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Sr. Engineer, Systems Engineering

Sr. Engineer, Systems Engineering

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Engineering - Systems Engineering

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets.


We are bringing 800 new jobs to Huntsville, Alabama and building a state-of-the art advanced manufacturing facility where we will produce our industry-leading solid propulsion systems and our next-generation rocket engine. Our efforts to build on our existing presence in Huntsville are in full swing. Defense-related program management, engineering and related support positions will be housed at this site, home of Aerojet Rocketdyne's Defense headquarters and Rocket Shop Defense Advanced Programs.


Aerojet Rocketdyne is identifying prospects with the skills and experience to fulfill our current and anticipated hiring needs. This posting may not represent a specific immediate opening but rather broadly represents a type of opening for which we anticipate hiring or may currently be open. Those who express an interest may be considered for current and future positions at Aerojet Rocketdyne.


Seeking Sr. Systems Engineers with rocket propulsion hardware experience for full-time positions in our Huntsville, Alabama Facility. Candidates for these Sr. Systems Engineering positions will work without appreciable direction, exercise considerable latitude in determining technical objectives and approaches to assignments, perform systems engineering assignments requiring a wide application of advanced principles, theories and concepts in the field plus a working knowledge of other related disciplines.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

80% - Provide for Systems Engineering application and approach in the design development of hardware and software for rocket propulsion systems.


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Requirements derivation, allocation, and documentation in requirements database including coordination with customers on specifications and specification change management. Coordinates requirements, interfaces, and related specification change management with Integrated Product Team (IPT) members. Defines and coordinates requirements verification plans with IPT members, plans and manages compliance assessment and certification. Performs or supports functional analysis and coordinates system trade studies. Leads project risk assessment and management and prepares and reports results on mitigation plans.
  • Systems development activities of Large Solid Rocket Motor Programs, including propulsion system integration, solid rocket system development & verification planning, test planning, testing in various environments, solid rocket system and subsystem test, test equipment & facility coordination, test article assembly coordination & hardware assessment, instrumentation requirements and coordination, test readiness review & risk assessment and verification & test report documentation.

10% - Assists chief engineer with team coordination and planning, interfacing with program management and customers. Provide leadership and discipline direction to less experienced engineers on team.


10% - Communicates results in oral presentations and written communication. Limited travel in support of customer meetings and offsite testing as required.


Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Systems Engineering, or related discipline, and a minimum of nine (9) or more years of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in solid rocket engine development, systems engineering & integration, verification and test.

  • Demonstrated leadership competency with strong technical and team-working skills required.
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • Advanced degree desirable.
  • Coursework in Systems Engineering disciplines (requirements and risk management, product development cycle) and rocket propulsion strongly desired.
  • Experience with DOORS or equivalent requirements management software preferred.
  • Must be willing and able to travel domestically as needed.

US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (U.S. Citizenship required). Must also 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.



Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

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


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