Senior Mission Systems Engineer

The Aerospace Corporation - Herndon, VA4.0

Full-timeEstimated: $130,000 - $170,000 a year
All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia); Herndon, VA (Virginia)

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?


Summary of Responsibilities
The Resiliency Programs Office a highly motivated leader to help develop innovative solutions to challenges in satellite development, design, build, integration, test and mission operations for resilient space. Resiliency is a critical mission area across multiple government customers, and instilling innovative mission assurance practices into the programs is a significant role for Aerospace. As a Senior Mission Systems Engineer (MSE), you will work closely with internal/external customers and mission contractors and coordinate the rapid application of Aerospace expertise to customer challenges. The role includes identifying innovative methods for the use of Aerospace resources to address mission challenges and leading cross-disciplinary teams to provide results to the customer on a timelines consistent with program needs. This will require using the Aerospace backplane to develop and assess technical requirements, end-to-end system capabilities and mission specific risk reduction activities. The position provides the opportunity for networking with government leaders, contractors and SETA support across the national security space community. There will also be opportunities to brief the customer and Aerospace management regarding Aerospace activities for assigned missions. Join our team and help us shape the future!
This position is based in Chantilly, VA.

Key Functions

Serve as MSE for assigned missions and work with customers and contractors to identify mission challenges, strategize resolutions and prioritize and lead Aerospace efforts to address these challenges
Develop innovative opportunities for Aerospace prototyping and technology risk reduction activities in support of mission risk reduction
Utilize the Aerospace Engineering Support Matrix to model, assess and/or trend performance of critical mission systems
Lead and/or participate in cross-program Aerospace teams in support of mission systems engineering and integration activities
Establish and track resource allocations for Aerospace efforts in support of assigned missions
Facilitate communication and act as spokesperson to management and the customer for assigned missions

Required Qualifications

Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
Current and active TS/SSBI
Ability for occasional travel within US
Direct experience with satellite systems design, development, integration, test and/or on-orbit operations
Experience in space system architecture and acquisition
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong desire to work in dynamic environment and make significant impact to National Security Space
This position requires the ability to have and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

12 or more years of space system and/or hardware acquisition experience
Experience with technical leadership
Significant experience and demonstrated success working with a matrixed engineering organization
Demonstrated ability to develop new and innovative ways to utilize and expand Aerospace Engineering Support Matrix capabilities in support of program risk reduction
Program Office experience working directly with contractors and government customers
Demonstrated team leadership with diverse groups with experience managing technical risk, schedule, and budget
Experience in support of US government resiliency program efforts and/or balancing technical risk with schedule and budget limitations
An advanced degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI

Access: SCI

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph

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 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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