Associate Director: Systems Engineering

The Aerospace Corporation - El Segundo, CA 90245

Posted a month ago

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?


Provides leadership, planning, and direction of technical office staff and operations. Assigns resources, determines staffing needs, and coordinates activities and operations among subordinate units. Communicates and coordinates activities to counterpart organizations, management, and customers.


  • Establishes organization’s objectives and goals and communicates them to subordinates, management, and interfacing matrix organizations. Conducts organization’s activities consistent with corporate policies/practices, goals, and objectives.

  • Participates with higher management in determining organization’s structure and staff and supports resource needs. Participates in budget planning and allocation of resources. Implements policies, practices, and operating processes and recommends improvements to higher management. Reports organization’s activities, progress and achievements through written and oral reports to management, subordinates, and customers.

  • Identifies and assigns sub-organization and staff functional responsibilities. Assigns and coordinates work activities within organization; monitors workload, work progress and schedules, ensures completion of organization’s work assignments within cost and schedule guidelines.

  • Seeks and identifies opportunities for additional, expanded and new business and assists higher management in the evaluation and pursuit of new opportunities.

  • Cooperates and communicates frequently with customer to coordinate and report work progress, issues, and results. Conducts work performance within customer standards and regulations. Participates selectively in day-to-day technical task planning and issue resolution; coordinates work activities with counterpart and common-task participation organizations.

  • Conducts staff performance reviews and recommends performance improvement, career development, salary and promotion actions; establishes staffing needs and recommends reassignments, training, transfers, and other staff deployments; assists other supervisors in evaluation and assignment of staff. Monitors and directs organization’s security processes, compliance, and safety awareness.

  • Directs technical group performing engineering design, architecture analysis and other partnership activities for the IndoPacific - Middle East region. This includes all efforts for those regions, including a new Foreign Military Sales case for a Missile Warning, SATCOM, and Integrated Ground architecture. Manages the ongoing SMC 2.0 Japan Pacesetter and other actiities in Asia in development by the SMC Portfolio Architect and partnership groups. Directs achievement of engineering assignments within project schedule and cost guidelines. Interfaces regularly at management and senior leader level to ensure rapid assembly of and response by special task teams, efficient assignment of responsibility and action items, and rapid exchange of information.

  • Provides overall direction to department’s technical projects and ensures department’s capabilities are effectively applied to needs of customers projects.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace, Engineering, or related field

  • Substantial experience in a managerial role with proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of contractors, customers, and corporate staff

  • Ability to speak authoritatively and to research correct answers when necessary

  • Must be innovative and team-oriented; must possess mature judgment and highly effective oral/written communication skills.
  • Ability to form, coordinate and manage informal task groups drawn from many specialized areas of space technology; and to interact well in multi-program, multi-agency environment with the Air Force Program Office personnel, support and prime contractors is essential.
  • Extensive travel, including international travel

  • 8-12 or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience

  • The selected candidate must have a SECRET clearance


  • 12 or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience

  • Experience with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including a broad understanding of their military and space capabilities, their government and defense organizations, and industrial base.

  • Experience with Japan, including a broad understanding of their military and space capabilities, their government and defense organizations, and industrial base. Knowledge of U.S. and Japanese collaborative efforts across SMC mission areas.

  • Experience with multiple mission areas across the SMC portfolio, including SATCOM, Remote Sensing/Early Warning, as well as a background in software, cyber, and/or ground system integration.

  • Experience working with allied governments, other U.S. government agencies, academia, and industry.

  • The selected candidate is preferred to have an active Top Secret clearance.

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: None

Polygraph: None

Relocation Available: No

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 [email protected] 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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