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Company: SAIC
Location: El Segundo, CA
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Technology, Software, IT, Electronics



SAIC has an opening for a  Launch Acquisition Engineer who possesses a working knowledge of complex and critical launch systems and processes in order to provide expert advice and technical evaluations. This role addresses both future mission acquisition strategy and the maintenance of on-going contracts, supports cradle-to-grave launch and launch support activities, and navigates challenges associated with multiple launch service providers and appropriate separation of proprietary information while maintaining horizontal engineering focus on integration of requirements to assure compatibility across multiple launch systems.

Specific duties include:

  • Develop acquisition strategies and documents to procure launch services and mission integration activities
  • Perform requirements planning tasks including review and technical assessments of key mission contractual documentation
  • Support annual budget planning and execution reviews, as well as technical and programmatic meetings
  • Perform technical evaluation of contractor proposals
  • Review and track mission requirements, assess adequacy of verification activities, identify risks and opportunities, and develop mitigation or implementation milestones 
  • Identify and evaluate new or changing requirements, capture emerging risks and recommend plans of action consistent with strategic goals
  • Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders, resolving issues as needed
  • Support launch vehicle contractor reviews to assess progress and issues in meeting mission requirements
  • Support contract management activities for ECP forecasting and implementation coordination, award fee evaluation and contractor oversight
  • Assess strategic impacts of proposed launch vehicle fleet changes
  • Identify enhancements and assess viability from a programmatic, business and acquisition execution perspective
  • Verify that recommended acquisition approaches are executable within resource constraints and mission integration risks are identified and mitigated
  • Assess new entrant launch vehicle provider capabilities and processes
  • Leverage launch experience to provide support in preparing for and conducting all required meetings, briefings, and readiness reviews
  • Retain cognizance over launch related studies and provide leadership with timely and relevant assessments
  • Maintain familiarity with client/customer strategic roadmap and updates to US space policy 


  • Bachelors degree and 5-7 years of professional experience.  
  • Experience required: 5+ years space launch, 5+ years Government acquisition, and/or 2+ years of customer/client
  • Working knowledge of the acquisition lifecycle requirements
  • Ideally, program management experience and a working knowledge of customer/client budgeting and financial processes
  • An ability to recieve and maintain a DoD Top Secret clearance with polygraph

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