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Sr. Specialist, Program Management, RS-25 Nozzle IPT

Aerojet Rocketdyne

This is a Contract position in San Diego, CA posted May 9, 2022.

Overview: Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to its space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile and armaments customers throughout domestic and international markets and dedicated to a world class safety culture.

We offer a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, and advanced hypersonic propulsion.

Visit our website at to learn how our employees Power the Future.

AR is the prime contractor for the flight proven, high-performance RS-25 engines used to propel America’s next-generation heavy lift launch vehicle, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS).

AR has begun developing a new generation of RS-25 engines for when the 16 engines remaining from the space shuttle program are used on the Artemis Program.

These engines will achieve a greater than 30% cost reduction from the engines that flew on the space shuttle and feature the latest in advanced manufacturing techniques.We are seeking an Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead to manage the RS-25 Nozzle team from AR’s Canoga Park, CA office.

The Nozzle IPT Leader will demonstrate strong team building and communication skills to motivate a cross-functional team including AR, NASA customers, and subcontract personnel.

This position requires the candidate to organize and lead the Nozzle team toward specific program and project goals, including but not limited to Component engineering staff, Quality Engineering, Manufacturing Engineers, Program Leads, Operations Leadership and Specialists.

The IPT Leader will ensure the Nozzle team maintains a strong working relationship with the other RS-25 IPT’s.

The candidate must also have the ability to direct a technical effort, making clear the objectives of the project at the same time as providing clear assignments & deliverables for each team member with aggressive cost and schedule targets.

The ability to estimate and manage cost and schedule performance is imperative for this position and working knowledge of EVMS tools is required.

Lastly, the candidate must have the ability to communicate progress and issues to higher level management including Senior Executives, Program Management, along with all team members and COE’s.

What we can offer you: Inspiring Company Culture
– Our people support each other and work together to leave an indelible impact on our nation’s aerospace and defense legacy.

Read more about our culture: Careers | Aerojet Rocketdyne Rest and Relaxation
– 3 weeks of vacation to start plus separate sick allowance.

9/80 schedule providing for longer weekends.

Annual week-long holiday company closure, plus company paid holidays.

Comprehensive Health Benefits
– Medical, Dental, Vision, Health Savings Accounts, and Wellness Prepare for the Future
– 401(k) with company match Professional Development
– Tuition assistance program, Employee recognition program, and Leadership development program Employee Resource Groups – Local and Enterprise employee-led volunteer groups to create community, awareness, impact, and to support a culture where everyone belongs.

This position may be filled at this level or one level higher.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each): 75%
– Lead the AR product team in the area of Nozzles.

This includes leading all aspects of product design, fabrication and test evaluation for components in this area.

The IPT Leader will demonstrate a technical knowledge of combustion element design, fabrication, test, and risk management.

This knowledge will be applied to properly balance technical performance, programmatic constraints, and risk.

– Ensure the scope of work is completed within cost and schedule constraints by applying management tools to plan, monitor and implement corrective action as required.

Definition and overall management of the program scope is required.

– The IPT Leader will ensure all subcontractors meet program requirements.

– Support capture activity and IR for the contract follow-on efforts.

Requirements: Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and at least fourteen (14) years of applicable experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Strong background in regenerative cooled combustion containment components fabrication and component/engine tests preferred.

Candidate should also have demonstrated successful management of technical, cost and schedule goals.

Candidate should also have experience in dealing with customers and in leading cross functional work teams.

Finally, candidate should have business capture training or experience in proposal preparation for government acquisitions.

Requires U.S.

Citizenship, U.S.

Permanent Residency or other status as a U.S.


Must be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.

Being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may be a condition of employment at Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Proof of vaccination or an accommodation request approved by Aerojet Rocketdyne will be required prior to starting employment with the Company.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENTEmployees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit or stand and maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require occasional walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.

May require the ability to travel by air or auto.

May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat.

This positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.