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Space Systems Engineer

Job ID: 2120235
Location: CHANTILLY, VA, United States
Date Posted: Dec 23, 2021
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
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Job Description

Description

Join a winning team!  SAIC’s National Security and Space (NSS) Sector is currently hiring for a customer within the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, VA. This customer is responsible for designing, building, and operating national security-related systems based in space, in the air, and on the ground. SAIC is a strong company providing opportunities for energetic individuals with a strong desire to expand their knowledge while increasing their responsibilities.   

SAIC is seeking a Space Systems Engineer with NRO experience to provide Systems Engineering and Technical Advisory (SETA) services to a rapidly expanding Government Intelligence Community (IC) customer for a complex space and ground efforts as part of an exciting and innovative set of programs. 

 

This position supports a System Program Office (SPO) in a technical capacity for planning, execution, monitoring, and oversight of satellite system development and acquisitions that advance the National Reconnaissance Office’s (NRO) space resiliency posture. While seniority is a plus and a knowledge of systems engineering is required, this position can accommodate a junior engineer that is eager to learn and grown in their knowledge and experience the art of systems engineering.

SAIC is seeking an experienced engineer with technical and practical understanding of space systems and phenomenology to support advanced technology development and demonstration programs in support of resiliency spanning a diverse set of global threats.  The engineer should have specific experience in the design, development, and testing of satellite technologies. The technology-oriented engineer should understand both technical and programmatic aspects of fielded and planned future technologies, including operational concepts, applied technology, and system architectures, in order to facilitate the demonstration and transition of novel resilient capabilities to operations.  The engineer should be comfortable working amongst a diverse and energetic team in the pursuit of mission objectives and project success.

The space system engineer will join a team of on-site SETAs working a major system acquisition (MSA) with responsibilities that may include but not limited to the following:  

  • Support Contract Officer/Contract Officer Technical Representatives (CO/COTRs) and Developers by coordinating with other technical domain Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and program stakeholders to achieve a detailed understanding of the systems, designs, and interfaces necessary to satisfy mission requirements. 
  • Advise the customer on how to coordinate with internal and external community partners to identify technology gaps, design technology development plans, and execute technology projects/programs for successful transition into customer systems 
  • Represent the government client to development contractors and ensure proper messaging between the same.
  • Participating in technical interchange meetings between developers and COTR for program readiness and design reviews
  • Provide technical support to customer activities and programmatic processes
  • Develop documents and briefings to communicate work or study status, brief Government and industry as required
  • Provide support to acquisition, source selection, and programmatic processes
  • Ensure the R&D efforts are planned and conducted on a sound engineering basis including management of technical risks
  • Design and implement technical solutions for new business needs and challenges.
  • Research and evaluate new emerging technologies for transition to space systems

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must possess an active TS/SCI clearance with polygraph.
  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering (electrical engineering), scientific (physics), or technical discipline and 9 years or more relevant experience; Master’s degree in an engineering, scientific, or technical discipline and 7 years or more relevant experience.
  • Experience with the Intelligence Community (IC) and/or the Department of Defense
  • Experience with IC architectures, spacecraft, and payloads
  • Ability to lead and be the primary point of contact for one or more projects
  • Effective interpersonal skills (across multiple groups, offices, and organizations) and strong customer engagement skills.
  • Ability to communicate very technical subjects to a diverse audience of senior decision makers with varying levels of technical expertise using effective briefing and writing
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic, and team environment

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of how space systems are designed, specified, developed, manufactured, and tested.
  • Superb technical skills and experience related to space hardware, and satellite sensors and subsystems (RF Comm, RF payload, or EO payload, e.g.)
  • Experience using systems engineering processes, methods, tools, and program roles to develop, implement, and deploy solutions for Satellite Systems.
  • Current NRO-adjudicated clearance and polygraph.

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.


Overview

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 saic.com.

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