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Senior Systems Engineer for Space & Missile Defense



DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation is seeking a Senior Systems Engineer for Space & Missile Defense.  This position will assist in supporting our Office of the Secretary of Defense customer in Alexandria, VA.


Responsible for providing contemporary technical insights, expertise, and analysis of Space & Missile Defense Systems (Major Defense Acquisition Programs) in support of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Systems Engineering (DASD(SE))

Duties will include:

  1. Providing program, systems engineering, and acquisition support to the government team lead for the Space and Missile Defense portfolio. 
  2. Conducting OSD-level technical reviews and assessments of DoD major acquisition programs (e.g., Preliminary/Critical Design Reviews (PDR, CDR), Program Support Assessment). Evaluate and make recommendations to the MDA on the readiness to enter/exit acquisition milestone in accordance with statutory, regulatory (e.g., DoDI 5000.02, DoDI 5134.16), and DoD guidance (e.g., Systems Engineering Plan Outline, Program Protection Plan Outline, Defense Acquisition Guidebook,).
  3. Aiding program offices in developing (and coordinating) comprehensive Systems Engineering Plans (SEPs) for DASD(SE) approval.
  4. Presenting to senior acquisition leadership on the status and issues associated with assigned Space & Missile Defense Systems in preparation for acquisition decision meetings
  5. Continuous engagement with programs to assess performance-to-plan and technical risks.
  6. Maintaining objective insight into programs’ requirement performance and other technical metrics, schedule, risks, engineering management, production, integration, and other engineering discipline heath and status via quarterly (at minimum) engagement with the program office and contractor sites for the assigned portfolio.
  7. Performing ad hoc analysis and generation of high quality technical reports and presentations for senior DoD leadership to support various public speaking engagements, symposium, conferences, and Congressional/OSD/Service reports. 
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years of Department of Defense (DoD) experience in acquisition, engineering, operationally relevant, and/or program management experience
    • Understanding of the technical and programmatic elements of DoD acquisition lifecycle, activities, timeline, acquisitions, best practices, policies, dependencies, and interrelationships associated with DoDI 5000.02
  • Experience working in an acquisition program office (ACAT 1D preferred) or on Service/OSD staff overseeing acquisition programs
  • Expert technical knowledge of one or more of the following programs: 
    • Missile Defense: LRDR, IFPC, AIAMD, PATRIOT AMD Sensor, SM-3, SM-6, BMDS, CEC, AMDR, GBSD, PAC-3 MSE
  • Experience performing system engineer functions to include the planning and evaluation of systems engineering technical reviews (PDR/CDR), technical performance measures, program requirements, system engineering plans, risk, and schedules for DoD acquisition programs
  • Must have demonstrated expert knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint; Strong analytical and statistical analysis capability; Have performed critical analysis of technical data with the goal of recommending corrective courses of action
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and proven communication skills: must have experience providing briefings and presentations to senior-level officials (samples of briefings and relevant analysis/report capability will be required);
  • Must have at minimum a SECRET clearance, and capable of obtaining a TS clearance
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field
  • Desired: Master’s degree in an engineering field
  • Desired: Familiarity with DoD data repositories such as DAES, DAMIR, JCIDS, KMDS, AIR, etc.
  • Desired: Previous Pentagon or Service staff experience
  • Desired: Creative with strong data visualization skills

Please provide a cover letter to address your experience related to all relevant DoD acquisition and Space & Missile Defense programs.  

Keywords: Space, Missile Defense, Lead Engineer, DoD 5000, Systems Engineer, Acquisition Engineer, DoD,MUOS, EPS, GPS III, PSCS, JMS, GPS OCX, MGUE, SBIRS, AEHF, WSF, Space Fence, IFPC, AIAMD, PATRIOT AMD Sensor, SM-6, BMDS, CEC, AMDR, GBSD, PAC-3 MSE


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