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Filter by Date: Mar 12, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44753 

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?


This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to lead and manage the Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Space Systems Payload Department in support of missile warning acquisition and development activities within the Space Based Sensing Division.  This Department is responsible for technical and programmatic support for OPIR payload development, integration, test and verification activities for Air Force SBIRS GEO-5/6, Next Generation GEO and Next Generation Polar programs.  OPIR payload expertise is also provided for on-orbit anomalies, space modernization activities, and future system development efforts.  Overall responsibilities will include planning, staff management, and technical leadership to ensure success of the current programs and to shape the future for resilient missile warning payloads.  Many of these activities are at the forefront and are foundational for rapid developments that will enable a resilient Space Warfighting Construct.


Key Functions:

  • Providing technical leadership of OPIR payload acquisition and development to support Air Force OPIR missions
  • Ensuring a proactive culture and a cooperative environment across a diverse team involving Aerospace, customer, contractor, SE&I, and SETA personnel to enable the rapid delivery of Next Generation systems
  • Providing leadership in the development of timely high-quality technical products that emphasize innovation, technical rigor and accountability
  • Conducting strategic planning to ensure the Department anticipates and is positioned to provide technical leadership for future OPIR payloads
  • Providing proactive communications regularly with management and customer regarding program status
  • Hiring, developing, mentoring and directing of the staff



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science with at least 12 years of relevant experience
  • Experience building and maintaining effective working relationships within integrated teams (e.g., customer, contractor, FFRDC, SE&I and SETA)
  • Experience building multi-discipline teams and leading projects to successful conclusion
  • Experience managing an organization or teams
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills with experience presenting technical products to senior leadership and customers
  • Experience in InfraRed payload development (e.g., sensor, on-board processing, and/or algorithms)
  • Active TS/SCI clearance



  • Advanced degree engineering or science
  • Experience with Air Force OPIR missions and/or payloads
  • Program Office experience
  • Experience in concept development and integrating new technologies
  • Experience utilizing a matrixed engineering organization

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

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

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