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Filter by Date: May 11, 2019

Filter by Location: Colorado Springs, CO, US, 80916

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44550 

All Locations: Colorado Springs, CO (Colorado) 

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?


Assist the Director of the Communications Payload, Command and Telemetry Dept (CPCTD) by serving as the local manager in Colorado Springs, CO.  CPCTD is a component of the Communication Technologies and Engineering Division.  CPCTD supports the Space and Missile Systems Center, National Reconnaissance Office, other US Government, and Civil Systems Group customers in communications and navigation systems.  Specialized areas of expertise within CPCTD include communication hardware systems engineering and architecture, concept design and sizing; flight systems test, hardware anomaly resolution; modeling and analysis; link budget analysis; radio frequency interference studies; and encryption.  As the first CTED manager to be hired to the Colorado Springs facility, assist the CTED Directors and Principal Directors in expanding our customers, and growing the program office work.


Key Functions

  • Facilitate greater customer engagement in the Colorado Springs area for CPCTD and the division in general.
  • Provide reach back to El Segundo and Chantilly offices through effective and timely communication of Colorado Springs customer needs.
  • CPCTD and CTED capabilities and perspective to Aerospace upper management and customer representatives in Colorado Springs.
  • Act as an additional management resource for other members of CTED local to Colorado Springs.
  • Develop understanding of customer needs and direct organizational resources and operations to respond effectively to those needs. 
  • Advise customer management of work progress and issues. 
  • Report organization's technical activities, issues, and accomplishments to upper management, subordinates, and customers through briefings and written/oral reports.
  • Hire staff and support the hiring of other CTED departments in Colorado Springs, as required, to support a growing need for communications expertise in Colorado Springs.
  • Provide managerial and technical leadership, and staff development for a combination of local and remote staff
  • Assemble and direct teams established to analyze, define, and satisfy customer needs from available resources; supplement teams from outside resources as needed. 
  • Communicate goals to subordinates and upper management and monitor progress towards stated goals. 
  • Direct, assess, recognize, and reward efforts of staff in achieving organizational goals and objectives. 
  • Monitor performance of staff through performance reviews and other managerial practices.
  • Recommend budgets, allocate resources, and establish priorities.
  • Ensure organization compliance with applicable security regulations and promotes security and safety awareness.



  • Degree from an accredited university in electrical engineering or another related engineering discipline
  • At least 8 years of progressively responsible engineering experience
  • Technical experience in the following space communication systems areas:
    • Assembly, integration and test (AI&T), especially system level
    • Anomaly and failure analysis management and resolution
    • Design and test of analog and digital communication hardware
    • Concept design and requirement definition
    • Analog and digital communication link analysis
    • Communication system simulation analysis
  • Broad experience in multiple Department of Defense (DoD) and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) communication systems 
  • Demonstrated experience in successful team building and leadership
  • Demonstrated creativity in problem solving, conflict resolution, and team leadership challenges
  • Possess high learning capacity with ability to rapidly grasp new concepts and adapt quickly
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • 10% - 15% domestic travel to El Segundo and other locations, as needed
  • Current and active Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance



  • Advanced degree in electrical engineering or related engineering discipline from an accredited university
  • Experience in a customer facing program office or other customer facing role
  • Government and/or space industry experience
  • Previous or Aerospace line management experience

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: MANAGER-ENGRG  

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.

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