Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

  • C4I Systems Engineer

    Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
    Systems Engineering: Design and Verification
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    SPA’s Civil and San Diego (CSD) group is responsible for a broad range analytical, engineering, independent assessments, strategic planning, and technology research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) programs in support of new SPA markets.  SPA San Diego provides technical support services to C4I programs and related processes within the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) enterprise.  The group provides support for multiple programs and projects within PEO C4I, and for technical and engineering services to assist and support NAVWAR in carrying out its engineering and program management responsibilities. #CJ #IN123


    Systems Engineer needed in San Diego, CA, to provide systems engineering and technical analysis support services to a US Navy program office responsible for the development and acquisition of C4ISR capabilities within the parameters of the Defense Acquisition System.  These services include: providing engineering and technical support to develop and refine requirements definitions; developing architecture requirements and performing analysis; providing system and platform modernization analysis; developing and verifying technical documentation, plans, and drawings; and supporting performance, compatibility, interoperability, interface, and operational evaluations.


    Candidate will work closely with other Systems Engineering and Technical Analysis support, client Assistant Program Manager – Engineers, and program/project lead engineers in the day-to-day management of acquisition programs and special projects systems engineering management/oversight.  Provide systems engineering and technical analysis support to meet statutory, regulatory, and programmatic requirements in accordance with the DoD and US Navy Directive 5000 series.  Coordinate project engineering and technical activities between Navy Systems Commands (acquisition program management offices), OPNAV, TYCOMs, Fleet representatives, and other stakeholders.  Assist government leadership in the understanding, establishment and analysis of existing and future systems definitions, systems design, enterprise architectural concepts and standards.  Support technical integration of new technologies and capabilities into existing acquisition programs of record.  Use quantitative analytical techniques to assess system acquisition process issues and develop risk reduction and mitigation approaches for improving acquisition and program planning, control, and execution.  Prepare reports of findings and make recommendations for corrections or resolution of emergent technical issues.  Prepare briefs, reports, and correspondence in US Navy format for internal and external stakeholders and partners.


    The place of performance for this position is at government facilities.


    This position will require up to 10% travel (US only).


    • Bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics or another technical discipline.
    • Two years’ experience in US Navy systems engineering process, policies, and procedures in support of acquisition programs.
    • Experience with Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) and Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I).
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate (verbal and written) complex engineering and technical concepts and content to technical and non-technical audiences for decision-making.
    • Demonstrated ability to support complex situations and project tasks involving dispersed project teams and multiple stakeholders.
    • Demonstrated ability to coordinate with functional subject matter experts (SMEs) on system documentation development to facilitate project requirements and deliverables.
    • Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings and briefings on behalf of the client.
    • Must possess the willingness and flexibility to cope with a changing environment and short deadlines.
    • High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office products; Project, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    • Current investigation providing eligibility for a Top Secret (TS) security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).


    • Demonstrated experience with NAVWAR systems engineering and architecture development processes, including Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), as well as experience in supporting modernization and configuration management efforts for acquisition programs of record within PEO C4I and NAVWAR.
    • Experience providing systems engineering support to an Acquisition Category (ACAT) I program.
    • Two years of operational or technical experience in Navy Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC), electronic warfare (EW), signals intelligence (SIGINT), information operations (IO), information warfare (IW), or shipboard communications.
    • Understanding of Navy organizations involved in the management, development, and acquisition of Navy METOC, EW, IO, and IW systems.
    • Knowledge of DoD Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) processes.
    • Experience developing project schedules, budgets, and POAMs.
    • Demonstrated ability to interact professionally and effectively with managers and senior leaders in multiple disparate organizations to successfully keep projects on task.
    • Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Active (DAWIA) certification in Engineering, Test and Evaluation, or Information Technology.
    • INCOSE Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) or Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).


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