Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

  • Systems Engineer

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Systems Engineering: Requirements Development
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Within SOSD, the Surety Programs Group supports the management of complex safety, security, and reliability programs for High Reliability Organizations (HROs). We provide decision-support products that help senior-leaders integrate across the multi-faceted elements of large security programs. Our focus is on intelligent development of policies, procedures, organizational structure, security solution concepts, and Concepts of Operation (CONOPS) supported by integrative assessments (e.g., Modeling and Simulation (M&S), threat analysis, risk analysis) and verified by subject-matter-expert (SME) based inspections.


    Development of system level engineering requirements from governing policy and performance assessment recommendations.  Review of preliminary and critical designs, and subsequent configuration changes, to ensure compliance with established security requirements.  Review of engineering policy instructions and process directives to preserve security stakeholder equities in the engineering design process.  Development of methodology to determine system effectiveness against identified critical capabilities and required operational availability (Ao) of identified subsystems.  Manage system-level requirements allocation database.  Manage the capture and representation of program-level operational and programmatic (cost, schedule, and technical) risk.  Verify data supporting system effectiveness assessments and hardware qualification testing.  Maintaining close and continual contact with the primary customer (GS14/O5 level) in the communication of needs and expectations.  Leading collaborative working groups, both internally and with customer stakeholders. Developing relevant products and briefing their content to the customer and other stakeholders.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Engineering Management or Engineering/Systems Technology.
    • 0-6 years of experience with the system design process and engineering project management support.
    • Understanding of engineering requirements development, verification and management.
    • Ability to read and interpret governing policy as it relates to system design requirements.
    • Ability to execute engineering configuration management plans.
    • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings.
    • Ability to manage priorities and meet client needs in a timely manner within a customer oriented atmosphere.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to senior audiences.
    • Ability to work independently with minimal direction and as part of a collaborative team.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Project, Power Point, Excel, Visio, and Word. 
    • Eligible for or currently holding a Top Secret security clearance.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Previous broad-based systems engineering experience on technically complex programs.
    • Previous military / government civilian (Navy preferred) experience.
    • Ability to manage operational and programmatic (cost, schedule, and technical) risk.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the Navy Strategic Weapons System program.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the Navy Integrated Nuclear Weapons Security System program.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework.
    • Understanding of Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) and system architecture.
    • Master’s degree in Systems Engineering.
    • Use of Systems Modeling Language (SysML).
    • Use of the DoD Architecture Framework (DODAF).
    • Use of the Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements System (DOORS).


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