Communications Systems Engineer, Sr. Principal (Horizon) - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

Colorado Springs
United States


SAIC is seeking a seasoned, senior level Communications Systems /  RF Engineer and Acquisition Professional to provide systems engineering and technical support to the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Directorate Special Programs (SMC/SP).  SMC/SP equips U.S. forces with space control systems to gain, maintain, and exploit space superiority. It directs the planning, development, testing, deployment, and sustainment of a complex and dynamic portfolio of space- superiority capabilities of the highest national priority. The position requires an individual expertise in technical programs, technical program management, and RF or communications systems engineering of large scale space and ground systems and/or new start technical demonstration space and ground systems. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and team skills. In addition, the candidate will be expected to continually balance and adjust work priorities to meet short term work suspense and rapidly evolving customer needs. 


Job Responsibilities:


Perform technical support and independent risk assessment and evaluation of program management execution, technical review execution (DoD 5000.02 framework), and systems engineering.

Assess viability from a programmatic and technical execution perspective.

Monitor RF and signal processing design and development and provide independent assessments, recommend system improvements and efficiencies.

Review and assess design and supporting analysis for test and evaluation of USSF assets.

Support space system and communications system design engineering.

Perform systems engineering for space systems.  Be able to evaluate design solutions and assess architecture analysis.

Develop and review technical requirements, evaluating technical proposals, review and assess software engineering and algorithm development, and CONOPS development. 

Translate technical requirements into work packages, evaluating technical proposals, manage modeling and simulation activities, and schedule management to deliver an end product.

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.

Develop and evaluate program level documentation for SMC/SP assigned programs in support of Directorate leadership.

Engage and coordinate with SMC Center Staff, HQ, USSF and HQ USSF on behalf of Directorate leadership to resolve documentation issues in line with Directorate commander's intent and priorities.

Provide leadership advice on: acquisition strategies for next-generation systems; program execution issues and recommendations; strategic messaging to key operational and acquisition government, industry, and media stakeholders


  • Bachelors and fourteen (14) years or more experience; Masters and twelve (12) years or more experience; PhD or JD and nine (9) years or more of related communications, space and ground control systems engineering experience including systems architecture, hardware, test, integration and deployment
  • Qualified applicants must possess as active TS/SCI clearance and have a willingness to consent to a polygraph examination