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Jacobs Design Management Lead in Houston, Texas

Design Management Lead


Are you passionate about human space exploration or understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a dynamic and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!

We need your commitment, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire humans all over the globe. We need you to bring innovative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will benefit the quality of life of people around the world. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on new challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working alongside NASA at centers across the United States.

We have the unique and significant role to partner with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), to be part of every human spaceflight program – the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts into deep space, and Gateway, the orbiting platform providing the home for astronauts to work and travel back and forth to the moon’s surface, and serving as the platform for deep space exploration. From critical systems on the ISS to enable astronauts to live and work in space; to performing advanced development for systems leading to deep space exploration; to being part of the foundation for Gateway.

We also partner with NASA at JSC, the only NASA center in the United States to curate all astromaterial samples returned from exploration missions, to perform curation services, orbital debris analysis, and basic research to further humankind’s understanding of the origins of our solar system.

We need you to be a part of our team!


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We are currently in need of a Design Management Lead to join our team. Do you have the following skills?

The Design Management Lead will:

  • Report directly to the Design andAnalysis Group Manager. This position is responsible for the direct oversightof approximately 150 people involved in various aspects of Mechanical SystemDesign and Development across and in support of several NASA EngineeringDivisions.

  • Support routine reviews for cost,schedule, risk management, overall design project health, progress anddeliverable adherence.

  • Work with design task leads todrive, track and maintain efficient task performance.

  • Work with team to maintain activerelated risk management (technical, cost, and schedule) on all associatedtasks.

  • Communicate design status to GroupManager, Section Managers and Chief Engineers.

  • Work with Chief Engineers and otherQuick Response Team members to solve various design and development challenges.

  • Work with colleagues to coordinateissue resolution across multiple JETS organizations which could include sourcelimitations, task execution challenges, process breakdowns, etc.

  • Work with Section Mangers, ChiefEngineers and Design Leads to generate and review basis of estimates (BOE's)for various design and analysis tasks.

  • Provide efficient response to projects,removing roadblocks to ensure project success and customer satisfaction.

  • Work as a Technical Lead as requiredto supplement or replace current design lead function.

  • Perform other duties as required.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements and business needs, wereserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this positionhas been advertised.

  • Bachelor's degree in science orengineering from an accredited University and ten (10) years of direct engineeringexperience, or a Master's degree from an accredited University and eight (8)years of direct engineering experience, or Ph.D. and four (4) years of directengineering experience.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience withNASA/JSC Mechanical flight intravehicular and extravehicular hardwaredevelopment processes.

  • Familiarity with NASA Work InstructionEA-023, along with flight hardware certification and other flight hardwareprocesses.

  • Familiarity with Mechanical Designworkflows and processes for the Spaceflight Hardware design and development.

  • Previous project management experience.

  • Prior Experience leading or managinga team of design engineers for a given project.

  • Excellent oral and written communicationand organizational skills with the ability to work in a team environment and ahistory of effectively interacting with senior managers at all levels.

  • Experience planning and establishingwork priorities.

  • Proficient in MS Office programs,particularly MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.


  • Bachelor's degree in Science orEngineering Disciplines.

  • Familiarity with JSC EngineeringDrawing System Manual (JPR 8500).

  • Prior experience with a wide rangeof technical approaches and theory for the mechanical design discipline.

Why Workfor Jacobs?

Click on the below links to view just a small sample of allthat we do! Come join our team and be part of our future. We lookforward to seeing you!

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In addition to exciting careeropportunities we also have:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth

  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)

  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)

  • Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision)

  • 401(k)

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

Formore information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson SpaceCenter, please visit www.wehavespaceforyou.com

  • Mustbe a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government backgroundinvestigation.

  • Managementhas the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has beenadvertised.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally an office environment, butcan involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). Mayrequire lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical.Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peakperiods and surge requirements when required.

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professionalbehavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation.Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose asafety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.

Job Aerospace

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG

Job Type Experienced

Req ID: ADV0000D8