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Mission Protection Systems Engineer

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Job ID: 2206145
Location: FORT BELVOIR, VA, United States
Date Posted: Jun 30, 2022
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:
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Job Description



SAIC has an opportunity for a Mission Protection Systems Engineer in Springfield, VA to provide systems engineering and technical advisory services focused on protection of mission systems.  He/she will:

  • Assist in developing systems architectures, concepts of operations (CONOPS) and associated requirements, and oversee integration of protection systems
  • Oversees integration of space protection functions/capabilities of delivered systems; provides analysis of schedules, capabilities delivered best meet operational needs—near, and long-term.
  • Provide end to end system engineering for the entire life cycle of a program
  • Support requirements development, interface control documentation, technical specification review, architecture and CONOPS development 
  • Help develop standards, tools, and procedures for use on projects including but not limited to risk and issues, change and information management
  • Deliver analysis and recommendations to multiple customers; provide supporting data, possible risks and impacts, and potential improvements to government managers and other points of contact
  • Review documentation, represent government as required in forums that support streamlined delivery of new capabilities and standardization of integration efforts


TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors of Science degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) or relevant field and 14+ years of relevant space operations and systems engineering experience; Masters and twelve (12) years or more experience; PhD or JD and nine (9) years or more experience,  STEM degree is contractually required

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of satellite constellations, spacecraft orbit, and ground station characteristics
  • Systems engineering lifecycle experience from concept development and design to deployment and operational maintenance
  • Experience with architecture, CONOPS, requirements development, interface control documentation, technical specification review
  • Experience in NRO system engineering processes and mission systems
  • Self-starter, master at multi-tasking; proactively develops plans, acts, and drives tasks to closure
  • Thought leader; expert at solving complex, abstract customer requirements
  • Polished communicator, written and verbal
  • Quickly crafts briefings and talking points for the government with minimal guidance.  Represents government and their interests in various forums as needed.
  • Collaborates effectively with contractor, SETA, FFRDC, and Government teammates

Desired Skills/Education:

  • Familiar with systems development processes (e.g. AGILE, Spiral, Waterfall, etc.) and cloud technologies
  • Familiar with JIRA, Confluence
  • PMP, INCOSE, SAFe certifications

Clearance:  TS/SCI with poly required

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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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