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Filter by Date: Nov 29, 2018

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 42906 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia) 

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


Summary of Responsibilities

We are looking for a Software Systems Engineer/Senior Software Systems Engineer to serve as a technical advisor focused on all aspects of the GEOINT Ground Enterprise for the National Reconnaissance Office. Drawing on systems engineering and program management expertise, the Software Systems Engineer/Senior Software Systems Engineer will oversee the development of software-intensive mission planning and processing systems and facilitate the adoption of modern software technologies and practices, including agile-based development and cloud-based computing. The Software Systems Engineer/Senior Software Systems Engineer will coordinate reach-back to Aerospace technical staff to bring industry-leading subject matter expertise to bear on critical customer needs.

Key Functions

  • Assists in the development of key system requirements and in assessing the impacts of proposed engineering changes
  • Evaluates contractor designs to ensure requirements are satisfied, external impacts are understood, and user needs are met
  • Participates in milestone reviews and serves as a lead technical advisor to the government on program readiness
  • Performs oversight on behalf of the program office of verification and validation activities
  • Supports operational transitions, coordinating rapid response to anomalies and discrepancies, and supporting enterprise activities such as launch and initialization of associated collection assets
  • Undertakes major technical studies at the behest of the customer, leading teams comprised of mixed-badged personnel as appropriate

Key Functions for the Senior Software Systems Engineer may also include

  • Defines future capabilities and architectural tenets to foster enterprise adoption of commercial state of the art and industry best practices
  • Formulates acquisition strategies to achieve the government’s enterprise vision and mitigate risk
  • Participates in pre-solicitation efforts and source selections to help the government achieve best-value solutions from industry
  • Identifies risks and watch items as systems progress through the development lifecycle, and recommends mitigation strategies that balance cost, schedule, and performance
  • Serves as a key technical contributor on milestone readiness review teams, providing impartial technical assessments to milestone decision authorities
  • Recommends strategies to migrate systems and functions to government-managed cloud hosting environments


Required Qualifications

For the Software Systems Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering, scientific, or related field from a recognized institution
  • 8 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience
  • Experience with the systems engineering or software development lifecycles
  • Familiarity with US Government acquisition and systems engineering processes, such as supporting readiness reviews, sustainment activities, or focused technical studies
  • Current TS/SCI clearance with SSBI
  • Exceptionally high level of innovation, creativity, and personal initiative
  • Willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to accomplish the mission
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers and function in mixed teams comprised of government, federally-funded research and development center (FFRDC), and systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA) personnel
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; experience authoring technical reports and briefing both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Travel as necessary to support job requirements
  • Ability to occasionally flex work schedule to accommodate deadlines
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the US Government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

In addition to the above, the Senior Software Systems Engineer requires the following: 

  • 12 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience
  • Strong experience with the systems engineering and software development lifecycles and experience with the development or acquisition of software-intensive systems
  • Strong experience with US Government acquisition and systems engineering processes, including supporting readiness reviews and verification and validation activities
  • Experience working in a program office environment, including interfacing with customer counterparts and serving as a key technical advisor for a system or segment
  • Experience working with development contractors in a technical oversight role, such as supporting software release planning, quality assurance, deployment, or sustainment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in computer science, computer engineering, systems engineering, electrical engineering, or a related engineering or scientific field
  • Experience working in the GEOINT intelligence discipline from the perspective of acquisition, systems engineering, development, or mission operations
  • Experience leading focused teams of matrixed personnel to address customer needs
  • Expertise in agile-based software development and software architecture
  • Knowledge of NRO systems engineering, acquisition, and integration processes
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environments, complete tasks on short deadlines, and solve ill-defined problems
  • Ability to deliver impartial assessments despite incomplete or imperfect information

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

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