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Project Leader- Space Projects portfolio, Hosted Payload Interface Unit Lead Engineer

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Filter by Date: Jul 12, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44975 

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 Aerospace Developmental Planning and Projects (DPP) organization supports the Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) Advanced Systems and Development Directorate (SMC/AD) and the Development Corps Program Executive Officer, in the development and execution of space prototypes. This position will provide technical, cybersecurity, and systems engineering expertise for architecture /requirement development, analyze trade space, interface daily with government and prime contractor personnel, and provide trusted counsel on decisions that impact the future development of the space enterprise.


Key Functions

The Project Leader serves as integration leader and/or coordinator of a team of technical contributors to include program office and Aerospace ETG personnel across multiple disciplines. Responsible for system of system concepts and leveraging Aerospace SME's for evaluation of space systems architecture in a contested environment.

Key technical duties include:

  • Engineering and technical lead for the Air Force’s Hosted Payload Interface Unit (HPIU) program
  • Provide integration and systems engineering expertise between HPIU and payload(s)
  • Ability to analyze, integrate and champion multidiscipline feedback from numerous ETG offices into a cohesive recommendation for the HPIU program manager
  • Initiate and maintain collaboration across SMC directorates, other government agencies, commercial hosts (domestic and international), and defense industrial base contractors
  • Executing contract deliverable reviews and preparing team for major design reviews
  • Reviewing test plans, analyzing test results and presenting analysis/status to Government customer
  • Assists on other projects within the Space Projects portfolio as needed




  • A masters degree in engineering or science, 8 plus years of relevant progressive work experience in systems architecture, systems integration and/or systems engineering
  • Broad familiarity with Air Force Space Command, Intelligence Community and Civil and commercial space systems, ground systems, missions, and architectures
  • 8 plus years of progressive experience space acquisitions and system integration
  • High interest, enthusiasm, and motivation in addressing future national space security challenges
  • Willingness to work in high pace proposal preparation-like environment
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead cross-functional high-performance teams
  • Ability to build and/or maintain substantive rapport with Aerospace peers and government customers
  • Demonstrated ability to influence outcomes utilizing objective facts
  • 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
  • Top Secret clearance and eligible for SCI access



  • Bachelors or Masters in Electrical Engineering
  • Strong understanding of cyber security requirements…red/black interface
  • Experience with a broad range of AF missions and architectures
  • Ability to organize and execute high quality, substantive events including technical forums, major studies and executive presentations
  • Technical depth in multiple mission areas including Remote Sensing, Communications and PNT
  • Familiarity with Aerospace Federal Government and Civil/Commercial customers
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with high-level customer representatives
  • Experience with mentoring
  • Experience with cost estimation and risk management


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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