Senior IT Systems Engineer

Long Beach, California, United States


Full Time

3 months ago

Job description

At Vast, our mission is to contribute to a future where billions of people are living and thriving in space. We are building artificial gravity space stations, allowing long-term stays in space without the adverse effects of zero-gravity. Our initial crewed space habitat will be Haven-1, scheduled to be the world’s first commercial space station when it launches into low earth orbit in August 2025. Our team is all-in, committed to executing our mission safely and on time. If you want to work with the most talented people on Earth furthering space exploration for humanity, come join us.

Vast is looking for a(n) Senior IT Systems Engineer reporting to the Manager of IT to support the development of the systems that will be required for the design and build of artificial-gravity human-rated space stations. As an Senior IT Systems Engineer you will have the opportunity to build a modern IT infrastructure from the ground up. We build our systems cloud-first with an emphasis on researching and deploying the latest technologies and paradigms. You will identify opportunities to improve and expand our IT infrastructure to enhance speed, security, and ease of use. You will have the opportunity to plan, build, test, deliver, and maintain projects from start to finish. You will prioritize establishing our IT function to be an ally to enhance employee productivity while balancing security.

 This will be a full-time, exempt position located in our Long Beach location.


  • Design and implement cutting edge infrastructure to support fast moving development and production
  • Continually assess Vast’s IT security posture and identify areas for improvement across people, processes, and technology
  • Support Vast employees with their day-to-day technical support needs
  • Design, document, and standardize best practices for IT infrastructure
  • Provision and maintain systems, hardware, equipment, and software

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years experience as an IT Systems Engineer or similar technical role

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Strong operating systems proficiency including Linux, Windows, and OSX
  • Strong proficiency with public cloud systems (Microsoft Azure, AWS, GCP) and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) networks with cloud interconnect (peering)
  • Strong proficiency with infrastructure as code  (Terraform, CloudFormation, etc)
  • Strong proficiency with Source Control Management and CI/CD pipelines
  • Experience designing, building, and implementing Single Sign-on (SSO) systems (SAML/OIDC)
  • Experience with corporate multi-site VPNs or Identity-Aware Proxies
  • Strong proficiency with server/endpoint management
  • Ability to take initiative without specific direction to accomplish goals
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with an emphasis on the ability to communicate technical concepts in a way those unfamiliar with them can understand
  • Experience working with ITAR, NIST, FIPS, and FedRAMP compliant systems
  • Experience writing scripts to automate routine tasks

Pay Range: 

  • Senior IT Systems Engineer: $140,000 - $185,000
Base salary will vary depending on job-related knowledge, education, skills, experience, business needs, and market demand. Salary is just one component of our comprehensive compensation package. Full-time employees also receive company equity, as well as access to a full suite of compelling benefits and perks, including: 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and dependents, flexible paid time off for exempt staff and up to 15 days of vacation for non-exempt staff, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, free catered meals and snacks and beverages, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, One Medical membership, ClassPass credits, personalized mental healthcare through Spring Health, and other discounts and perks.


The person hired will have access to information and items subject to U.S. export controls, and therefore, must either be a “U.S. person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.62 or otherwise eligible for deemed export licensing. This status includes U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), and asylees and refugees with such status granted, not pending.


Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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