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Filter by Date: Dec 7, 2018

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 42608 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia); El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


Summary of Responsibilities
We are seeking a motivated and high-energy candidate to serve as the Advanced Demo Program Lead for cutting-edge demonstration space programs for resilience and space survivability.  The position is focused on lean, fast-paced acquisitions, challenging the status-quo and pushing the technology boundaries.  The position will work with the government and contractor team to develop risk reduction strategies, leveraging the Aerospace engineering matrix, analysis and testing. The candidate will be the primary interface for this critical program with significant responsibility, requiring flexibility, imagination, and dedication for these high risk programs.  The candidate will lead engineering matrix teams and provide critical guidance to the government customers in a range of technical areas including modeling to define key requirements, hardware development, and overall technology development. These high-profile demonstration programs are essential to key operational systems; as such, the selected candidate will have huge impact on major space systems.  

Key Functions

  • Lead Aerospace support to high risk demonstration programs
  • Identify, develop, and execute risk reduction programs using Aerospace engineering matrix, and successful coordination with contractor and government teams
  • Manage engineering matrix reach back units of technical effort and strategically plan overall Aerospace program activities
  • Provide regular communications with management and customer regarding program status and technology risk areas
  • Lead support to key system acquisition elements including source selections and milestone reviews
  • Mentor government customers in Aerospace system engineering processes associated with both mission assurance and risk reduction test/analysis
  • Oversee technical hardware development through the entire system engineering life cycle
  • Apply innovative solutions and engineering matrix expertise to solve difficult technology programs 
  • Occasional travel within the US is required


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in science, physics, mathematics, engineering or related technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in progressively more responsible roles
  • Experience developing and/or executing aerospace systems performance models
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using verbal presentations and written reports
  • Current Top Secret/SSBI/SCI.  Additional customer security requirements apply.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in science, physics, mathematics, engineering or related technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • Experience with leading projects of matrixed employees 
  • Knowledge of natural and man-made threats to space systems
  • Demonstrated ability to learn in new technical areas and manage engineering matrix teams across multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a mixed team of government, SETA and FFRDC
  • Direct experience in developing new modeling, laboratory, or technology systems
  • Previous experience working on space hardware programs.

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJECT LEADER  

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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