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Sr System Engineer/Architect

Washington, DC
We are seeking a Sr System Engineer for a full-time position in Washington, DC. All applicants must have an active Top-Secret clearance.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Analyzes user’s requirements, concept of operations documentation, and high-level system architectures to develop system requirement specifications.
  • Analyzes and recommends system requirements and leads design and development activities. Guides users in formulating requirements, advises alternative approaches, and conducts feasibility and risk management studies.
  • Provides technical leadership for the integration of requirements, design and technology. 
  • Incorporates new plans, designs and systems into ongoing operations.
  • Develops technical documentation.
  • Develops system architecture and system design documentation.
  • Guides system development and implementation planning through assessment or preparation of system engineering management plans and system integration and test
  • plans. 
  • Interacts with the Government regarding Systems Engineering technical consideration and for associated problems, issues or conflicts.
  • Ultimate responsibility for the technical integrity of work performed and deliverables associated with the System Engineering area of responsibility.
  • Communicate with other program managers, government program directors and senior executives.
  • Contribute to the development of sections of systems engineering documentation such as System Engineering Plans, Initial Capabilities Documents, Requirements Specifications and Interface Control Documents.
  • Manage system requirements and derived requirements to ensure the delivery of production systems that are compatible with the defined system architectures.
  • Assist with the development of system requirements, functional requirements and allocation of the same to individual hardware, software, facility and personnel components.
  • Coordinate the resolution of action items from Configuration Control Board (CCB) meetings, design reviews, program reviews, and test reviews that require cross-discipline coordination.
  • Participate in an Integrated Project Team to design new capabilities based upon evaluation of all necessary development and operational considerations.
  • Participate in the development of system engineering documentation, such as System Engineering Plans, Initial Capabilities Documents, Requirements Specifications, and Interface Control Documents.
  • Participate in interface definition, design and changes to the configuration between affected groups and individuals through the life cycle.
  • Allocate real-time process budgets and error budges to systems and subsystem component.
  • Derive from the system requirements an understanding of stakeholder needs, functions that may be logically inferred and implied and essential to system effectiveness.
  • Derive lower-level requirements from higher-level allocated requirements that describe in detail the functions that a system component must fulfill, and ensure these requirements are compete, correct, unique, unambiguous, realizable and verifiable.
  • Generate alternative system concepts, physical architectures, and design solutions.
  • Participate in establishing and gaining approval of the definition of system or component under development (requirements, designs, interfaces, test, procedures, etc.) that provides a common reference point for hardware and software developers.
  • Define the methods, processes, and evaluation criteria by which the systems, subsystems and work products are verified against their requirements in a written plan.
  • Develop system design solution that satisfies the system requirements and fulfills the functional analysis.
  • Develop derived requirements for Information Assurance Service (Confidentiality, Integrity, Non repudiation, and Availability); Basic Information Assurance Mechanisms (e.g., Identification, Authentication, Access Control, Accountability); and Security Mechanism Technology (Passwords, cryptography, discretionary access control, mandatory access control, hashing, key management, etc.).
  • Review and provide input to program and contract work breakdown structure, work packages and the integrated master plan.
  • Provide technical direction for the development, engineering, interfacing, integration, and testing of specific components of complex hardware/software systems to include requirements elicitation, analysis and functional allocation, conducting systems requirement reviews, developing concepts of operation and interface standards, developing system architectures, and performing technical/non-technical assessment and management as well as end-to-end flow analysis.
  • Develop scenarios (threads) and an Operational Concept that describes the interactions between the system, the user, and the environment that satisfies operational, support maintenance, and disposal needs.
  • Review and/or approve system engineering documentation to ensure that processes and specification meet system needs and are accurate, comprehensive, and complete.
  • Conduct quantitative analysis in Non-functional system performance areas like Reliability, Maintainability, Vulnerability, Survivability, etc.)
  • Establish and follow a formal procedure for coordinating system integration activities among multiple teams, ensuring complete coverage of all interfaces.
  • Capture all interface designs in a common interface control format, and store interface data in a commonly accessible repository.
  • Prepare time-line analysis diagrams illustrating the flow of time-dependent functions.
  • Establish a process to formally and proactively control and manage changes to requirements, consider impacts prior to commitment to change, gain stakeholder buy-in, eliminate ambiguity, ensure traceability to source requirements, and track and settle open actions.
  • Assess each risk to the program and determine the probability of occurrence and quantified consequence of failure in accordance with an approved risk management plan.
  • Manage and ensure the technical integrity of system baseline over time, continually updating it as various changes are imposed on the system during the lifecycle from development through deployment and operations & maintenance.
  • In conjunction with system stakeholders, plan the verification efforts of new and unproven designs early in the development life cycle to ensure compliance with established requirements.
  • Support the planning and test analysis of the Government Certification and Accreditation
Primary Skills:
  • Experience as an IT Infrastructure Architect
  • General ideas of commonly used tools and future trends
  • Candidate will Possess Excellent Oral and Written Communication Skills and be able to Interact with Senior Levels of Management.
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