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Software Systems Engineer - 2003689 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

This position is located in Los Angeles, CA.

Position Summary: The Client Technical Solutions (CTS) Directorate is part of the SEI, a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CTS is focused on matching state-of-the-art software capabilities with critical US Department of Defense and other government agency acquisitions and organizations. This position will support the SEI’s mission by capturing government needs and identifying, shaping, and guiding programs to operationalize the most appropriate software engineering and acquisition techniques and practices. If you are an engineer passionate about improving the ability to deliver high quality, mission critical systems, and you are committed to bringing innovation to government and beyond, then this is the position for you.

The Member of the Engineering Technical Staff of the Software Solutions Division will be responsible for participating on teams that enable the organizations within the Department of Defense to enhance the predictable performance and mission assurance in the acquisition, evolution and operations of software-reliant systems. Key activities include understanding customer requirements and key challenge problems and addressing them with tailored solutions; applying, adapting, integrating, verifying and transitioning the SEI body of knowledge and other bodies of knowledge to maximize impact; creating, applying and codifying new approaches to support customer needs and advance the software engineering state of the practice; and maintaining situational awareness in technical and DoD domains. The candidate will coordinate closely with staff across the SEI to deliver software engineering technical expertise to customers throughout the life-cycle.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS or equivalent degree in relevant discipline with eight (8) years applicable experience; MS or equivalent degree in relevant discipline with five (5) years applicable experience; PhD or equivalent degree in relevant discipline with two (2) years applicable experience, or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience: The candidate must have experience in software engineering, development or management, and/or systems engineering. Must be knowledgeable of the software engineering and system engineering disciplines as well as understanding the DoD, Intelligence Community, or Civilian Agency acquisition processes. The candidate should have experience building, leading, managing, and participating on cross-functional, high technology teams. The candidate should be able to operate effectively with all organizations within the software and acquisition communities and be able to interact diplomatically with partners, customers and sponsors. Experience in three (3) or more of the following: DoD or Civilian Agency software systems acquisition on major programs (~100K SLOC or more of custom developed code, and/or significant integration of COTS/GOTS products); solid technical breadth and understanding of all aspects of the end-to-end software lifecycle (e.g., requirements, design, implementation, testing, etc.); alternative life cycles (e.g. waterfall, agile); major DoD, Intelligence Community, or Civilian Agency software acquisition policies and directives; enterprise architecture; software architecture development and evaluation, software architecture patterns (e.g. SOA) and concepts (e.g. Cloud computing); information Assurance/survivability; systems engineering on software intensive systems; COTS product integration; performance measurement including definition and application of goals, measurements and metric; system of systems engineering; requirements development and management; software integration and test and software/hardware integration; deployment of software intensive systems, especially including transition from legacy systems; cost estimation.

Skills/Abilities: Detailed knowledge of software engineering; detailed knowledge of at least one (1) core competency: requirements, architecture and design, program and acquisition management, performance improvement, assurance, or security and depth in at least one SEI body of work. [Excellent] Strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to present to high visibility stakeholders internal and external to the organization. Good program and project management skills including: interfacing with clients, developing proposals, and establishing relationships with new DoD and/or government clients and programmatic and project management skills (e.g., ability to develop project plans, track deliverables, manage risks, perform staff planning, provide budget oversight). Good team related skills with the desire to lead and participate in multidisciplinary teams.

Mobility: Will be required to travel on overnight assignments.

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:

Education/Training: Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, systems engineering, software engineering, or acquisition management, or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses: Certified DoD Acquisition Professional. Certified PMP.

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 to 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 others.

Job Functions or Responsibilites:

85% Participate as a leader or member of technical teams in support of 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 Client Technical Solutions Directorate Executive Director, Deputy Director, Associate Director or Chief Engineer.

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


Organizational Chart: SEI Director’s Office < Director, Software Solutions Division < Technical Director, Client Technical Solutions Directorate < Engineer, Member of the Technical Staff

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