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Spacecraft Systems Engineer

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Job ID: 214147
Location: AURORA, CO, United States
Date Posted: Apr 14, 2021
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Specialty Engr
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
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Flight Operations Division Spacecraft Systems Engineer with extensive experience and understanding of core spacecraft vehicle, payload, and ground systems engineering and analysis.  The applicant should also have experience with acquisition, engineering, and operation of spacecraft and SIGINT customer systems.  Candidate should have a strong working knowledge of anomaly support, launch and mission readiness, and end to end space systems architecture.  Primary work location is in Denver, CO. Salary Range $125,000-$150,000



  • Anomaly Coordination/Support – Provide anomaly manager training, sit on certification board, and maintain historical anomaly files/summaries, provide experience to anomaly resolution and decision making.
  • Provide launch and mission readiness subject matter expertise (SME) to operations and engineering including readiness for launch, spacecraft initialization, and transition to mission. 
  • Provide Mission SME advice for national systems and associated ground terminals to include associated vehicle operations and engineering activities.
  • Advise and assist enterprise-wide readiness activities for pre-launch, launch, deployment, and check-out of mission systems to the MOD TIP Director and Test Conductor.
  • Provide program technical and contract oversight support to the Flight Operations Division (FOD) leadership across its systems.
  • Perform subject matter expertise advisory services to the US Government regarding strategy, operations, and management of national programs.
  • Develop and implement acquisition strategies for future contracts
  • Identify, evaluate and develop alternative contract implementation strategies, budget profiles, risk, and opportunities for various strategies
  • Draft and coordinate Statement of Work, Evaluation Criteria, and other portions of Requests for Proposal (RFP) and participate in source selection activities
  • Work with government Contracting Officer’s Technical Representatives (COTR) and Contracting Officer (CO) to provide technical and programmatic direction on multiple contracts in support of a US Government customer.
  • Evaluate contractor proposals for technical, cost, and schedule content
  • Develop Statements of Work (SOW) for contract modifications and new contracts
  • Plan and evaluate budget recommendations for contract execution to include researching, drafting and supporting Unfunded Requirements and the transition of the UFR to contract as required.
  • Assist in the day-to-day tactical prioritization of contractor tasks
  • Provide written and verbal evaluations of contractor performance
  • Identify and recommend courses of actions to improve support and operations across multiple locations and organizations
  • Evaluate Concepts of Operations (CONOPs), Operating Instructions, and other document to ensure consistency with contract and Senior Leadership direction



TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 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.

Clearance required to start: TS/SCI with Polygraph


  • 4 Years’ Experience in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and/or/ closing DoD or Intelligence Community projects or Programs
  • Strong spacecraft vehicle, payload, and ground systems engineering background
  • Experience in developing and executing acquisition strategies for future contracts including Statement of Work, Evaluation Criteria, and other portions of Requests for Proposal (RFP)
  • Familiarity with emerging technologies as related to spacecraft
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and build consensus across government, FFRDC, and contractor colleagues on operations and programmatic issues spanning technical, policy, cultural, and financial arenas
  • Demonstrated organizational skills; capable of initiating activities, developing execution plans, and executing schedule
  • Demonstrated ability to react in a fast paced environment to a variety of tasks; sometimes out of primary domain of responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and as part of a dynamic team

Target salary range: $125,001 - $150,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's modernization and readiness challenges. Our offerings across defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets include high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission outcomes. We integrate the best components from our portfolio with our partner's ecosystem to deliver innovative and effective solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, VA, SAIC has annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For information, visit or Working at SAIC for benefits details.SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer empowering people no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and respectful work culture that values all.

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