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Ground Systems Engineer - Cloud Architect, Senior

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico Categories: Engineering Req ID: 2022-7076 Potential to Telecommute: No

Job Description

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Position Overview:

MTSI is searching for a Cloud Architect/Ground System Engineer Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support development of first-of-kind space systems and missions. In this position, you will be a government consultant providing your engineering expertise to the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO).

At MTSI, our more than 1,500+ co-owners recognize the high demand for specialized professionals within our industry and that you have many options to choose.  As an employee owned company where culture matters, we believe that by investing in our people we are investing in our company’s future!  

MTSI’s core capabilities are Systems Engineering and Integration, Modeling and Simulation, Test and Evaluation, Acquisition and Program Support, and Mission Assurance services. Our expertise includes ballistic missile defense, air defense, air vehicle survivability, unmanned aircraft, flight test operations, intelligence support, and cyber/space/homeland defense.

Recognized as an "employee comes first" company with over 27 years of consecutive growth we challenge our co-owners to provide the highest level of support and service, and reward them with some of the best benefits in the industry.  Day one all new co-workers start accruing PTO at a rate of 20 days, 6% 401k match with immediate vesting, semi-annual bonuses, and eligibility to participate in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).  We offer other employee focused benefits, including up to $10k in tuition reimbursement and an optional zero dollar deductible BCBS health insurance plan.

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MTSI is searching for a Cloud Architect/Ground System Engineer Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support development of first-of-kind space systems and missions. In this position, you will be a government consultant providing your engineering expertise to the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO).

The Space RCO program office, located at Kirtland AFB, NM, is a small, streamlined organization with dedicated, organic acquisition support functions: contracting, financial management, human resources, security, program management and technical engineering support that are critical in enabling the rapid response required for classified space programs. The mission is to develop and deliver operationally dominant space capabilities at the speed of warfighting relevance in response to Commander, U.S. Space Command requirements. A successful candidate should be a leader and problem solver with a proven ability to deliver superior results as part of a high performing team in a high-profile, fast-paced environment.

Principal Duty

You will work in a small, highly empowered team where every team member is directly responsible for the success of the program.  Responsibilities span technology domains including space rated hardware, software, sensors, and processors in an extremely fast-paced, responsive development environment. This candidate will provide in-depth background on digital engineering and cloud computing architecture to improve program office insight into state-of-the art IC, DoD, commercial capabilities for ground command, control and communication systems for space applications. You must apply advanced principles, theories, and concepts for highly classified systems, while also effectively communicating complex results with management and executive leadership.

Government Consultant Role and Responsibilities:

  • Leads or supports technical programs, projects, or tasks whose technical complexity requires engineering oversight.
  • Ensures completion of programs, projects, or tasks within estimated time frames and budget constraints
    • Provides input to the government customer concerning risks to performance, schedule, and budget due to either proposed contractor plans or contractor’s execution of accepted plans
  • Ensures the quality of the program, project, or task deliverables meet or exceed standards or metrics and assesses such deliverables to ensure that final deliverables will meet the warfighting purpose for which they are intended.
  • Responsible for the overall technical/engineering portions of major projects(s) or program(s).
  • Coordinates with multiple partners/agencies to ensure system engineering communities support delivery milestones.
  • Collaborate to design and create a multi-level security, hybrid cloud-based (tech stack(s) connecting to cloud) architecture.
  • Propose cloud adoption plans, cloud application design, and cloud management and monitoring.
  • Ability to work with cloud architecture team and help with cloud migration, Data Security, and deployment strategy in cloud environments.
  • Experienced in implementing and overseeing cloud computing strategy, and delivery of cloud solutions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of IT infrastructure tools, processes, and practices, including cloud resource provisions, deployment, microservices, and DevOps.
  • Ability to work independently within a complex environment to evaluate issues and address questions from the internal and external shareholders about their questions regarding cloud Implementation/Migration.
  • Oversees and advises government program management on integration across full spectrum of interfaces, to include coordination with multiple mission partners.
  • Oversees program and capability documentation is sufficiently defined to operationally needed levels, oversees configuration and integration working groups, and coordinates with management to ensure interface definitions support delivery milestones.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy—oral and written.


  • Minimum fifteen (15) years DoD/IC, or relevant industry work experience.
  • Exceptional and/or unique qualifications in developing, deploying, and maintaining ground mission planning architecture and software.
  • Experience in development and fielding satellite ground systems, to include ground entry points, command, control, communication systems, and mission data processing.
  • Understanding of operational environment and corresponding mission user needs.
  • Knowledge of ground system engineering, development, and manufacturing requirements.
  • Experience in DoD program management including program development and transition.
  • Experience with Integrated Master Schedules, and risk management.
  • Experience with Statements of Work (SOW) and Performance Work Statements (PWS).

Desired skills:

  • Ten (10) years of relevant DoD work experience with SAP and/or SCI.
  • System Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) to Government program office.
  • Experience with rapid prototyping.
  • Experience with integrated air, space and cyberspace capabilities.
  • Experience with ACAT I/II level acquisition programs.
  • Experience using multivariable optimization in mission planning software systems.
  • Experience in planning and executing test campaigns for space ground systems.
  • Fluency with IC organizations.

Education Requirements:  

  • An applicable engineering degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or possess a Professional Engineering license.
  • MA/MS/ME degree desired.

Clearance Requirements:

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

Location/Travel Requirements:

  • Full-time, on site in vicinity of Kirtland AFB, NM, and will require travel up to 30% of time within the continental United States.




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