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The Boeing Company Ground Operations Lead in El Segundo, California

Satellite Production Engineering, located in El Segundo, CA is seeking a career experienced, highly skilled, and motivated team member to serve in the Ground Operations Lead role. You will provide project and technical leadership and ensure common practices across programs and product lines for definition of launch interfaces, documentation of engineering requirements, and analyses of launch and ascent environments.

The Ground Operations Lead during project execution leads a multi-skilled, multi-disciplined team in the execution of a launch campaign of an assigned satellite in accordance with customer requirements, business objectives, and Boeing processes.

Within the scope of launch, this role will lead project execution to complete the work statement and identify performance metrics. The Ground Operations Lead will plan and coordinate resources required over the life of the project, assign responsibility for activities to team members, and ensure technical correctness and consistency of the satellite product; compare actual results to baseline plan to assess project performance, efficiencies, productivity, and lessons.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate a wide range of design requirements for the spacecraft to launch vehicle interface

  • Responsible for coordinating satellite processing activities as it relates to ground operations at the launch site and shipping logistics

  • Resolve technical matters that arise between the spacecraft team, launch services provider, and launch site organizations

  • Responsible for operations planning, schedule tracking, and launch tools maintenance

  • Coordinate the utilization of shared company resources

  • Generate procedures, participates in development, design, and manufacturing of launch site specific ground support operations

  • Support verification events (e.g. factory fit checks, sweep test, etc.)

  • Coordinate with the I&T team to ensure proper space vehicle testing requirements are met by launch site organizations

  • Plan, coordinate reviews, coordinate launch team training requirements, and support a space vehicle pre-ship and launch site readiness reviews

  • Review tasking, milestone tracking, performance to schedules, strategic planning and goal setting, tactical problem solving, and meeting support coordination.

  • Define, lead, and implement requirements for successful campaign from numerous and diverse integrated product teams (e.g. logistics, propulsion, security)

  • Develop travel documentation (e.g. crew briefing, pre-departure briefing)

  • Lead post-launch closeout process (follow-up action item, lessons learned)

  • Requires working at remote launch site environments where it is necessary to deal with unforeseen challenges, crisis management, and effectively address issues in a timely manner in order to maintain critical milestone dates

  • Ensure team member’s use established Boeing Space and Launch systems processes, procedures, and best practices as appropriate

  • Manages ITAR and EAR exports to international customers and launch services providers

This position requires a current Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance (A U.S. Security Clearance that has been active in the past 24 months is considered active.) or a Tier 5 (T5), formerly known as a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) (An active SSBI investigation within past 5 years is considered active).

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills/Experience):

  • Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry

  • 5+ years of experience with space, launch vehicle, or satellite programs

  • 5+ years of experience in leading multi-skilled teams

  • Ability to travel up to 25%

  • Current and active SSBI Investigation

Preferred Qualifications (Desired Skills/Experience):

  • 9 or more years of full time aerospace industry experience within Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing, Launch operations or Production engineering

  • Launch systems engineering and operations experience

  • Experience interfacing with external customers, subcontractors, launch vehicle suppliers

  • Experience as a Project manager in a Production/Operations Environment

  • Excellent written and oral communication, presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Multi-skill leader, Solid Problem Solving & Decision Making Skills

  • Satellite systems integration and test experience

  • Current and Active SSBI Background Investigation or Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance

Typical Education & Experience:

  • Education/experience typically acquired through advanced technical education from an accredited course of study in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry (e.g. Bachelor) and typically 9 or more years' related work experience or an equivalent combination of technical education and experience (e.g. PhD+4 years' related work experience, Master+7 years' related work experience). In the USA, ABET accreditation is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard.


This position offers relocation based on candidate eligibility (Basic relocation is available for internal candidates, based on candidate eligibility.)

Drug Free Workplace:

Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies.

Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.