The Aerospace Corporation
In an era of dynamic change, Aerospace is addressing the most complex challenges in space.
Washington, DC, USA

Senior System Architect

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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 [email protected]. You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

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What are The Aerospace Corporation Perks + Benefits

The Aerospace Corporation Benefits Overview

We work in a collaborative and inclusive environment with strong values focused on our mission, innovation, and people. We offer a comprehensive total rewards portfolio with a wide array of employee programs and services. From flexible work schedules to a 401k plan that's top of the industry, we provide the support you need to be your best self at work and at home.

Volunteer in local community
Aerospace conducts a variety of mentoring programs and community efforts, including STEM tours and partnering with colleagues in education, industry, and government.
Partners with nonprofits
Aerospace Cares offers opportunities for employees to volunteer their time or donate to the charity of their choice.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Flexible work schedule
Full-time employees can work either a standard eight-hour day or a 9/80 schedule with alternate Fridays off.
Remote work program
Aerospace offers complete and partial remote work for qualified positions.
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
With half our board being women or people of color, Aerospace is committed to a continuously more diverse and inclusive workforce.
Mandated unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
Aerospace ERGs were established to bring cultural awareness, enhance career development opportunities, and promote diversity. We currently have 8 ERGs.
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Set aside pre-tax dollars for eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses.
Disability insurance
Company-paid short and long-term coverage; optional supplemental employee paid, long-term disability coverage available.
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Company-paid basic and occupational accident; optional supplemental employee-paid life and accident.
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
You and your household members are eligible for up to 5 free visits for each personal situation.
Financial & Retirement
Employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire.
401(K) matching
Employees receive a total company paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions.
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare benefits
Aerospace provides backup child care assistance as well as daycare discount programs.
Generous parental leave
Four weeks of company-paid leave when taken within the first twelve months of the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child.
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Employees who adopt are eligible for the same 4 weeks of paid parental leave that employees who birth a child or have a foster placement get.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Aerospace employees receive between 15 and 20 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Full-time exempt employees receive unlimited sick time.
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Aerospace has a commuter vanpool program, designated carpool parking, ride-matching services, bicycle commuting support, EV chargers, and public transportation reimbursement.
Company-sponsored happy hours
Happy hours are hosted at their team's discretion, but most teams go once a month.
Onsite office parking
We offer employees free on-site garage and non-garage parking.
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Aerospace offers employees professional development opportunities like onsite training courses and the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
When you attend any of the company hosted learning sessions, you are paid for those hours spent in class. Aerospace encourages employees to expand their skills by taking these courses.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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