Thursday, June 23, 2022
Raytheon Technologies is significantly expanding its presence in Southern California, including adding 200 new jobs at its Goleta operation.
In total, Raytheon will add 1,000 jobs in the Southern California region, including sites in Goleta, El Segundo and Fullerton.
Raytheon, headquartered in Virginia, is one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies, generating $64.3 billion in revenue with net income of $3.8 billion in 2021. The company has more than 174,000 jobs worldwide.
In Goleta, its Raytheon Intelligence & Space division employs about 1,400 people, so there will be about 1,600 once the wave of hiring ends. Of these, 400 are engineering jobs, which are among Raytheon’s highest paying positions.
The company also has approximately 353,000 square feet of facility space in the Goleta area.
” We are growing. We are looking to fill approximately 1,000 engineering jobs, supply chain jobs and general technology jobs between El Segundo and Goleta,” said Douglas Greene, senior director of talent and acquisition at Raytheon. Intelligence & Space, at the Business Times. “We have great partners in the region…which include UCSB and Cal Poly SLO, and we believe there is a strong talent pool in Southern California.”
Greene said Raytheon hopes to close all openings by the end of the year.
“It’s a very competitive landscape in Southern California. There’s a lot of opportunity in the California market and I think it’s from my perspective as a talent acquisition manager, it’s something I’m really looking forward to doing,” said he declared.
There are no plans to purchase more land or facilities in Southern California, Greene said.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Raytheon has had many employees remaining in its offices full-time, with some working a hybrid schedule and only a few fully remote. About half of Raytheon employees are now working from home. People in manufacturing positions worked in person throughout the pandemic because their work was deemed essential to national security or other customer commitments.
“It’s the forefront of what we do, meeting the demand of our customers, and we have seen that there is a need for our products and services and so our commitment to our customers helps us succeed” , Greene said.
The aerospace industry is at an interesting point, especially on the central coast. With Vandenberg’s renaming to Space Force Base, seeking to undertake more commercial space operations, and hoping to receive a STARCOM designation, it’s clear the region wants to play a bigger role in an industry set to grow from 416 $.6 billion in 2020 to $550.7 billion by the end of the decade, according to market research firm Mordor Intelligence.
Raytheon’s Goleta operation is space-focused and includes design, business development and regular operations.
“As a layperson, I literally get down to business and help future rocket scientists find jobs and get jobs in a growing organization, and I think I’m not sure if that really becomes more exciting than that,” Greene said.
Some of the work being done at Goleta and other parts of Southern California includes manufacturing sensor payloads for its next-generation aerial persistent infrared missile warning systems. These sensors provide early warning of ballistic missile launches and aid in other defense and intelligence missions.
The next-generation OPIR system replaced the space infrared system, which began in the mid-1990s, as the Space Force plans to launch the first of five next-generation OPIR satellites in 2025.
There is also the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, or VIIRS. It’s a key instrument in the Joint Polar Satellite System that gives meteorologists detailed information that no other instrument can, Greene said.
“It has various industrial applications in agriculture, finance, transportation, insurance and energy,” he said.
REMARK: This article was updated shortly after its initial publication to include the correct location of Raytheon’s corporate headquarters and to clarify that the Goleta location is part of the company’s Raytheon Intelligence & Space division.