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Specialist, Program Management

Specialist, Program Management

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US-CA-Canoga Park
Program/Project Management

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to its space, missile defense, and strategic, tactical missile and armaments customers throughout domestic and international markets. We offer a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, and advanced hypersonic propulsion. ULA has contracted with Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) to provide liquid rocket engine booster propulsion in support of Delta IV launch vehicles.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking a Program Management Specialist to join our team in Canoga Park, California (Los Angeles area). This position will lead AR’s efforts in the test operations support and analysis of the RS-68 engine.


The Program Management Specialist will serve as the program Test Operations & SE&I/Analysis IPT Leader. In this role, the candidate will demonstrate strong team building and communication skills to motivate a cross-functional team including AR, ULA and Air Force customers and work closely with Stennis Space Center assembly and test personnel. The IPT Leader will ensure the team maintains a strong working relationship with other RS-68 program IPTs and the functional Center of Excellence (COE) organization. This position reports directly to the director of RS-68 Engine Operations and Integration.


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

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

85% - Lead the AR product team in the area of Test Operations, Systems Engineering and Analysis. This includes leading all aspects of engine testing support, test data evaluation and analysis, leading the SE&I activity and coordinating the materials and structures analysis effort for the RS-68 program.


15% - Ensure the scope of work is completed within cost and schedule constraints, producing EAC’s and working with COE’s relative to resource management.  In addition, the IPT leader shall implement and monitor RS-68 program affordability goals specific to the test operations area.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field and at least 9 years of applicable experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).


US 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.

Additional Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates should have a strong background in engine development from conceptual design through production fabrication.
  • Demonstrated successful management of technical, cost and schedule goals (Earned Value Management).
  • Experience in dealing with customers and in leading cross-functional work teams.
  • Candidate should have a technical knowledge of test operations, data evaluation and analysis. The candidate must also have experience with system requirements and some knowledge of material and structural analysis. This knowledge will be applied to properly balance technical performance, programmatic constraints, affordability goals and risk.


Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

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


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