Strategic and Critical Materials Engineer-Senior - 24698 in Alexandria, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 4/16/2018

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Position Summary
This position is for a project supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), specifically Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Strategic Materials. The project is focused on assessing strategic and critical materials for DoD. The project includes analyzing the impact of current trends and future projections of strategic and critical materials in order to mitigate DoD shortages of materials for weapons systems and infrastructure.  Specifically, this position relates to researching raw material supply chains; identifying supply chain risks and mitigation options, substitution options, processing nuances; and acquiring at-risk materials into the National Defense Stockpile (NDS) inventory. The raw materials range from traditional elements and metals to semi-processed materials with specialized applications.

Under direction of a program manager and/or team lead, the team member researches, analyzes, and executes aspects of the strategic and critical materials program tasks.  The team member works independently on defined tasks, and collaborates with other Alion team members and on-site with Government leads to execute the objectives established under the project contract. The team member is accountable for the quality of work products for discrete tasks and for meeting schedule milestones and deadlines. The team member collaborates with an interdisciplinary working group consisting of contractor and Government team members, but has no direct people-management responsibility.   

Duties and Responsibilities  
Under the direction of the program manager, the team member executes a variety of tasks in support of DLA Strategic Materials mission.

Primary tasks include:
1) Researching, collecting data, analyzing, modeling, and assessing risk and risk mitigation options of/for supply chains of materials ultimately used in DoD and National Security Space (NSS) systems.
2) Researching and drafting technical requirements for acquisition of materials being purchased or upgraded for the NDS. The team member researches technical and logistical content for the documents, and develops statements of work, cost estimates, and evaluation criteria for potential bidders.
3) Evaluating progress and providing technical expertise to material R&D, recycling, and qualification programs for the Government customer. This potentially includes conducting R&D for the customer.

The team member will sit at an Alion site in Alexandria, VA. As the tasks requires, the team members will travel to the Government site at Fort Belvoir, VA to collaborate with the Government team and other Alion on-site team members. There may be limited local travel to the Fort Meade, MD area to collaborate with the Alion team manager. There may be limited local and CONUS travel to support technical tasks, including Government working group meetings, site visits, and technical conferences.

The team members adheres to Alion administrative policies and procedures, human resource policies and practices as applicable, and contracts administration procedures that support the programs of Alion. While on-site with the Government team, the team member adheres to the Government¿s policies and procedures for work place conduct and handling Government equipment. The team member performs additional project duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree plus at least 5 years of related experience.  Degree must be in materials engineering, mechanical engineering, or aerospace engineering. Other technical and engineering degrees will be considered. Experience with explosives, ceramics, fibers, metal, and/or rare earth materials is preferred. Experience with economics, business or market assessments, and/or supplier management is a plus.

In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for more than 5 years of applicable work experience.  Work experience may be adjusted based on education, or highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience for positions involving new technology or labor market shortages as reflected by market survey data.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Knowledge of engineering principles, methods, and techniques. Effective data analysis and problem solving skills; attention to detail. Effective communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
Knowledge of relevant tools, equipment, hardware, and software including Microsoft Office suite programs, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Experience or interest in materials, material applications, defense systems, and/or supply chains. Experience developing statements of work and cost estimates. Experience motivating or coordinating with a multidisciplinary team.

Must be eligible to hold a SECRET level security clearance. Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Diversity Statement

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.

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