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Senior Ground Software Acquisition Engineer

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Date: Oct 20, 2017

Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 25661 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia) 

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 clandestine 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?



We are looking for a Senior Project Engineer to help acquire the future Ground Element for a high priority national space system program office.  Make an impact as our team takes on its most extensive software development effort in a decade – without disrupting our ongoing mission, and help us bring new mission capabilities on line. 



  • Evaluating contractor software designs to ensure functional and performance requirements are satisfied and external impacts are understood
  • Auditing, reviewing, verification, and validation of software products
  • Identifying and assessing software risks and opportunities
  • Assessing the impacts of proposed software engineering changes, and supporting technical and cost evaluations
  • Formulating software acquisition strategies and participating in pre-acquisition activities
  • Participating in software trade studies and other technical analyses
  • Defining ground system software concepts and capabilities
  • Recommending strategies to migrate ground software functions to common infrastructure, services, and virtual environments



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Systems Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, or a related technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • Foundation in one or more core technical competencies used in software system development



  • A minimum of 12 years of increasingly responsible experience
  • Experience in acquisition to include experience overseeing the development, integration, verification and validation, and transition to operations of large software based systems    
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills must be demonstrated by the ability to work effectively in a program office environment, form strong SME support teams, and by the formation of a trusted government counterpart relationship.
  • Ability to lead or direct technical teams
  • Occasional to frequent travel within the United States
  • Active TS/SCI clearance; current SSBI. 
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.



  • Ten or more years of experience developing or acquiring satellite ground software systems
  • Experience in satellite ground subsystems and the ability to resolve technical issues with ground software
  • Experience with agile-based software and test-like-you-fly (TLYF) approaches
  • Understanding of software quality
  • Understanding of cost estimation for software systems and the metrics/analytics used to identify whether software development is on track
  • Experience in satellite control systems such as command & control, mission management, and data management or data processing
  • Knowledge of Cloud computing and/or Amazon Web Services
  • Ability to impact program decisions to preserve or enhance mission and/or lower risk. 
  • Knowledge of NRO systems engineering, acquisition, and integration processes to include the NRO Lifecycle Readiness Instruction and the NRO Site Integration Standards
  • Working knowledge of Aerospace ETG and the Computers and Software Division capabilities and personnel
  • Understanding of signal processing techniques
  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Systems Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, or a related technical discipline from a recognized institution



  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office environment.  Position requires sitting most of the time at a workstation using a computer.
  • Exposure to general office noise
  • Occasional to Frequent travel within the United States is required

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJECT ENGR SR  

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, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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

Job Segment: Engineer, Software Engineer, Security Clearance, Aerospace Engineering, Developer, Engineering, Government, Technology

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