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Senior Engineer - 2003268 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University - Software Engineering Institute considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Position Summary: The Senior Member of the Technical Staff/Senior Engineer will be located at the Lexington Park, Maryland operating location and will lead technical teams providing software engineering expertise to the NAVAIR PMA 281, Strike Planning and Execution Systems/Common Control System program.

The successful candidate will analyze DoD and commercial needs to formulate and prosecute a technical agenda that addresses these needs and will interact extensively with DoD and industry He or she will have the opportunity to have a seminal and lasting influence on an emerging body of technical research and practice.

Key candidate activities include: engineering/architecting a complex system-of-systems; soliciting and aligning requirements from stakeholders or other Subject Matter Experts; leading a team to write system requirements for communication systems and associated networks; information assurance; cross domain solutions; interfaces; mission planning systems; situational awareness systems; and program protection (domain expertise in one or more of these areas is a plus), leading a combined government and Prime Contractor team in the development of design concepts to implement system requirements, creating, analyzing, and briefing courses of action to leadership for decision, monitoring and, where applicable, guiding and advising on project efforts building the technical solution leading up to and through key acquisition milestones – System Requirement Review, Preliminary Design Review, and Critical Design Review, developing the plan and coordinating the test and evaluation of the overall system, Providing inputs to program Statements of Work, performing technical evaluation of contractor proposals, including Basis of Estimates.  The candidate will coordinate closely with on-site, Washington DC and Pittsburgh based SEI technical staff as well as remotely located subject matter experts in the Client Technical Solutions (CTS) Directorate and other SEI programs to deliver system & software engineering technical expertise to customers throughout the lifecycle.  The senior engineer will be able to lead and participate in multi-disciplinary teams.


Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training:  The candidate must have at least:  BS or equivalent degree in related discipline with ten (10) years applicable experience; MS or equivalent degree in relevant discipline with eight (8) years applicable experience; PhD or equivalent degree in relevant discipline with five (5) years applicable experience.  A Master’s degree in systems engineering, software engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, acquisition management or equivalent combination of experience and training is strongly desired.

Experience:  The candidate must have experience in software and systems engineering.  Must be knowledgeable of the software engineering and system engineering disciplines as well as understanding the DoD acquisition lifecycle processes.   The candidate should have experience building, leading, managing and participating on cross-functional, high technology teams, should be able to operate effectively with all organizations within the software, engineering, and acquisition communities and be able to interact diplomatically with partners, customers and sponsors.   The candidate should have experience with software/system acquisition in the Command and Control (C2) or Integrated Air and Missile Defense domains.  NAVAIR experience is considered a plus.


Detailed knowledge of software/systems engineering; detailed knowledge of at least one core competency: requirements, architecture and design, program and acquisition management, performance improvement, assurance, or security.

Broad systems engineering and system lifecycle experience with a focus in one or more of following domains:

  • Unmanned Systems
  • Autonomy
  • Service Oriented Architectures/Distributed Systems
  • Interoperability
  • Multi-Domain Mission Management
  • Networks
  • Cyber Security
  • Cross Domain Solutions
  • Interfaces
  • Communication Systems
  • Mission Planning
  • Situational Awareness Systems
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Export Licensing

Experience defining, developing, analyzing, and acquiring large software intensive systems. Mastery of writing complete, unambiguous, and verifiable requirements. Experience in systems integration and analysis. Experience in risk analysis and mitigation strategies. Experience in agile software development methodologies, specifically scrum. Ability to recognize and summarize areas of potential software engineering research. Government acquisition experience. Strong leadership, interpersonal, and engagement skills in a multicultural environment. Strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to present to high visibility stakeholders internal and external to the organization.  

Proven program and project management skills including:

  • Interfacing with clients, developing proposals, and establishing relationships with new DoD and/or government clients.
  • Programmatic skills (e.g., ability to develop project plans, track deliverables).
  • Project management skills (e.g., program control activities, budget oversight and staff planning).

Experience in organizational change management would be considered a plus. Completion of DoD acquisition accreditation levels (SPRDE, Program Management, and/or Test) and attendance at relevant DAU courses would be considered a plus. Ability to lead and participate in multidisciplinary teams

Mobility:  Will be required to travel on overnight assignments both domestic and international.

Environmental Conditions: Usual office setting with extended use of CRT.

Other:  Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.


Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Licenses: Certified DoD Acquisition Professional.  Certified PMP.

Other Skills/Abilities:  Experience in organizational change management.  Completion of DoD acquisition accreditation levels (SPRDE, Program Management, and/or Test) and attendance at DAU courses.


Accountability:  The member will be directly accountable for understanding DoD acquisition needs, applying new technologies, and establishing delivery capabilities to meet the needs of the sponsoring organization and the acquisition community.

Direction:  As a technical staff member, he/she will be expected operate with minimum supervision using CMU and SEI defined practice, policies and procedures, in concert with the SEI mission.

Decisions: Will be required to work with government program offices to identify strengths and weaknesses within the acquisition program and their contractor base and build solutions to address the weaknesses and recognize and encourage the strengths.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Must be able to lead and supervise project teams and other technical staff members.


Job Functions or Responsibilities:

85%     Participate as a leader or member of technical teams assisting/collaborating with government acquisition program offices or participate as a member of a technical team performing research.  Identify and support the implementation strategies for the capture and application of learning and knowledge transfer from assignments (e.g. dissemination of research results, case studies, guides, reports, presentations, articles, workshops, courses, and blog entries).

10%     Other duties as assigned by the CTS Technical Director or Deputy Director.

5%       Serve in an advisory capacity to other SEI technical programs on acquisition or technical issues.



Organizational Chart:  SEI Director’s Office < SSD Director < Technical Director, Client Technical Solutions Directorate < Aviation Sector Lead < PMA 281 Operating Location Manager < Senior Engineer


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