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GEOINT Mission Engineer

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Job ID: 2401476
Location: FORT BELVOIR, VA, United States
Date Posted: Feb 20, 2024
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
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


SAIC seeks a GEOINT Mission Engineer to provide systems engineering and technical advisory services in Chantilly/Springfield, VA.  As the government’s trusted subject matter expert and thought leader on GEOINT mission systems, he/she assists the government plan and oversee the integration of GEOINT satellites and mission capabilities to serve the nation’s intelligence needs.  Responsibilities:

·         Serve as the government’s technical expert on all aspects of GEOINT mission systems, from spacecraft bus and payloads, command and control and processing systems, to various operational constructs and regimes.

·         Assist the government in identifying and planning for mission needs, operational concepts and requirements to effectively influence acquisition and budget efforts.

·         Assess integration activities in the context of cross-systems dependencies (technical, resource, and schedule) and present unbiased findings, analysis, and recommendations to government managers.

·         Provide “ground truth” technical assessments of project or system reviews, milestones, and/or decision gates; identify risks, issues, opportunities, mitigations; represent the government’s interests with other stakeholders.

·         Anticipate and support government requests for systems engineering and integration studies, process analysis and design, project management assessments, etc.  He/she will provide analysis, present recommendations, and take necessary actions.

·         Support the development or assessment of system Concept of Operations, Requirements Documents, Test Plans, Contract Statements of Work, Systems Engineering Plans, as well as contribute to the “staff work” needs of the government (e.g., action items, weekly reports, etc.) to include support to government acquisitions and source selections.

·         Provide assessments and recommendations on anomalies and other mission aberrations.

·         Proactively collaborate with government personnel and other contractors (often across multiple sites and organizational levels) to provide unbiased analysis and recommendations on courses of actions to address risks/issues or approaches to exploit an opportunity.




·         US Citizenship

·         Active TS/SCI with CI polygraph

·         Bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) and nine (9) years or more experience; master’s in STEM field and seven (seven) years or more experience.  STEM is a contractual requirement.

·         Expertise in the acquisition and operations of GEOINT satellites and ground systems.

·         Familiar with stakeholders’ interests across the GEOINT community; from consumers, mission partners, operators, acquisition offices, to development contractors.

·         Technical knowledge of spacecraft systems (bus, payload) and subsystems (attitude and control systems, propulsion, life support systems, etc.), ground communications and mission data processing systems, space vehicle mission planning and command and control systems.

·         Knowledge of orbital mechanics and associated analytical tools.

·         Experience in mission readiness process, control gates, and associated entry/exit criteria.

·         Forward thinking self-starter, proactively addresses customer requirements without supervision; expert at defining solutions for broad, abstract topics.

·         Polished, persuasive communicator (written/verbal), master at collaboration and coordination with multiple stakeholders -- consensus builder.

·         Impeccable interpersonal skills and personal judgment—interacts with highest levels of government senior executives.


·         Real-time operations experience as a spacecraft operator, spacecraft engineer or ground systems operator, familiar with space operations/policies.

·         Familiar with Digital Engineering/Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Agile development, cloud technologies.

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.

We are approximately 24,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is core to our values and important to attract and retain exceptional talent. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.9 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom.

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