Group Manager - Project Development

Houston, Texas
14 Oct 2016
21 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Jacobs Technology is the advanced technology arm of Jacobs Engineering (NYSE:JEC), one of the largest engineering and technical service companies in the United States. Jacobs has partnered with NASA to support space flight programs for more than 40 years and held the predecessor Engineering and Science Contract (ESC) since 2005. We look forward to continuing that work as the prime contractor for the JSC Engineering, Technology, and Science (JETS) contract along with our eleven teammate companies to provide engineering, scientific and technical contract services at NASA's Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX). JETS provides products and technical services related to human operations in space through development and integration of a broad spectrum of engineering requirements. This includes human spacecraft flight and flight development products, human exploration mission planning for NASA, institution support services, and new technology development. At Jacobs, we believe that people are our greatest asset, and that is why we offer a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally with the advantages of strong leadership, competitive compensation and rewarding career paths.

Our long-term client relationship with NASA has led to a need for a Group Manager - Project Development.

The Group Manager - Project Development will:

  • Provide strong leadership and management to a large group (>150 people) and others within the engineering department
  • Set the vision for the group and follow through in accomplishing the vision
  • Be able to effectively negotiate, communicate, listen and mentor/coach
  • Keep current with technologies that directly impact the group
  • Maintain technical oversight of all projects within the group and be able to help by offering technical assistance
  • Assure compliance with established Jacobs/JETS and NASA processes
  • Coordinate various functional areas such as design, analysis, test, quality, and system safety
  • Be active in the leadership team and assist the Director in strategic planning and recruitment
  • Communicate status of group projects, resources and assessments to NASA Division Management and to Jacobs/JETS upper management
  • Perform other duties as required

Required Education/Experience/Skills:
  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and a minimum of fourteen (14) years of direct engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and twelve (12) years of direct engineering experience, or Ph.D. degrees and nine (9) years direct engineering experience.
  • Ten (10) years demonstrated experience in a technical leadership position
  • Strong background in Project Management and/or Systems Engineering
  • Excellent communication skills and team-oriented approach to problem-solving
  • Experience with NASA flight hardware processes (from requirements development to certification and delivery) and standards (NPR7123.1A, JPR8080.5, etc.)
  • Experience managing large groups, preferably of 150 or more employees

  • Aerospace, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering degree
  • Graduate degree
Why Work for JETS?
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Comprehensive Medical Coverage (medical, dental, vision)
  • 401(k)
  • Benefits Tuition Reimbursement
  • Much, much more!

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

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

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 10 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 peak periods and surge requirements when required.

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional 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.

Must meet the requirements to successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.