Associate Director - Software Process, Measurement, and Modeling Department

3+ months agoEl Segundo, CA

The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation's space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space- delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you'll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration - to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

The Software Process, Measurement, and Modeling Department goes beyond traditional, prescriptive program management methods to provide our customers with advanced, industry-leading expertise in managing their software system acquisitions through the application of state-of-the-art processes, real-time measurement and analysis, and dynamic outcome forecasting. The Associate Director contributes to delivery of these services as well as assisting in managing the department's work.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Assisting the Director with department management and cultivating opportunities for providing our technical services.
  • Providing software acquisition and development expertise to DoD, IC, and Civil Space customers. Services to these customers include:
    • Development and acquisition process design, coaching, and improvement;
    • Product and process measurement and analysis for facilitating program office management; and
    • Modeling and simulation for forecasting and managing workflows to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Developing staff and growing departmental knowledge through work and training assignments, mentoring, technical leadership, goal setting, and performance reviews.

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science; or Software, Electrical or Industrial Engineering; or closely related engineering discipline
  • Ten or more years of experience in developing and delivering software products is typical for gaining a strong technical background and clearly demonstrating expertise in software engineering
  • Ten or more years of experience in leadership capacity is typical for developing strong technical leadership skills as demonstrated by delivery of technical products
  • Excellent communications skills: interpersonal (demonstrated in working diplomatically across organizations and tactfully advising decision makers), presentation (demonstrated in briefings), and written communications skills (demonstrated in technical reports or publications)
  • A commitment to delivering on organizational goals
  • Active Top Secret/SCI security clearance
  • Willing to travel domestically approximately 20%

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
  • Advanced degree from an accredited program in Computer Science, Electrical or Industrial Engineering, or closely related engineering discipline
  • Experience across the entire software lifecycle, from inception, through specification, design, construction, testing, deployment, and sustainment
  • Experience working in or with program offices acquiring software-intensive systems
  • Familiarity with software for satellite ground, launch or space systems
  • Familiarity with enterprise-level software development platforms
  • Experience managing highly skilled, technical professionals
  • Education and experience in any of the department's three core technology areas

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:
  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan - Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other-the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

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 You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.