Launch Systems Engineer, Chief

  • SAIC, Inc
  • El Segundo, CA 90245, USA
  • May 07, 2021

Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Launch Project Engineer/Manager to support and drive execution of launch integration as a member of the Horizon Program that assists the US Space Force under the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Special Programs Directorate (SMC/SP).


Responsibilities include: provide expert technical and program management support to USG satellite SPO managing engineering and launch integration effort and prime contractors, with SMC Launch Enterprise and launch service providers; interface with USG Launch Range elements and establish support agreements that meet satellite SPO and prime contractor requirements; collaborate with mission partners and negotiate agreements for shared responsibilities; define readiness process and plan for space segment for launch; ensure prepared for and successfully execute launch site payload processing and ultimately launch







Duties include: propose strategy and generate contractor statements of work for Early Interface Studies with Launch Service Providers, change proposals, and final Launch Integration; evaluate and negotiate contractor proposals for Launch integration engineering and processing; facilitate negotiation of space vehicle to launch vehicle interface requirements in the best interest of the SV SPO; manage technical and programmatic risk associated with launch integration; evaluate contractor performance and provide assessment to SPO


Technical and Management capabilities: knowledgeable in all types of satellite-launch interface requirements and technology, setting of requirements, ICD documentation, and associated verification approaches; possess understanding of satellite integration and test procedures and processes, launch site satellite processing, joint launch operations, Day-of-Launch preparation and execution; versed in standard launch interface requirements, range requirements, safety requirements; familiar with statements of work and their structure, basic contract types and incentives, Government contracting; experienced developing program plans and controls; familiar with scheduling and earned value metrics





  • BS Degree and minimum of 18 years related experience in systems engineering and requirements management.  A Master's Degree requires 16+ years and a PhD requires 9+ years of related experience
  • Experience must also include satellite integration and test and processing
  • Requires basic understanding of launch vehicle missions, performance and processing
  • Experience working in USG SPO with other support contractors
  • Must have a current/active Top Secret SCI with a current background investigation within five (5) years and consent to a polygraph examination.