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Sr. Scientist - Mission Ground Product Development Organization Lead

Fort Wayne, Indiana; Palm Bay, Florida

Job ID SAS20212603-58731
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L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Mission Ground Product Development Organization Lead

Job Code: SAS20212603-58731

Job Location: Palm Bay, FL or Fort Wayne, IN

Job Description: The Space Systems Mission Ground Product Development Organization (PDO) Lead is responsible for the life cycle development of Mission Ground Capabilities.  The PDO lead shall partner with executive leadership, division leadership, program leadership and engineering managers to ensure successful execution of ground capabilities in support of multiple programs.  The PDO will have visibility and interface with internal and external customers for program briefings.  The PDO lead reports directly to the Space Systems South Sector Chief Engineer.

Essential Functions:

  • Leadership agility across multiple programs and functions
  • Clear engineering accountability to each program
  • Single-point accountability for delivering capabilities versus distributed ownership
  • Development of standard costs/schedules to support similar-to basis of estimates to support proposal cost estimation
  • Ensure Program Commitments are met
  • Leverage investments across programs
  • Meet individual program needs while managing overall budget across programs
  • Monitor and support system integration to minimize integration and testing costs
  • Improve staffing and efficiency of critical resources across programs
  • Enable growth in development of expertise
  • Provide mentoring opportunities to grow critical staff
  • Develop common methods and tools to improve scalability and efficiency
  • Focus on GS services but with an eye towards improving scalability in other Responsive Program areas
  • Leverage common Simulation resources required for integration and testing in a more comprehensive manner lessening need for procurement of duplicate resources
  • Common GS 2-way documents interfaces based on open standards (Specs, ICDs, CDRLs, DIDs, GS Test Plans etc.)
  • GS subsystem handoff process, ala giver/receiver list
  • Guide in developing common Environmental specs, Test Plans with tailoring for each program
  • Ensure alignment with Business and Engineering Strategic Objectives


  • Bachelors degree with 15 years of related experience or Masters degree with 13 years of related experience
  • Experience in space development
  • Experience in space systems ground capabilities
  • Active Top Secret/SCI security clearance required

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Ground Architecture Experience
  • Leadership roles in the past

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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