecture patterns for the technical teams to support implementation and resolve architectural impediments.
  • Collaborate with technical teams and assist with applying Agile and DevSecOps techniques within architecture and designs.
  • Provide architectural and best practices for implementing security controls over public and government cloud environments.

Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field.
  • Six or more years of work experience as a Solutions Architect, designing and architecting highly scalable distributed systems using different cloud-native technologies in public and government Azure environments.
  • Three or more years of hands-on experience in software development, system operations/engineering, network engineering, cloud administration, or database architecture.
  • Working experience designing advanced cloud-based solutions and migrating existing workloads to the cloud.
  • Have working experience in designing high availability and fault tolerance environments.
  • Possess hands-on experience in designing and implementing microservice with event-driven architectures for reliable processing of low-latency telemetry.
  • Proficiency in at least one high-level scripting language (PowerShell, Python, Bash, etc.) and at least one programming language (Java, JavaScript, C#, Python, .NET Framework)
  • Working experience in a DevOps environment and with Agile SDLC methodologies.
  • Experience in setting direction for disaster recovery models.
  • Presentation skills with a high degree of comfort speaking with executives, engineering and business stakeholders, and developers.
  • Eligible to obtain SF-85P public trust.

Desired Qualifications

  • Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification is a plus.
  • Kubernetes certification(s) is a plus.
  • TOGAF certification is a plus.
  • Experience related to API, including Open API and REST services.
  • Experience designing and implementing solutions using, Apache Kafka, and Spark/Databricks.
  • Experience designing and implementing big data technology stack for scale and enabling AI/ML capabilities.
  • Experience with high-performance RDBMS/NoSQL and HDFS/Data Lakes.

Perks and Benefits

  • Premium medical, dental and vision plan
  • Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Retirement 401K plan with Employer Matching
  • Education Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off, Sick Leave, Floating Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Company Sponsored Events
  • Employee Referral Program


Aireon requires all employees/new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to starting work.  Aireon is an equal opportunity employer and will consider requests for exemption from this policy as a reasonable accommodation where it can do so absent undue hardship, consistent with federal, state, and local law.


Aireon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.



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