Acquisition Support Engineer - TS/SCI Cleared - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


SAIC is seeking an Acquisition Support Engineer who will assist the customer with defining technical spacecraft and ground systems requirements, defining a coherent acquisition strategy, and initiating major contracts with industry partners. 

The position is located in Chantilly, VA and tied to the NXLS3 contract, which provides full life-cycle systems engineer & acquisition support for multiple Major System Acquisitions to a Government satellite program office. The incumbent SETA team was just awarded a 11 year contract from March 2020 through February 2031!  

If you can demonstrate a technical understanding of space systems, have a working knowledge of government budget requirements, a sound understanding of contracting regulations, and a familiarity with the NRO’s systems engineering practices then this is the job for you! 

Specific duties include:

  • Define end-to-end system capabilities.  
  • Develop acquisition strategy and timelines to benefit mission needs and architecture.
  • Draft acquisition documentation to include acquisition plan, fee plan/milestone payment plan, statement of work, contract data requirements list, and other documentation required for a competitive source selection.
  • Monitor performance requirements and identify disconnects with Request for Proposal (RFP) intent and available budget.
  • Support processes to track and report progress on the accomplishment of all contract actions.
  • Identify critical program milestones and match them with appropriate contract requirements.
  • Develop artifacts and briefings in support of critical oversight reviews to include National Intelligence Acquisition Board (NIAB), Acquisition Strategy Councils (ASC), Contract Review Panels (CRP), and Quarterly Program Reviews (QPR).
  • Support technical evaluations of contractor proposals.
  • Review complex technical design documentation and provide formal and informal feedback to the COTR and other customer personnel.
  • Liaise with mission analysis and technical requirements teams to ensure completeness across the acquisition.
  • Coordinate with other acquisition offices to ensure “end to end” acquisitions that reflect sound systems engineering practices.


  • Active TS/SCI with Polygraph
  • Bachelors in Business or Engineering discipline 
  • 14 years or more professional experience
  • Previous experience developing a variety of acquisition strategies
  • Experience in NRO, IC, and DoD acquisition and program management processes
  • Detailed understanding of government satellite systems acquisitions
  • Experience in the development of Statement of Works (SOWs) and in the ability to perform technical evaluations on SOW’s and BOE’s
  • Basic understanding of satellite systems and architectures
  • Program Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent certification
  • Ability to travel domestically

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced Engineering degree (MS or PhD)
  • Previous experience in the program office
  • Insight into mission utility of program office systems and interfaces to external components