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Senior System Architect

The Aerospace Corporation
paid holidays, sick time, 401(k), relocation assistance
United States, Crystal City
February 05, 2024

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 Space Systems Architecture Engineer (Senior Engineering Specialist) performs architecture-level assessment, modeling, analysis, and conceptual design activities as a member of the Space Architecture Department (SAD). The Space Architecture Department (SAD) provides unmatched experience in enterprise and system architecture to the U.S. government and numerous public and private agencies involved in the advanced application of space technology. We approach our customer missions from a holistic perspective that encompasses program strategy, capability development, and transformation. Our designs and analyses promote the appropriate balance between budget, policy, and physical constraints with the complimentary system-of-systems solutions architecture. Our solutions meet user timeline demands, challenging budget constraints, and security challenges. We ensure the solutions we co-create with our customers will stand the test of time and the challenges of both preferred and probable futures.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder workshops and technical exchanges between government leadership, management, and technical teams to achieve alignment in strategic vision, capability management, mission organization design, and solution architecture for national space programs.
  • Develop strategic roadmaps and change management plans to support enterprise process and architecture advancement adoption.
  • Conduct strategic level projects and assessments across the DoD, IC, and Civil Space domains to inform senior-level architecture and acquisition decisions.
  • Conduct strategic level projects and assessments, leveraging expertise in technological advancements, mission and capability requirements, systems architectures, and major acquisition processes, to improve executive decision making
  • Develop, leverage, and/or integrate analytical methods and tools to evaluate program and mission strategic concepts to influence solution conceptual designs for cost, schedule, performance, risk, opportunity, and resilience.

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements for Senior Project Leaders:

  • A Bachelor's degree in a supporting technical science or engineering discipline
  • Must have a minimum of 12 years of experience in space, intelligence, and/or defense domains
  • Ability to develop project plans, identify high-impact deliverables, and lead cross-functional, cross-organizational teams to execute studies and assessments
  • Exceptional time-management skills with the ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and project teams
  • Have experience with systems engineering, strategy development, business model development and/or project planning
  • Have experience developing and presenting strategic decision-making and strategic communications artifacts for senior-level management and technical architecture design artifacts for engineering-level reviews
  • Be available and willing to travel locally and domestically approx. 5-10%
  • A current and active U.S. Government Top Secret/SCI security clearance

How You Can Stand Out

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

  • A completed or active in-progress pursuit of an advanced degree or graduate certificate in a supporting business discipline such as enterprise architecture, business transformation, change management, entrepreneurship, or product lifecycle management
  • An advanced degree in Systems Engineering or a related field.
  • Training or significant experience in Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Business Architecting, and/or SAFe Agile methods, techniques, and processes
  • Experience in operations capability management, contingency operations planning and operations needs management
  • Experience planning, leading and facilitating multi-stakeholder change management events
  • Experience, training and/or certification in strategic foresighting practices

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 ieo.mailbox@aero.org. You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.