Space Systems Engineer

  • SAIC, Inc
  • Chantilly, VA, USA
  • Nov 01, 2020

Job Description


SAIC is looking for a Space Systems Engineer to support a dynamic program located in Chantilly, Virginia. This position requires an active TS/SCI with Poly.


A Systems Integration requires an experienced engineer familiar with space systems acquisitions to assist in developing and maintaining segment requirements for the Collection Segment.  The experienced engineer will assist with test planning for verification and validation.  The following tasks are representative of those that will be accomplished at the request of the customer:



  • Support maintenance of the Collection Segment Specification in DOORs

  • Assist in flow-down of requirements from higher level documents

  • Coordinate across the SPO for any proposed requirement changes

  • Support requirements and test activities across the enterprise and with the development contractors

  • Identify areas of risk to mission closure across collection, mission management, and mission processing

  • Lead segment verification and validation activities

  • Utilize software tools, to include developing scripts, in performing analyses and automating systems engineering tasks

  • Attend Segment-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 burn-down plans

  • Plan and execute system-level testing including Multi-Segment testing

  • Support technical evaluations of contractor proposals

  • Review complex technical design documentation and provide formal and informal feedback to the COTR, subject matter experts, and other customer personnel

  • Participate in requirement sell-off events to ensure program success

  • Plan and execute internal and external interface testing to support final system verification, validation, and delivery

  • Liaise with mission analysis and acquisition teams to ensure completeness across the acquisition

  • Develop productive relationships with prime contractor counterparts, functional counterparts, and other spacecraft, payload, and ground subject matter experts

  • Advise and mentor customer Systems Integration Branch personnel regarding Segment requirements and verification and validation

  • Other duties as specified by the customer









TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and five (5) years or more experience; Masters and three (3) years or more experience; PhD and 0 years related experience

Required Attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or significant mission experience

  • Basic understanding of DOD/IC satellite systems and architectures

  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, team building, and problem solving skills with a demonstrated ability to be effective in a government/contractor team environment

  • Experience in DOD/IC acquisition and program management processes

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated sustained superior performance

  • Available to travel domestically

Desired Attributes:

  • Systems testing with experience in end-to-end functional testing across multiple interfaces

  • Masters in an engineering discipline

  • Experience in DOORs and other requirements and model-based systems engineering tools

  • Prior mission operations experience with DOD/IC satellite systems

  • Previous experience developing technical specifications for space systems