Operations Engineering Contractor Element Lead - Military veterans preferred

SAIC (www.saic.com)


  full-time   employee

United States



SAIC is seeking a systems engineer to fulfill a senior contractor role at a government facility in Chantilly, VA.  A member of the contract’s senior leadership team, this engineer is responsible and accountable to the government and Program Manager (PM)/Deputy PM for the successful task execution of contract requirements at this location.  The successful candidate will:


  • Provide system engineering technical support to Director, Operations Engineering and Deputy in prioritizing and aligning tasks across contractor team
  • Oversee, guide, prioritize technical tasks for 40+ expert Systems Engineering and Technical Advisors (SETA) assigned to this organization; promotes thought leadership across SETA team 
  • Collaborate closely with other subject matter experts (SMEs) within organization to identify appropriate resources to support current and new tasks; facilitates cross-Directorate, cross-site collaboration and coordination
  • Collaborate with other CELs on technical and program management topics
  • Provide regular Element status updates Program Manager (PM)/Deputy PM
  • Augment SMEs or provide surge support to government to ensure tasks, deliverables completed on time and quality meets government requirements
  • Develop and present briefings and assessments for a variety of audiences, must be able to convey information in a clear and articulate manner to Government leadership
  • Anticipate, identify, address task execution concerns; coordinate with government and PM/DPM, advocate for cross-element support at resource management panel as appropriate
  • Proactively identify and communicate system engineering risks, issues, assumptions, mitigations, and dependencies
  • Provide inputs to the contract quarterly program management review



  • Bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) discipline and fourteen (14) years or more experience in related technical field.  STEM degree is a contractual requirement.
  • Master’s degree (STEM preferred) and 12 years or more experience

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of GEOINT and SIGINT overall space and ground architecture including mission control and/or mission processing functions
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience with National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
  • Minimum of five years of experience as a lead within programs/projects of similar size, scope
  • Minimum five years’ experience supporting 24/7 operations
  • Demonstrated success working in a high visibility/high-tempo position requiring self-motivation; strong technical and leadership background
  • Relevant qualifications working with other IC organizations
  • Professional and tactful under pressure; effective negotiation with diplomatic skills
  • Self-starter, polished communicator (written/verbal)
  • Familiar with Digital Engineering/Model Based Systems Engineering tools and practices
  • Familiar with SAFe/AGILE
  • Top Secret SCI with Poly Clearance


Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiar with cloud technologies (AWS, C2S), DevSecOps
  • Experience from commercial space systems providers, small satellites
  • PMP, INCOSE, and/or SAFE certification(s) desired

COVID Policy: Prospective and/or new employees will be required to adhere with SAIC's vaccination policy. All SAIC employees must be fully vaccinated and they must submit proof of vaccination on their first day of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement at  and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Customer site vaccination requirements, if more strict, will take precedence over SAIC's vaccination policy.