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Principle Systems Engineer (Hybrid Eligible)

Herndon VA Sierra Nevada Corporation

This position will work with directly with program leadership and the customer to execute high level plans and roadmaps into actionable steps and lead a multi-disciplinary team across multiple companies to successful execution of the program activities. The experienced systems engineer will need to have proven experience with design, development, and deployment with low rate production of systems that are deployed in austere locations. Strong system engineering skills to include team leadership, Model-Based Systems Engineering, and RF systems are an absolute must.

Note: This is a contingent position based on a contract award. Expected award date is early October.

The Mission Solutions and Technologies (MST) business area provides affordable, turn-key command/control, communications, integrated ISR, force protection and security solutions worldwide. The MST team has a long legacy of supporting the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, commercial and international customers with years of experience in platform operations, engineering and full lifecycle management across domains – air, land, sea, space and cyber. Learn more about MST



  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams to develop next generation sensor systems.
  • Lead a multi-company team for the systems engineering, deployment, operational sustainment, production and advanced research and development.


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in System Engineering or related discipline and typically 14 or more years of relevant experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering principles and practices

  • Progressive experience working in multi-disciplinary design and development teams

  • Advanced understanding of requirements management, functional requirements parsing, derivation, and allocation; systems design, systems integration, technical risk identification and management strategies, and Verification and Validation (V&V) principles

  • Experienced Systems Engineer developing sensor systems for austere locations

  • Strong RF system experience

  • MBSE experience Understanding of space operations

  • Strong communication skills

  • Work in a TS/SCI environment

  • Must be willing to to get and pass a CI Poly


  • Lead system engineer skills for intelligence community sensor systems

  • Experience in special communications

  • Experience working across multiple vendors and teammates to generate new solutions

  • Limited background in EO/IR systems would be beneficial.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

SNC offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

SNC offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 6%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.


This position requires current/active Top Secret with SCI eligibility U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-U.S. Citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance. The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. SNC is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination.  Employment decisions are made without regarding to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. Contributions to SNC come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

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