Senior Launch Systems Engineer - TS/SCI required - Military veterans preferred

General Dynamics Information Technology (


  full-time   employee

Cape Canaveral
United States

**Position requires an active in-scope TS/SCI clearance and polygraph.**

  • Review, document, and trace functional and interface requirements for all allocated missions and coordinates with external entities when necessary to resolve issues.
  • Review verification and validation processes and activities and identify risks, opportunities, and corresponding mitigation or implementation milestones.
  • Coordinate among divisions to identify and coordinate new requirements, capture emerging risks and recommend plans of action consistent with strategic goals.
  • Retain cognizance over all launch related studies and provide  leadership with timely and relevant assessments.
  • Maintain familiarity with the customer strategic roadmap and updates to US space policy.
  • Provide day-to-day support to assure routine actions and briefings are addressed. Provide recommendations/products that reflect best path for the customer based on extensive launch experience.
  • New Entrants assessment support non-recurring certification and framework of tasks needed for recurring mission certification.
  • Verify that recommended acquisition approaches are executable within the OSL resource constraints, mission integration risks are identified and mitigated to low risk level.
  • Act as Director’s reach back capability to aid his decision making process.
  • Resolving fleet issues
  • Assess new entrant’s capabilities and processes
  • Develop acquisition strategies to procure launch services (EELV and non-EELV systems)
  • Develop acquisition documents
  • Evaluate mission specification requirements
  • Assess adequacy of verification data/actions
  • Identify elevated mission risks areas and develop mitigation approaches.
  • Conduct Interface Compatibility Assessment
  • Develop and maintain process documentation
  • Interface with customer to ensure compliance with corporate policy and procedures
  • Support the Launch Readiness Process
  • Interface with key mission personnel from mission partners including launch vehicle contractors, satellite contractors, AF Program Offices, NASA and other mission stakeholder groups
  • Provide support L in preparing for and conducting all required meetings, briefings, reviews, and readiness assessments
  • Maintain working knowledge of launch base infrastructure, including communications networks, fiber and conveyance systems 
  • Identify and scope facility and communications requirements for new missions and/or capabilities, along with recommended solutions
  • Support evaluating, certifying, and fostering relationships with emerging launch vehicle companies
  • Assess strategic impacts of proposed launch vehicle fleet changes
  • Develop briefings for customer to present to leadership and external organizations
  • Support annual budget planning and execution reviews
  • Support technical and programmatic meetings
  • Participates in special projects as required.



8-10 years of related systems engineering experience.

  • 7 years space launch experience
  • 5 years Government acquisition experience
  • Extensive knowledge of launch policy and procedures
  • Thorough understanding of launch vehicle processes and practices, launch site preparations flow and day-of-launch procedures
  • Thorough understanding of Satellite Vehicle launch interface requirements, launch transportation and processing requirements
  • Ability to perform thorough analysis and quick issue resolution simultaneously
  • Working knowledge of the acquisition lifecycle requirements
  • Program management experience and a working knowledge of AF budgeting and financial processes
  • Provide recommendations/products that reflect best path for the Government based on extensive launch experience

Benefits of this Position:

  • Opportunity for Fast Growth within the program
  • Onsite Gym – get your workout in before work, during your lunch break, or at the end of the day
  • Professional Development Assistance –  Covering the Cost of Obtaining Professional & Technical Certifications (depending on program)
  • Educational Reimbursement –  toward degree programs and individual coursework
  • 401K Match – with 100% vesting on day one
  • Health, Dental and Vision Coverage to keep you healthy, starting your first day
  • We know work-life balance is important, GDIT offers Paid Time Off, Plus 10 Paid Holidays
  • Parking and transit commuter benefits


Why Work at General Dynamics IT?

  • Work with top talent and some of the brightest minds in your field 
  • Support missions that make a difference to our Nation
  • Become part of an organization that that is committed to the highest ethical standards in all that we do 
  • Thrive in the stability of a large organization, with the ability to move onto new opportunities, supporting different missions, building your career within GDIT
  • Want to move, or find a job close to home? We have positions in several locations in the United States and the world
  • Enjoy a culture that supports work-life balance


General Dynamics is a Fortune Blue Ribbon Company and Clearance Jobs Top 10 Government Contractor.



As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors. With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services. GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.






Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical training, or work/military experience.