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Filter by Date: Jun 28, 2019

Filter by Location: Springfield, VA, US, 22150

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45413 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia); Springfield, 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 
The mission of the Sensor Integration, Architecture and Acquisition Department (SIAA) within the National Intelligence Division is to provide enterprise-level architecting, systems engineering and acquisition support to the Architecture and Engineering Group at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). SIAA seeks a Senior Systems Acquisition Engineer to work directly with the NGA client as part of multiple small teams engaged in various aspects of current acquisition lifecycles.  The Engineer will apply their own expertise, coordinate across stakeholder boundaries, and manage Aerospace engineering technical resources to assist in the development of future ground and space architectures. 

Key Functions

  • Lead and assist the development and acquisition of geospatial intelligence systems.
  • Deliver independent and objective advice on NGA support and integration into various Intelligence Community agencies.
  • Assist and advise the development of systems engineering expertise, analytic capability development, and geospatial intelligence budget planning and programming.
  • Provide project planning, tasking, and technical management of Aerospace matrixed resources.
  • Deliver independent and objective reviews on ground systems architecture geospatial intelligence actions, documents, strategies, plans, and issues.
  • Maintain close and frequent interaction with a government customer, SETA, and contractor personnel.
  • Apply systems engineering vision to multiple units throughout the program life cycle.
  • Collaborate with Intelligence Community (IC) programs and other IC offices to develop and refine various existing and new program mission CONOPS, tradecraft, and technologies related to specific spectral phenomenologies.
  • Draw upon established and trusted relationships with the IC, National Laboratories, and related programs to offer a depth of technical knowledge.
  • Accelerate seamless integration of data from mission partner programs and sensors.  

This position is primarily based in Springfield, VA. Occastional travel to Chantilly, VA and other locations is required.


Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree in science, engineering or related technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • A minimum of 12 years of experience 
  • Experience in systems engineering, network architecture and/or sensor integration technologies.
  • Ability to work in a highly dynamic Program Office environment with a mix of government, FFRDC, and SETA personnel
  • Ability to travel
  • Familiarity with program management, DOD budget programming, requirements, and acquisition processes
  • Current TS/SSBI with active SCI
  • This position requires the ability to have and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Expertise in the application of space-based intelligence systems in support of strategic intelligence and combat operations
  • Experience and expertise in geospatial intelligence collection systems, operations, and intelligence analysis
  • Deep understanding of NRO and commercial collection platforms and systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge of MBSE/DE tools and functions
  • Architecture development of satellite vehicles and ground systems
  • Demonstrated expertise with modeling and simulation facilitating trade analysis to understand the relative priority of system designs

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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.

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

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

Job Segment: Engineer, Security Clearance, Systems Engineer, GIS, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering, Government, Technology

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