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Jacobs Section Manager in Houston, Texas

Critical Mission Solutions

Your mission is our mission.

We're invested in you and your success. Everything we do - whether Aerospace, Defense, Intelligence, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Nuclear, Automotive, or Telecommunications - is more than just a project. It's our challenge as human beings, too. That's why we bring a thoughtful and collaborative approach to every one of our partnerships.

It's our promise to challenge the status quo as we redefine how to solve the world's greatest challenges, and transform big ideas into intelligent solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.

Design your career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed –today and into tomorrow.

Your Impact:

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

We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working together with NASA at centers across the United States.

We are looking for a Section Manager to join our team with GeoControl Systems, Inc. , a JETS teammate company. Do you have the following skills?

As a ­­­­­­­­­­Section Manager – Software Engineering you will:

  • Report directly to the Spacecraft Analysis, Software, & Services Group Manager. This position is responsible for the direct management of software engineers with widely varying skill sets supporting multiple NASA JSC Engineering divisions (ER, EC, EV, and EA).

  • Provide guidance and oversight of software engineering products and services and the development of computer hardware and software requirements.

  • Maintain familiarity with and provide guidance on NASA software engineering requirements and work instructions.

  • Create, manage, and revise task orders and projects.

  • Effectively manage a matrix organization to staff projects across multiple NASA divisions and departments.

  • Perform recruiting activities to bring personnel with required skills and expertise on contract.

  • Manage, review, and report on all aspects of performance (technical, cost, schedule, risk) for projects managed by or staffed by the section.

  • Manage and encourage personnel performance and growth.

  • Coordinate issues across multiple organizations which could include source limitations, technical challenges, process breakdowns, etc.

  • Establish a framework and oversight for technical correctness on all work performed by section.

  • Provide guidance in the development of project proposals and cost estimates.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Required Education/Experience/Skills:

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

  • BS degree in a computer or system science discipline from an accredited college or university and fourteen (14) years of progressive, relevant experience, or an MS degree in a computer or system science discipline and twelve (12) years of progressive experience, or a Ph.D. degree in a computer or system discipline and seven (7) years of progressive experience. Require demonstrated and recognized technical expertise in specialty areas of engineering system design and analysis.

  • Previous software engineering experience for high criticality software.

  • Previous software project management experience (technical, cost, and schedule performance; risk management).

  • Experience with project management tools such as Microsoft Project

  • Experience managing a team of up to 40 contracts and subcontract personnel.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a history of effectively interacting with senior managers at all levels.

  • Must be proactive, responsive, and show great initiative.

  • Experience in developing schedules, budgets, and project plans.


  • Significant direct project development experience with NASA.

  • Experience negotiating customer and stakeholder requirements and managing customer expectations.

  • Experience with task order contracts.

  • Experience with avionics systems development efforts.

  • Experience across the full SDLC (Software Development Life Cycles)

  • Familiarity with:

  • NPR 7120.10A Technical Standards for NASA Programs and Projects

  • NPR 7123.1B NASA Systems Engineering Processes and Requirements

  • NPR 7150.2C NASA Software Engineering Requirements

  • NASA JSC EA Work Instruction 025 GFE Flight Project Software and Firmware Development

Why Work on Our Team?

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

See What We Do (https://app.frame.io/presentations/225c1d41-60d8-58cc-bf8c-fd204fb246d9)

Jacobs Aerospace Solutions Overview

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In addition to exciting career opportunities, we also have:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth

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

  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)

  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), please visit www.wehavespaceforyou.com

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.

Physical Requirements

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

Equipment and Machines

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


Regular attendance in accordance with the established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust the schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements.

Other Essential Functions

P rofessional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety 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 (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) and supplemental language (https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/eeoc_gina_supplement.pdf) .

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.