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Filter by Date: May 19, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44957 

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?


Aerospace is seeking a Director of Application Development to lead custom business application development in its Information Technology group. The selected candidate will manage a department of approximately 15 staff including 2 section managers. The department is responsible for development and maintenance of several dozen applications that implement and support Aerospace business processes. These applications are primarily Web applications built in a variety of different technologies including Java, PHP, Angular, and React, which interface with other Aerospace-developed and off-the-shelf systems. Development is performed by a collaborating set of Agile Scrum teams supported by a maturing set of DevOps technologies and techniques.


Key Functions

  • Provide oversight and direction to department staff and managers, including goal setting, performance management, and career development and coaching.
  • Work with other IT departments to establish and maintain a roadmap for custom application development and DevOps, integrated with development efforts occurring outside the department that are focused on off-the-shelf platforms and software applications.
  • Make strategic and tactical decisions on the design, development, implementation, testing, and deployment of business applications, ensuring functionality, usability, and security.
  • Remain abreast of relevant technological developments and work with staff to innovate while maintaining a sustainable set of applications.
  • Implement and mature agile development processes within the group, and provide leadership in agile practices to the rest of the corporation.
  • Manage department resources, including labor, capital, and overhead budget.
  • Communicate effectively with senior management, peers, staff, and customers both inside and outside the corporation.



  • 8 or more years of relevant experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related field. .
  • Strong technical background in software engineering.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience over a portfolio of successful, technologically complex projects, particularly in software engineering.
  • Experience with DevOps techniques and technologies.
  • This role will require the ability to obtain a secret clearance which is issued by the US government and a US citizenship is required.



  • Management experience, particularly in software or systems development
  • Advanced degrees in relevant disciplines 
  • Fluency in agile methods, particularly Scrum, with direct experience participating in or leading agile teams. Relevant certifications
  • Strong skills in team-building, oral and written communication.

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  No 

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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