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Systems Engineer Principal - 25711 in California, MD at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 3/8/2018

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Job Description


We're looking for a principal systems engineer / project engineer to technically manage a hardware deliverable program.  Candidate must have a systems engineering background with a degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics and have experience as a systems engineer managing requirements, integration and test.  Candidates must display / demonstrate an understanding of requirements development and trace.  Candidates who will be considered will have experience and expertise is system security implementations, operating systems cyber resiliency, and have knowledge of attribute of secure military solutions for hardware, processors and embedded systems (FPGAs)

Position Summary

As the organizational expert in the systems engineering field, develops, operates and maintains a variety of highly complex technology systems. Participates in the integration of processes and methodologies to ensure the performance of the total system.  works directly with senior technical personnel, program managers, and external organizations in the planning, oversight, execution, and evaluation of multiple complex technical solutions related to a program’s system and technical product development. Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of scientific principles and practices in broad areas across one or more technical disciplines.  Maintains a liaison role for technical matters with staff and customers, and acts independently on technical issues within his/her field of expertise.

Advises program managers on challenging technical issues, coordinates the use of senior technical resources across the organization on multi-disciplinary problems, and provides technical guidance and leadership to less-experienced systems engineers and other technical staff. Works within a peer group of senior technical staff to periodically review technical plans, results, and work products.

Recognized within Alion and the technical community as an authority in one or more technical specialties. Typically publishes professional and scientific papers and holds patents.

 Duties and Responsibilities  

Performs complex and advanced engineering work in design, evaluation, planning, testing and operation in support of system development, engineering analysis and research for one or more programs. Provides technical advisory and consulting expertise to programs and projects under development, acting as a recognized authority in the appropriate scientific field.  Provides engineering subject matter expertise, guidance and work leadership to technical staff and other internal groups. Serves as a technical specialist for the organization in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes. Serves as program technical team lead.  Prioritizes technical issues, plans technical approach, and works with program managers to develop schedules and staffing plans to support program delivery milestones. 

 Supports program risk identification and management activities.  Coordinates the application of the organization’s technical resources when required. 

Develops and provides final technical review of major technical reports, status reports, letters, technical memoranda, contract reports and formal briefings.

Conducts independent technical investigations and provides impact assessments and design recommendations to clients.  Provides assurance that technical projects are performed in a technically proficient manner and ensures conclusions and recommendations are supported by the analyses presented.

Contributes original ideas and innovations to both solicited and unsolicited proposals that result in the expansion of ongoing programs or new program starts.  Develops related briefings and provides understandable and compelling presentations of technical ideas/proposals.

Complies with applicable quality and security procedures in the performance of duties.  Establishes and monitors standards for internal quality programs.  Provides recommendations for improvements to existing quality systems or applicable company procedures and guidelines.

Performs additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

 Education and Experience

Master’s degree in engineering plus 10 to 12 years relevant work experience.  Doctorate degree preferred.  Degree(s) must be in engineering, computer science, mathematics or a related discipline.

Project engineering and Program Management experience required.

In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for more than 15 years of applicable work experience. Work experience may be adjusted for highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience for positions involving new technology or labor market shortages as reflected by market survey data.

 A security clearance up to TS / SCI  may be required after employment.  Candidates with a current / active clearence are desired to avoid program delays.

Diversity Statement

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.