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Mid-Level Spacecraft Systems Engineer - TS/SCI Cleared

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Job ID: 200075
Location: CHANTILLY, VA, United States
Date Posted: May 27, 2020
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
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 Teleworking: No

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Job Description

Description

SAIC is seeking a Spacecraft Systems Engineer to perform spacecraft-level systems engineering across the system life-cycle on complex and critical spacecraft subsystems and acquisition processes. This position will support an Intelligence Community (IC) customer in Chantilly, VA

 

This exciting opportunity will encompasses program management, acquisition planning, and contract technical and programmatic surveillance. There will be a focus on Integration and Test (I&T) planning at the sensor subsystem and payload-level to ensure factory and on-orbit testing supports verification and validation of mission performance against operational requirements and user needs.

 

In this role, you will be expected to provide expert advice, technical evaluations and alternatives on the technical approach and execution for spacecraft acquisitions.

 

Job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assist in the development of acquisition strategies to procure spacecraft and test equipment.
  • Coordinate technical evaluations of developer Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs), including Basis of Estimate (BoE) evaluations and recommendations.
  • Analyze monthly cost and schedule performance metrics, including variance reports and slack to critical path changes.
  • Based on user needs and higher-level allocated systems requirements, derive and flow down the error budgets and other requirements to development specifications.
  • Review, document, trace, and coordinate on all functional and interface specifications, ICDs, and system-level requirements documentation including the mechanical, thermal, and electrical accommodation of payloads onto the satellite bus.
  • Develop integrated end-to-end payload testing schedules and test plans; Work with the Payload Test Lead and contractor to help ensure program test objectives are achieved within cost, schedule and technical performance requirements; evaluate cost/schedule opportunities to ensure testing rigor and performance margin are maintained
  • Review Test planning documentation (e.g., Test Requirement Documents, Test Procedures, etc.); Assess whether the test program as planned will provide necessary test data for verification/validation sell-off; Evaluate test plan/data products against operational requirements and user needs
  • Review space vehicle level artifacts including test plans/procedures in support of major design review milestones (e.g. PDR, CDR) and Test Readiness Reviews (TRRs)
  • Attend system level design and program management reviews to assess design maturity, requirements compliance and to provide informed technical recommendations to the customer.
  • Identify and assess emerging risks; develop and evaluate proposed burn-down plans.
  • Review prime contractor readiness to proceed into spacecraft manufacturing and test.
  • Maintain knowledge of current industry space hardware design, manufacturing and test specifications, and standards.
  • Verify that developer design approaches are executable within SPO resource and schedule constraints.
  • Review acquisition milestone design documentation for adequacy, accuracy and completeness.
  • Support Government crew members with technical support during events at the launch base, the factory, and MGS, for  ascent, deployment, activation, test, and initial operations; perform anomaly assessments and to evaluate proposed resolution plans and contingency tests.
  • Advise and mentor Government space vehicle systems engineering lead regarding spacecraft design elements


Qualifications

  • Active TS/SCI with Polygraph
  • Bachelors degree and 5 years or more spacecraft engineering experience with proven working knowledge of spacecraft design, manufacturing, integration and test processes
    • Professional experience may be substituted in lieu of technical degree
  • Working knowledge of acquisition life cycle requirements
  • Thorough understanding of spacecraft specifications, design processes, integration & test requirements, launch base and early-orbit operations plans and procedures
  • Thorough understanding of spacecraft systems engineering principles and subsystem design, integration and test requirements, including test equipment support
  • Project management experience and a working knowledge of NRO budget and financial processes
  • Ability to provide actionable recommendations and products for Government decision makers that reflect the best path for the SPO based on extensive spacecraft engineering experience
  • Familiarity with Earned Value Measurement processes
  • Availability to travel domestically


Overview

SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's most complex modernization and readiness challenges. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission solutions. Using our expertise in existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has pro forma annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For more information, visit saic.com. For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom. For SAIC benefits information, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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