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Associate Director, Agile Systems Engineering Planning and Analysis

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Filter by Date: Jul 10, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45190 

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 Agile Systems Engineering Planning and Analysis (ASEPA) Department within the Acquisition Analysis and Planning Subdivision (AAPS) is leading the charge in developing and applying innovative and efficient systems engineering and acquisition strategies to address customer needs. ASEPA is a bi-coastal organization with an east coast director and a west coast associate director who collaboratively manage the day-to-day activities of the department. The selected candidate possesses experience applying and overseeing the application systems engineering throughout the lifecycle of space and ground programs and supporting acquisitions from pre-acquisition planning through source selection. The Associate Director provides leadership, planning, and direction of technical office staff and operations.


Key Functions: 


  • Manages the recruiting, staffing, tasking and administration of the El Segundo office of ASEPA, with frequent consultation of East coast department director.
  • Assists the department director in conducting staff performance reviews and recommends performance improvement, career development, salary and promotion actions; establishes staffing needs and recommends reassignments, training, transfers, and other staff deployments; assists the department director in evaluation and assignment of staff.
  • Assists the department director in continuously merging the East and West coast offices into a cohesive, bi-coastal organization with shared knowledge, methods, models, processes, and customers.
  • Assists the department director with succession planning and knowledge management, transfer and sharing.
  • Identifies and assigns staff functional responsibilities. Assigns and coordinates work activities within the department.
  • Continuously communicates and leverages department capabilities to build, maintain, and grow a diverse customer base.
  • Ensures work performance within customer standards and regulations. Participates selectively in day-to-day technical task planning and issue resolution.
  • Collaborate across AAPS and the corporation to develop and lead multidisciplinary teams to integrate tools and expertise to solve complex customer problems
  • Provides L3 engineering and technical support to customers in the areas of acquisition and systems engineering.
  • Occasional travel is required





  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, systems engineering, operations research, statistics, mathematics, engineering, economics, or related field.
  • Twelve (12) years of applicable experience to include pre-acquisition planning, source selection, systems engineering and program execution, with demonstrated leadership of teams/studies
  • Experience leading and participating in systems engineering.
  • Experience providing technical leadership to space and ground system acquisitions in the pre-solicitation phase of the acquisition.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Proven ability working successfully in a collaborative and diverse environment
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Strong initiative and leadership skills
  • Current Secret clearance and ability to obtain a TS/SCI







  • Previous management experience
  • Current TS/SCI Clearance 
  • Advanced degree in aerospace engineering, systems engineering, operations research, statistics, mathematics, engineering, economics, or related field
  • Knowledge and experience in some, or all, of the following disciplines: model-based systems engineering, digital engineering, agile acquisition, rapid acquisition (e.g., Sec 804), dev ops, software acquisition and software systems engineering
  • Knowledge in some or all of the following space and ground systems: Department of Defense, National Security Space, and Civil and Commercial
  • Participation on Aerospace Corporate committees or teams and in Aerospace IR&D processes
  • Certification in PM and SE from DAWIA, PMI or INCOSE
  • Significant familiarity with the SMC customer and knowledge of additional customers

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

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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