Ground Software Engineer

Parque Industrial de Elche (Poligono Industrial), Spain

About PLD:

Founded in 2011, PLD Space is a high-tech engineering, manufacturing and service-driven company, with deep track record and expertise in space launch technologies.

We are a trusted global championing industry leader disrupting the pathway to space access. We are on a mission to reach new heights by making space more accessible, supporting missions that will make us smarter, safer and wealthier.

Our purpose is to propel new futures, to enable progress from space and enrich peoples’ lives on Earth, by moving new economies, people and world forward.


As an automation engineer for Launch complex at PLD Space, your main mission is to design, develop, integrate and maintain robust and efficient control systems that ensure the reliable launch of PLD space launch vehicles. You will play a key role in designing, implementing, and testing automation solutions, enabling effective communication, monitoring, and control of our MIURA 5 vehicle in ground infrastructures. 



  • Design the control systems of the launch complex in French Guiana.
  • Define requirements with CNES.
  • Design and implementation of EGSE.
  • Troubleshoot and debug automation issues, working closely with the development team and stakeholders to identify and implement effective solutions.
  • Integrate ground software systems with other components of the aerospace system, such as onboard software and ground control systems.
  • Document software designs, specifications, and procedures, as well as maintain comprehensive documentation for knowledge sharing and future reference.
  • Adhere to software development methodologies, quality standards, and safety protocols to ensure the reliability and security of ground software systems.
  • Autonomy in the development in all the phases of complex technological projects.
  • Coordinate electrical subcontractors during the system integration.

Necessary Requirements

  • Coordinate electrical subcontractors during the system integration. 
  • Bachelor's degree in automation, electronics, telecommunication engineering or a related field. 
  • > 3 years of relevant technical experience. 
  • Complete system vision. 
  • Knowledge of ECSS (European Cooperation for Space Standardization). 
  • Deep knowledge of NI LabVIEW programming and efficient LabVIEW real-time architectures. 
  • Knowledge of synchronizing technique between different nodes. 
  • Experience programming deterministic real-time applications on PXI platforms focused on reliability and efficiency. 
  • Knowledge of critical software systems and safety. 
  • Knowledge of industrial protocols: etherCAT, CAN / CANopen, EtherNet/IP, TSN and RS232. 
  • Knowledge of electronic instrumentation and control. 
  • Knowledge of validation and verification processes. 
  • Experience using RF communication.

Desired Requirements

  • Understanding of fluid systems and thermodynamics concepts. 
  • Familiar with static code analysis, unit testing and continuous integration tools. 
  • Experience with HIL test systems.
  • National Instruments official certifications.

Required Competencies

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to effectively troubleshoot and resolve software issues and attention to detail and a focus on quality.
  • Effective communication and collaboration abilities to work within a team and interact with stakeholders. 
  • Flexibility and ability to work with few specified and changing requirements.
  • Time management and organizational skills to handle multiple tasks and meet project deadlines. 


Desired Competencies

  • Experience in ground software development and operation for the aerospace industry. 
  • Experience with mission control systems, satellite operations, or flight operations software.
  • Familiarity with industry standards and regulations related to aerospace projects.  
  • English and/or French B2-C1.


Health & Wellness: We want you to be happy and healthy in body and mind.  We encourage you to have regular physiotherapy sessions at our facilities so that you can continue with your physical activities. We offer partial coverage of your medical scheme covering you, your spouse or partner, and your children. 


Boost your creativity: Focus. Energy. Yummy snacks and those fizzy waters you love. It takes a lot to be creative all day, but we’ve got you covered. Eat local, sustainable, delectable fare at our cafes, and plunder our pantries for fresh fruit and other goodies whenever you need a boost. 


Engineering by doing: We encourage hands-on learning and foster internal mobility and team collaboration, with one-third of positions filled by current employees and one in five people promoted each year. 


Find balance: PLD Space offers 23 days of annual leave, 6 global wellbeing days, and public holidays. We prioritize worklife balance with flexible schedules, empowering teams to manage their own hours. We work hard here, so we encourage taking breaks to recharge, ensuring a healthy work environment. 


Never stop learning: At PLD Space, education and professional development is a priority. We offer extensive learning opportunities, from conferences and webinars to higher education programs and technical certifications. We encourage hands-on learning and foster internal mobility and team collaboration, with one-third of positions filled by current employees and one in five people promoted each year. 

Focus on your financial future: Flexible remuneration plan lets you allocate part of your salary to everyday expenses like lunch, nursery school or public transport, which are exempt from Personal Income Tax (IRPF) when paid through this system. 


We have four critical beliefs that guide the way PLD Space is shaping the future of space launch technologies. 

  • Teamwork. 
  • Hard work. 
  • Dynamism. 
  • Commitment. 
  • Keep it simple. 

Become part of our movement, enabling you to make change happen in your career and, above all, your life.