Expert Systems Engineer

Job Locations US-VA-Springfield
Data Science & Analytics
Security Clearance Requirement
Top Secret/SCI with CI Poly
Regular Full-Time


The Space and Intelligence Division provides professional services to the US Space Force, Combatant Commands, Intelligence Community, and NASA. Our work includes enterprise architectural assessments, systems engineering and integration, test, planning and execution, cost estimating and analysis, acquisition support, and cybersecurity.  We are trusted partners developing approaches and concepts to meet emerging high priority needs, assessing cutting-edge technologies, and supporting capabilities for our National Defense.  Come join the fastest growing Division at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.!


The Intelligence Programs Group, part of Systems Planning and Analysis Inc.’s Space and Intelligence Division, is a specialized provider of systems engineering and trusted advisory services to the Space and National Intelligence community.  We utilize mission-proven, data-driven advisory tools and capabilities.  We provide highly technical support to ensure the government acquires cutting edge technology necessary for our National Defense.  Our portfolio includes the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Come where you will be part of our high-caliber team!


SPA has an immediate or near term need for a Expert Systems Engineer with a background in data science to support the NGA's Chief Data Office (CDO). The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated working knowledge of the Open Data Store (ODS) and the NGA Consolidated Library (NCL) at NGA.


Expert Systems Engineers assist in leading engineering teams in taking a multi-discipline approach to requirements engineering, solutions engineering, scheduling, reliability, resiliency, services development, integration, test and evaluation, maintainability, and analysis across the National System of Geospatial-intelligence (NSG), Allied System of Geospatial-intelligence (ASG) and Federal Agencies to ensure timely and accurate GEOINT.


Job duties include:

  • Assists the Government in directing requirements engineering, solutions engineering, scheduling, reliability, resiliency, services development, integration, test and evaluation, maintainability and analysis across the National System of Geospatial-intelligence (NSG), Allied System of Geospatial-intelligence (ASG) and Federal Agencies.
  • Assists with the planning, analysis/traceability of user requirements, architectures traceability, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review cloud service capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations.
  • Advises the Government on proposed changes to the solutions designs based on analysis of requirements and new technology.
  • Assists the Government in the capture and translation of mission and customer requirements/needs into systems/capability requirements and solutions.
  • Supports the analyses and allocation of requirements to systems architecture components and executing programs.
  • Assists the Government in performing systems integration activities.
  • Assist in leading Analysis of Alternatives (AoAs), Course of Actions (CoAs), Trade Studies, and Engineering Assessments.
  • Assists the Government in strategic technical planning, project management, performance engineering, risk management and interface design.
  • Provides expert advice to the Government in the areas of relating vision, strategy, plans, needs, requirements, and process and capability developments.
  • Operates at the level of integrating multiple Major Systems Acquisitions across organizational, agency, department, and governmental/national boundaries.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the current NSG/ASG and NRO enterprises.
  • Oversees and coordinates the work of Senior-, Mid-, and Junior-level contractor Systems Engineers.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or in related technical or scientific fields such as engineering, physics, mathematics, operations research, engineering management, Computer Science, Information Technology, Management Information Systems, or related STEM degree program, or equivalent Expert level experience as a Systems Engineer.
  • A minimum of 18 years’ experience working as an Engineer.
  • Expert working experience within the NSG or ASG and major NSG programs/software applications (e.g. NCL, ArcGIS, RemoteView, GSP).
  • Expert working experience with DoD/IC Acquisition Process, Requirements Process, or system engineering of large complex System of Systems or Service Oriented
    Architecture/Cloud environments.
  • Experience with and strong understanding of the systems engineering lifecycle as it relates to the NSG environment.


Desired Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of the NGA Data and Systems Enterprise level Architecture and Data Services
  • Working knowledge of Model Based Systems Engineering, processes, tools and languages
  • Software Development Framework certification and/or licensure as a professional engineer
  • Experience engineering solutions using Cloud-based technologies
  • Experience engineering solutions using structured and unstructured Big Data
  • Experience engineering solutions using Automation, Augmentation and Artificial Intelligence technologies
  • Demonstrated expertise in photogrammetry, remote sensing, image science, information sciences, geographic information systems, geomatics, or related fields


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