Job Description

El Segundo,CA,US
Remote Work:
Job Number:
Ground System Chief Architect

The Opportunity: 

Are you looking for an opportunity to combine your technical skills with big picture thinking to make an impact on national security space missions? You understand your customer’s environment and how to develop the right systems for their mission. Your ability to translate real-world needs into technical specifications makes you an integral part of delivering a customer-focused engineering solution. If this sounds like you, come join Booz Allen’s new Remote Sensing Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) team to work on the military’s top priority space programs. 

As the ground system chief architect on our team, you will work with Booz Allen colleagues and the military to develop design, and manage all aspects of the solution lifecycle, but particularly focus on early stages of transforming needs and opportunities into architectural concepts and solutions. You will create the link between problems and solutions and develop the system requirements to ensure successful solution results. You will deliver critical information to our warfighters to quickly win or even prevent future wars. Your client will trust you to lead the development of Technical Requirements Documents (TRDs), Interface Control Documents (ICDs), technical assessments, integration plans, verification plans, and digital mission and system models for satellite ground systems. You will grow your skills by researching new requirements, technologies, and threats and using innovative engineering methodologies and tools to create tomorrow’s solutions. 

Join us. The world can’t wait. 

You Have: 

  • 10+ years of experience with large-scale ground systems engineering, integration, or development on national security space programs 

  • 4+ years of experience performing systems engineering analysis and developing systems engineering products for satellite systems 

  • Experience with the development of technical specifications, ICDs, ground architectures and designs, integration plans and schedules, or test plans 

  • Experience working with satellite communications technology system architecture, interfaces, protocols, control, planning, equipment, concept of operation, troubleshooting, policies, or procedures, including OPIR capabilities

  • Knowledge of Agile methodologies 

  • Ability to define, develop, and maintain large scale system specifications, capability requirements, and acquisition documentation 

  • Ability to communicate and establish collaborative relationships with government clients, Federally Funded Research and Developmental Centers (FFRDC), and associate contractor teammates to achieve program goals 

  • Ability to articulate risks and opportunities presented by various space architectures to ground systems 

  • Secret clearance 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) field 

Nice If You Have: 

  • Experience performing systems engineering, integration, and testing on space-based remote sensing systems, including SBIRS, Next Generation OPIR, and FORGE

  • Experience planning and executing program reviews throughout the life cycle of the system 

  • Experience using a Model-Based Systems Engineering approach to manage system definitions and technical baselines 

  • Knowledge of satellite ground system design, cloud architectures, DevOps and DevSecOps, software frameworks, communication and networking, data processing, exploitation and dissemination, space system operations and tasking, mission planning, space-ground integration, or space system factory support 

  • Knowledge of DoD 5000.01 and 5000.02 

  • TS/SCI clearance 

  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Mathematics, CS, or Physics a plus 

  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Certification, including ASEP, CSEP, or ESEP Certifications 


Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information; Secret clearance is required.

Create Your Career: 

Grow With Us 

Your growth matters to us—that’s why we offer a variety of ways for you to develop your career. With professional and leadership development opportunities like upskilling programs, tuition reimbursement, mentoring, and firm-sponsored networking, you can chart a unique and fulfilling career path on your own terms.

A Place Where You Belong 

Diverse perspectives cultivate collective ingenuity. Booz Allen’s culture of respect, equity, and opportunity means that, here, you are free to bring your whole self to work. With an array of business resource groups and other opportunities for connection, you’ll build your community in no time.

Support Your Well-Being 

Our comprehensive benefits package includes wellness programs with HSA contributions, paid holidays, paid parental leave, a generous 401(k) match, and more. With these benefits, plus the option for flexible schedules and remote and hybrid locations, we’ll support you as you pursue a balanced, fulfilling life—at work and at home.  

Your Candidate Journey 

At Booz Allen, we know our people are what propel us forward, and we value relationships most of all. Here, we’ve compiled a list of resources so you’ll know what to expect as we forge a connection with you during your journey as a candidate with us. 


At Booz Allen, we celebrate your contributions, provide you with opportunities and choices, and support your total well-being. Our offerings include health, life, disability, financial, and retirement benefits, as well as paid leave, professional development, tuition assistance, work-life programs, and dependent care. Our recognition awards program acknowledges employees for exceptional performance and superior demonstration of our values. Full-time and part-time employees working at least 20 hours a week on a regular basis are eligible to participate in Booz Allen’s benefit programs. Individuals that do not meet the threshold are only eligible for select offerings, not inclusive of health benefits. We encourage you to learn more about our total benefits by visiting the Resource page on our Careers site and reviewing Our Employee Benefits page.

Salary at Booz Allen is determined by various factors, including but not limited to location, the individual’s particular combination of education, knowledge, skills, competencies, and experience, as well as contract-specific affordability and organizational requirements. The projected compensation range for this position is $81,800.00 to $186,000.00 (annualized USD). The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position and is just one component of Booz Allen’s total compensation package for employees. This posting will close within 90 days from the Posting Date.

Work Model
Our people-first culture prioritizes the benefits of flexibility and collaboration, whether that happens in person or remotely.

  • If this position is listed as remote or hybrid, you’ll periodically work from a Booz Allen or client site facility.
  • If this position is listed as onsite, you’ll work with colleagues and clients in person, as needed for the specific role.

EEO Commitment

We’re an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer that empowers our people to fearlessly drive change – no matter their race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, military or uniformed service member status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, local, or international law.

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