Systems Engineer Principal - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

El Segundo
United States


SAIC is currently looking for a Systems Engineer with Program Management experience to join our amazing team supporting launch system SE&I activities for the Launch Enterprise (LE) Directorate at SMC. This position is located at Los Angeles AFB, CA. 


Key aspects of this oversight will include the following:

Requirements Management

Architecture Management

Technical Baseline Management
Requirements Management
Launch Vehicle Acquisition Support
Launch Mission Assurance activities, in cooperation with FFRDC
Launch Scheduling and Mission Assignments
Coordination with launch vehicle providers, satellite developers, associate contractors, FFRDC, and launch site   teams


Job Specific Responsibilities:

Lead activities based on sound acquisitions and engineering practices

Elicit and refine customer requirements

Ensure designs fully support requirements and are consistent with customer

budget, schedule, risk profile and organizational/system constraints


Responsible for leading a complex task order or a group of task orders affecting business or technical system development activity.

Works with the client contracting officers and representatives, management personnel, staff and customer representatives.

Responsible for formulating and enforcing work standards, assigning resources and staff, preparing and adhering to cost budgets, approving work schedules, reviewing work, resolving discrepancies, and communicating policies, purposes, and goals of the project. Is responsible for the overall management of specific projects or task orders and ensures that the technical solutions, schedules and project deliverables specified in the task order are implemented in a timely manner.

Individual must possess solid working knowledge of space launch systems and processes. Individuals in this role must have a solid understanding of launch vehicle processes and practices, launch site preparations flow and day-of-launch procedures.

The individual should also have a general understanding of the NSSL vehicle launch interface requirements, launch transportation and processing requirements.

May performs Systems Engineering activities related to Information Technology or Engineering including: concept of operations formulation, requirements definition, analysis and engineering, system architecting, system analysis and design, interface and data architectures, validation and verification, systems integration, system & op. performance analysis, Lifecycle cost analysis & estimation, decision analysis and physical configuration analysis (PCA). 

Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.

Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software or engineering specifications.

Provides specific, detailed information for selection, implementation techniques, and tools for the most efficient solution to meet business needs, including present and future capacity requirements. From an information technology perspective, may be concerned with floor layout, power & cooling, data storage, infrastructure management, backup, monitoring, operating systems, directory services, identity management, access management, and automation.



Required Experience & Qualifications

Minimum Secret Clearance

Bachelor’s degree and 10+ years or more of related experience. 8+ years in launch vehicle


Participated with senior managers to establish plans and objectives

      Ability to recommend/make decisions on administrative or project work matters and ensures

      effective achievement of program, project, or organizational objectives


Required Certifications

PMP, APDP level III (PM), APDP level III (Contracting) or equivalent


Desired Experience & Qualifications

Work proficiently on unusually complex technical problems and provide solutions which are highly innovative and ingenious


Desired Technology Experience


Launch Vehicles and Subsystems (Avionics, Propulsion, Structures)

Model-Based Systems Engineering

Launch Site activities

Space and Ground systems