• Systems Engineer IV

    Location US-VA-Chantilly
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Residency Status
    U.S. Citizenship Required
    Top Secret/SCI w/Poly
    Employee Type
    Time Type
    Full Time
  • Overview

    Vencore is a proven provider of information solutions, engineering and analytics for the U.S. Government. With more than 40 years of experience working in the defense, civilian and intelligence communities, Vencore designs, develops and delivers high impact, mission-critical services and solutions to overcome its customers most complex problems. 

    Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, Vencore employs 3,800 engineers, analysts, IT specialists and other professionals who strive to be the best at everything they do. 

    Vencore is an AA/EEO Employer - Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories



    In this position you will participate in systems engineering activities such as system requirements development and flow-down; analysis of alternatives; system integration, verification, and validation; readiness reviews; risk and opportunity identification, assessment, disposition, mitigation, and management; schedule management and assessment; technology planning and insertion; and performance assessment.

    The position requires strong system engineering perspective and coordination skills to support oversight of software development contractor activities.  This position requires insight and experience in a variety of systems engineering, operational readiness preparation, and operations support tasks. The SETA will oversee the engineering activities of component software developers, verify the capabilities and interfaces of developed products, integrate the software components into a system, support system test and deployment activities for fielded system. The SETA assists an Intelligence Community (IC) customer by providing technical expertise, continuity of effort, and value added judgement to advise senior customer leadership on systems engineering and software development activities.


    • Provide expertise in rapid iterative and incremental software development approaches such as Agile, Scrum, Scaled Agile Framework, Lean Software Development, and/or DevOps. Assisting customers in applying these techniques toward mission success. 
    • Recommend strategies to migrate systems and functions to government-managed cloud hosting environments. 
    • Evaluate contractor designs to ensure requirements are satisfied, external impacts are understood, and user needs are met.
    • Participate in milestone reviews and serves as a principal technical advisor to the government on program readiness
    • Perform oversight on behalf of the program office of verification and validation activities 
    • Support operation transitions, coordinate response to discrepancies, and support other enterprise activities 
    • Review readiness event artifacts and Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) for sufficiency, accuracy and risks.
    • Formulate strategies to achieve the government’s enterprise vision and mitigate risks
    • Identify risks and watch items as systems progress through the development lifecycle and recommend mitigation strategies that balance cost, schedule, and performance
    • Assist in the development of key system requirements and assessing the impacts of proposed engineering change
    • Participate in technology studies, code analyses, independent software assessments and research efforts. Examples include: assessments of efforts to virtualize software and put it on a cloud, evaluations of performance of applications in clouds, design and assessment of clouds, assessments of software technologies (e.g. microservices) in cloud environments. 




    • Bachelor's degree in Bachelor degree in STEM (science, technical, engineering, math) or related technical discipline.
    • Proficiency with US Government acquisition and systems engineering processes, including supporting readiness reviews and sustainment activities.
    • Proficiency with the systems engineering and software development lifecycles and experience in acquiring or developing large software-based systems.
    • Familiarity with modern cloud and application service provider implementations for software systems.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills; experience authoring technical reports and briefing both technical and non-technical audiences.
    • Familiarity with end to end life-cycle management of software systems.
    • Experience in software acquisition, architecture modeling, and/or software assurance.
    • Knowledgeable in open source development: .NET, JAVA, LINUX, REST, SOAP, Web Services.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers and function in mixed teams comprised of government, SETA, and FFRDC personnel.
    • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment.
    • Ability to manage multiple simultaneous tasks and adapt to changing priorities.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups in person, by phone, and by telepresence.
    • Must be able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment, complete tasks on short deadlines, and solve ill-defined problems.
    • Experience delivering timely, fact-based assessments supported with industry standards despite incomplete or imperfect information
    • Exceptionally high level of innovation, creativeness, and personal initiative.
    • Current TS/SCI clearance with Poly.
    • This position requires the ability to maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
    • 5 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific or systems engineering experience
    • Minimum of 2 years recent or current experience in system or software development, operations support, or other direct support to the intelligence community (IC)


    • Past experiences as a scrum master, product owner, and/or release train engineer will be significantly beneficial in this role.
    • Experience with agile-based software development, cloud-based software system infrastructures, AWS technologies, and/or cloud computing
    • Knowledge of NRO systems engineering, acquisition, and integration processes
    • Experience working in the GEOINT or SIGINT intelligence discipline from the perspective of acquisition, systems engineering, development, or mission operations
    • Prior experience as a federal acquisition professional a plus


    Requires 8 to 10 years with BS/BA or 6 to 8 years with MS/MA or 3 to 5 years with PhD.


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