Senior Software Build Planner/Systems Engineer


The position requires 10+ equivalent years of experience in software engineering, systems engineering and analysis. Specific experience with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Defense, or other federal agency is desired.  An MA or PhD may count for additional years of experience.


Individual will perform a wide variety of software and system engineering analyses to include software size and effort, software build planning, software architecture analysis, and schedule estimation and forecasting, Requirements analysis, Impact Analysis, function point analysis, economic, and other analyses for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other potential clients in support of software intensive, mission-critical systems acquisition activities.  Individuals must be able to perform requiremnts analyses on software and systems engineering documentation and artifacts (e.g. Systems Specifications Document, Software System Specifications, etc.).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Support strategic mission, program mission and investment analysis activities.
  • Develop operational concepts and their translation into NextGen capabilities, operational improvements, and performance requirements.
  • Record and track system requirements and update requirements and other systems engineering documents
  • Develop, analyze, and decompose system requirements
  • Assist in requirements definition and decomposition
  • Develop and assess system and program alternatives
  • Support operational and development analysis, technology evolution plans and transition strategies and be able to identify and assess systems alternative solutions, gaps, shortfalls and risks.
  • Participate in project teams with process owners, developers and architects on design and implementation.
  • Participate in design reviews, program reviews and technical interchange meetings.
  • work with program staff to ensure that requirements development is aligned with system development activities.
  • Contribute effectively to working groups through oral and written communication and foster cooperative working relationships.


Other duties may include software life cycle schedule and cost estimation and analysis, function point analysis, Requirements Analysis, Labor hour and SLOC estimation and other data collection and analyses, as well as other related tasks as needed.  Individuals will also support process and policy improvement for systems acquisition practices related to software development life cycle.  Will be required to contribute effectively to working groups through oral and written communication and foster cooperative working relationships.


Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in business, engineering, math, finance, economics, or similar.


Expertise in all aspects of the Systems Engineering and Software Development Life Cycle relevant to FAA systems

Extensive and detailed knowledge of FAA NAS systems, investment analysis, solution development & implementation, and engineering practices

Knowledge of software estimation techniques including estimation by analogy, Delphi, bottom up, and PERT

High level of proficiency with MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Project and other MS Office Products.

Proficiency in use of parametric software cost estimating tools, preferably SEER-SEM, COCOMO II, and/or Price TruePlanning.

Proficiency in performing accurate and well documented function point analysis

Strong analytical background and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Must be comfortable making presentations, including to C-Level clients.

Experience managing client relationships.


Federal Government software engineering, specifically related to large systems acquisition

Familiarity with Capability Maturity Model integration (CMMI)

Familiarity with other software sizing methodologies such as Labor hours, Staff months, Software Lines of Code (SLOC), Cosmic Function Points, Use Case Points, and Early and Quick Function Points

Software and/or Systems Engineering certifications.

Certified Function Point Specialist (CFPS) or Certified Function Point Practitioner (CFPP)

Professional Cost Estimator/Analyst (PCEA) Designation or Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA) Designation from International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA)


Must be available for occasional travel. (less than 5%)


Must be a US citizen or a legal resident for three of the past five years.

Must meet eligibility requirements for a US Public Trust security clearance.

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