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Associate Director, Vehicle Design and Innovation Department

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Filter by Date: Apr 22, 2019

Filter by Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45193 

All Locations: 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?


The Associate Director will work with the Director (El Segundo) and Associate Director (Chantilly) of the Vehicle Design and Innovation Department (VDID) to develop customer relationships; develop, grow, manage, and perform work; and hire and mentor staff to support VDID and ADS activities. The Associate Director will be responsible for hiring, training, and career development of El Segundo personnel, as well as participate in design activities that require interaction with program office and contractor personnel. As a member of the VDID management team, the Associate Director will help guide the department’s vision and direction, and work with the subdivision management team to further organizational goals. VDID provides vehicle system engineering and programmatic support for its customers. Though the emphasis is placed on upfront system engineering, feasibility design and analysis, and concept development, VDID staff provide end-to-end system engineering support throughout a program life cycle along with rapid prototyping capabilities and expertise.


Key Functions 


  • Assist the Director in managing VDID personnel staffing actions (hires, promotions, career development, performance review, etc.)
  • Participate in the training and career development of VDID department personnel
  • Interact and communicate frequently with program offices and customers to develop and foster relationships and elicit and identify needs
  • Act as a liaison to xLab, RAPID Center, and other prototyping organizations as needed
  • Closely collaborate with the Director and other Aerospace personnel to identify and organize technical expertise in multiple technical disciplines and domains to enable concurrent engineering approaches to address complex problems
  • Lead and participate in multi-disciplinary engineering teams in the development and analysis of space vehicles
  • Lead and participate in conceptual and preliminary design studies of space systems
  • Evaluate spacecraft design and architecture concepts
  • Participate in design reviews
  • Provide vehicle systems engineering support in the execution of customer programs
  • Work with government and program office personnel and members of ETG
  • Develop tools and models that support spacecraft design and analysis activities




  • Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant engineering discipline, science, or a related field
  • Minimum of twelve (12) years relevant experience with previous personnel management and/or team leadership experience
  • Ability to organize and lead cross-functional, cross-organizational teams, initiate studies, work with a broad range of technical disciplines, and interact with program office personnel must be demonstrated, as well as working independently and being proactive
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, adapt quickly to change, and demonstrate initiative under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a wide variety of spacecraft systems engineering tasks from concept development to launch
  • Experience in space systems design with a good knowledge of spacecraft subsystems and system engineering
  • Experience in developing, leading, and working on multi-disciplinary engineering teams
  • Demonstrated experience in concurrent engineering tools, processes, and methodologies
  • Demonstrated technical spacecraft analysis and design support for feasibility studies, architecture analysis, and business case assessments
  • Familiarity with architecture and design; acquisition, analysis, and planning; mission assurance; and system analysis and simulation
  • Supervisory experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Strong, demonstrated personal initiative
  • Current U.S. government secret clearance
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain TS/SSBI clearance






  • Advanced degree in a related field
  • Extensive use of MS Office and other computer applications, especially in support of space vehicle design and analysis
  • Program management experience
  • System acquisition experience
  • Rapid prototyping experience
  • Current TS/SSBI clearance

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: None 

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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