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Senior Systems Engineer (Software)

Senior Systems Engineer (Software)

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John H. Northrop & Associates, Inc. (JHNA) is in the process of hiring a Senior Systems Engineer (Software) to support the office of its government customer.  This is a full-time position, located in Alexandria, Virginia.


The successful candidate will provide software engineering services to support all phases of the system and software acquisition and development lifecycle and all SW domains from development planning through sustainment.

Candidates are expected to have a strong technical background working in software engineering and experience with DoD acquisition processes and terminology.  Candidates will be expected to work on multiple projects simultaneously and will interact with senior government leadership at the Service Staff and OSD levels, as well as with government and industry program managers.  Candidates will support detailed and rigorous program reviews and assessments, make recommendations to program managers and program technical leadership, and inform senior leader decision making in the DoD.


This is not a contingent hire position; JHNA will hire the appropriate candidate immediately.    


Other duties may be assigned, as necessary.



The right candidate will have experience in the following areas:

  • Expertise in software and system domains including Infrastructure Systems (Cloud, Service Oriented Architecture, Enterprise Services, Networks, COTS/GOTS-based), Defense Business Systems, Weapons Systems (Real Time, Embedded, Safety Critical), Modeling and Simulation and C4ISR
  • Experienced in development of products designed to inform and prepare government leadership at senior executive staff levels for Major Development Acquisition Program reviews
  • Experience representing government at IPTs, IPRs, and other meetings and working groups
  • Familiarity and experience working with acquisition documentation,
  • Experience at any of the following offices is highly desirable: OSD, Joint Staff, RDECOM, Service Staff, PEO or equivalent headquarters level
  • Experience in industry is desirable
  • Thorough understanding of the DoD acquisition process and experience working within MDAP and MAIS PMO and DOD 5000 series acquisition system
  • Familiarity with DoD systems engineering and program management policies and practices
  • Excellent listening, writing, and oral communication skills are essential
  • Very strong briefing development and preparation skills, especially using Microsoft PowerPoint
  • BS in engineering or related technical field
  • MS is preferred
  • Minimum of 10-years relevant experience
  • Candidates must be self -starting and able to effectively manage multiple competing, high visibility projects
  • Candidates must be able to think creatively and perform independent analysis of complex technical information to identify and solve customers’ critical needs

In addition, the following qualities are highly desired:

  • An advanced degree in a technical field
  • Prior military experience.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: Individual must be capable of obtaining a Secret security clearance.

WORK LOCATION: Alexandria, Virginia

TRAVEL: This position has limited travel, based upon the needs of the government customer.



JHNA is a growing technical consulting firm based in Northern Virginia with clients in the National Capital Region; Ft. Eustis, Virginia; Huntsville, Alabama; and Tampa, Florida.  JHNA specializes in aviation systems engineering, aviation software engineering, program management support, and advanced technology program support, to include robotics and autonomous systems.  JHNA is a SDVOSB, established in 2001. 



JHNA is a three-time winner of the Washington Business Journal Best Places to Work award (2015, 2016 & 2017).  For more information, please visit www.JHNA.com.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.