Program Office Acquisition Expert

The Aerospace Corporation
Center, TX
Added: April 16, 2024
The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

Building on The Aerospace Corporation's reputation as a trusted, impartial advisor with integrity and dedication to mission success, the Civil Systems Group (CSG) combines deep technical expertise with market-leading innovation to help our customers solve complex systems engineering and integration challenges. CSG is organized by core customer-facing lines of business to manage and grow programs within the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), while extending our capabilities to other civilian federal government agencies fully integrated within Aerospace rules, regulations, processes, values, and behaviors.

Within the CSG, the Human Exploration and Space Flight (HESF) Division and Civil Space Operation’s Division supports our NASA customer in all aspects of human space flight (HSF) and program office activities. This position will support NASA’s Human Exploration Programs and help facilitate acquisition implementations. In this role you will be responsible meeting with NASA leaders and determining acquisition approach, support Source Evaluation Board activities and support evaluation processes of current acquisitions.

This is a hybrid position located at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. The position calls for an estimate of 4 days of in-office work and 1 day of teleworking.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Serve as a programmatic advisor and acquisition expert to NASA
  • Supports acquisition planning with the Program Office and stakeholder organizations
  • Advises Program Office on acquisition matters, strategies and policy, this includes evaluating alternate approaches and recommendations on ways to improve agency acquisition processes and policy
  • Supports acquisition strategy development and facilitates reviews at the agency level, reviews can include Acquisition Strategy Meetings (ASM) and procurement office initiatives
  • Responsible for supporting reviews of contract performance and develops recommended approaches and supporting documentation, these reviews include contractor monthly progress reviews
  • Performs surveillance, and insight of major program office activities and acquisitions, this includes evaluation of deliverables as well as cost and schedule matters at the contractor level
  • Position Aerospace in the highest value functions across the NASA portfolio, translate customer technical operating plans into technical priorities, manage budget constraints, plan and execute staffing as required.

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 10 or more years of acquisition experience supporting Civil government programs (NASA, NOAA, etc.)
  • Demonstrated program/project management acumen and results.
  • Demonstrated NASA experience in cost, schedule and risk evaluation.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills - clear, concise, persuasive; builds consensus through speaking; polished, professional style.
  • Excellent written communication skills - organize complex materials and concepts in clear and logical manner
  • Proven ability to develop/maintain rapport and work effectively with senior government officials
  • Dynamic self-starter with attention to detail, work ethic, strategic thinking regarding customer needs, competitive positioning, the ability to prioritize in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work within a team environment, where the team is distributed across multiple NASA Organizations, Projects and Programs
  • This position may require the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • Advanced Degree
  • Deep knowledge of the International Space Station (ISS) program and processes as well as human spaceflight matters

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change
  • Engage with Impact
  • Foster Innovation
  • Deliver Results

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.