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Manager: Software Process Velocity, Quality & Improvement

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Filter by Date: Jul 18, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44936 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia); 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 Software Systems Quality and Analysis Department is seeking a Section Manager. This role is responsible for creating new capabilities to improve the velocity and quality of software processes for ground systems and space-related software, in the face of changing technologies including cloud technologies, MBSE, Open Source, SOA, DevOps, Artificial Intelligence, and data lakes and pipelines. 


 Key Functions

  • Assisting the Department Director in creating and maintaining forward thinking technical vision and a strategic plan
  • Leading projects, initiatives, and teams involving defining innovative software processes that increase the velocity, quality, and transparency of software development processes for on-time delivery of reliable, maintainable, and reusable capabilities.
  • Identifying customer needs involving software process improvement in the context of new technologies and government requirements
  • Exploring and applying innovative technologies to advance the state of the art in software process for government systems and new acquisitions.
  • Developing staff through formal and informal performance management, evaluation, mentoring, and tasking
  • Planning and executing business functions (e.g., budget, resource allocation, corporate policies and practices)
  • Strengthening the department technical capabilities through effective team building and hiring
  • Providing software systems engineering skills and technical support to space and ground systems.
  • Teaming with other department members to develop and deploy innovative new capabilities to improve Aerospace’s ability to measure, control, assess, and improve software process for space and defense systems.
  • Obtaining and managing staff work assignments
  • Ensuring the technical quality of section products
  • Participating in technical interchange meetings, reviews, briefings, and personal contact with Aerospace, customer, and contractor personnel.



  • B. S. in computer science, engineering, statistics, data science, or technical equivalent
  • Eight or more years of software development experience, or Graduate Degree and six or more years of software development experience. 
  • Hands on experience with modern software process approaches, including Agile, DevOps, and/or instrumentation of the Software Factory.
  • Two or more years project leadership or management experience in a technical discipline
  • Experience with the software system life-cycle, and with software process methodologies.
  • Training and/or experience in the software systems life-cycle.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to lead tasks and teams
  • Willing to hire, develop staff members and learn new skills
  • Must be able to work on multiple tasks concurrently
  • Strong written and oral communications and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Willing to travel occasionally
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. Citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance. 



  • Advanced degree, Masters or PhD
  • Experience working with Aerospace and customer program offices
  • Training in methodologies for measuring and improving processes.
  • Six Sigma or Lean training / experience

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top 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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