Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

Manager, Controllable Solid Propulsion Systems Design

Location US-AL-Huntsville
Job ID
Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
On-Site, Hybrid or Remote?


Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to support space, missile defense, and cutting edge advanced programs. We offer a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, and advanced hypersonic propulsion.  Visit our website at for more information on how our employees Power the Future.


Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks a Manager, Controllable Solid Propulsion Systems Design in Huntsville, Alabama.


This position is responsible for support to Aerojet Rocketdyne’s (AR) growing Mechanical Design Engineering organization and reports to the Senior Manager, Controllable Solid Propulsion Systems Design. This position performs a variety of mechanical design engineering managerial tasks on fast-paced Controllable Solid Rocket Motor development and production programs. Candidate will operate from the Huntsville office.


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 annually plus 48 hour annual sick allowance. 9/80 schedule at most locations, providing for longer weekends. Annual year end 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 the level posted or at the next higher level.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

70% - Primary responsibilities are the leadership and management of development and production of controllable solid rocket motor design engineers and their associated work products. Provide supervision and strong leadership to accomplish complex system level/component design and integration tasks for controllable solid rocket motors on time and within schedule while minimizing technical risk. Primary duties include supporting program chief engineers and Integrated Product Teams (IPT) to successfully manage designs and design processes to meet programs’ cost, schedule, quality, and risk requirements using/improving Enterprise design processes and tools.


10% - Provides internal and external Design Review support to assure product designs meet program requirements, AR design procedures and best practices.


10% - Provides employee mentoring and career development opportunities to increase controllable solid rocket motor system and component design capability across programs. Interprets and applies administrative processes and procedures that affect the engineering staff.


10% - Develops design process improvements, tools and training as needed to streamline Enterprise design costs for programs while also reinforcing design to cost and re-use when possible.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, or related engineering/scientific discipline and nine (9) years of design related experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).


Additional Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must be a self-starter and pro-active mentor to motivate employees to successfully meet program goals and perform effective conflict resolution as required.
  • Previous hands-on design experience, knowledge of mechanical systems including controllable solid rocket motor system/component design, nozzle design, igniter/ignition system design and product definition processes are strongly preferred.
  • A demonstrated understanding of DoD/NASA engineering processes, materials, analysis and manufacturing is required.
  • Must possess strong technical writing and effective presentation skills.
  • Experience with controllable solid propulsion systems is a plus.

May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level.  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.


Work Environment/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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