Manufacturing Engineer, Principal (MV) - 33521 in Alexandria, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 7/26/2020

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Job Description

A Manufacturing Subject Matter Expert (SME) is needed to provide support and assess Acquisition Category (ACAT) ID Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) and other special interest programs.  The candidate will be an advocate for improving Manufacturing innovation for the Department of Defense (DoD).  Using their knowledge of weapons systems acquisition, the candidate will participate in Independent Technical Risk Assessments; Nunn-McCurdy Congressional Investigations; System Engineering Technical Reviews including specific manufacturing focused reviews, such as Production Readiness Reviews.  The candidate will provide manufacturing expertise to support Department of Defense Technology Priorities.

The Manufacturing SME will: Establish, maintain, and improve knowledge of manufacturing technologies, capabilities, and competencies; support manufacturing assessments, review proposals, and make recommendations in order to assist selection authorities with contract awards. The candidate will have demonstrated knowledge in manufacturing and quality best practices, DoD manufacturing technologies program, and manufacturing level readiness/assessments.  They will keep up to date with current and developing trends in the manufacturing industry at a national and international level.

The candidate will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of DoD and industry manufacturing and quality legal requirements (i.e. law), policy, guidance, standards and tools. Support the understanding of manufacturing and quality activities throughout the entire acquisition lifecycle from Pre-MDD through Operations and Support.  In particular,  the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase, which includes: Complete the detailed build-to design of the system; Establish the product baseline; Conduct integration and tests of system elements and the system (where feasible); Demonstrate system maturity and readiness to begin production for operational test and /or deployment and sustainment activities.

The Manufacturing SME will assist Defense Acquisition Boards (DABs) with making critical decisions regarding how to proceed with these programs based upon their status at major acquisition milestones. This may include attendance at IIPTs, OIPTs, and other WIPTs. They will help identify programmatic and technical risk and provide actionable recommendations. The goal is to help triage programs in most instances to stabilize them and then support them until success.

The Manufacturing SME will efficiently and effectively manage the performance of the Manufacturing assessment team and outcomes; perform necessary technical, business, and administrative planning including organizing, managing, coordinating, tracking (e.g., cost, schedule, deliverables), and performance management to achieve project goals.

The Manufacturing SME will provide technical expertise and support of manufacturing as a key member of customer’s review team. Interpret client manufacturing needs and make recommendations.  They will assist with developing DoD systems engineering guidance as it relates to manufacturing of MDAPs.  They will advise and support the customer’s leadership on the formulation and coordination of DoD manufacturing policies, standards, and activities to implement the DoD’s chartered responsibilities for enabling DoD systems engineering.  They will provide liaison between the research and development department and DoD client to ensure manufacturing engineering is at the forefront of ground-breaking research.

Applicants selected for this position will require an active/interim DoD Secret clearance, Top Secret/SCI is highly desireable.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Production Management, Industrial Management or Manufacturing Engineering
  • At least 15 years of experience in Manufacturing
  • 5 years’ experience working in the Defense Acquisition Community as a Military Officer/Government Civilian/or Contractor
  • Manufacturing and Quality Certification (i.e. DAWIA or industry certification
  • Strong background and capability in pre-Millstone A manufacturing activities; Familiarity with the DoD 5000 series, to include the Defense Acquisition Guide (DAG)
  • Experience working at one of more staff levels: OSD, PEO and/or Service
  • Experience in working and effectively communicating with the Government Service (GS) 15 grade and Senior Executive Service (SES) levels as a key member of a joint Government/Contractor team
  • DoD System Program Offices (SPO) experience at one of the Services Demonstrated experience in planning, briefing and coordinating senior-level technical reviews, panels, or similar meetings with diverse participates.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified manufacturing or materials engineer
  • Post-graduate in engineering discipline
  • Applicants selected for this position will require an active/interim DoD Top Secret/Secret clearance, background screening and the ability to obtain a SCI. Applicants selected for a security clearance will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirement for access to classified information.

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Security Clearance: Secret

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