SAIC is looking for an Advanced Plans Capabilities Systems Engineer to support a dynamic program in Chantilly, VA. This position requires an active TS/SCI with Poly.
The Advanced Plans Capabilities Systems Engineer is technical/engineering professional who applies all disciplines required for identifying needed space-based capabilities and establishing an architecture that assembles those capabilities into an integrated space architecture. The CSE provides expert advice, technical evaluations and alternatives on the technical approaches and execution for capability acquisitions. Requires a professional who possesses proven working knowledge of space system technologies, architectures, and missions. The position requires an ability to develop briefings and assessments to a variety of audiences and must be able to convey information in a clear and articulate manner to Government leadership. Provides expert support to space capability engineering activities from initial concept development through preliminary design phases. Requires a detailed understanding of government satellite systems acquisitions. The position requires an ability to assist the customer with defining technical spacecraft and ground systems requirements, defining a coherent acquisition strategy, and initiating major contracts with industry partners. The position requires that a successful candidate demonstrate a technical understanding of space systems, a working knowledge of government budget requirements, a sound understanding of contracting regulations, and a familiarity with the NRO’s systems engineering practices.
Specific duties include:
- Provide day-to-day support to Government Points of Contact (GPOCs) to assure routine actions are addressed; provide recommendations/products that reflect the best technical and programmatic path for the SPO based on extensive acquisition experience.
- Assist in the development of acquisition strategies to procure spacecraft and test equipment.
- Provide expert advice concerning payload accommodation development.
- Review and coordinate on all changes to specifications, ICDs and system level requirements documentation including the mechanical, thermal, and electrical accommodation of payloads onto the satellite bus.
- Track development issues, significant accomplishments and upcoming events; provide status updates to the customer.
- Attend system level design reviews, 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 burndown 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, and apply that knowledge during reviews of developer documentation and processes.
- Verify that developer design approaches are executable within SPO resource and schedule constraints.
- Review, document and trace functional and interface requirements for spacecraft subsystems, and coordinate with other engineers, FFRDC and developer personnel to resolve issues.
- Review acquisition milestone design documentation for adequacy, accuracy and completeness, and identify cost, schedule and technical risks/opportunities, and provide mitigation strategies through formal and informal comments.
- Support annual budget planning and execution reviews.
- Provide technical evaluation of accommodation efforts in contractor Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs).
- Develop and maintain productive relationships with prime contractor counterparts, functional counterparts, and other spacecraft subsystem subject matter experts.
- Advise and mentor Government space vehicle systems engineering lead regarding spacecraft design elements.
- Define end-to-end system capabilities. Develop acquisition strategy and timelines to benefit mission needs and architecture.
- Draft acquisition documentation to include acquisition plan, fee plan/milestone payment plan, statement of work, contract data requirements list, and other documentation required for a competitive source selection.
- Monitor performance requirements and identify disconnects with Request for Proposal (RFP) intent and available budget.
- Support processes to track and report progress on the accomplishment of all contract actions.
- Identify critical program milestones and match them with appropriate contract requirements.
- Develop artifacts and briefings in support of critical oversight reviews to include NRO Acquisition Board (NAB), Acquisition Strategy Councils (ASC), Contract Review Panels (CRP), and Quarterly Program Reviews (QPR).
- Support technical evaluations of contractor proposals.
- Review complex technical design documentation and provide formal and informal feedback to the COTR and other customer personnel.
- Liaise with mission analysis and technical requirements teams to ensure completeness across the acquisition.
- Coordinate with other acquisition offices to ensure “end to end” acquisitions that reflect sound systems engineering practices.
- Other duties as specified by the COTR and Program Manager.
- 9 years space system engineering experience
- 5 years Government space acquisition experience
- 3 years working with NRO/SPO spacecraft procurement policies and philosophies
- Thorough understanding of spacecraft systems engineering principles and mission capabilities
- Provide actionable recommendations and products for Government decision makers that reflect the best path for the NRO to meet mission needs
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Engineering discipline
- Advanced Engineering degree (MS or PhD)
- Previous experience developing a variety of acquisition strategies
- Basic understanding of satellite systems and architectures
- Program Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent certification
- Excellent interpersonal, leadership, team building and problem solving skills
- Experience in NRO, IC, and DoD acquisition and program management processes
- Experience in the development of Statement of Works (SOWs) and in the ability to perform technical evaluations on SOW’s and BOE’s
- Ability to travel domestically
- Previous experience in the program office
- Insight into mission utility of program office systems and interfaces to external components
- INCOSE CSEP certification
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