Sr. Systems Engineer - (SOCOM - MacDill AFB) *Contingent*

The Directorate of Operations (J3) provides fully capable Special Operations Forces (SOF) to defend the U.S. and its interests and synchronizes planning of global operations against terrorist networks. The J3 also provides the management of SOF, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) SOF, and Interagency (IA) partners designated to support Overseas Contingency Operations with operational planning to support indirect lines of operation with the most operationally relevant and accessible information. Joint Collective Training (J3-JCT) has the responsibility for planning, designing, coordinating, synchronizing and executing collective training and exercises across the USSOCOM Enterprise (including Sub-Unified Commands, Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs) and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), SOF Component Commands, Special Operations Joint Task Forces (SOJTFs), and SOF Battle Staffs). J3-JCT ensures US Special Operations Forces (SOF) are trained and ready to support Geographic Combatant Commanders (GCC) through unified action to execute the full range of SOF core activities and operations. J3-JCT facilitates the interdependence, integration, and interoperability (I3) among SOF, Conventional Forces (CF), Interagency (IA), and Partner Nations (PN) forces through exercises.

QSI is working with our strategic partner to provide contractor Subject Matter Experts (SME) (upon contract award) to augment manpower for J3 activities across all organizational functions.

This position requires an Active Top Secret DoD Security Clearance.

MacDill AFB, Florida
Level/Salary Range
Senior Level- Negotiable
HR Contact
Cindy Seidel
Job Category
Security Clearance Required
Top Secret
Position Type
Full Time

Multi-discipline, senior Systems Engineer that provides technical, acquisition, and management support by applying Systems Engineering rigor to ensure ISM mission gaps, shortfalls, and lifecycle requirements are properly addressed as part of the USSOCOM Strategic Planning Process (SPP); Program Objective Memorandum (POM) Process; and ISM Program of Record (PoR) Acquisition Lifecycle support activities.  Contractor personnel shall be responsible for tasks such as:

  1. Provide systems engineering support by contributing to strategic planning activities (e.g., Capability Based Assessments, POM); developing concepts (e.g., CONOPS); conducting requirements analysis and preparing SOFCIDS documentation (e.g., ICD/CDD/DCR); evaluating architecture options and design; performing market investigations/research; evaluating emerging/disruptive technology; conduct analyses of alternatives; verification and validation testing; determining risk and provide mitigation techniques; and supporting other life cycle management activities.
  2. Conduct studies and prepare whitepapers on technology application, critical system and network infrastructure challenges, and the employment of potential solutions leading to improved efficiencies and performance in the delivery of ISM systems and services.
  3. Participate on diverse teams (e.g., IPT, ICT) to support the development of operational requirements and technical specifications; address operational/technical issues; and support the development of technical roadmaps/implementation plans for the integration of new ISM technologies and process improvements across the SOF Enterprise.
  4. Review, evaluate, and provide recommendations on current, emerging, and future Congressional/ DoD/USSOCOM programs, statute, policy, and standards that impact the ISM enterprise.
  5. Perform independent technical review of proposed contractor technical capabilities and concepts to determine applicability to SOF requirements.  Apply and substantiate technical and operational judgment to make recommendations on ISM-related technology, concepts, processes, and products.
  6. Coordinate across the DoD, IC, and SOF enterprise to identify potential areas for collaboration and technology leveraging to gain efficiencies.
  7. Provide technical support to verify and validate system design, development, architecture, and integration of capabilities into the ISM system configuration baseline.
  8. Perform business and technical analysis and conduct engineering studies to make recommendations for improvement across the full spectrum of the ISM technology and problem space.
  9. Plans and leads multiple concurrent systems and personnel-focused initiatives to enhance the ISM technology baseline and/or workforce productivity.
  10. Evaluate candidate system performance results and recommend changes affecting near-, mid-, and long-term project growth and success.


Education / Experience Required
  • Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, or related technical discipline
  • Minimum 10 years involvement with ISM-type projects in DoD, preferably within the SOF Enterprise.
  • Minimum 10 years Systems Engineering experience supporting the conceptualization, planning, engineering, and acquisition of SOF Enterprise C4ISR and IT capabilities.
  • Minimum 5 years working USSOCOM SAP and ACCM projects.
  • Experience identifying operational needs and developing concepts
  • Experience soliciting functional requirements and performing requirements decomposition and allocation
  • Experience conducting POM review and recommendations
  • Experience developing architectures, models, and workflows
  • Experience conducting independent verification and validation of acquisition activities and documentation
  • Experience advising fielding and operational implementation activities
  • Experience performing operational utility assessments
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of USSOCOM mission, authorities, organizational structure/relationships, operational concepts, enterprise architecture, and business processes.
  • Detailed understanding of Joint/SOF Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS/SOFCIDS); and DoD/USSOCOM Acquisition Management System (including the DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework).
  • Detailed understanding of Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System (PPBES).
  • Familiarity with PIEE and DEAMS financial system.


Top Secret Clearance; with experience in SOF Enterprise SAP and ACCM projects.