Sr. Systems Engineering Advisor

The Aerospace Corporation - McLean, VA4.0

Full-timeEstimated: $140,000 - $190,000 a year
All Locations: McLean, 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 Senior Systems Engineer will advise the Office of the Assistant Director of Intelligence for Systems and Resource Analyses (ADNI/SRA) customer in support of assessments of various types to study the requirements, capabilities, risks and affordability of existing and potential solutions to the intelligence challenges. In this position, the Sr. Systems Engineering Advisor will apply operations research and systems analysis and use or guide the use of software tools for problem solving, modeling and simulation, and optimizations. The Sr. Systems Engineering Advisor will provide general Systems Analysis and Engineering support for the assessments of capability needs and requirements associated with intelligence needs. These analyses may be conducted in association with functional intelligence managers and capability providers. The Sr. Systems Engineering Advisor shall assess alternatives for meeting these intelligence needs, determine the best mix of material and non-material solutions based on existing systems and future needs, considering affordability of proposed solutions and coordinate with other ODNI staff to review, create or modify appropriate documentation to record decisions.

Key Functions

Work directly with senior government customers (General/Flag Officer equivalent & below), analyzing & preparing team products and responding to dynamic tasking changes
Develop briefings and other analytic products (e.g. technical assessments of space and ground system efforts and alternatives; assessments and recommendations of courses of action for effective oversight of major system acquisition in regards to high level requirements and cost, to be briefed at the highest levels of the Intelligence Community (IC).
Provide full-time technical support to the (ADNI/SRA), and the Directors of Cost Analyses, Programs and Requirements, and Studies and Evaluations, informing systems, resource and cost analyses of major programs for the ADNI/SRA
Advise the customer on best application of complex data analytics to inform the above analyses
Facilitate research into advanced space and ground system cost methodology, and apply expertise in data analytics to enable advanced analysis
Use or guide the use of software tools for problem solving, modeling and simulation, and space, airborne and ground ISR operations
Serve as Aerospace engineering and technical liaison between the Aerospace Engineering Matrix and the senior management and staff of ODNI/SRA
Keep Aerospace management informed of significant initiatives and decision on the ADNI/SRA and their impact on the ODNI, IC, and intelligence capabilities and programs
Act as mentor and counselor to government, contractor support and Aerospace team
Brief and interact with senior government customers on a frequent and regular basis

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in in Engineering or Operations Research/Systems Analysis, or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
A minimum of 12 years of progressively responsible professional experience
Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a dynamic senior government staff setting
Extensive systems engineering experience in major space or ground system development projects within the Defense or Intelligence Communities (IC)
Ability to concisely, logically, and accurately present issues verbally, in briefings, and in written format
Current TS/SSBI
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

Advanced degree in Engineering or Operations Research/Systems Analysis, or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
Demonstrated knowledge of cost estimating of major systems within the Defense or Intelligence Communities
Demonstrated experience in architecting and assessing enterprise IT services
Demonstrated knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the ODNI organization, DoD space-related organizations, NRO, and Intelligence Community analytic production organizations
Strong organizational and project management skills, with proven collaboration, and leadership skills
Broad familiarity with and demonstrated success in use of Aerospace Engineering Matrix capabilities
Familiarity with the IC Capability Requirements processes related to National Security Space and related Ground systems

Transcript Requirement


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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