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Job #: R-00043097
Location: Alexandria, VA
Category: Systems Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 10%
Clearance: Top Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

The Defense Group at Leidos has an opening for a Systems Engineer to work with our group in Alexandria, Virginia. 

In this position you will provide systems engineering and integration support to enhance US capability to conduct and to assess offensive operations against WMD targets through the development of advanced technologies, with a focus on unmanned aerial systems and counter-weapons of mass destruction (WMD) sensor development and payload integration

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide expertise in defense acquisitions and development processes, and technical expertise in the areas of unmanned systems, leading-edge unmanned technologies in platforms and sensors, integration of payloads onto those systems, and related technologies, as well as expertise in covert sensing of CBRN threats and development of WMD detection and defeat technologies. 
  • Use this expertise to support planning and execution of project portfolio activities, including requirements analysis, functional analysis, systems analysis, and control.  Perform technical management activities to measure program progress and to document decisions; evaluate alternative approaches to satisfy technical requirements and program objectives. 
  • Perform control activities including risk management, configuration management, and performance-based progress measurement. 
  • Define system architectures, integrating schedule among subsystem developers. 
  • Develop strategies to test and verify systems and make recommendations to improve testing and operational demonstration. 
  • Document and analyze test data.  Develop strategies and materials for transition of systems to operators.
  • Support to PM including the ability to respond to urgent taskings quickly and to analyze complex technical problems.

Basic Qualifications

  • Four-year BS/BA degree from accredited college with experience overseeing performers for a government project manager (PM), communicating the PM’s requirements to the performer, and assisting the PM in tracking a performer’s cost, schedule, and technical performance. 
  • Eight years or more of direct related experience. 6 years with additional education.
  • Experience reporting to the PM on meetings and teleconferences, providing detailed notes and verbal briefings concisely and clearly.
  • Top Secret clearance with eligibility for TS/SCI access,
  • Familiarity with procedures for working with classified information.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially with presentations in PowerPoint. 
  • Ability to travel up to 25%, sometimes to oversee outdoor tests in austere conditions. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with military organizations and agencies, especially with SOCOM, DTRA, and/or the intelligence community, is extremely helpful. 
  • Familiarity with Department of Defense procurement and acquisition and the roles and responsibilities of systems engineering and integration, and comfort with military customs and courtesies, are also very helpful. 
  • Masters degree preferred, broad experience with small unmanned aerial systems desired.  Familiarity and experience with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) science and technology also desired.

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:

Yes, 10%

Clearance Level Required:

Top Secret


Yes, 25% of the time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:




Requisition Category:


Job Family:

Systems Engineering


About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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