Senior Project Leader - Acquisition Specialist

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Aerospace Corporation
Aerospace, Systems, Project
Full Time

Job Description

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.

We remain committed to maintaining a safe environment for hiring as we look forward to the future of work. Click here for information on Aerospace's COVID-19 directives and safety procedures implemented to keep our workplace safe.

Job Summary

The National Systems Group serves as the technical advisor to the Intelligence Community and its mission partners involved in the collection and distribution of national and tactical intelligence, including electronics programs, advanced technologies, ground and communications, imagery programs, and systems engineering and launch.

The Infrastructure Services and Operations subdivision (IS&O)) serves as the technical and programmatic advisor to the National Reconnaissance Office's Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) in operating and protecting missions. We are looking for a Senior Project Leader to deliver advanced solutions and ensure the capture of emerging capabilities and missions across the NRO's operational community.

What You'll Be Doing
  • Work collaboratively with Aerospace, customer, and contractor personnel on projects to assist customers in making acquisition decisions for delivering operations and other services focused on addressing mission challenges
  • Support development of innovative, fit-to-need program approaches with supporting analytical planning products to improve acquisition planning and execution outcomes
  • Work with Corporate and Customer organizations in performing pre-award program functions,
  • Perform independent program assessments and provide an objective analysis of operations and service acquisition and systems engineering efforts
  • Participate in and support studies to research acquisition-related topics, .
  • Participate in and support systems engineering analysis

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited program in engineering, management sciences, computer or information systems, or another STEM field
  • At least 12 years of progressively more responsible engineering experience
  • Experience in acquisition, project management, systems engineering, and/or systems development
  • Experience in developing or assessing space operations and service acquisition strategies and request for proposal documents
  • Familiarity with systems acquisition management disciplines
  • Familiarity with IC acquisition policies; space systems and advanced space technologies
  • Ability to develop project plans, contribute to high-impact deliverables, and manage schedule commitments
  • This position requires a current and active TS/SCI security clearance and polygraph, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
  • Advanced degree from an accredited program in a relevant field
  • Knowledge of systems definition, architecture-level tradeoffs, project planning, requirements definition or program review principles for space or ground systems
  • Demonstrated capabilities in systems engineering, other engineering disciplines, Agile software development, digital acquisition, digital engineering, government acquisition, contracting, financial management, or schedule management
  • Experience providing acquisition risk assessments and guidance to avoid/minimize acquisition risk
  • Familiarity with USSF acquisition policies; space systems and advanced space technologies

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 at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

Company Information

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?

Dice Id : 90970895
Position Id : R003163
Originally Posted : 3 months ago

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