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SAIC IPT Systems Engineering Lead (Horizon) in LAUREL, Maryland


SAIC is seeking a seasoned senior level, Systems Engineer / IPT Lead on the Horizon Program to provide technical management and oversee mission operations at various program offices located at Pentagon City, Chantilly, Laurel and Dahlgren with periodic domestic travel to Los Angeles, Colorado Springs and Huntsville.

The Horizon Program serves the US Space Force and assists the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Special Programs Directorate (SMC/SP) in their mission to develop, deliver and sustain unrivaled space control systems and capabilities and equip US forces to gain, maintain and exploit space superiority for our nation.

Key duties/responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform technicalsupport and independent risk assessment and evaluation of program managementexecution, technical review execution (DoD 5000.02 framework), and systemsengineering.

  • Assess program designand viability from a technical, perspective.

  • Coordinate Governmentactivities and contractor, sub-contractor, and vendor oversight effortsthroughout the system life-cycle. Provide technical and acquisition support toGovernment and contractor milestone reviews to assess progress, issues, andrequirements traceability.

  • Responsible forday-to-day management of various System and Space Safety Programs.

  • Ensure program leveldocumentation is aligned with Directorate and higher headquarters guidance forprogram planning and execution.

  • Develops and evaluatesprogram level documentation for SMC/SY assigned programs in support ofDirectorate leadership.

  • Must be able to workindependently.

  • Engages and coordinateswith SMC Center Staff, HQ AFSPC, and HQ USAF on behalf of Directorateleadership to resolve documentation issues in line with Directorate commander'sintent and priorities.

  • Provides leadershipadvice on: acquisition strategies for next-generation systems; programexecution issues and recommendations; strategic messaging to key operationaland acquisition government, industry, and media stakeholders.


  • Bachelors and/or Advanced Degree in a related engineering discipline with minimum of 14+ years of related experience in technical program management, systems engineering, and acquisition within the areas of Space, Space Control, and Reconnaissance.A Master’s Degree requires a minimum of 12+ years and a PhD requires a minimum of 9+ years of experience.

  • Must be able to interface with all levels of functional/division acquisition offices to accomplish projects for the government program office.

  • Qualified applicants must possess as active TS/SCI clearance and have a willingness to consent to a polygraph examination

REQNUMBER: 2014140

SAIC is a premier technology integrator, solving our nation’s most complex modernization and systems engineering challenges across the defense, space, federal civilian, and intelligence markets. Our robust portfolio of offerings includes high-end solutions in systems engineering and integration; enterprise IT, including cloud services; cyber; software; advanced analytics and simulation; and training. We are a team of 23,000 strong driven by mission, united purpose, and inspired by opportunity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.5 billion. For more information, visit For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability