SWFO Manager, Subject Matter Expert - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (www.kbrjobs.com)


  full-time   employee

United States


SWFO Manager, Subject Matter Expert

KBR is seeking a SWFO Manager, Subject Matter Expert for the Science & Space Division. The SME will provide support for the SWFO Antenna Network (SAN) for the NOAA Space Weather Follow-On (SWFO) program.

Space Weather Follow-On (SWFO) mission is to provide space weather observations to enable space weather forecasting by NOAA. SWFO will make direct, in-situ, measurements of the solar wind thermal plasma and magnetic field “up-stream” of the Earth. In addition, SWFO will observe the Sun’s corona to detect expulsions of plasma and magnetic field, called Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), which may be directed towards the Earth. The data produced by SWFO will help NOAA provide watches and warnings for space weather events that can disrupt the electrical power grid and communications systems as well as navigation and timing systems like the Global Positioning System (GPS).

The SAN is a global antenna network to continuously receive mission data from the SWFO-L1 observatory and to support SWFO-L1 observatory operations by providing telemetry, command, and ranging services. The SAN is that part of the GS that provides radio frequency (RF) communications with the SWFO-L1 observatory. It interfaces with the C2 and the SWFO-L1 observatory. The SAN will be designed, developed, built, tested, deployed, exercised during mission rehearsals, and ready for operations to support the launch of the SWFO-L1 spacecraft in October 2024.

The SAN architecture consists of 2 CONUS antenna installations Wallops Island Virginia (Wallops) and Consolidated Backup Station (CBU) near Fairmont West Virginia with OCONUS terrestrial networking based on a commercial services approach.


Develop and apply advanced methods, theories and research techniques in investigation and solution of complex and difficult system design requirements and problems. A Subject Matter Expert will have extensive experience in studies and analysis in specified field, analysis of emerging and advanced trends in said field. Has experience in the preparation of assessments, systems implementation plans, systems integrations and system test and evaluation for field of expertise.

Subject Matter Expert must be able to handle task specific questions and engage in advanced problem solving. Support may include physical testing, analyzing data, and interpreting information. Prepare recommendations and solutions for specific areas in question. Provide leadership and direction to team members working on the same project. Plan, conduct and technically direct projects or major phases of significant projects, coordinating the efforts of engineers and technical support staff in the performance of assigned projects. Be able to coach and provide feedback to the team. Conduct investigations of considerable complexity. Review literature, patents and current practices relevant to the solution of assigned projects. Review completion and implementation of systems additions and/or enhancements and recommend corrections in technical application and analysis to management. Evaluate vendor capabilities to provide required products or services. Provide technical consultation to other organizations.

Direct evaluation and integration of new NOOA Owned Antenna Ground system and OCONUS network. Support acquisition and development of Monitor and Control and scheduling software in support of the mission. Direct testing and evaluation of systems and equipment in support of the mission. Travel is required.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills:

  • Master’s degree in computer science or related engineering discipline (Math, Physics). Bachelor’s degree in related field with 20 years of experience. In lieu of formal education, at least 28 years of progressive related experience in specified field is required. Specific contract requirements regarding education and experience will prevail.
  • Ability to successfully complete a high risk public trust background investigation
  • Development experience with remote hardware Monitor and Control systems

Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills:

  • Development experience with ground equipment scheduling systems
  • Knowledge of Antenna ground system architecture
  • Experience with Satellite/Ground command and data encryption
  • Data recording and archive experience
  • Time and frequency distribution systems experience
  • Hardware sustainment and preventive maintenance
  • GOES-R Ground Segment experience a plus

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