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Systems Security Engineer

Job ID: 2301587
Location: ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
Date Posted: Mar 20, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Top Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI
Potential for Remote Work: Hybrid Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is hiring a Systems Security Engineer to participate in Independent Technical Risk Assessments (ITRA) ( and Program Protection Plan (PPP) ( reviews to advance the practice of systems security engineering through all phases of a system acquisition.  This will include requirements through design and production to sustainment and disposal of military systems that may operate in physical or cyberspace domains. The candidate will engage with Acquisition Category 1D (ACAT 1D) programs, review program acquisition documents and develop program protection risks to inform program milestone decisions. They will develop and review policy, acquisition and technical guidance, strategy, methods, and technology roadmaps as directed by the government. 

This position is hybrid remote.  The candidate should live in the DMV area, as they will be required to work on-site in Alexandria, VA a few days per week. In addition, the candidate will be required to travel 4-6 times per year to support program engagements.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support ITRA teams in the assessment of DoD ACAT 1D program’s acquisition process, system requirements and technical implementation to identify program risks.
  • Coordinate with DoD Programs to review Program Protection Plans and program implementation of protection methods and practices to mitigate risks. 
  • Coordinate with the Military Services on the development of program protection policy, guidance and best practices.
  • Support the development DoD strategies, findings, assessments, recommendations and reports to DoD senior leaders.
  • Support the alignment of program protection policy requirements and procedures with operational and system engineering requirements, methods and processes for weapons systems.
  • Develop an implementation methodology to translate program protection policy requirements into measurable and testable requirements.
  • Provide professional engineering and technical services to support the capture of best practices, methods, processes and procedures in Secure Cyber Resilient Engineering and the development of policy, guidance and standards


Required Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s and fourteen (14) years or more experience; Masters and twelve (12) years or more experience  
Required Clearance:
  • Active Top Secret; Ability to obtain TS/SCI clearance
  • US citizenship required
Required Skills:
  • Technical experience in the areas of Systems Engineering, Systems Security Engineering, and/or Software Engineering or related STEM areas
  • Minimum of 5 years of Acquisition or Engineering experience supporting DoD programs of record
  • Minimum of 2 years of assessing technical planning, management processes and risk associated with DoD programs
  • Experience communicating with senior management and reporting progress against schedule
  • Ability to interact regularly with Service program offices and development contractors
  • Experience in delivering complex solutions in a high-pressure environment
  • Strong communication and leadership skills with demonstrated ability to provide long-term guidance and solutions
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, prioritization, task management and organizational skills
  • Ability to think strategically and conceptually, and to transform ideas into practical implementation
  • Knowledge of DoD programs, system analysis and risk management practices
Desired Skills:
  • Master’s degree in an engineering discipline or related field and twelve (12) years or more experience
  • Experience as a DoD Action Officer in developing and staffing work packages through tasker information systems
  • Knowledge of DoD acquisition lifecycle, policy and guidance
  • Background and capability in the following types of areas: Program Protection Planning, System Analysis, Criticality Analysis, Software Engineering, Agile software development, Embedded Software, Software Design, Risk Management Framework, Microelectronics Design, CPI Identification, Anti-Tamper, Developmental Test and Evaluation

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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