Sr. Project Engineer - Space Launch Safety
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. Job SummaryThe National Systems Group serves as the technical advisor to the Intelligence Community and its mission partners involved in the collection and distribution of national and tactical intelligence, including electronics programs, ground and communications, imagery programs, and systems engineering and launch. The Space Systems Safety Engineer will serve as the NRO Headquarters on-site technical advisor to the NRO Office of Space Launch, shaping system safety policy and influencing space systems design in order to optimize systems for maximum effectiveness and safety. You will provide system safety insight, knowledge, and leadership to stakeholders across the space safety community and champion early, proactive system safety awareness within system architectures and programs.This position is located in Chantilly, VAWhat You'll Be DoingDirectly collaborate with customer program office, Aerospace, and contractor personnel on the advanced planning for system safety engineering across system architectures and space systems in support of NRO OSLDevelop guidance and plans that shape system safety policies and directives for the NRO that ensure commonality with accepted standards across the space systems safety communityEngage firsthand in influencing the technical and programmatic aspects of system safety for a number of NRO programs launching on a variety of reusable and expendable launch vehiclesForge relationships with programs in early stage development to guide definition, review, and verification of system safety requirementsEstablish and maintain close liaison with Aerospace and OSL launch site system safety teams to support seamless transitions to planning and processing of launch base space vehicle operations including integrated space vehicle/launch vehicle operations in payload processing facilitiesEvaluate and assess space vehicle compliance with design, operations, and launch site safety requirements. Identify issues, ascertain credible solutions, communicate recommendations, and track issues to resolutionMaintain up-to-date knowledge of best practices and lessons learned in system safety to apply to space vehicle design/interface requirements, system operations planning, operations procedures, space vehicle and integrated space vehicle & launch vehicle testing, satellite propellant operations, ground operations, and launchCoordinate Aerospace resources to support analyses, readiness reviews, technical meetings, formal safety reviews, and operationsMaintain coordinated working relationships among program elements, including the NRO, USSF, other government agencies, launch vehicle contractors, launch support contractors, and LSICs.What You Need to be SuccessfulMinimum Requirements:Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or a related STEM field12 or more years of relevant experienceExperience in system safety engineering for space vehicles, launch vehicles, ground systems, or related technologically complex areasExperience in systems engineering processes, such as requirements development, test and evaluationExperience with Eastern and Western Range safety requirements (AFSPCMAN 91-710)Demonstrated capability to interface effectively with government and contractor personnel at technical and management levelsAbility to travel occasionally for work assignmentsThis position requires a current and active TS/SSBI/SCI security clearance, which is issued by the US government. US citizenship is required to obtain a security clearanceHow You Can Stand OutIt would be impressive if you have one or more of these:Advanced degree in a relevant fieldExperience developing system safety requirements for space systemsDirect experience with launch base processing of space vehicles and space vehicle/launch vehicle integration, including direct support to the NRO OSL Safety teamExperience transforming system safety engineering analysis, design, and test into relevant policy and/or guidance to influence future systemsExperience working with operational test and/or training range safety authoritiesEffective written and oral communication skillsWays 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 plansPaid holidays, sick time, and vacationStandard and alternate work schedules, including telework options401(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 hireFlexible spending accountsVariable pay program for exceptional contributionsRelocation assistanceProfessional growth and development programs to help advance your careerEducation assistance programsAn inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respectWe 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. 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