System Software Developer / Engineer

Location: US-Illinois-Lombard
Department: Network Segment Engineering (1176)


About Us

Global Eagle is a leading provider of satellite-based broadband connectivity, television and entertainment services, content and data analytics to aviation, maritime, enterprise and government markets. Global Eagle offers a fully integrated portfolio of rich media content and high-speed connectivity solutions for airlines, private jets, cruise lines, commercial ships, super-yachts, ferries, enterprise, government and military installations worldwide with proprietary performance-enhancing technologies and exclusive access to premium media. With 1,300 employees on six continents and leading global satellite and ground networks, the company delivers exceptional service and concierge support to its customers.

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Role Summary

The position will support the Aviation-IFE(in-flight entertainment) arm of Global Eagle. The focus is on the air-side operations as well as emulating air-operations in the home lab for dev/test. The software development domains include systems-software development for backend-infrastructure, direct  interfacing development to the airborne hardware units, mini-server operating system support as well as  dev-ops for clean deployment management.

What You Will Be Doing

  • Maintain/extend/re-factor code-base of airborne unit-support.
  • Maintain/extend/re-factor dev-ops deployment for units.
  • Maintain/extend system-test regimes.
  • Integrate new units in to code base while supporting existing, similar function units.
  • Coordinate with colleagues such as managers, system architects, and designers during integration of new units.

Education & Experience

  • BS: CS/CE/EE or equivalent work experience
  • 3-5 yrs as a software developer in industry, post higher-education (and internship(s)


  • Significant software development experience in the areas of: object oriented, data abstractions, communication patterns.
  • Significant software development on Unix(Linux) based platforms  [software builds that are developed within and operate on a unix(linux) environment].
  • Strong level of facility with Python language and its ecosystem. If other language(s) are your strength with regards to exploiting their full facility and ecosystem, then this will be considered as sufficiently equivalent.
  • Strong understanding and practical experience with osi layer1,layer2 (layer3 is a bonus)
  • Strong level of facility with GIT is beneficial.
  • Comfortable in an Agile software development (includes critical review of your work within collaborative culture)


  • Experience of building a linux kernel from source with tailoring of enable/disable of features/kernel-modules.
  • Experience of building existing opensource applications from source and manipulating make/config support.
  • Experience with messaging libraries such as ZeroMQ (and/or mosquitto, rabbitmq)
  • Understanding of Networking concepts within layer/3 [TCP/IP socket comm, Vlan]
  • Demonstrated appreciation of software craft (style, organization, use of idioms).
  • Automation tools such as: Jenkins, Ansible, Kubernetes 
  • Understanding of web services: Apache, DNS, DHCP 
  • Familiar with packet capture tools and analyzing network traffic such as tshark

Our Core Values

  • Communicate and Connect
  • Deliver Excellence and Own it
  • Be Honorable
  • Operate as ONE
  • Learn and Embrace Change

Why You Should Work Here

A career with Global Eagle is a unique opportunity to grow your knowledge and skills within a culture that thrives on collaboration and innovation. In addition to being a part of an amazing group, we also have competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, paid time off, 401k, disability and life insurance, flexible scheduling, pet insurance, and discounts on gym membership, concerts, amusement parks, hotels, and more!


Global Eagle is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Due to COVID, our interviews are now done in a safe environment using online platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams.


Please note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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