Systems Engineer, Sr Principal - Space Ops - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


SAIC is pursuing a ground-breaking opportunity in support of the U.S. Space Development Agency’s (SDA) acceleration in development and fielding of new military space capabilities. SAIC is looking for motivated, innovative, career and customer-oriented individuals to join our team in support of this space effort and provide SDA with architecture concepts, systems, technologies, and capabilities that enable futuristic improvements for U.S. space based capabilities. The ideal candidate will have an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness with the ability to apply and/or develop highly advanced technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts in support of the SDA’s mission.

 The candidate for this position will support the entire SAIC effort in support of SDA, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Distill customer requirements into actionable development objectives
  • Work with external and internal stakeholders to generate requirements documentation and specifications. Maintain these documents through their lifetime
  • Collaborate with subsystem representatives across team boundaries to consider all necessary trades and ensure end-to-end mission success
  • Assist with Ground Segment architecture and design, including software and hardware architectures
  • Plan for and execute the build-out of accredited and operational systems and facilities supporting space vehicle operations globally
  • Assist with the creation and maintenance of project master schedules and regularly report modifications to customers

The candidate will be responsible for these specific duties:

  • High-fidelity, real-time testing using hardware and software components
  • Hardware-in-the-loop simulations
  • Space vehicle to ground systems integration laboratory


  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution and fourteen (14) years or more of related experience

  • 3+ years of experience working hands-on with hardware or software technical projects

  • 2+ years of systems-level engineering experience

  • 2+ years of technical project management experience

  • Provide thought leadership and innovative solution design addressing the SDA mission

  • Proven pioneer in space related capabilities or innovation experience may be considered in lieu of a degree

  • Professional experience working with ground systems for launch or space vehicles

  • Prior experience working on government programs

  • Proven ability to interact effectively with colleagues

  • Excellent written and oral (briefing) communication skills

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)

  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and in teams

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance. US Citizenship required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree
  • Active Security Clearance

Target salary range: $175,001 - $185,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.