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Systems Director:Vulcan & New Glenn Enterprise

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Filter by Date: Feb 5, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44645 

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 Vulcan Development team within the Launch Operations Division is seeking a well-qualified individual with demonstrated leadership and exceptional communication abilities to manage the Vulcan and New Glenn Enterprise team.  As the Vulcan and New Glenn Enterprise Systems Director you will manage and provide leadership for a multi-discipline team of project engineers supporting the development and execution of the United Launch Alliance Vulcan launch vehicle and the Blue Origin New Glenn launch vehicle.  This team will evaluate the certification progress and perform Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V) of the Vulcan and New Glenn launch vehicles to potentially launch National Security Space payloads for the United States Air Force.  You will be responsible for ensuring the team consistently provides technically sound and objective assessments along with recommendations to Aerospace and Air Force leadership within appropriate timelines and budget allocations for the purposes of launch vehicle certification and operational mission assurance.  You will also be responsible for providing direction, mentorship and developing the technical and functional capabilities of the team while also building effective working relationships with Air Force team, contractor counterparts, and other interested parties (e.g. DoD and NRO).


 Key Functions

  • Provide leadership, planning, and management of multi-disciplined technical staff
  • Assign resources, determine staffing needs, and coordinate activities 
  • Establish and communicate organizational objectives and goals
  • Participate in divisional management planning, budgeting and resource allocation
  • Provide mentoring and guidance for staff in addition to identifying opportunities for performance improvement and conducting performance evaluations
  • Interface regularly at the working-level and management level to ensure accurate and effective assignment of customer tasks
  • Foster productive working relationships within the organization and with the customer and contractor community to facilitate identification and mitigation of risks to mission success
  • Lead engineering staff in the disciplines of propulsion systems, structures & mechanical systems, and Avionics to provide rigorous, objective and technically accurate design assessments and address programmatic impacts
  • Effectively communicate status and progress of technical activities, issues, and accomplishments through reports and briefings to Aerospace, Air Force, and contractor teams



  • B.S. in engineering or related field from a recognized institution
  • 12 or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience
  • Experience with development, analysis, and testing of launch vehicles for USAF missions
  • Must have experience leading team(s) comprised of diversely skilled and experienced engineers
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently establish and maintain working relationships with all levels of customer and corporate staff
  • A current Secret Clearance or the ability to obtain/maintain a Secret Clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance. 



  • MS degree in engineering or related field from a recognized institution
  • Effective interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience with Aerospace launch verification processes
  • Knowledge and experience with the AF/Aerospace non-recurring design validation and certification process
  • Experience with testing and/or analysis of launch vehicle systems
  • Experience with systems engineering and verification of requirements



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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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