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Senior Systems Engineer/Acquisition (casual)

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Filter by Date: May 13, 2019

Filter by Location: Silver Spring, MD, US, 20910

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45357 

All Locations: Silver Spring, MD (Maryland) 

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?


The Agile Systems Engineering Planning and Analysis (ASEPA) Department within the Acquisition Analysis and Planning Subdivision (AAPS) develops and applies innovative and efficient acquisition and systems engineering strategies to address customer needs. The selected candidate will provide technical analysis and technical leadership to support surge in work-demand and should possess acquisition and systems engineering experience. The bulk of the work will encompass systems engineering and acquisition tasks to guide systems through the government acquisition process. A candidate with significant ground experience is preferred.



Key Functions


  • Provide expertise to space and ground system acquisitions in the pre-solicitation phase of the acquisition. Support areas include the development of acquisition strategies; conduct of market research, assistance in the development technical documents in a request for proposal such as statement of work, source selection criteria, instructions for bidders; and participation as a technical advisor in source selections. 
  • Provide expertise to independent milestone reviews for ground and space systems throughout the acquisition lifecycle.
  • Participate in systems engineering studies such as system requirements development and flow-down; analysis of alternatives; system integration, verification, and validation; readiness reviews; risk and opportunity identification, assessment, disposition, mitigation, and management; schedule management and assessment; technology planning and insertion; and performance assessment. 
  • Assisting the government customer in applying innovative acquisition and systems engineering techniques
  • Supporting interdisciplinary functional acquisition teams





•    BS degree or higher in engineering, science, or a related field
•    Twelve (12) years of applicable experience to include pre-acquisition planning, source selection, systems engineering and program execution, with demonstrated leadership of teams/studies
•    Experience providing acquisition support to government organizations 
•    Experience leading and participating in systems engineering studies and reviews. 
•    Experience providing technical leadership to space and ground system acquisitions in the pre-solicitation phase of the acquisition. 
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
•    Proven ability to work successfully in a collaborative and diverse environment
•    Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships 
•    Strong initiative and leadership skills 
•    Current SSBI
•    Some travel 





•    Advanced degree
•    Knowledge and experience in some, or all, of the following disciplines: model-based systems engineering, digital engineering, agile acquisition, rapid acquisition and rapid fielding initiatives , dev ops, software acquisition and software systems engineering
•    Knowledge in some, or all, of the following ground and space systems: National Security Space which includes SMC, NRO, MDA, AFSPC, and others, and Civil and Commercial with includes NASA, NOAA and others
•    Experience in acquisition streamlining initiatives for new programs and capabilities under development.
•    Experience with IT and Managed Service Provider Acquisition and Systems Engineering;
•    Experience working in a government program office environment

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

Relocation Available:  No 

Employment Type: Casual 

Work Schedule: Part 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.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

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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