Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Program Office Project Lead

Job Locations US-DC-District of Columbia
Program Analysis
Regular Full-Time


Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) is a well-established and progressive defense contracting company in the DC Metro area.  We are a professional services firm established in 1972 that has a long-standing reputation for unrivaled technical and analytical support to some of the top decision makers in the Federal Sector. We do state of the art work and have a cadre of outstanding professionals on our team.


The Integrated Warfare Systems Group (IWSG) focus is to provide engineering, technical and programmatic support to the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems, Above Water Sensors (PEO IWS 2.0) Directorate. Efforts include overarching program management, test and evaluation, systems engineering, operations analysis, systems integration, international, cyber security, IT network and programmatic support for over 25 PEO IWS 2.0 advanced radar, phased array radar, electronic warfare, electro-optic, advanced off-board electronic warfare/decoy and directed energy programs.


SPA has an immediate need for a Project Lead to work in our downtown Washington, D.C. office located at 20 M Street, SE.



We are looking for a proactive leader experienced in DoD Acquisition processes to provide Engineering Support Services (ESS) to the U.S. Navy PEO IWS 2.0 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) and Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Principal Assistant Program Manager (PAPM) and Deputy PAPM. The Project Lead will have direct SPA reports and be responsible for overseeing SPA subcontractor work. This role includes duties such as generating monthly reports, participation in hiring or staffing changes and coordinating these changes with the PAPM/DPAPM, and identifying opportunities for business growth. Supervisory duties include employee development, performance reviews, and managing employee hours/leave. The person who excels in this role will ultimately be responsible for maintaining a standard of excellence across the SPA ESS Team supporting the SEWIP and EO/IR programs and delivering products with the utmost attention to detail and organization. 


In addition to SPA ESS Team supervision, the candidate will be responsible for providing project and technical management in support of the planning, programming and budgeting for the development, procurement, platform integration, installation, and sustainment of SEWIP Block 3, the newest block upgrade to the AN/SLQ-32(V) system.  This includes coordination with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), Ship Program Management Offices (PMO), and Combat System PMOs as directed by the EO/IR Assistant Program Manager (APM).  Coordination with the IWS 2.0 Functional PAPMs is required to ensure continuous alignment of system requirements as directed by the APM. Candidate will assist in ensuring that technical and planning advice related to SEWIP Block 3 is provided to personnel within the Above Water Sensors Directorate, as well as to supporting activities and prime contractor support as required.  The candidate will assist the respective APMs in tracking, maintaining and reporting the status and progress for meeting cost, schedule, and performance requirements.


The IWSG office is located at 20 M Street in Southeast DC, and it is conveniently down the street from our clients at the Washington Navy Yard.  Daily onsite client support at the Navy Yard is expected to aid in the highest quality client support. Travel may be required up to 10% of the time. 




  • Bachelor of Science Degree
  • 10 years of experience working in a technical field
  • 3 years of experience supporting an acquisition program office
  • Experience in a client facing role with daily client interaction
  • Active Department of Defense (DoD) Secret Clearance

Desired Qualifications:

  • DAWIA Level I or higher certification or equivalent
  • US Navy or Electronic Warfare experience
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification


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