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Launch Acquisition Engineer

Job ID: 2216789
Location: CAPE CANAVERAL, FL, United States
Date Posted: Nov 22, 2022
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Specialty Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI with Poly
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI with Poly
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC has an opening for a Systems Engineer to support Launch Acquisition with a working knowledge of complex and critical launch systems and processes in order to provide expert advice and technical evaluations.  Addresses both future mission acquisition strategy and the maintenance of on-going contracts.  Supports cradle-to-grave launch and launch support activities.  Navigates challenges associated with multiple launch service providers and appropriate separation of proprietary information while maintaining horizontal engineering focus on integration of requirements to assure compatibility across multiple launch systems.

Specific duties include:

  • Develop acquisition strategies and documents to procure launch services and mission integration activities
  • Perform requirements planning tasks including review and technical assessments of key mission contractual documentation
  • Support annual budget planning and execution reviews, as well as technical and programmatic meetings
  • Perform technical evaluation of contractor proposals
  • Review and track mission requirements, assess adequacy of verification activities, identify risks and opportunities, and develop mitigation or implementation milestones
  • Identify and evaluate new or changing requirements, capture emerging risks and recommend plans of action consistent with strategic goals
  • Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders, resolving issues as needed 
  • Support launch vehicle contractor reviews to assess progress and issues in meeting mission requirements 
  • Support contract management activities for ECP forecasting and implementation coordination, award fee evaluation and contractor oversight
  • Assess strategic impacts of proposed launch vehicle fleet changes
  • Identify enhancements and assess viability from a programmatic, business and acquisition execution perspective 
  • Verify that recommended acquisition approaches are executable within resource constraints and mission integration risks are identified and mitigated 
  • Assess new entrant launch vehicle provider capabilities and processes
  • Leverage launch experience to provide support in preparing for and conducting all required meetings, briefings, and readiness reviews
  • Retain cognizance over launch related studies and provide leadership with timely and relevant assessments
  • Maintain familiarity with client/customer strategic roadmap and updates to US space policy


  • Bachelors and nine (9) years or more experience; Masters and seven (7) years or more experience ; PhD or JD and four (4) years or more experience
  • Experience required: 7+ years space launch, 5+ years Government acquisition, and 2+ years of customer/client
  • Working knowledge of the acquisition lifecycle requirements
  • Program management experience and a working knowledge of customer/client budgeting and financial processes
  • Security Clearance required: Active and current TS/SCI with 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.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

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