Section Manager- Flight Control Systems - #197136

The Aerospace Corporation

Date: 06/08/2022 10:30 AM

City: El Segundo, California

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

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

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Job Summary

The Vehicle Systems Division (VSD) sits at the center of the ideas and data behind current and future systems supplying innovative research and development; technical evaluations during the acquisition process; conceptual and detailed design; assembly, integration, and test; and operational support. Comprised primarily of highly-trained mechanical and aerospace engineers, VSD provides national expertise in the areas of vehicle engineering; guidance, navigation, and controls; robotics; electro-mechanical devices; embedded systems; fluid mechanics; propulsion; thermal control; orbital mechanics; mechanisms; structures; structural dynamics; and dynamic environments

The Guidance Analysis Department is seeking a Section Manager- Flight Control Systems. The Flight Controls Section provides control systems support for launch vehicle, missile systems, and missile defense systems for a wide range of customers including the Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC), the Missile Defense Agency, and other civil customers (e.g. NASA). The manager will provide technical leadership, mentoring, and career guidance for members of the section. This position will be a hybrid work model based in El Segundo, CA

What You’ll Be Doing

  • You will promote the use and application of advanced control techniques and software for autopilot analysis and anomaly resolution

  • S/he will foster the creation and use of new tools to sustain and advance section expertise

  • Provides task planning, schedule, and labor estimates for proposed technical work assignments. Advises supervision of resources needs and capabilities. Provides inputs for budgetary planning

  • You will participate in day-to-day technical activities and task accomplishments. Monitor and evaluate processes, techniques, and performance. Reviews documentation and delivery of services

  • Works closely with customer to coordinate tasking, report progress, resolve technical issues, and assure project success. Initiates and coordinates exchanges of technical information with other work groups and organizations

  • Prepares written and oral reports of organization’s activities, issues, and accomplishments to higher management, subordinates, and teaming organizations

  • Recommends staffing needs, reassignments, transfers, and terminations. Recommends and assists evaluation of potential staff additions. Conducts performance reviews, recommends performance improvements, career development, and promotional actions

  • Implements policies, practices, and operating processes and recommends changes and improvements to supervision. Responsible for compliance with security monitoring, processes, and recommendations

  • Participates in inter-organizational team assignments and educational activities

  • Identifies opportunities for additional, expanded, and new business. Assists higher management in the evaluation and pursuit of new business opportunities

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field or equivalent is required

  • Typically, 8 years of applicable professional or educational experience is required

  • Experience applying Dynamics and Control theory

  • Experience modeling and simulating subsystems, mechanisms, and flying vehicles in a dynamic environment

  • Experience in autopilot design and analysis techniques for launch vehicles and/or missile systems

  • Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of customers and corporate staff

  • Willingness to occasionally travel and to work off-business hours to support customer needs, approximately 10% (as required)

  • This position requires the 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

How You Can Stand Out

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

  • Advanced degree in a STEM field or equivalent is preferred

  • Typically, 12 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience is a plus

  • Interest in applying advanced analysis techniques and modern methodologies to flight control system design is highly desirable

  • Overall experience in GN&C systems integration, testing, and operations, including Day-of-Launch activities is preferred

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
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