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1588 - Systems Engineer


We are seeking a Principal Systems Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position is located in McLean/Herndon, VA with some remote work possible. The qualified applicant will become part of Peraton's Department of State (DOS) Consular Systems Modernization (CSM) Program, for the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA). This initiative is intended to modernize and consolidate the operational environment under a common technology framework in order to better support the services provided to CAs customers. As part of the modernization program, the Principal Systems Engineer will be responsible for a wide range of systems engineering activities and associated work products including requirements definition, concept of operations, systems modeling, system interface development, estimation, and trade studies.


  • Define the system domain and develop system models using model-based engineering (UML and SysML)
  • Develop and maintain software system architectural artifacts demonstrating “As-Is” or “To-Be” at a high level
  • Support system engineering team creation of Business Process models, Use Cases, Operational Views and Domain models
  • Work with the Product Owner to understand customer business needs and priorities
  • Work with Agile Solution Train management to prioritize the product backlog and ensure customer priorities are aligned
  • Work with the Architecture team to ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements accounting for technical, schedule, and cost constraints
  • Define and manage requirements, both functional and non-functional, as high level Epics, Capabilities, Features and User stories to support SAFe Agile methodology
  • Author and maintain engineering artifacts that represent the product backlog guiding the work performed by Agile Development scrum teams
  • Baseline and maintain the product backlog to support modernization of Consular Affairs systems to meet customer service, integration and operation & maintenance requirements
  • Collaborate with UX/UI designers efforts to develop wireframes and/or user interface prototypes to supplement requirements
  • Develop concept of operations (CONOPS) and high-level solution plans to meet customer business needs
  • Lead Decision Analysis Resolution (DAR), gap analysis, and trade study activities for systems engineering-related areas


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM and at least five years’ experience
  • Experience in software development and maintenance projects with involvement in requirements management and technical design/development following a SDLC
  • Experience in creating and maintaining software system architecture artifacts such as domain models, system/capability views and use case diagrams supporting software projects specialized in web and mobile application development
  • Experience defining system domains and developing system models using model-based engineering (UML and SysML) including the use of computer based modelling tools
  • Background in Agile Software Development, specifically experience in developing detailed user stories to include precise and descriptive acceptance criteria
  • Experience with employment of CONOPS for the development of system architectures and requirements that are optimized to meet the customers operational needs at lowest cost


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Experience modernizing enterprise software systems (web and mobile-based)
  • Experience in cloud based environments including the creation of systems engineering solutions that involve public/hybrid clouds
  • Experience with the Sparx Enterprise Architect tool
  • Experience using engineering environments and tools that support Agile Software Development, such as IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM)
  • Experience creating software development product backlogs, roadmaps, and release plans


  • Secret minimum