Decisive Analytics

Software Systems Engineer (Junior)

Security Clearance Requirements


DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation is seeking a Software Systems Engineer (Junior).  This position will support our Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) customer in Alexandria, VA.


The Software Systems Engineer will be responsible for providing technical oversight, assessments, and analysis of software intensive Major Defense Acquisition Programs and Major Information Systems Programs (MDAP/MAIS) in support of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Systems Engineering (DASD(SE)), Director, Major Program Support. This is in support of OSD to mentor programs on best practices and assess risk, not hands-on development.


Duties will include:

  • Providing technical insight to OSD on software engineering, software development, software architecture, and software acquisition.
  • Assist with conducting OSD-level technical reviews and assessments of Department of Defense (DoD) major acquisition programs (e.g., Preliminary Design Review (PDR), Critical Design Review (CDR), Program Support Assessment (PSA)). May evaluate and make recommendations to the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) on the readiness to enter/exit acquisition milestone in accordance with statutory (Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (WSARA)), regulatory (e.g DoD Instruction (DODI) 5000.02), and DoD guidance.
  • May present to senior acquisition leadership on the status and issues associated with MDAP/MAIS in preparation for acquisition decision meetings.
  • Maintaining objective insight into programs’ requirement performance and other technical metrics, schedule, risks, engineering management, production, integration, and other engineering discipline heath. Maintain quarterly (at minimum) engagement with the program offices and contractor sites for an assigned portfolio of systems.
  • Performing ad hoc analysis and generation of high quality technical reports and presentations for senior DoD leadership to support various public speaking engagements, symposium, conferences, and Congressional/OSD/Service reports.
  • Provide software engineering expertise in the evaluation and assessment of MDAP/MAIS programs. Evaluate software planning, software architecture, software development, software execution, use of software development metrics, and software technical management processes for conventional waterfall and Agile methodologies.
  • This task spans all phases of the system acquisition life cycle from advanced development planning and size estimating through deployment decisions and sustainment.
  • Provide support and assess Acquisition Category (ACAT) ID Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) and other special interest programs.
  • Using knowledge of weapons systems acquisition, the candidate will participate in Program Support Assessments (PSA), Nunn-McCurdy Congressional Investigations; System Engineering Technical Reviews (SETR) and specific software focused reviews.
  • Help identify programmatic and technical risk and provide actionable recommendations. The goal is to help triage programs in most instances to stabilize them and then support them until success.
  • Background and capability in Software Engineering on DoD military platforms, Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA), Agile software development, Software Measurement and Metrics, Software Security, Systems Integration, Software Testing, Software Sustainment
  • Assist with developing DoD systems engineering guidance as it relates to manufacturing of MDAPs.
  • May advise and support the customer’s leadership on the formulation and coordination of DoD software policies, standards, and activities to implement the DoD’s chartered responsibilities for enabling DoD systems engineering.


  • Junior level software subject matter expertise.
  • Some knowledge of the DoD weapon system acquisition and Systems Engineering processes defined in DoD Instruction (DoDI) 5000.02 and the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG). Knowledge was obtained through a combination of formal training and job experiences related to at least one of the following domain areas: Ships and Submarines; Rotary Wing and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS); Fixed Wing; Land Combat; C2ISR; Business Systems; Missiles and Missile Defense; Space; and Communications.
    • Understanding of the DoD acquisition lifecycle, technical activities and timelines, statutory/regulatory documentation, certifications, and dependencies.
    • May have experience in performing system engineering functions such as translating user requirements to specifications, developing schedules, planning for technical reviews, quantifying and mitigating risks/issues, monitoring technical performance measures, and verifying requirements.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and writing) skills. Must have experience in using critical thinking to prepare written reports and presentations for senior-level officials.  Must have demonstrated knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint software applications. 
  • Technical knowledge of Software Development Life-Cycle, Software Design, and Software Architecture as it relates to DoD systems.
  • May have experience performing system engineer functions to include the planning and evaluation of design reviews, technical performance measures, program requirements, system engineering plans, software planning, risk, and schedules for DoD acquisition programs
  • May have experience working in an acquisition program office (ACAT 1D preferred) or on Service/OSD staff overseeing acquisition programs
  • Some understanding of the technical and programmatic elements of DoD acquisition lifecycle, activities, timeline, acquisitions, best practices, policies, dependencies, and interrelationships associated with DoDI 5000.02
  • Previously supported a senior-level staff in a Military Service or OSD (acquisition or otherwise) desired
  • Strong analytical capability; Have performed critical analysis of  technical data with the goal of recommending corrective courses of action
    • Desired: Creative with strong data visualization skills
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and proven communication skills: must have experience providing briefings and presentations to senior-level officials
  • Experience with software estimation models desired.
  • Experience with software measures and metrics to gauge software quality, schedule and readiness desired
  • Must have at minimum a SECRET clearance, and capable of obtaining a TS clearance
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in a software or engineering field
  • Desired: Familiarity with DoD data repositories such as Defense Acquisition Executive Summary (DAES), Defense Acquisition Management Information Retrieval (DAMIR), Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), Knowledge Management/Decision Support (KMDS), Acquisition Information Repository (AIR), etc.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering discipline is mandatory. Must have a SECRET clearance, and be capable of obtaining a Top Secret clearance.



  • General Keywords: Systems Engineering (SE), systems engineer, lead systems engineer, program manager, risk management, technical reviews, design reviews, Acquisition, milestone, program management, Integrated Product Team (IPT), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), DoDI 5000.02, Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG), Software engineering, computer science, software development methodology (e.g., waterfall, incremental, agile, service-oriented architecture (SOA)), software estimation tools, software architecture, source lines of code, Software Engineering Institute, Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), Capability Maturity Model (CMM), SCAMPI, Software Development Plan (SDP), reuse, software trouble reports, Software Master Build Plan, Software Requirements and Interface Requirements Specifications, Software Architecture Description, Software Test Plans, Software Test Procedures, Software Test Reports, and Software Metrics Reports

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

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