OPIR Ground Systems Engineer - Military veterans preferred

SAIC (www.saic.com)


  full-time   employee

El Segundo
United States


Job Description:


  • SAIC is currently looking for an experienced senior Ground Systems Engineer to provide technical advisory support on the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Technical Services (STS) contract to the SMC Remote Sensing (RS) Systems Directorate at Los Angeles AFB CA.
  • SMC/RS acquires Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) and Weather space systems to support military and intelligence community users.
  • The successful candidate will provide technical ground system solutions to provide satellite command and control and mission data processing of OPIR/Weather sensors.
  • Systems experience in a major US Government satellite program with systems engineering and ground systems development/test/integration is required.
  • The OPIR system includes space system upgrades; and, this role spans the entire development lifecycle for space systems, including concepts, requirements, design, development, test/validation, and transition to operations.
  • The systems engineer will interface with development contractors and provide recommendations to the Government for all program activities.


Key Duties/Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Translate system requirements into dedicated and common-user enterprise ground services (EGS) system concepts and alternatives.
  • Develop program strategies and plans from technology maturation through operational delivery phases.
  • Analyze current ground system capabilities; emerging mission requirements; and future program plans to establish the total system ground solution and provide recommendations for the development and deployment of specific open framework ground system solutions from a technical, cost and schedule standpoint.
  • Utilize experience in architecture/requirements definition and analysis, acquisition strategy and RFP development.
  • Identify technical discrepancies between spacecraft/payload hardware and ground systems against requirements and program baselines.
  • Perform independent risk assessment and evaluation of program management execution, technical review execution, and systems engineering; and recommend system improvements and efficiencies.
  • Ensure designs fully support requirements and are consistent with customer budget, schedule, risk profile and system constraints.
  • Provide technical and acquisition support to Government and contractor milestone reviews to assess progress, issues, and meeting mission requirements traceability.
  • Ensure program level documentation is aligned with Directorate and higher headquarters guidance for program planning and execution.



Required Education and Experience:


  • Bachelors (STEM) and nine (9) years or more of related experience -OR- Masters and seven (7) years or more of related experience -OR- PhD or JD and four (4) years or more of related experience
  • Demonstrated experience in requirements definition and analysis, fielding and integration of ground system hardware, and space to ground system test 
  • Demonstrated application of advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts
  • Contributed to development of new principles and concepts
  • Ability to recommend/make decisions on project work matters and ensures effective achievement of program, project, or organizational objectives - Exercised independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, team building and problem solving skills with a demonstrated ability to be effective in a government/contractor team environment




  • Experience working in a systems engineering and technical support (SETA) role
  • Experience in space systems
  • Payload and Satellite hardware and software design, development, integration & test experience
  • Experience in Systems Engineering of Space Systems programs
  • Knowledge of OPIR Systems (preferred)
  • Knowledge of DoD Acquisition processes; DoD systems engineering, testing and cybersecurity policies and practices (preferred)



  • Must possess Top Secret/SCI