Project Engineer- Direct Commercial Programs Directorate

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El Segundo, CA, United States


Full Time

23 days ago

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.

Building on The Aerospace Corporation's reputation as a trusted, impartial advisor with integrity and dedication to mission success, the Civil Systems Group (CSG) combines deep technical expertise with market-leading innovation to help our customers solve complex systems engineering and integration challenges. CSG is organized by core customer-facing lines of business to manage and grow programs within NASA, NOAA, and the NNSA, while extending our capabilities to other civilian federal government agencies fully integrated within Aerospace rules, regulations, processes, values, and behaviors.

We are seeking a Senior Project Engineer to manage projects and programs within the Direct Commercial Programs (DCP) Line of Business (LOB). This position will report to the Director of DCP in our Civil Systems Group (CSG). CSG’s DCP LOB offers deep technical expertise, testbeds and proving grounds, and cutting-edge innovation to established and emerging commercial customers advancing U.S. space capabilities in the national interest. The Aerospace mission includes support to commercial companies to solve complex systems engineering and integration challenges within high-consequence environments.

Work Model

  • This is a full-time position based in El Segundo, CA, offering a hybrid work model that requires 3-4 regular onsite workdays and remote flexibility as the business needs allow. 

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Work across the organization to help prioritize opportunities, optimize investments, assist with direct commercial business strategy development and deployment, and continuously assess and update new business pipeline opportunities against the long-range strategic and annual operating plans.
  • In conjunction with the DCP Director, develop commercial business alignment and capture strategies, customer value propositions, master service agreements, and discriminating technical, management, and business offerings to maximize portfolio opportunities.
  • Act as a key integrator for the Aerospace commercial team across functional boundaries serving as a facilitator, coach, and trainer to critically assess products, capabilities, technology, and business models for current and future growth utilizing the Aerospace engineering backplane.
  • Identify potential customers, synthesize competitive assessments, support make/buy and price-to-win decision cycles; participate in bid and proposal activities as well as identification, creation, and validation of program opportunities for the engineering backplane.
  • Lead collaboration between the Engineering Technical Group (ETG) and CSG leadership teams and divisions, acting as a liaison across the various engineering divisions.
  • Coordinate messaging to ETG staff and divisions for scope and effort.
  • As required, take on principal investigator duties for various projects and programs.
  • Provide observations, insights, and analysis of trends and opportunities in the assigned market in the form of written reports and presentations.
  • Establish, monitor, and report metrics for performance across project portfolios.
  • Lead and coordination program/project management of tasks on direct commercial contracts in conjunction with technical staff and other partners at Aerospace – including Commercial Space Futures – to identify, implement, and deliver products and services to meet customer expectations on schedule and within budget.
  • Seek opportunities to contribute technically and programmatically to enhance the DCP LOB and other strategic interests, to include transition of bespoke, national assets for unclassified, commercial use in the national interest.

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements for the Project Engineer  

  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or closely related technical field
  • At least 6 years of experience in program/project management, engineering, and business development
  • Demonstrated knowledge of commercial business models, structure, and programs
  • Demonstrated program/project management acumen and results
  • Experience that spans a broad set of space customers, other civil customers, commercial companies, and private sector organizations
  • Dynamic self-starter with attention to detail, work ethic, and strategic thinking regarding customer needs, competitive positioning, and the ability to prioritize in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of and experience with US government agency programming / budgeting / acquisition processes aligned with acquiring commercial solutions
  • Proven ability to network with trade associations, commercial companies, other government agencies and internal groups to address issues and provide customers with the best available technical and programmatic analyses, decision support, and solution options
  • Must have strong business and financial acumen with a constructive and proactive method to problem solving. Ability to make time-critical mission success decisions with ambiguous or incomplete data
  • Ability to travel up to 30% to other customer and Aerospace locations
  • This position requires ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

In addition to the above, the minimum requirements for the Senior Project Engineer include:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or closely related technical field
  • At least 10 years of experience in program/project management, engineering, and business development
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead matrixed technical teams to achieve desired outcomes on time and under budget
  • Experience in creating multi-year program growth strategies and technical roadmaps

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • Master’s technical and/or business degree 
  • More than 10 years of experience in program/project management, engineering, and business development 
  • Experience working in private sector coupled with experience in government positions 
  • PMP or other certification in project management activities 
  • Security clearance and access at the highest level to gain insights that will help better inform commercial company efforts 

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business.  The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below.  Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills. 

(Min - Mid - Max)

$103,300 - $152,100 - $200,900

Pay Basis: Annual

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change   
  • Engage with Impact   
  • Foster Innovation   
  • Deliver Results  

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 Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

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