Principal System Engineer

Principal System Engineer (Cleared)

Title: Senior System Engineer – Minimum 14 years experience

About the job:

You’ve got the hot skills, the winning attitude and the clearance, but maybe your job doesn’t live up to your career goals?  At CollabraSpace, you decide which project best suits your interests, talents, and ambitions.  Our tasks run the full range from Proof of Concept studies and QRC oriented tasks to Enterprise level production systems with ten thousand + active users.  We’re looking for those interested in learning.  Really.  We have smart people and informed customers, and working together and learning from one another creates success for everyone.  Tell us what you like to do, chances are we have a program ready to reward your talents.

Requirements:

  • Twenty (20) years experience in programs and contracts of similar scope, type and complexity.
  • BS degree or higher in Computer Science or related discipline.  Additional equivalent experience may be substituted for a degree.
  • Clearance:  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens possessing an active TS/SCI security clearance with a Full Scope Polygraph.

Our work typically includes the following:

  • Provides 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 requirements reviews, developing concepts of operation and interface standards, and performing technical/non-technical assessment and management as well as end-to-end flow analysis
  • Develops system architecture and system design documentation.  Contributes to the development of sections of systems engineering documentation such as System Engineering Plans, Initial Capabilities Documents, Requirements specifications, and Interface Control Documents and ensures they are accurate, comprehensive, and complete.  Supports the development and review of Joint Capability Integration Development System (JCIDS) documents (i.e., initial Capability Document, Capabilities Description Document, IA Strategy).
  • Manages system requirements, derived system requirements, functional requirements.  Based on an understanding of stakeholder needs, logically infers functions which are essential to system effectiveness and ensures these requirements are complete, correct, unique, unambiguous, realizable, and verifiable.  Develops operational view, technical standards view, and system and services view for architectures using applicable DoDAF standards.  Where applicable, develops comprehensive SOA solutions. Ensures the delivery of production systems that are compatible with the defined system architecture(s) Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF), Service-oriented Architecture (SOA), etc
  • Allocates real-time process budgets and error budgets to systems and subsystem components
  • Conducts quantitative analysis in non-functional system performance areas like Reliability, Maintainability, Vulnerability, Survivability, Produceability, etc.).  Generates alternative system concepts, physical architectures, and design solutions
  • Participates in establishing and gaining approval of the definition of a system or component under development (requirements, designs, interfaces, test procedures, etc.) that provides a common reference point for hardware and software developers
  • In conjunction with system stakeholders, plans the verification efforts of new and unproven designs early in the development life cycle to ensure compliance with established requirements. Further defines the methods, processes, and evaluation criteria by which the systems, subsystems and work products are verified against their requirements in a written plan
  • Fully defines interfaces in terms of origination, destination, stimulus, and data characteristics for software; and electrical and mechanical characteristics for hardware. Captures all interface designs in a common interface control format, and stores interface data in a commonly accessible repository
  • Establishes and follows a formal procedure for coordinating system integration activities among multiple teams, ensuring complete coverage of all interfaces.  
  • Develops derived requirements for Information Assurance Services (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.) Supports the planning and test analysis of the DoD Certification/Accreditation Process (as well as other Government Certification and Accreditation (C&A) processes)
  • Develops 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. Reviews and provides input to program and contract work breakdown structure (WBS), work packages and the integrated master plan (IMP)
  • Coordinates the resolution of action items from Configuration Control Board (CCB) meetings, design reviews, program reviews, and test reviews that require cross-discipline coordination. Establishes a process to formally and proactively control and manage changes to requirements, considers  impacts prior to commitment to change, gains stakeholder buy-in, eliminates ambiguity, ensures traceability to source requirements, and tracks and settles open actions.  May serves as a member of the CCB.  Ensures effective, periodic review and control of the evolving configuration of a system, both hardware and software components and associated documentation, during the life of the system
  • Manages and ensures the technical integrity of the 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
  • 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.  Develops alternative courses of action, workarounds, and fall-back positions with a recommended course of action for each risk, and monitor and re-evaluate risks at appropriate milestones. Monitors risks using earned value management (EVM) data.  Uses validated models, simulations, and prototyping to mitigate risk and reduce cost of system development
  • Manages and ensures the technical integrity of the 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, plans the verification efforts of new and unproven designs early in the development life cycle to ensure compliance with established requirements
  • Supports the planning and test analysis of the DoD Certification/Accreditation Process (as well as other Government Certification and Accreditation (C&A) processes)
  • Conducts and/or approves end-to-end system trade analyses to optimize system operations over its life-cycle through the proper balance of non-functional system performance areas
  • Maintains knowledge of current and evolving agency, national, and international standards applicable to the system development of interest. Applies and enforces use of suitable standards to ensure consistency and interoperability of developer hardware and software
  • As a participant within an Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) effort, recommends a preferred solution based on selection criteria adjusted for reasonableness and validity of assumptions, technology limitations, environmental impact, and life-cycle costs.  Develops system design alternatives that consider life cycle cost, reuse, complexity, risk, system expansion, and growth

Location: Multiple full-time positions located in the Annapolis Junction, MD area.

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About us:

Collaboration is the fusion of people and ideas toward a common goal; and at CollabraSpace it’s part of everything we do.  It’s the foundation upon which Collabraspace was created, at the core of our corporate philosophy, and even represented in our logo where different pieces of one circle work together in synergy.  As a technical services and product company, Collabraspace supports the critical mission of our nation’s security through ongoing collaboration with our team members, customers, and partners.

Across our 20+ programs we provide enterprise software development solutions and real-time collaboration to both government and private industry.  CollabraSpace is headquartered in Annapolis Junction, MD, close to the majority of our work and therefore, close to you.  

CollabraSpace Facts:

  • Team.  At CollabraSpace, we truly believe in the team.  We’ll always do our best to find a position that makes you happy to go to work every day, support the charitable causes that are important to you, and encourage your involvement with the company by providing events for the whole family.
  • Security.  We offer competitive salaries but more than that, we make sure the salary we are offering you can be supported by multiple programs.  Why is that important?  See bullet #1; if you’re not happy we will do our best to find something that does make you happy.
  • Benefits.  Our comprehensive benefits package means you pay very little for a full suite of coverage.
    • 100% company paid premiums for Health and Dental plans for employees and eligible dependents.
    • 100% company paid Life & Disability plans.
    • 401(k) & Roth plan with company contribution immediately vested.
    • Annual bonus plan, spot bonuses for a job well done, and referral bonuses.
    • Paid Time Off (PTO) allowing you to use your time off as you see fit.
    • Formal education and training benefits.
  • Transparency.  You have heard it before but here you’ll truly experience it.  The management team “puts it all on the table” and always has an open door.
  • Training and Education.  It’s part of our collaborative environment.  Besides the traditional off-site training which we pay for upfront, CollabraSpace offers in-house Technical Exchanges on a range of topics presented by our own technical staff or industry partners.
  • Honors.  We earned the Alliance for Workplace Excellence Award for 4 years running and have been named to the Baltimore Sun’s Top 100 Workplaces 2013,  2014, & 2015; an award given based on survey responses from our team members.  We are consistently ranked as one of the Top IT Firms in Baltimore by the Baltimore Business Journal.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled
CollabraSpace is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes. 

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