• Location: Sterling, Virginia
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #1926

Title: Sr. Principal Systems Engineer

Location: Dulles VA & Melbourne FL

Clearance: TS/SCI


Company Overview:

Cornerstone Defense, in partnership with our military, intelligence, and civil government customers, supports U.S. operations worldwide through the use of many different types of satellite, launch, and cyber technologies. We develop space-based solutions that protect our nation, enhance the lives of our citizens, and directly support the warfighter. Cornerstone supports a full range of missions from navigation and communication to remote sensing. We are a leader in spacecraft development, deployment, and mission support. In an environment of limited resources, Cornerstone provides our customers with agile and innovative solutions that achieve the highest level mission performance.


Cornerstone Defenses Tactical Space team designs, builds and delivers space, defense, and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems, and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems, and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Job Summary:
Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Cornerstone Defense has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

The qualified candidate will perform the following duties:

  • Work space vehicle (SV) interfaces with candidate launch vehicles (LV) for National Security Systems Programs
  • Develop, negotiate, and maintain Launch Vehicle/Space Vehicle requirements up to and including launch (Launch Vehicle ICD).
  • Develop and negotiate all ground operations (including comm) requirements to support the Launch Campaign (Launch Site Support Plan).
  • Ensure LV hardware necessary for system level environmental testing is planned in order to support all relevant space vehicle testing.
  • Maintain an integrated schedule that includes the LV and SV tasks and milestones
  • Develop a receivable and deliverable list to ensure all necessary SV and LV analyses and products are completed to support MIT and GO activities and tasks.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree & 9 years systems engineering experience.
  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with current or active Top Secret/SCI level clearance.
  • Experience supporting a space vehicle to launch vehicle integration effort.
  • Must also have experience leading or participating in a day of launch rehearsal for space program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ground Operations and Mission Integration Working Group planning.
  • Experience leading Launch Campaigns including planning and execution.
  • Knowledge of Systems Engineering process is preferred and experience with DOORS software is a plus.


Equal Opportunity Employment
Cornerstone Defense is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive working environment for all employees and to upholding diversity in our recruiting and hiring processes. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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