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Filter by Date: Jan 6, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43626 

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 Systems Director for Space and Ground in the Development Planning and Projects Sub-Division leads an organization of engineers providing technical systems engineering to explore all mission areas and aspects of National Security Space (NSS).  The Systems Director is primarily responsible for leading technical experts, acquisition planning, concept development, and prototype formation to SMC/AD, Advanced Systems and Development Directorate. Additional responsibilities include support to the SMC Portfolio Architect’s Office providing acquisition planning, concept development, and prototype development. Many of these activities include partnering between Aerospace (SMC Program Offices and ETG), external organizations (NRO, NNSA, NASA, NOAA, commercial, et al) and SETAs.  Responsibilities include working directly with Air Force leadership, advising and assisting them in the areas of acquisition approaches; space and ground concept development; enterprise architecting; and prototype formation.  The Systems Director of the Development Planning and Projects Sub-Division will be responsible for managing STE allocation and funding; overseeing the quality of technical products; strategic planning, goals and objective setting; and staff growth and development.  Broader Corporate responsibilities include facilitating coordination across Aerospace for future architectures.

Key Functions:

  • Inspire staff to create unique innovative ideas and concepts for utilization in NSS studies for future missions, concepts and enterprise architectures focusing on enterprise resiliency.
  • Integrate and leverage all aspects/functions/capability of the Aerospace Corporation in solving difficult and vague NSS issues presented by the government through virtual teaming, backplane engagement, ETG matrix, etc.
  • Position Aerospace in the highest value functions across SMC/AD and the Portfolio Architect.
  • Integration of Aerospace knowledge and analysis to provide responsive recommendations to the customer leadership for ongoing programs, new programs of record, and prototype priorities.
  • Work with the customer to define high value scope of work, translate customer technical operating plans into technical priorities, manage budget constraints, plan and execute staffing as required.
  • Manage the technical operating plans, budget control, staffing, workforce needs, personnel development, technical positions, and customer interaction supporting the SMC prototyping branch.
  • Develop the group’s objectives and strategy to be consistent with the corporate goals, customer expectations, and provide direction and planning for achieving strategic goals.
  • Actively participate in customer senior decision forums.
  • Anticipate the customer’s future needs and create an agile work force that can respond.

Essential Duties:

  • Deliver credible, objective analysis and support to enable informed investment decisions on future military space capabilities



  • Provide intellectual leadership that develops, demonstrates and delivers people, processes and tools to consistently and comprehensively focus the Corporation’s best talent on space and ground concept and architecture evaluation, validation, demonstration, integration and prototype development



  • A bachelor’s degree in science, math or engineering.
  • 12 or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience
  • Experience leading significant studies and efforts
  • Ability to build and/or maintain substantive rapport with Aerospace peers and government customers
  • Demonstrated ability to influence outcomes utilizing objective facts.
  • Ability to translate customer needs into Aerospace appropriate work packages
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborative efforts supporting multiple technical areas
  • Excellent written communication skills - can organize complex materials and concepts in a manner that is clear and logical
  • Excellent verbal communication skills - clear, concise, persuasive; builds consensus through speaking; polished, professional style
  • Some travel is required
  • Ability to obtain a TS/SCI and eligibility for SAP, current TS/SCI preferred



  • Advanced degree in technical discipline (science, math or engineering)
  • An excellent personal technical reputation and a record of personal technical achievement
  • Management experience: Aerospace budgets, STE management, personnel management, etc.
  • Ability to organize and execute high quality, substantive activities including technical forums, major studies and executive presentations
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt an organization in response to constantly changing customer requirements and needs
  • Technical depth in multiple space mission areas
  • Program Office experience


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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

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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