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Software Acquisition Engineer

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Job ID: 2110130
Location: ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
Date Posted: Dec 7, 2021
Category: Software
Subcategory: SW Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Software Acquisition Engineer to support the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Advanced Capabilities (DDR&E (AC), Developmental Test, Evaluation, and Assessments (DTE&A, DTE&A provides system engineering and Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E) support to DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) pathways programs and OUSD(R&E) modernization priorities to improve acquisition outcomes and ensure systems and solutions meet requirements and Warfighter needs.

DTE&A develops independent technical assessments to support OSD and Service leadership in their assessment of AAF programs. These assessments take the form of Independent Technical Risk Assessments (ITRAs,, Preliminary Design Review (PDR)/Critical Design Review (CDR) Assessments, DT&E Sufficiency Assessments, and other technical assessments to inform critical acquisition milestones and engineering decisions.  The perfect candidate will have software engineering / acquisition technical expertise for DoD weapon system programs and has served as a subject matter expert to assess software engineering activities.

Duties include:

  • Plan, organize, and support the conduct of cross-functional, multi-discipline technical reviews focusing on a program’s ability to implement a comprehensive systems engineering process including all aspects of technical planning and management to identify and mitigate critical technical risks through the development and acquisition lifecycle.
  • Support PDR/CDR Assessments of ACAT ID programs
  • Support DT&E Sufficiency Assessments and DT&E Performance Assessments that support critical acquisition milestones and engineering decisions
  • Serve as a software engineer subject matter expert for high-priority focus areas including but not limited to:
    • DevSecOps and other agile software development methods
    • Software metrics and parametric analysis (knowledge of commercial tools is helpful)
    • Requirements and design specifications to determine the optimum overall system architecture
    • System design including formulating system specifications in accordance with applicable standards


Education & Experience

  • B.S. degree in scientific, engineering, technical, or analytical discipline
  • Minimum of nine (9) years of experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Expertise in software design and development for complex and challenging DoD problems
  • Technical experience in the analysis, design, and test of complex software and computer systems
  • Experience in one or more of the following Software Engineering tasks:  design, code, install, and maintain systems; establish test requirements, plans, and execute testing to verify system design and performance; or software systems and documentation maintenance


  • Active TS/SCI level clearance

Desired Qualifications

  • M.S. degree in scientific, engineering, technical, or analytical discipline
  • Expertise and experience with operating systems, software languages (e.g., Java, C++, and Java Script), computer hardware platforms, or other applicable computer systems. 
  • Expertise and experience in agile software development processes and tools (e.g., Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, Gitlab) and DevOps or DevSecOps pipelines. 
  • Knowledge and familiarity with containerization and technologies like Kubernetes

COVID Policy: Prospective and/or new employees are required to adhere with SAIC's vaccination policy. All SAIC employees must be fully vaccinated and they must submit proof of vaccination on their first day of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement at Contact Us and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Where work is performed strictly at a customer site, customer site vaccination requirements preempt SAIC's vaccination policy.


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 more than 26,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a respectful work culture based on diversity, equity, and inclusion that values all contributors. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $7.1 billion. For more information, visit

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