OPIR Mission Payload Project Engineer

Requisition ID: 48081

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?


Contribute to mission success of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Development Corp, working in Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Space Systems Development of the Space Development Division. Primary responsibilities include providing Space Segment systems engineering expertise and leadership in support of mission payloads for Next Gen GEO and Polar OPIR Space Systems. This position supports Aerospace Lead POCs for Raytheon and Northrop Grumman + Ball mission payload suppliers.

The selected candidate will demonstrate the following qualities:
• Initiative to lead space systems projects to fruition through requirements development, design development, fabrication assembly, test and verification
• Leadership to proactively identify technical and programmatic risks, strategically plan for their mitigation, and lead teams to successful issue or assessment resolution
• Ability to work cooperatively in a team or group environment as a leader and/or member, effectively communicating and coordinating with other members including customer, contractor, and consultants
• Ability to build and effectively lead multi-disciplinary teams of Aerospace, customer and contractor personnel to timely and successfully resolve complex issues
• Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills both written and oral, and strong briefing proficiency

Key Functions
Support Aerospace Lead POCs for mission payload suppliers by
• Applying disciplined systems engineering methods, processes, and tools in support of Next Gen GEO and polar mission payload development across the acquisition cycle (pre-acquisition planning, source selection, design reviews, integration and test, to early operational testing)
• Providing systems engineering leadership for requirements definition, acquisition strategy development, technology insertion, and acquisition of new programs.
• Supporting development of Space Segment level requirements for Next Gen OPIR Block 0 and 1. This includes decomposition of requirements, flow down to lower level subsystems, and documentation of flow-down rationale.
• Working closely with contractors on requirements, capability, cost, and risk trades. Presenting findings and recommendations to the customer.
• Providing systems engineering expertise and leadership across all phases of space systems development.
• Participating in program status assessments and independent risk assessments that inform management of perceived technical problems and recommend mitigation plans.
• Building and effectively leading multi-disciplinary Aerospace teams to address mission payload technical and programmatic risks. This includes strategically planning for their mitigation and leading to successful issue or assessment resolution.
• Collaborating with other Aerospace personnel to focus technical expertise in multiple technical disciplines to enable concurrent engineering approaches to address complex problems.
• Maintaining and enhancing positive customer relations and providing support that exceeds customer expectations


• Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or related technical field
• 8 or more years of engineering/scientific experience, including experience in systems engineering and/or program management environment
• Secret security clearance with ability to obtain and maintain TS/SCI security clearance
• Experience with space systems acquisition and development
• Experience coordinating multidisciplinary technical teams formed to solve complex problems
• Experience presenting technical material to government customers
• Occasional travel is required

• Experience with optical IR payloads
• Active TS/SCI

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret

Access: SCI

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 atieo.mailbox@aero.org. You can also reviewThe Equal Employment Opportunity is the Lawposter andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.

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