Senior Systems Engineer (Mission Integration) - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

El Segundo
United States


Make a difference for national security by joining a team of dedicated professionals in El Segundo, CA who assist the US Air Force in developing and deploying the next generation of satellites and ground systems for missile warning (MW) and environmental monitoring (EM) capabilities.  These systems alert senior military officials when missile launches occur around the globe, as well as enable global naval vessel and troop movements by providing mission-critical weather data to ensure safe passage. Our Systems Engineering & Integration (SE&I) team has an immediate need for a Senior Systems Engineer with mission integration experience in Department of Defense (DoD) space-based and ground systems. Candidate will provide systems engineering and integration expertise in support of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) Space Based Environmental Monitoring (SBEM) and Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) programs.  Candidate will provide end-to-end Enterprise systems integration support for SBEM and OPIR space and ground segments to insure requirements, interfaces, and concepts of operations (CONOPS) are captured and documented to insure delivery of critical mission capabilities. Candidate should have experience with system acquisition, systems engineering lifecycle, architecture, operations concepts, requirements and interface development and maturation for space and ground systems. 

Major duties of the position include:

  • Providing architecture, operations concept, requirements, and interface control documentation support for integration of space vehicle and ground systems under development.
  • Leading interface trade studies in collaboration with development, operations, and sustainment stakeholders to evaluate and optimize interfaces in support of operational requirements.
  • Ensuring effective integration of space, ground, operations, and sustainment activities and products; hardware and software, and all other aspects of systems and organizations across the SMC Enterprise.
  • Evaluating contractor architectures, operations concepts, specifications and interface products for completeness and suitability.  
  • Managing interdependencies, identifying disconnects, between current and future architectures, requirements, and interfaces, and resolving system issues.
  • Supporting the customer in defining, capturing, and maintaining the technical, schedule, and cost risks throughout the system lifecycle and developing risk mitigation courses of action and assessing impacts of risks and proposed changes.
  • Collaborating with prime contractors, other team contractors, government civilians, members of the U.S. Air Force, and external mission stakeholders.




  • Master’s Degree in Math, Science or Engineering with 15+ Years of demonstrated system engineering and integration experience with space, ground, operations and sustainment segments of DoD or NRO programs with a proven delivery record or a Bachelor’s Degree in Math, Science or Engineering with 17+ Years of demonstrated experience.
  • Extremely motivated individual who is a self-starter and a team player, comfortable with matrixed organizations and leading through influence across multiple organizations.
  • Experience working across space and ground segment organizations to coordinate and identify system integration requirements that insure end-to-end mission performance requirements are met.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Air Force/DoD customers in an acquisition environment, with space and/or ground systems.
  • Experience with ground system requirements and interface management, risk management, change boards and change board environment.
  • Experience providing technical analyses, architecture trade-studies, and program management support to a government customer.
  • Proactive engineer who takes the initiative to identify, own and solve customer problems.
  • Experience writing and delivering technical documents and briefings.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to enable working, interfacing, and interrelating with diverse personnel and dynamic teams.

Security Clearance:

  • Active Secret Clearance Required



Desired Qualifications


  • OPIR and SBEM Mission experience is highly desirable.
  • Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) experience using Sparx Enterprise Architect or other comparable tools.
  • Active TS/SCI clearance