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If you are passionate about spacecraft design, we invite you to join the System V&V, Integration, Test, & Launch Engineering Section (314)
. We provide the systems engineering relating to V&V, System Testbeds, Systems Test, and Launch Systems Engineering for the laboratory’s key flight projects. Our efforts span the both formulation and implementation lifecycle, and include both leadership and execution in these key disciplines.
We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced leader to join our leadership team and serve as the Deputy Section Manager
for the System V&V, Integration, Test, & Launch Engineering Section (314) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. You will report to the Section Manager for System V&V, Integration, Test, & Launch Engineering Section (314).
As the Deputy Section Manager, your key responsibility will be to assist with the leadership of the section, including 5 group supervisors, 4+ senior staff leaders, and over 120 systems engineers deployed to the section’s flight project customers including Mars, Europa, Psyche, Earth Sciences, Astrophysics and Special Programs. Key day-to-day duties will be to facilitate the execution of key section tactical operations including staffing, external hiring, internal and external recruiting, awards and recognition, facilities management, training and mentoring, and performance evaluation. Strategic activities will be to develop new and improved methods for V&V planning and execution, system testbed leadership, and improvements in the SI&T environment.Tasks may include but not limited to:
- Developing section operating methodology and strategy, in collaboration with the section manager, on topics such as long-term staffing strategy, technical charter, personnel and career development, training, and development and deployment of systems engineering processes and procedures used for V&V, testbeds, and integration & test.
- Providing oversight at the section management level for both the technical quality and process integrity for the section’s major deliverables to our major flight project customers; interfacing with our customers on a regular basis to ensure that the section is engaged and addressing customers’ technical, staffing, and programmatic concerns; representing section management at major project and peer reviews.
- Collaborating with section-staff-level cost account managers on a regular basis to provide guidance in achieving technical, cost, staffing, and schedule objectives; providing assistance to section CAMs in the resolution of specific issues technical and programmatic issues of importance and urgency.
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics with a minimum of 12 years of professional experience, or master’s degree with 10 years of experience, or PhD with 8 years of experience.
- Recent flight project implementation leadership experience in a system engineering leadership role, or chief engineer, or major element delivery lead, or equivalent; or recent service in line management at the group or section level.
- First principles working knowledge of all major spacecraft subsystems, as well as working knowledge of major flight systems engineering disciplines in areas such as behaviors, fault protection, electrical, payload integration, system V&V, system level testbeds, or SI&T.
Some of the required leadership qualifications include:
- Previously demonstrated aptitude and genuine commitment to success of others beyond merely helping with technical tasks; experience with mentoring and counseling; unwavering commitment to the development of and advancement of other’s careers.
- Excellent organizational and team building skills; aptitude to work with difficult colleagues in a productive manner; excellent written skills; verbal clarity sufficient to explain difficult technical topic; outstanding professional character and ethics.
- Proven ability to work effectively with, and relate to, all levels of engineers and managers; demonstrated commitment and experience to customer satisfaction; demonstrated ability to team effectively across section and division boundaries; ability and willingness to team with JPL institutional management to creatively solve complex enterprise level institutional issues; demonstrated ability in resolving complex technical and managerial problems.
The qualified candidate has extensive technical expertise and leadership experience in the function, design, and operation of spacecraft and subsystems. Primary technical qualifications include:
- Recent leadership experience during the implementation phase as a systems engineering leader, or chief engineer, or major element delivery lead, or equivalent; or recent service in line management at the group or section level.
- First principles working knowledge of all major spacecraft subsystems, as well as working knowledge of the major flight systems engineering discipline areas such as behaviors, fault protection, electrical, payload integration, and verification and validation.
- Career experience in flight systems implementation, and delivery leadership spanning multiple projects; experience working all project life-cycle phases; demonstrated ability to contribute at both the architectural and subsystem level of integration.
- Extensive experience with integration and test of flight vehicles.
- Extensive experience in the development of system test and system validation products.
- Significant experience in leading groups and teams toward the on-time delivery of technical design products on a flight project; substantial experience planning budgets and estimating cost to accomplish work; experience in improvement of engineering process.
- Experience with and willingness to teach system engineering principles and practices; ability to motivate group members to enhance system engineering principles and practices; experience in the preparation, delivery, and/or review of flight systems engineering gate products, including key flight system design artifacts.
- Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles in spacecraft design and systems engineering field of knowledge, or test, resulting in contributions to the development of new and improved methods of V&V and testing; complete knowledge of industry and standards across a range of applications in systems engineering and spacecraft design.
- Proven ability to develop solutions, which are highly innovative, and extend the boundaries of current knowledge in the area of spacecraft V&V, test, and systems engineering.
- Ability or willingness to obtain a TS/SCI clearance. Candidates with an active TS/SCI clearance would be an asset.
JPL has a catalog of benefits and perks that span from the traditional to the unique. This includes a variety of health, dental, vision, wellbeing, and retirement plans, paid time off, learning, rideshare, childcare, flexible schedule, parental leave and many more. Our focus is on work-life balance, and living healthy, fulfilling lives as we Dare Mighty Things Together. For benefits eligible positions, benefits are effective the first day of the month coincident with or immediately following the employee’s start date.
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The hiring range displayed below is specifically for those who will work in or reside in the location listed. In extending an offer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory considers factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s job related skills, experience, knowledge, and relevant education/training. Hiring range for this job may be adjusted based on primary work location outside of Pasadena, California. This adjusted range will be provided to candidates by the Recruiter when applicable.
The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.
$177,632 - $233,376
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