Contractor Technical Lead for Space Systems Transformation - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


SAIC is seeking a Technical Lead for SmallSat R&D to join our team. SAIC provides specialized analysis, engineering, design, and operations support to a variety of Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) customers. We support development of next generation and generation after next national security systems based on land, at sea, in air, and in space.

SAIC has an opening for a Technical Lead for SmallSat R&D to lead a team of analysts, engineers, and technical advisors to an IC systems and technology research and development (R&D) customer.

Responsibilities include:

• Define and lead technical review and assessment of transformational Small Satellite (SmallSat) spacecraft concepts, architectures, systems, technologies, interfaces, and operations.

• Advise USG on issues of applicability and feasibility of relevant technologies to future SmallSat spacecraft, mission payloads, communication systems, ground systems, launch systems, and operations concepts.

• Define and guide analysis of alternatives to optimize performance and improve understanding of system, technology, and architecture trades. Identify key risks and gaps to help ensure mission success.

• Define and lead creation of deliverables required (including technical and programmatic assessments provided through oral briefings and/or written reports) presenting analysis, results, conclusions, and recommendations. Brief USG and industry, as requested.

• Provide technical and programmatic advisory support to acquisition planning, source selection, and related programmatic processes including development of acquisition support documents.

• Serve in primary leadership role to oversee and coordinate multiple vendor development, testing, and integration activities to deliver integrated solutions that meet USG requirements.


• Active TS/SCI with polygraph.

• Bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) with minimum of 14 years of relevant experience or 12 years with master’s degree.

• Demonstrated technical management and leadership ability.

• Technical understanding of systems engineering and integration of satellite systems, mission payloads, ground systems, communication systems, and launch systems.

• High quality critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills.

• Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills needed to lead and facilitate team collaboration, group discussion, and oral presentations.

• Practical application experience in use of DoD Architecture Framework (DODAF).

• Versatile understanding of the systems engineering lifecycle and systems engineering Vee as it pertains to IC R&D acquisition.

• Technical familiarity with the following:

 Automated Target Recognition (ATR) and Artificial intelligence (AI) implementation

 Automated mission management, sensor management, and processing management functions

 Distributed computing and data fusion

 Modeling & Simulation

 Link Budgets

 Satellite bus, payload, and ground systems design, development, integration, and deployment

• Desire and ability to actively participate in USG customer enterprise research and learning environment with objectives to create, gather, and share knowledge to grow organizational competency and capability.

• Demonstrated understanding of the intelligence mission.

• Basic knowledge of intelligence organizations, disciplines, systems, and processes.