Space Ground Systems Project Manager/ Engineer (Top Secret)

    • KBR
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Posted 60+ days ago | Updated 7 hours ago


On Site
Full Time


Project management
Market research
Technical drafting
Problem solving
Research and Development
Organizational skills
Status reports
Internal communications
Integrated circuit
Control system
Program development
Development testing
Software deployment
Business analysis
Business analytics
Program management
Systems engineering
Mergers and acquisitions
Security clearance

Job Details


Space Ground Systems Project Manager/ Engineer (Top Secret)

KBR is searching for highly skilled Space Ground Systems Project Manager/ Engineer with satellite operations expertise to support development and integration of first-of-kind space ground segment, vehicles/missions, and space operations mission software. The ideal candidate has an in-depth background of ground and flight software entry points; command, control, and communication systems; and space operations. A successful candidate should be a strong leader, facilitator, and problem solver with a proven ability to take initiative and deliver superior results as part of a high performing team in a high-profile, fast-paced environment. The candidate will apply advanced principles, theories, and concepts for highly classified systems, while also effectively communicating complex results with management and executive leadership.


In this position, you will provide Systems Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) to the Space RCO at Kirtland AFB, NM. The Space RCO is one of three US Space Force acquisition organizations and specializes in delivering first-of systems to fill quick-turn needs to deliver operational capability to the USSF. For each project, they set up small, agile, and empowered teams to include program manager, technical specialists, contracting, finance, security, and the use right acquisition strategies to set the effort up for success. You will work in one of these small, highly empowered teams where every team member is directly responsible for the success of the program.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Serves as program advisory lead for extremely time critical technical projects, test projects, or tasks requiring appropriate level technical and project management expertise.
  • Coordinates and facilitates with internal and external stakeholders to identify and verify program needs and develop solutions and timelines to meet project goals.
  • Assists acquisition planning, market research, and drafting technical requirements and documents.
  • Helps the government assess the technical sufficiency, cost, quality, and timely delivery of program deliverables.
  • Confers with engineers to provide technical advice and to assist with problem resolution as needed.
  • Supports management and execution of programs consisting of multiple projects--ensures overall program is properly coordinated and efficiently accomplished with the best available resources.
  • Drafts, reviews, and edits final program reports, documents, and briefings.
  • Supports acquisition planning and development of documents required for systems acquisition.
  • Coordinates with external agencies to include operational units, higher headquarters, Combatant Command (COCOM) staffs, other acquisition activities, and research and development functions. This will include producing, tracking, coordinating all agreements and documentation necessary for SpRCO systems to transition seamlessly into a framework for organizing, training, and equipping the United States Space Force.
  • Supports and advises acquisition and program management functions, advises government management on design challenges, delivery, and integration, and supports system program reviews.
  • Works on high-visibility or mission critical aspects of a given program and performs all functional duties independently.
  • Translate complex ideas and data into simple, actionable recommendations or easily differentiated courses of action.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy-oral and written.
  • Aids in the development of a Monthly Status Report on all support efforts including updates in status and performance, major activities, challenges and opportunities, and deliverables.


  • Minimum ten (10) years DoD/IC, or relevant industry work experience.
  • Proven experience and/or qualifications in development and fielding satellite systems.
  • Expert knowledge in development and fielding satellite ground control systems to include mission unique software.
  • Understanding of the space operational environment and corresponding mission user needs.
  • Experience in DoD program management including program development, integration, and transition.
  • Experience with developing Statements of Work, Performance Work Statements, and Integrated Master Schedules.

Desired skills:

  • Fifteen (15) years of relevant DoD and/or Industry work experience.
  • Experience in Agile Software Development, Security and Operations (DevSecOps) principles.
  • Experience in system engineering, development, testing, and manufacturing requirements.
  • Understanding of the development, deployment, and maintenance of ground architecture and software.
  • System Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) experience in a Government program office.
  • Possess an applicable certification in project and/or program management and/or systems engineering (CAPM/PMP, CSEP/ESEP, etc.)


  • An BA/BS/BE degree in engineering, project/program management or systems engineering.
  • Relevant MA/MBA/MS/ME degree.


  • Active TOP SECRET clearance with sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI) and special access program (SAP) eligibility.
  • No less than two (2) years total SAP and/or SCI environment experience and 1-year total within last 5 years.
  • Candidate must maintain a TS/SCI clearance as a condition of employment and willingness to submit to a Counter-Intelligence polygraph.

Additional Notes:

  • This position is full-time, on site at Kirtland AFB, NM and will require travel up to 30% of time within the continental United States

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
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