Systems Engineer Principal - 30786 in Austin, TX at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 3/11/2020

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Job Description


Alion is under contract to support the Army Futures Command (AFC) and subordinate Army Applications Lab (AAL) in developing and executing a Collaborative Approach to Preparing Soldiers for Contested, Dense Urban Environments. This effort will increase knowledge and understanding of state-of-the-art technologies and techniques suitable to developing the agile and adaptive capabilities needed to ensure the success of the future Army. This effort focuses on the specific military challenges associated with contested, dense urban environments. Knowledge and understanding gained from developing capabilities that address the contested urban environment challenge will be relevant across a broad spectrum of future Army operations.

The newly formed Army Futures Command (AFC) and subordinate Army Applications Lab (AAL) are already operational and Alion is leading the Army Capability Accelerator (ACA) Program.  AAL is establishing operations to identify, evaluate, and transition disruptive technology which satisfies modernization priorities. Key to success is the planning and execution of the Army Capability Accelerator.

Position Summary:

As an expert in the systems engineering discipline, possesses an in depth understanding and can synthesize a broad range of technologies including sensor systems, edge computing, AI and machine learning, robotics and autonomy, communications, networks, cyber security, command and control, fire control, soldier systems, and training systems.  Has expertise in one or more domain areas down to the analysis and design level.  Applies a superior degree of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness to the assessment of new and disruptive technologies and is able to visualize applications and CONOPS required to employ such technologies as component of systems of major complexity. Must have achieved recognized standing in a professional field through original contribution. Executed complex systems engineering projects providing advanced research, development, design, analysis, production, implementation, and consultation. Frequently develops data which goes beyond the existing boundaries of information in a given field.

Works across organizations in support of program development and technical execution on technically complex high impact projects. Sets technical direction and conducts execution oversight for high visibility technically complex projects. Applies expert knowledge of scientific practices and principles in formulating or approving technical applications in broad areas of assignment. Maintains a liaison role on technical matters with staff and customers and acts independently to uncover and resolve problems associated with the development and implementation of operational programs.  Advise senior management on challenging technical issues, assures the use of senior technical resources across the organization on multi-disciplinary problems, and provides technical guidance and leadership to senior management, program, and technical staff. Establishes peer groups of senior technical staff to periodically review technical plans, results, and work products from the organization.

The target position supports an innovative program to help the Army access insights and technologies and solutions from the commercial industry, start-up community also categorized as nontraditional solution providers.  This position includes analysis of Army capability gaps, reframing of gaps in language suitable to accessing start-up technologies, assessing insights and technology concepts from the start-up community and others, working with start-ups to help integrate their capabilities with appropriate government and defense industry capabilities.  

Duties and Responsibilities:           

  • Provide expertise to allow decision makers to distinguish between scientifically and commercially sound and unsound investments. Understanding the technical and commercial landscape (both internal and external to the DOD), to provide a basis of comparison for investment decisions. Assess the potential of specific technologies and determines technical/scientific feasibility, system level applications of the technology including CONOPS, and evaluates potential impact on capability development, processes or operational capability.

  • Determines the capability and reliability of the companies being assessed. Supports stakeholders during the development of statement of work and monitors the technological progress of the project. In conjunction with Army stakeholders assess the final project outcome and make recommendation for follow-up actions.

  • Oversees and performs highly complex and advanced engineering work concerned with the design evaluation, planning, testing and operation in support of system CONOPS development, engineering analysis and research for multiple programs. Originates and applies new and unique engineering methods and procedures.

  • Determine the customer position on technical issues collectively with senior engineering staff members; Serves as the senior technical authority in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes in areas of expertise. Advises the technical staff in developing appropriate approaches to complex or technically difficult tasks.  In sensitive and critical matters, reviews and discusses the work of the technical staff to assure the technical accuracy of documentation describing a problem, the analysis, the conclusion, and the resulting recommendation.

  • Prepare and presents briefings to sponsors on unique technical contributions planned, in progress, or projected in support to the contract. 

  • Conduct briefings with staff to communicate state-of-the-art developments in areas relevant to the contract.

  • Perform business development activities and may interface directly with senior level customer management. Works with senior management, engineers, and customer on all technical and scientific matters relating to company obligations.

  • Is a recognized authority across multiple areas of expertise, as evidenced by an appropriate bibliography of reports, scientific papers, designs, and/or patents. Represents the company in outside discussions and technical forums.

  • Has experience working with technologies coming from government labs and engineering centers, defense industry, and commercial industry.  Is intimately familiar with these organizations, how they operate, and how to work with them in an integrated fashion.

  • Comply with all corporate policies and procedures, including quality assurance and security procedures in the performance of duties. Establishes and monitors standards for internal quality programs. Provides recommendations for improvements to existing quality systems or applicable company procedures and guidelines.

  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree plus 15 or more years of relevant work experience. Doctorate degree preferred.  Degree(s) must be in electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a related discipline.  

  • Project/program engineering experience.  

  • Data analytics experience.

  • Experience working with the start-up community strongly preferred.

In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for comparable work experience. Work experience may be adjusted for 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

Expert knowledge in at least one engineering domain including engineering principles, methods, and techniques.

Expert knowledge of systems engineering principles, methods and techniques including MBSE

Expert knowledge of the related tools, equipment, hardware, and software.

Ability to manage multiple complex technical issues and coordinate diverse technical resources.

Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.

Able to obtain security clearance of an appropriate level after employment.

Security Clearance: Top Secret


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