Group Operations Manager - (AER0004KZ)

  • Jacobs
  • United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG
  • Apr 27, 2020
Full time Construction

Job Description



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!


We are currently in need of a Group Operations Manager to join our team. Do you have the following skills?


The Group Operations Manager will be responsible for all aspects of personnel management in sections comprised of Test Engineers, Facility Engineers, Lab Managers, and Professional Technicians (union/represented employees) The Group Manager will:

  • Provide effective managerial and strong leadership to a diverse team of approximately 100-150 people in multiple JSC facilities.
  • Responsible for the safety and operations for testing in the Space Environment Simulation areas as well as the Energy Systems Test Area
  • Ensure that the group provides superior and reliable test and lab services ensuring that data we deliver is timely, complete, and accurate
  • Encourage innovation thinking and process improvement for cost savings and improvements
  • Oversee the project management of JSC Chamber upgrade projects and other projects as required to include risk, cost, schedule, and technical performance
  • 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
  • Manage and follow-thru on Customer, Division Technical Manager (DTM), and employee requests such as expanding operations, specifying new capabilities and equipment, providing improvements, etc.
  • Lead the group in achieving and maintaining excellent performance as measured by on-time/on-cost delivery of test and lab operations and analyses.
  • Hire skillsets required for tasking, including hard-to-fill or technically diverse positions
  • Oversee the labor and material budgets.
  • Perform other duties as required.




Required Education/Experience/Skills: 

  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school with a minimum of fifteen (15) years of direct engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and thirteen (13) years of direct engineering experience, or Ph.D. degree and nine (9) years direct engineering experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in hardware testing.
  • Previous management and leadership experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams with proven ability to delegate tasking to line managers and supervisors.
  • Previous project management experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.


  • Previous experience leading Union/Contract Bargaining Agreement (CBA) employees.
  • Human as well as spaceflight hardware testing experience strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of JSC clinic physical/medical requirements for achievement and maintaining of certifications for employee workforce preferred.
  • Experience with cross training and utilizing employees across several geographical areas.
  • Previous experience managing/leading/operating NASA JSC EA research and development test facilities and labs.
  • Working knowledge of NASA CCB processes to include ORI, URR and TRR.  

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

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)
  • Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision)
  • 401(k)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please visit

  • 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 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 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.


Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.


Primary Location

: United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG

Job Posting

: Apr 21, 2020, 11:40:46 PM


: Aerospace

Job Type

: Experienced

Job Classification: Full-Time Regular

Work Locations


2224 Bay Area Boulevard 

 Houston 77058