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Senior GEOINT Payload Lead

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Filter by Date: Jan 8, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 42688 

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?


Summary of Responsibilities
As the payload lead for the GEOINT Innovations Office’s Advanced Programs Department, you will take a key role in the oversight of the late-stage development, integration, and test of an innovative high-value spaceflight payload.  The responsibilities for this position include identifying and prioritizing technical tasks for the company’s engineering reach back matrix, leading multi-disciplinary analysis and hardware teams, interfacing directly with contractor and customer personnel, and evaluating integration and test processes, procedures, and outcomes.  This position represents the unique career opportunity to oversee the acquisition, integration, test, and early operations of an entire spaceflight payload segment.

Key Functions

  • Participate in and lead team efforts to evaluate contractor plans and procedures to build, integrate, and test spaceflight hardware from the component to the payload segment levels;
  • Independently model and assess the performance of as-built hardware and compare to customer requirements and as-designed performance;
  • Coordinate and optimize reach back support from Aerospace Engineering Matrix and Aerospace lab resources to operate and test prototype hardware relevant to the program, and plan and optimize Aerospace Engineering Matrix support to ensure appropriate tasking, progress, and results;
  • Oversee the hardware build and test process and support testing for qualification, acceptance and requirements verification;
  • Develop, communicate, and represent key technical positions on key customer and program-related issues to senior levels of customer and Aerospace leadership and provide recurring reporting and other required documentation;
  • Excel in a fast-paced environment with a small program office team;
  • Demonstrate high levels of self-motivation to search for, identify, and prioritize technical issues and develop related solutions;
  • Participate in engagement activities with customer staff, the user community, and with other Aerospace offices.


Required Qualifications

  • B.S. in engineering, the physical sciences, or a related field from a recognized institution;
  • Demonstrated experience leading technical teams in spaceflight hardware evaluation and development;
  • Broad experience in spaceflight component- and element-level fields such as optics, electronics, structures, photonics, and thermal;
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and customer interface skills as well as ability to lead Aerospace, government, and SETA personnel;
  • Ability to flex communication styles to accommodate diverse customer needs;
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment with quickly changing priorities;
  • Ability to support moderate travel;
  • Current TS/SCI clearance with SSBI.
  • This position requires the ability to have and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in engineering, the physical sciences, or a related field from a recognized institution
  • 12 or more years of progressively more responsible experience;
  • Previous experience in a direct support role to a space system acquisition office;
  • Previous experience in the integration and test of space systems at the component to payload levels; 
  • Working knowledge of Aerospace Engineering Matrix personnel and departments capable of supporting acquisition, integration, and test efforts;  
  • Ability to plan and oversee reach back technical support from engineering matrix and laboratory personnel;
  • Previous experience directing and managing Aerospace Engineering Matrix technical efforts.


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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJECT LEADER SR 

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.


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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