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Filter by Date: Jan 9, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44188 

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 Systems Director manages a broad portfolio of GPS User Systems activities, including receiver integration, advanced technology, prototyping, receiver test, and system security.  Provides leadership, planning, and direction of technical office staff and operations.  Assigns resources, determines staffing needs, and coordinates activities and operations. Communicates and coordinates activities to counterpart organizations, management, and customers.



  • Facilitates implementation of SMC 2.0 objectives for military GPS User Systems
  • Works closely with members of a diverse team of military, government civilians, prime contractors, SE&I contractor, FFRDCs, and laboratories such as AFRL and Sandia.  Manage testing and integration of MGUE and other GPS receiver technologies, and assessment of RF based threats to GPS users.
  • Manages budget planning and execution, personnel management including hiring development, and management of Aerospace ETG support to GPS User Systems.
  • Supports a wide variety of efforts related GPS receiver integration, research and development, prototyping, test, integration, and security.
  • Ensures all integration, test, and security activities are aligned to maximize effectiveness of current and future Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) capabilities for the warfighter.
  • Manages internal and external GPS research and development activities and Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR).  Supports GPS security and policy and security efforts.
  • Interacts daily with government customer and forms ETG teams to bring the full resources of The Aerospace Corporation to bear on the issues facing the GPS User Segment.
  • Establishes organization’s objectives and goals and communicates them to subordinates, management, and interfacing matrix organizations. Conducts organization’s activities consistent with corporate policies/practices, goals, and objectives.
  • Participates with higher management in determining organization’s structure and staff and supports resource needs. Participates in budget planning and allocation of resources. Implements policies, practices, and operating processes and recommends improvements to higher management. Reports organization’s activities, progress and achievements through written and oral reports to management, subordinates, and customers.
  • Identifies and assigns sub-organization and staff functional responsibilities. Assigns and coordinates work activities within organization; monitors workload, work progress and schedules, ensures completion of organization’s work assignments within cost and schedule guidelines.
  • Seeks and identifies opportunities for additional, expanded and new business and assists higher management in the evaluation and pursuit of new opportunities.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Math or Physical Sciences, or equivalent
  • 12 or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience
  • Demonstrated ability to form and lead teams 
  • Strong analysis capabilities, writing ability, and presentation skills 
  • Current Secret clearance required. Current SBI preferred.



  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Previous experience in the acquisition process.
  • Previous project leadership, proven ability to work with US Military Officers, their support contractors, Aerospace support, and prime contractors.
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following is strongly preferred: Basic principles of GPS, Military and civilian applications, receiver test, interface specs
    Hardware and software component, subsystem, platform integration, System security policy and classification guidance; cryptography, key management, electronic threats, and electronic warfare, including GPS Navigation Warfare (Navwar), Internal and external R&D processes, including Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), alternative navigation technologies and sensor fusion
  • Demonstrated ability for self-directed learning strongly preferred.
  • Experience in a managerial role with proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of contractors, customers, and corporate staff


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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: 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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