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Senior Operations Engineer - Mission Protection

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Filter by Date: May 14, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45311 

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?


The Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) delivers, enhances, and assures the operational performance of space, ground and processing systems to satisfy intelligence needs. The Operations Engineering (OE) team manages engineering activities throughout MOD. OE works with acquisition offices and with Systems Engineering Directorate (SED) to represent MOD requirements and equities throughout the acquisition lifecycle. OE also works closely with engineering organizations at the ground stations to conduct system integration. We are seeking a Senior Operations Engineer to perform various systems engineering and integration (SE&I) activities in direct support of MOD/OE, with an emphasis on mission protection.  


Key Functions

  • Serve as the Aerospace counterpart to the customer’s lead (“chief architect”) for mission protection
  • Provide technical leadership to the definition, development and implementation of an architecture for mission protection
  • Harmonize existing Concepts of Operation (Conops) and requirements to articulate a coherent enterprise
  • Assist with resource planning to achieve the buildout and operations of required capabilities, to include bridge capabilities
  • Develop briefing materials to explain the architecture and plan to internal and external stakeholders
  • Work with other directorates to address identified gaps and complete requirements development and allocation at multiple levels of the customer’s requirements hierarchy
  • Participate in major design milestones (e.g. SRR, PDR, CDR) for programs that will deliver relevant capabilities
  • Support governance updates, as required
  • Identify and analyze operational risks, and the associated mitigation plans
  • As required, prepare reports and briefings, and present recommendations to customers and Aerospace management



  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution
  • 12 or more years of relevant experience including at least 5 years of direct experience in systems engineering or in technical roles that support real-time mission operations
  • Occasional travel to contractor and/or government facilities
  • Current TS/SCI clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required


  • Direct experience in satellite, ground or communications operations
  • Direct experience with architecture and requirements development
  • Experience in disciplines relevant to mission protection
  • Experience collaborating across customer directorates and offices
  • Experience leading or managing teams
  • Familiarity with the customer organization


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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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