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Senior Project Leader, Spaceflight Hardware

The Aerospace Corporation | El Segundo CA 90245 USA | Full Time | Posted: 01/15/2021

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In an era of dynamic change in space, Aerospace is addressing a generation of complex challenges. We operate the only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) committed exclusively to the space enterprise. Our technical experts span every discipline of space-related science and engineering. Join our team and thrive in a career that matters to the world and you personally.


The Project/ Senior Project Leader will be responsible will be responsible for the planning and execution of  prototype projects for the xLab, Aerospace's experiments lab.

You will lead and work with multi-functional, cross-organizational teams to design, build, test and operate testbeds, ground/air/space-based  payloads and sensors  and small satellite systems. This role also includes helping to plan and execute both short and long term projects throughout the Corporation and ensuring product development best practices are followed.

Additional duties include interfacing with program office and customer personnel, managing new business/proposals and working with program offices, labs, contracts, finance and engineering teams in the development of program plans and pricing for new and on-going business activity.

Key Functions

  • Responsible for the timely delivery of specific  prototype project deliverables in accordance with project and contractual requirements

  • Develop and maintain accurate plans for assigned project technical, schedule and cost performance

  • Work with project teams to ensure work is performed in accordance with mission/project requirements

  • Establish risk management modules for assigned projects; help team identify, mitigate and manage project risks

  • Manage road-blocks, work-arounds and unexpected events on projects to maintain optimal project performance

  • Work with project teams to ensure project technical and product assurance requirements are met, including tracking and resolution of nonconformances;  negotiate changes/waivers/interpretations of requirements with customer personnel

  • Work with supply chain on timely procurement to meet project needs

  • Create and present periodic status reviews to Customer and Aerospace management; support the creation of milestone/gate review packages for assigned projects

  • Work with assigned teams to develop project cost and schedule plans for new business proposals

  • Work with the Office of Product Management in the execution of projects in accordance with Aerospace policies and procedures

This position is available as a Project Leader or as a Senior Project Leader

Required for Project Leader

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field or equivalent

  • 8 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including multi-disciplinary systems engineering and/or program management environments

  • Experience in spaceflight hardware requirements  

  • Specific experience in project or product team leadership, preferably for spaceflight hardware

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Project

  • Familiarity with database management systems

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Exhibits exceptionally high level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative

  • Demonstrated ability work in a team environment and with all levels of personnel

  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance

Required for Senior Project Leader

Same requirements as a Project Leader noted above, in addition to:

  • Master's degree in a STEM field or equivalent

  • 12 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including multi-disciplinary systems

Preferred for Project Leader or Senior Project Leader

  • Advanced degree in a STEM field or equivalent

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance, which is issued by the US government, is preferred. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance

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.  

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Location El Segundo, CA, 90245, United States
Categories Engineering
Sec Clearances Top Secret/SCI

Location Maptop

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Job Code R000704