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In-Plant Space Systems Engineer

Job ID: 2212829
Location: PHOENIX, AZ, United States
Date Posted: Aug 26, 2022
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Part-Time On Call
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI with Poly
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


Join a winning team!  SAIC’s National Security and Space (NSS) Sector is currently hiring for a customer within the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, VA. This customer is responsible for designing, building, and operating national security-related systems based in space, in the air, and on the ground. SAIC is a strong company providing opportunities for energetic individuals with a strong desire to expand their knowledge while increasing their responsibilities.   

SAIC is seeking an In-Plant Space Systems Engineer to work in our Gilbert, AZ area office to oversee a contractor facility with NRO experience to provide Systems Engineering and Technical Advisory (SETA) services to a rapidly expanding Government Intelligence Community (IC) customer for a complex space and ground efforts as part of an exciting and innovative set of programs. 

In this role, you will represent an acquisition Systems Program Office (SPO), perform space systems development, and provide direct and technical support to the Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) and Space Vehicle Lead.

The in-plant space system engineer will join a team of off-site SETAs working a major system acquisition (MSA) with responsibilities that may include but not limited to the following:  

  • Provide periodic status of spacecraft and payload activities to the COTR and/or the Space Vehicle Lead.
  • Monitor all space vehicle system engineering, design, development, production, qualification, integration, test and test data review activities.
  • Monitor all spacecraft bus system engineering, design, development, production, qualification, integration, test and test data review activities.
  • Monitor contractor activities for test equipment development and use, integration and test, and discrepancy reporting and resolution.
  • Monitor all quality assurance activities.
  • Monitor parts selection and usage.
  • Monitor space vehicle and spacecraft mission assurance activities.
  • Witness subsystem test activities and coordinate test data review with SPO personnel.
  • Represent the program office at Contractor meetings, as needed.
  • Review and provide technical evaluation of contractor submitted Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) items or other technical design documentation, as needed.
  • Work closely with the Contractor to help ensure the program office understands any schedule and technical changes, as needed.
  • Participate with the Contractor team during table top reviews of draft technical documents, working group meetings, Integrated Process Team (IPT) meetings, Test Readiness Reviews (TRRs), Post-Test Data Reviews (PTDRs), Material Review Boards (MRBs), Failure Review Boards (FRBs) meetings, and Engineering Review Boards (ERBs) as prioritized by the COTR and/or Space Vehicle Lead.
  • Attend SPO and development contractor meetings at the request of the COTR and/or Space Vehicle Lead.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must possess an active TS/SCI clearance with Counter-Intelligence polygraph.
  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering, scientific, or technical discipline and 9 years or more relevant experience; Master’s degree in an engineering, scientific, or technical discipline and 7 years or more relevant experience.
  • Effective communication, coordination, and customer engagement skills.
  • Strong written and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic, and team environment.
  • Proven knowledge in Requirements Management, Quality Control, and Configuration Management.
  • Knowledge of how space systems are designed, specified, developed, manufactured, and tested.
  • Experience interacting with and leading technical staff, contractors, and government representatives

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Prior experience as an in-plant representative for a major space system.
  • Experience in Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) construct and Earned Value processes.
  • Current NRO-adjudicated clearance and polygraph.

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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