Principal Engineer, Software

Req ID:  33404
Travel:  None

Chennai, TN, IN, 600089

Education:  Four-year college degree
Experience:  At least 7 years of experience required
Equivalency:  Combination of education/experience not considered


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Vets and Disabled


No. Vacancies: 1


Department: 16999.Gogo CA

Location: Chennai, India 

Travel %: None

Education: Four-year college degree

Experience: At least 7 years of experience required

Equivalency: Combination of education/experience not considered 


Does this position have direct reports: No

Hiring Manager: Vinod Khanna Sekhar

Your role in helping us shape the future:

Gogo Commercial Aviation team is seeking a talented and passionate Lead Engineer. You are looking forward to being part of the team and that is designing, developing software for aviation telecommunication products and services.

Are you up to the challenge?

As a Lead Engineer, you will be responsible for understanding a broad view of the Gogo airborne network, its interfaces to the ground and customer services, and evolving the software system architecture to best serve the business needs and road maps.

Can you drive these processes?

  • Primarily responsible for the Airborne System Software design and development.
  • Responsible for evolving and scaling the platform for any WAN technologies (ATG/ ATG4/ Ku/ 2Ku/ etc.)
  • Responsible for delivery of application technology solutions and data information planning efforts.
  • Able to develop and maintain scalable, modular, fault-tolerant, and portable software for the Gogo Airborne Broadband System running on a target platform using Embedded Linux solutions.
  • Perform technical design reviews, code reviews, unit test, and system test reviews.
  • Define application scope and objectives and prepare the technical and/or design specifications from which software will be developed by a team of developers.
  • Interface with the Systems Engineering & Architecture teams to understand and influence project requirements.
  • Interface with the business teams to understand the services and revenue-generating plans.
  • Interface with the operations teams to understand the challenges to keep the business running.
  • Leads pertinent vendor evaluation and analysis.


You should definitely have:

  • Masters or bachelor’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering or related technology – advanced degree preferred.
  • Hands-on experience of software development in an Embedded Linux environment and providing technical leadership of software teams.
  • A minimum of 8-10 years of relevant experience in the telecommunications and/or networking industry preferred.
  • Strong communication skills including technical documentation, written reports and proposals, development and delivery of presentations and the ability to listen to and communicate effectively with customers and vendors.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead both on- and off-shore teams effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously, yet cooperatively in a dynamic, matrixed environment.


Technical Competency:

  • Strong experience and skill in Object Oriented Design and Implementation.
  • Strong experience in Embedded Linux environments.
  • Strong programming and debugging skills using either Java, C, C++, or Python.
  • Experience with creating and validating user interfaces
  • Strong knowledge of IP networking protocols and technologies
  • Experience with database and web technologies.
  • Experience in Agile software development (story & sprint)
  • Experience with Continuous Integration and Test Automation methodology


It would be nice if you had:

  • Polyglot programming experience is preferred.
  • Virtualization and containerization (VirtualBox, Docker, KVM) experience and Microservice architecture and event-driven system design experience would be a big plus
  • Knowledge of Service Measurements and Software System Performance would be a plus
  • Experience with modern build environments such as Jenkins and Spinnaker would be a plus.
  • Experience with releasing products to FAA-regulated market would be a plus


What it’s like to work with us:

Intelsat is connecting the world and transforming the satellite landscape by reaching beyond the traditional satellite industry. We are defining new products that will open new, profitable markets. To help us reach this goal, you should be a bold thinker who will perform a key role in shaping Intelsat innovation for years to come.

•           We emphasize personal and professional growth

•           Awesome benefits including Leave Benefits, medical and training

•           Fun, diverse, and inclusive culture


About Us:

We’re Gogo commercial Aviation, An Intelsat Company. We believe the internet should do everything it does on the ground, in the sky. Our worldwide inflight Wi-Fi services have made internet and video entertainment a regular part of flying. We are a diverse and mission-minded group of professionals all working together in extraordinary harmony. We connect the aviation industry and air travelers with innovative technology and applications, and we do it all in a high-energy environment that welcomes the next challenge. Be prepared to join a performance-obsessed team that is passionate about bringing the internet to every device, every flight, everywhere.

Other Job Info:

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  • These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees assigned to this job.
  • Company description: Intelsat is the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. We enable providers of media, telecom and government services to deliver information and entertainment to people at home, in the office or on the move. On a day-to-day basis, Intelsat supplies video, data and voice connectivity in approximately 200 countries and territories for approximately 1,800 customers, many of which Intelsat has had relationships with for over 30 years. Some of the world’s leading media and communications companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and government/military organizations hallmark Intelsat’s customer base. Customers access capacity through extensive service offerings, which include transponder services, hybrid managed services combining satellite capacity and terrestrial facilities, and channel services.