Systems Engineer Principal - 30595 in Suffolk, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 8/30/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description




The Joint Staff J7 (JSJ7) Systems Engineer Principal serves as program technical team lead and is the organizational expert in the systems engineering field.


  • Develops, operates and maintains a variety of highly complex technology systems.
  • Participates in the integration of processes and methodologies to ensure the performance of the total system.
  • Works directly with senior technical personnel, program managers, and external organizations in the planning, oversight, execution, and evaluation of multiple complex technical solutions related to a programs system and technical product development.
  • Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of scientific principles and practices in broad areas across one or more technical disciplines. 
  • Maintains a liaison role for technical matters with staff and customers, and acts independently on technical issues within his/her field of expertise.
  • Advises program managers on challenging technical issues, coordinates the use of senior technical resources across the organization on multi-disciplinary problems, and provides technical guidance and leadership to less-experienced systems engineers and other technical staff.
  • Works within a peer group of senior technical staff to periodically review technical plans, results, and work products. 
  • Provide Power System Subject Matter Expertise to ensure proper readiness of multiple data centers. 
  • Acts as  Liaison with customer site leadership for all things related to data center operations, power management and system availability.
  • Recognized within Alion and the technical community as an authority in one or more technical specialties. Typically publishes professional and scientific papers and holds patents.
  • Performs complex and advanced engineering work in design, evaluation, planning, testing and operation in support of system development, engineering analysis and research for one or more programs.
  • Provides technical advisory and consulting expertise to programs and projects under development, acting as a recognized authority in the appropriate scientific field.  Provides engineering subject matter expertise, guidance and work leadership to technical staff and other internal groups. Serves as a technical specialist for the organization in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes.
  • Prioritizes technical issues, plans technical approach, and works with program managers to develop schedules and staffing plans to support program delivery milestones. 
  • Supports program risk identification and management activities.  Coordinates the application of the organization¿s technical resources when required. 
  • Develops and provides final technical review of major technical reports, status reports, letters, technical memoranda, contract reports and formal briefings.
  • Conducts independent technical investigations and provides impact assessments and design recommendations to clients.  Provides assurance that technical projects are performed in a technically proficient manner and ensures conclusions and recommendations are supported by the analyses presented.
  • Establishes and monitors standards for internal quality programs.  Provides recommendations for improvements to existing quality systems or applicable company procedures and guidelines.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Masters degree in a related field and 10-12 years of relevant experience
  • Expert knowledge of advanced engineering principles, methods, and techniques in more than one area of expertise.
  • Expert knowledge of relevant tools, equipment, hardware, and software.
  • Excellent customer and organizational level communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • A security clearance of an appropriate level may be required after employment. Active Secret clearance is preferred.




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