Share this Job

Principal Director - Software Engineering Subdivision

Apply now

Apply for Job

Filter by Date: Apr 24, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45019 

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 Principal Director will be responsible for the leadership and management of the Software Engineering Subdivision in the Information Systems and Cyber Division.  The subdivision has more than 100 staff and managers responsible for software risk assessment and evaluation, software architecting and engineering, software system development support, software processes / process improvement, acquisition, and research. It is composed of five departments, with staff located in El Segundo, CA and Chantilly, VA.  The Principal Director could reside in either of these locations.


Key Functions

  • Providing technical leadership of the matrix team supporting various customers through the application of local and geographically dispersed technical resources.
  • Directing and participating in technical projects of importance to the Corporation and in activities that advance the Corporation’s imperitives, initiatives and goals.  
  • Hiring, budgeting, development and communication of technical objectives for the subdivision; prioritization of technical effort; assuring the quality and timeliness of all technical products and contractual deliverables; staffing and personnel actions; budgetary and staff allocations and assuring adherence to all applicable security and safety procedures.



  • A Bachelors degree (advanced degree desired) in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or related field
  • Experience performing and leading software acquisition and software engineering work in progressively more responsible positions
  • Demonstrated experience with ground and space mission assurance activities – software acquisition, architecture, system engineering, test, and operations and the complexities associated with acquiring large complex systems with significant legacy dependencies
  • Demonstrated leadership skills are required, as is a proven and demonstrated effective working relationship with Customer, Corporate, and Contractor personnel. 
  • Demonstrated technical breadth
  • Management experience
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Excellent personal technical reputation and record of substantial personal technical achievement
  • Current and active SSBI security clearance



  • Experience in lifecycle models, process and process/quality, NSS mission data processing, TT&C, operating systems, software and system simulation and analysis, and software life cycle methods and tools.
  • Experience in and proven successful relationships working with Civil Systems Group customers. This should include experience in developing proposals, service lines and research lines in order to secure new work and expand customer base.
  • Program Office and ETG experience 


Transcript Requirement



Additional Requisition Details

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.

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

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles

Job Segment: Developer, Engineer, Software Engineer, Security Clearance, Information Systems, Technology, Engineering, Government