El Segundo, California

LinQuest Corporation is seeking a dynamic and innovative lead Senior Systems Engineering Architect to join our LinQuest team with Space System Center’s Portfolio Architecture division in El Segundo, CA.This position supports the Space System Center (SSC), formally SMC, in Los Angeles, California (El Segundo) for the SMC Technical Support 3 Portfolio Architecture (STS-3 ZA) Contract.

Architecting is an improved analytic force structure modernization planning activity. The goal of ZA’s cross-enterprise architecting and analysis efforts is to provide high quality decision support products to the SMC and AFSPC/USSF senior decision makers for the space acquisition enterprise. The goal of Mission Area Architecting processes is to supply decision quality products to the SMC and AFSPC/USSF senior decision makers for the three key interrelated processes of requirements generation, PPBE, and acquisition. The products form an architecting process to recapitalize existing capabilities, accelerate transformation and strengthen joint warfighting capabilities by objectively examining quantifiable measures of performance against military requirements.

Ensure strategic, operational, and tactical guidance is followed as stated in the AFSPC/USSF Core Function Support Plan (CFSP), Joint Requirements Oversight Committee reports, approved Concept of Operations (CONOPS), and Commander’s intent is incorporated in the performance of SEA tasks. Provide input AFSPC’s/USSF’s and other National Security Space (NSS) requirements and approved CONOPS into a space cross-enterprise architecting framework. Expected to document the space enterprise baseline, document the minimum acceptable capabilities for the space enterprise under multiple scenarios, and provide a plan to analytically close the space enterprise gaps between the baselines and the minimum acceptable capabilities for multiple scenarios. Responsible to generate quantitative metrics for all capabilities and shall use these metrics to conduct the analysis, also create and document optimal capability solutions, as well as identify possible new capability solutions using quantitative metric performance curves or other visual means for relaying the information to decision- makers. Expected to identify and report both a near and long-term view (life-cycle) of the upcoming critical decision points for the space enterprise and ensure the architecting analysis and the scenarios used in the analysis are updated for future critical decision points.

The SE will support SMC Enterprise Architecting by maintaining the SMC Portfolio Architect (SPA) models and continue its evolution of the model to support emerging systems requirements and the development of systems to reach the desired end state(s).

The SE will interface with the SMC solution architectures (e.g. Program of Records, prototypes, etc.) and higher-headquarters for strategic, operational, and technical guidance (e.g. National Security Space (NSS) requirement, approved CONOPS, etc.) to produce federated portfolio architecture models which will be used to support architecting analysis, concept development and technology assessment decision making.

  • Primary task is to continue the development, documentation, management, and updates of the
    SMC Portfolio Architect (SPA) models
  • Verify the portfolio models on a quarterly basis to identify missing and outdated artifacts and provide recommendations for changes and enhancements
  • Develop a users’ training curriculum and conduct semi-annual training on the SPA models to include overviews, use of the dashboards, and running of simple scripts
  • The Contractor shall support the Space Architecture Synchronization forum and Major Command
    tasking by supporting, coordinating and providing SPA architecture data models updates to Space Operation Enterprise Architecture (SOEA) and incorporate changes from SOEA architecture model into the SPA model for consistency across the architectures supporting the AFSPC/USSF vision for space superiority. The Contractor shall not take any direction or request from SOEA or other organizations without Government approval
  • The Contractor shall develop and maintain the SPA models on government server(s) where it will be assessable on and off site through Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNET), Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET), Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System (JWICS), and Secure Global Network (SGN) computers as applicable
  • Recommend minimum functionality, metrics (e.g. measures of performance (MOP) and measures of effectiveness (MOE)), and incremental improvements to be implemented according to approximately quarterly schedules. Minimum functions and metrics shall be developed in collaboration with the stakeholders. The work schedule for a new quarter shall be recommended by the Lead SE Architect and then discussed with Government persons for adjustments and approval
  • Deliver to the Government exportable and executable SPA model source files that would enable the Government to recreate portfolio and program models
  • Provide the Government a formal walkthrough of the SPA model for each delivery to show/explain the changes from the previous delivery
  • Deliver to the Government all data, information, scripts, formatting tools, and parameters necessary to recreate any deliverables from the SPA models environment
  • Upload and manage Government-approved draft and final architecture data products to the Global Information Grid (GIG) as directed by the Government
  • Host and invite the Government to all meetings and interactions with other architectures and customers to allow the Government to be involved as necessary
  • Manage and invite appropriate government personnel to attend its team meeting to overlook the process for implementation of the model as well as the testing, verification and/or validation check off before the delivery of the SPA model
Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience modeling and analyzing systems
  • At least 5 years should be with space systems
  • BS in Systems Engineering, Engineering, or Technical Field
  • Be capable of managing a team, which collectively have experience with system of system enterprise models, architecting tools, and digital engineering environments
  • Detail oriented and the ability to organize, prioritize, and address multi-program schedules simultaneously
  • Strong interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and presentation skills
  • Senior expertise with MS Office suite – specifically Project, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel
  • Ability to learn and adapt to the use of new tools that may be used in future SMC/ZAD activities
  • An active DoD TS/SCI clearance within the preceding 24 months (including start date + 30 days) required to be considered for this position


Preferred Experience:

  • Familiarity with Sparx's Enterprise Architect is desired
  • Have experience with other analysis tools; AFSIM, MATLAB, Aerospace’s PDST
  • Operational tour of duty while in USSF
  • CSEP, PMP or APDP level II/III in SE or PM


COVID-19 Compliance Guidelines: As a federal contractor, all LinQuest team members may be required to comply with Executive Order 14042- Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, which may include mandatory vaccination and ability to provide proof of vaccination status prior to start of employment. Additionally, team members are expected to comply with all safety protocols related to mask wearing and physical distancing while in covered contractor workplaces. If applicable, prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement through LinQuest Human Resources and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

El Segundo, California

LinQuest delivers performance excellence across the Air, Land, Sea, Space, and Cyberspace domains. We provide highly valued, state-of-the-art and cost effective technical solutions to the U.S. government, civil and commercial customers. LinQuest's services and products span the engineering, testing, operation and sustainment of critical capabilities and programs ranging from intricate systems and architectures to highly complex enterprises comprised of families of systems. LinQuest integrates technical and operational domain expertise with process discipline and delivers superior performance across the life cycle of programs.

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