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Filter by Date: Feb 2, 2019

Filter by Location: Gilbert, AZ, US, 85142

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43542 

All Locations: Gilbert, AZ (Arizona) 

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 clandestine 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 Operational Programs Division (OPD) of Civil Systems Program Operations (CSPO) has responsibility for the mission success of multi-agency operational satellite programs where NASA has responsibility for mission system development and integration.  These programs are Landsat, Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). Their mission systems integrate spacecraft bus(es), instrument suites, ground stations, command, control and data processing systems, and operations and engineering staffs distributed worldwide. The success of these highly integrated systems demands a rigorous, disciplined mission systems engineering approach that harmonizes system development, procurement practices, systems integration, operations readiness, and transition from development to operations. Aerospace’s role is to serve as trusted members of multi-agency, multi-contractor development, integration, and/or operations teams to drive mission success.



This role provides direct support to NASA GSFC Flight Projects as an engineering and program management resource on-site at the Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) Satellite Manufacturing Facility (SMF) in Gilbert, AZ, where several satellites are presently in development for NASA GSFC. The duties include: establishing and maintaining positive relationships with Flight Project and NGIS engineering and program management staff; collection, synthesis, reporting of relevant information applicable to the current satellite development phase (design, assembly, integration, test, etc); identification of technical and schedule risks and/or issues impacting satellite development; formation, engagement in, and leadership of cross-functional teams to investigate, mitigate, and resolve technical and/or schedule issues; coordination of Aerospace subject matter expert support as appropriate.




  • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent experience in engineering, physical science, or equivalent technical discipline is required.
  • A minimum of twelve years of applicable direct experience with spacecraft and/or instruments is required.
  • Proven knowledge and expertise in at least one core area of spacecraft and/or instrument systems engineering— requirements, design, assembly, integration, test—is required.
  • Proven capability to lead technical teams to achieve successful, mission relevant outcomes is required.
  • Self-sufficiency, initiative, and excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively with Government, Aerospace and Contractor personnel at various organizational levels is required. 



  • An advanced degree in engineering, physical science, or equivalent technical discipline is preferred.
  • Experience with NASA-developed or acquired spacecraft and/or instruments is preferred.
  • Experience in multiple areas of spacecraft and/or instrument systems engineering is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply structured, best practice approaches to troubleshoot and isolate root cause of technical and/or schedule problems is preferred.
  • Experience working in a remote setting away from primary customers and/or supervisors is preferred. 

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJECT LEADER SR 

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.


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, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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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