Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

  • Operations Leadership Rotation Program

    Location US-CA-Canoga Park | US-AL-Huntsville | US-WA-Redmond
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  • Overview

    Aerojet Rocketdyne 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. We offer a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, and advanced hypersonic propulsion. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and


    We have developed a dynamic Operations Leadership Rotational Program with the goal of preparing future leadership candidates.  This is an opportunity for you to join a well-established, leading company in the propulsion industry and to directly participate in hands on learning with key enterprise operations.


    Participants will complete a two year rotation program focusing on leadership/interpersonal skills, business/product knowledge and Aerojet Rocketdyne Business Operating System (ARBOS) principles.


    Site assignments will vary based on business need and include rotations within the: Space Business Unit (California, Washington, and Florida) and/or the Defense Business Unit (Virginia, Arkansas, and Alabama).

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Complete four 6-month rotations performing assignments across Aerojet Rocketdyne sites gaining knowledge in Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain & Quality
    • Work assignments align with the value proposition of each rotation including tasks within their current skillset and tasks to develop  knowledge and experience outside current skillset
    • Fully understand the value proposition objectives of each rotation and seek to achieve the identified skills and knowledge

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    Rotation Descriptions:

    20% - Operations Rotation

    • Develop a broad understanding of the manufacturing process including how upstream COE inputs affect production execution.
    • Assist work center area management in ensuring daily tactical execution of work in the area. Utilize safety, cost, quality, and scheduling measures to monitor performance. Utilize turnbacks and data to identify top drivers, develop recovery actions, and monitor improvements .

    20% - Manufacturing Engineering Rotation

    • Learn core concepts of manufacturing by applying cutting edge technology and lean principles.
    • Assist work center area management in activities related to hardware manufacturing including but not limited to: reviewing engineering drawings; developing manufacturing planning; modifying and maintaining tooling; leading manufacturing readiness reviews; writing NCR dispositions with quality; and applying lean concepts to improve processes

    20% - Supply Chain Rotation

    • Develop strong understanding of how Supply Chain Materiel Management plans and executes business and program strategies across its supply base to fulfill program and production needs.
    • Assist work center area management in activities including but not limited to: supplier identification and onboarding; subcontracting and government compliance; supplier performance management and forecasting; program specific supply chain strategy development; supplier development; and strategic sourcing.

    20% - Quality Rotation

    • Develop strong understanding of the Aerojet Rocketdyne Quality Management System enabling 100% mission success throughout the product lifecycle.
    • Assist work center area management in activities related to product acceptance, process compliance and product manufacturing, assembly and test execution. Quality discipline task exposure includes; quality engineering, mission assurance, product acceptance, metrology and calibration, audits/assessments, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), supplier quality assurance and quality documentation control.

    10% - Continuous Improvement

    • Learn the Aerojet Rocketdyne Business Operating System (ARBOS) methodology and tools. Act as an ARBOS Champion by applying the tools, co- facilitating events, and implementing improvements as assigned during each rotation.
    • Work with Talent & Organizational Development leaders to continuously improve the quality of the rotation program.

    10% - Personal Development

    • Develop broad functional and technical knowledge, skills and abilities in preparation for future leadership opportunities.
    • Develop a cross-business, cross-functional network while receiving guidance and mentoring from key leaders.
    • Present outcomes to leaders at the completion of each rotation.
    • Actively participate in career path conversations including but not limited to: Long Term Career Goals, Short Term Career Goals, Strengths, Opportunities, etc.
    • Be open to receiving constructive feedback, having in-depth conversations about career goals and how they align to business needs through course of the program.


    Education and Experience:

    • Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of a Bachelors degree and experience as determined by Aerojet Rocketdyne. Operations-related degrees a plus (Operations, Engineering, Supply Chain, Business, Quality or Manufacturing).
    • 1+ year of work experience(Internships, General Work Experience)
    • Proven track record of successfully achieving and/or exceeding performance expectations


    • Proactive and results- driven achiever with aspirations for leadership.
    • Proven capacity to lead, motivate, and influence others.
    • Strong learning agility—ability to apply learning in new situations, self-directed learner.
    • Effective communication skills including written, verbal and presentation.

    Must be willing and able to move to different locations during the two-year rotation program.  Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level - U.S. Citizenship required.


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