Sr. Engineer (Test Automation Engineer for Gateway Integration & Test) 17-073

Location:Chandler, AZ
Benefits:Excellent Benefits from Day One!
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:800 - Product Development

Iridium is the only truly global voice and data satellite communications network that connects people, organizations, assets, government and relief agencies with “on-the-move” availability.  Together with its ecosystem of partners, Iridium delivers essential, reliable communications with an easy-to-integrate platform and service for improved efficiency.  With more than 20 years of experience, Iridium will soon be launching the next-generation of connectivity, Iridium CertusSM - the most versatile global broadband service with improved speeds to satisfy the critical need to send and receive communications when traveling by land, sea or air.  For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit

Iridium seeks an exceptional engineer to contribute to the research, development, testing, and sustaining engineering activities of the Iridium services and ground communications infrastructure. The selected engineer for this position will be responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining automated test infrastructure and software, integrating, testing and validating new systems and communication services. Responsible for creating test scripts to run on created infrastructure and building automated reporting engines. Responsible for documenting the developed system and working with systems engineering, operators, integration and test engineers, as well as other teams within the organization. Will also perform sustaining maintenance on the test automation systems and interfaces.

Ideal candidate will be passionate about verifying the reliability and robustness of products and communication services, interested in the long-term success of their work, and highly self-reliant.

  • Design, implement, and maintain communication products automated test system and software
  • Develop scripts and/or systems to automatically test and validate products, collect test artifacts, produce product test metrics and generate reports
  • Integrate, maintain and operate gateway and lab hardware and software systems
  • Recreate reported software and/or hardware non-conformances using test infrastructure
  • Reduce cycle time by way of analyzing tests and applying new processes, procedures or automation to increase efficiency
  • Research and implement hardware upgrades of ground infrastructure and test systems
  • Maintain configuration management of the test automation software and scripts
  • Identify and develop processes, procedures, tools and/or scripts to maximize system uptime and operational efficiency
  • Identify and mitigate development, test, programmatic and services implementation risks and issues
  • Decompose requirements into verifiable test objectives
  • Develop and maintain test plans and procedures
  • Develop, maintain and execute test scripts for feature, defect and regression testing
  • Analyze test results, generate and present reports based on test execution and analysis
  • Recreate and isolate reported software and/or hardware defects using test infrastructure and document non-compliances
  • Conduct on-site customer acceptance tests
  • Update and maintain technical product documentation
  • Collaborate with team members across various functional

Preferred Skills:

  • Demonstrated systems integration experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of software development and production best practices
  • Expertise with the Linux and/or Unix operating systems extremely beneficial
  • Exposure to laboratory test equipment (network analyzers, state machine driven traffic simulators, protocol analyzers, etc.)
  • Knowledgeable with software management tools (JIRA and/or Bamboo)
  • Exposure to Agile software development process is beneficial
  • Knowledgeable with high-availability software and hardware systems
  • Knowledgeable about machine virtualization, specifically VMware Desktop and ESXi
  • Knowledgeable with databases such as Oracle, MySQL, and/or SQL Server
  • BS degree in engineering or equivalent work related experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with test automation or software development 
  • Experience developing software in C, C++, C#, Java, Python and/or other computer languages
  • Demonstrated systems and/or troubleshooting experience 
  • Drive toward continuous innovation, adding-value, reducing cycle time and cost
  • Developing professionally, learning and sharing knowledge with others
  • Expertise with the Microsoft Windows and Office product suite 
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Ability to provide critical thinking to a wide array of problems and develop solutions
  • Results driven with strong sense of ownership
  • Ability to work well both independently and in team structures
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Willing and able to travel up to 15 days annually
  • Willing and able to be on-call to support operational issues
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English is required
  • U.S citizenship required

Iridium 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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