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Filter by Date: May 21, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43765 

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 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?



Do you want to join an exciting and challenging team that delivers state of the art systems to the warfighter and National decision makers? Reconnaissance Systems Office is looking for a motivated Senior Payload Lead engineer to lead and direct the Aerospace team in support of a critical space payload early in acquisition cycle. The Reconnaissance Systems Office provides technical support to National Space Systems across the entire spacecraft acquisition and operations cycle.  Within The Reconnaissance Systems Office is The Payload Engineering Division. This division is responsible for overseeing acquisition, development, delivery, and integration of payloads, which includes payload system engineering, payload hardware and software design, development and test, payload sell-off, and development of mission payloads. The Senior Payload Lead will have broad responsibilities and accountabilities to provide leadership, project management, and assembly, planning and direction for the technical support team. 


Key Functions

  • Assemble, grow, and maintain a strong team in support of payload engineering oversight for the entire acquisition cycle for a next generation mission payload.
  • Plan and coordinate interdisciplinary activities in system analysis and operations assessment.  
  • Provide programmatic and technical direction to team to identify mission assurance accountabilities and ensure they are met.
  • Lead evaluation of mission payload contactor system engineering, design, analysis, test and sell-off products at multiple levels of integration (component, unit, system).
  • Identify and direct potential innovations and risk reduction activities.  
  • Mentor government customers to help them gain familiarity with applicable payload technologies and Aerospace roles and capabilities.



  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • A current TS/SSBI
  • Twelve or more years of responsible professional engineering/scientific experience
  • Experience and familiarity with relevant payloads.
  • Prior engineering leadership or managerial experience.
  • Interpersonal and Team Building skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across different levels of customers, contractors and corporate staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to edit technical content for clarity for a particular audience; ability to present clear, concise briefings; ability to write well-crafted reports and assessments
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and lead, as required, corporate matrix support capabilities
  • Function effectively and efficiently with limited supervision
  • Ability to occasionally travel to other Aerospace and vendor, subcontractor, or contractor facilities
  • This position requires the ability to maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance. 


  • Masters or PhD degree directly applicable to RF payload systems or an advanced degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • Project management skills to include: team-building, budget and resource planning, and mentoring
  • Understanding of and experience working with a matrixed engineering organization.
  • Program Office experience working directly with contractors and government customers.
  • Broad experience in all phases of the space system payload development, from requirements specification through development, manufacturing, testing, verification, and on-orbit operations
  • Initiative and ability to lead change; ability to identify and implement efficiencies, and develop innovative solutions to engineering issues
  • Able to balance technical detail and broader programmatic perspectives
  • Identify and communicate technical and schedule risk
  • Experience working with national security space customers


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Additional Requisition Details

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.

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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