Senior Manager, Design

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

Overview Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-class developer and manufacturer of advanced propulsion and energetics systems for customers including the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and other agencies and companies, both in the United States and abroad. Our markets include space, where we provide a full range of propulsion and power systems for launch vehicles, satellites and other space vehicles; strategic missiles; missile defense; and tactical systems and armaments. Our propulsion systems, both liquid- and solid-fueled, have been at the heart of virtually every major U.S. space and missile program since the dawn of the space age. Visit our website at for more information on our company, our products and our mission. We have an immediate need for a Senior Manager in our Engineering - Combustion Devices Design discipline in Canoga Park, California (Los Angeles area). This position is responsible for support to Aerojet Rocketdyne's (AR) growing Mechanical Design Engineering organization and reports to the Senior Director of Engineering Design. This position performs a variety of mechanical design engineering managerial tasks on fast-paced liquid rocket engine and propulsion system programs. Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each) 25% Drive leadership and technical support into the execution of combustion devices design work scope across the enterprise. Ensure work is performed with process rigor and a high standard of quality. Work recovery plans and implement corrective/preventative actions as necessary within the combustion devices design organization. 20% Ensure that the engineering design technical capabilities, skill-sets, and resources are developed and maintained at a healthy level and are aligned with enterprise demand. Ensure that resources are deployed to the programs meeting business needs in a timely manner. 15% Drive technical leadership the combustion devices design organization. Set the department vision, identify gaps, and lead the organization to excellence by modeling a commitment to continuous improvement using the Aerojet Rocketdyne Business Operating System (ARBOS). 15% Collaborate with the Design Engineering Leadership Team and Program Management Organization in addressing both strategic and tactical maters of concern. 15% Provide mentorship, coaching, and other resources necessary to foster employee development within our engineering design organization. 5% Work within the overhead budget requirements for the combustion devices design department. Track and meet all financial goals. 5% Lead by example in demonstrating commitment to the Aerojet Rocketdyne Rocket Values Requirements Requires a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering or related engineering/scientific discipline and 14 years of design related experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience). May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level. Requires U.S. Citizenship, U.S. Permanent Residency or other status as a U.S. Person. 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. 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. * Must have strong leadership and demonstrated technical problem solving skills. * Previous hands-on design experience, knowledge of mechanical systems including combustion systems. * Strong knowledge of our product definition processes is 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 typical liquid rocket engines/propulsion/space systems is a plus. 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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