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General Manager, Electronics & Sensors Division

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Filter by Date: May 13, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45352 

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?


Dynamic and collaborative leader with a track record of successfully leading hardware development and a passion for remote sensing systems development and data exploitation.  As the General Manager (GM) for the Electronics and Sensors Division (ESD), you will lead a world class team of approximately 200 engineers and scientists with expertise in remote sensing; data science and data analytics; analog and digital electronics; parts, materials and processes; power systems; and electronics survivability.  You will be responsible for ensuring that the division provides top technical expertise, engineering products and is consistently responsive to program offices, end customers and internal research and technology development activities.  Additionally, you will be responsible for guiding ESD technical support to customers from concept development through system and hardware design, development, deployment, and operation.

The ESD GM manages organization and workforce planning, staffing and performance, and acts as key interface between program office management, customer management, and corporate executive management.

This position is highly visible and includes regular engagement with senior Aerospace leaders and their respective teams.

The position may be located in Chantilly, Virginia or El Segundo, CA and reports to the Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology Group.  The division is comprised of three subdivisions, which have staff members/teams located primarily in El Segundo and Chantilly, with a limited number of individuals in other locations.


Key Functions

  • Leads, manages and directs resources and overall operations of a dynamic team of leading engineers and scientists
  • Supports corporate-level strategy and ensures that it is aligned to relevant goals for the division, while maintaining alignment between laboratories across the company
  • Develops and implements strategic vision for the division. Provides strategic direction to ESD leaders and staff members, including balance between hardware development support capability and processing support capability.
  • Develops and implements innovative methodologies that continually strengthen the division.  Encourage staff to explore creative options; champions the best and actively drives to implementation / results
  • Preserves, develops, and advances the hardware analysis, hardware design and sensor data exploitation capabilities of ESD
  • Creates environment and holds managers accountable for actively seeking and selecting the best talent
  • Builds diverse pipeline of talent that strengthens the organization’s ability to innovate and adapt
  • Places high priority on developing talent – through coaching, feedback, exposure, and special assignments
  • Manages the division’s overall capital and overhead budget
  • Identifies and pursues technical collaborations within Aerospace; anticipates impact of emerging technologies and adjusts accordingly
  • Demonstrates and facilitates innovative approaches to technical problems, and to addressing emerging and current customer problems
  • Manages change effectively, through communication and clarity and simplicity of approach
  • Delegates effectively to lowest levels possible, and advocates credibly for resources
  • Leads interactions with external parties, including academia and contractors, where feasible
  • Proactively builds relationships with customers, both internal and external to the division
  • Collaborates with other ETG divisions and laboratories on activities of mutual interest



  • Experience working in customer-facing organizations
  • Advanced degree in engineering, physical sciences, or related technical discipline
  • Current SCI access
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Builds partnerships; models collaboration across the organization and facilitates dialogue with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Deep knowledge of the space industry and customers
  • Ability to develop and implement a strategic vision for the division
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced, dynamic environment during a time of significant change
  • Cross-functional collaboration and leadership skills, with the ability to make critical decisions and influence others
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to establish rapport and build trust quickly at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to travel monthly (and more, selectively)



  • Ph.D
  • Previous experience leading hardware development activities, particularly related to remote sensing

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Corporate Officers 

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.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

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

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