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Western Range Engineering Systems Director

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Filter by Date: Jun 10, 2019

Filter by Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA, US, 93437

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45481 

All Locations: Vandenberg AFB, 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 Engineering Systems Director will be ​​responsible for all systems engineering mission accountabilities for the Western Range Directorate (WRD) – duties include: Manage engineering staff and casuals who provide specific expertise in support of mission assurance verification of MDA vehicles; Delta IV and Falcon 9 launch operations; and launch site support to New Entrant Certification.  Support the WRD customers at meetings and during day-to-day operations: Evaluate out-of-position work, out-of-sequence work and dispositions of non-conformances to assess the impact on mission risk and to provide recommendations to reduce risk. Maintain relationships with a diverse Aerospace staff (scattered throughout the company) and achieve responsiveness to customer rapid-response tasking. Communicate effectively with senior Customer, Contractor, and Aerospace management. Moderate travel required to support Customer requirements and needs


Key Functions:

  • Maintain security compliance and promotion of safety, security, and environmental awareness within the WRD
  • Support direct reports to establish common directorate goals, monitor progress, modify/add goals as needed, and evaluate end of the year performance
  • Mentor / coach staff with challenging assignments tailored to the individual growth goals of the staff. Manage STE resources balanced against allocation and accountabilities
  • Challenge and motivate the team to achieve high standards and hold them and self accountable
  • Identify and recruit  corporate staff and provide direct reports career broadening opportunities
  • Ensure staff compliance in keeping with corporate policy on time charges, travel, HR practices, mandatory safety, ethics, conflict of interest, harassment and diversity training requirements



  • BS Degree in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, or a related field
  • Management experience of technical staff or demonstrated ability to lead technical teams on large scale projects
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, train and mentor staff
  • Work experience in matrixed staff organizations with project lead or management experience
  • Twelve years of progressively responsible experience and demonstrated expertise in launch vehicle systems
  • Demonstrated experience with NSSL, MDA and NRO organizations with working knowledge of industry, Range Safety and Air Force standards
  • Ability to support off-shift requirements as needed
  • A favorable SSBI (or the ability to obtain one)



  • Demonstrated understanding of Falcon 9, Delta IV, interceptor and target vehicle flight and ground system interfaces, integration and test activities, and launch verification processes, especially as they impact mission assurance 
  • Experience with the New Entrant Certification process
  • Experience with launch base, range, and facility infrastructure
  • Experience with STARS and or telemetry processing


Additional Requisition Details

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.

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

Nearest Major Market: Santa Barbara
Nearest Secondary Market: Santa Maria

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