KL: Herndon, VA

  • Mid Level International Acquisitions Support Specialist

    Security Clearance
    Regular Full-Time
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    A Day in the Life

    Knowledge Link is seeking a Mid Level International Acquisitions Technical & Engineering Support Specialist to participate in NSG and ASG fora and technical reviews and evaluate external program system changes for impacts to the International Program. In addition you will be conducting risk, issue and opportunity analysis, authoring system CONOPS, systems architectures and requirements documents as well as identifying opportunities for International partner participation in future and emerging NSG capabilities, and evaluate emerging technologies for inclusion in the International Program.

    Time Well Spent

    Duties include:

    • Attend weekly staff meeting to keep office abreast of activities and issues.
    • Support and participate in program management reviews and any program status meetings/briefings that may be conducted by the vendor.
    • Coordinate readiness process reviews with Readiness Review Team Chairman, development contractor and program office throughout life-cycle of program.
    • Coordinate and participate in TEMs between the contractor and NGA segments to resolve issues, support the implementation of any new RFCs by the engineering group and address external organization’s questions.
    • Provide detailed input at design/development/test/operational reviews.
    • Attend interface segment requirement reviews, design reviews, and meeting dry-runs, as necessary, and identify issues and ensure sufficient requirements and understanding or proper design considerations are included.
    • Support the development of risk, issue and opportunity management plans.
    • Conduct qualitative risk assessment.
    • Support the development of quality assurance plans and metrics.
    • Collaborate with customers and stakeholders to ensure integration of all defined requirements and functionality.
    • Interact with development contractors to ensure successful integration based on program scope, requirements, and constraints.
    • Provide the PM and COR with property accountability support and advices him/her of any changes or necessary action under the agencies Total Access Management system.
    • Provide senior SME support to daily technical issues and future requirements activities.
    • Coordinate with development contractor, NCAT security, NGA security offices, and OCIO to maintain active C&A program.
    • Facilitate TEMs to resolve any C&A issues.
    • Plan coordinate and execute all formal test activities under the Verification and Validation Groups (VVG) supervision and the Assisted Service Testing Model initiated by VVG which is executed by the Program Management Office.
    • Coordinate and track test events related to future software deliveries at factory and any delivery site.
    • Review Technical Measurement Parameters.
    • Provide oversight and support as the PMO lead validator during any formal test event and provide the PM results of all executed tests outcome regarding a decision in deployment of the operational baseline to the field.
    • Coordinate internal test planning meetings for the test of new software deliveries with the development contractor.
    • Support the development of integration plans to transition program services and functionality into the NSG Enterprise. 
    • Coordinate transition of software builds, new hardware, or discrepancies (DR) fixes into operations.

    Qualified Candidate

    • Experience with acquisition of government systems.

    Exceptional Candidate

    • An understanding the geospatial intelligence mission and its contribution to the IC.
    • Knowledge of NGA processes and tools, to include Systems Engineering, Acquisition, Configuration Management, Quality, Readiness and Security.
    • Knowledge of NGA requirements process for (Non State Entities (NSEs) and NGA Crisis Action Teams (NCATs).
    • Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint.
    • Knowledge of quality assurance and control processes.
    • Detailed knowledge of risk management processes.
    • Familiarity with NSG and ASG architectures.
    • Familiarity with NGA ISP/ASP Model.
    • Familiarity with NGA/TI Programs.


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