Navy Communications/Navigation Systems Engineer


Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) delivers high-impact, technical solutions to complex national security issues. With over 50 years of business expertise and consistent growth, we are known for continuous innovation for our government customers, in both the US and abroad. Our exceptionally talented team is highly collaborative in spirit and practice, producing Results that Matter. Come work with the best! We offer opportunity, unique challenges, and clear-sighted commitment to the mission. SPA: Objective. Responsive. Trusted.

The Naval Surface Warfare Analysis Group (NSWAG) provides analytic and program support to the Surface Warfare component of the United States Navy, enabling them to make better decisions regarding their allocation of resources to their operational capabilities. This support includes fleet architecture development, tactical/operational analysis, requirements development, cost/benefit analysis, acquisition program support, and military personnel support.

SPA has an immediate need for a Navy Communications (or Navy Navigation) Systems Engineer in San Diego.


Experienced systems engineer needed to provide systems engineering management and analysis support to technical managers for U.S. Navy Satellite Communications (SATCOM), Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) and/or Tactical Communications systems. The position will involve architecture development, system technical reviews, and engineering management of system configuration, system interfaces and integration, and technical risk. The position will support day-to-day tasking for engineering, development and delivery of these systems, including providing technical analysis, supporting meetings/working groups, and interfacing across Navy program management offices and other Navy, DoD, and Federal stakeholders.

Specific duties include: 1) Assist technical managers with management and tracking of engineering tasks, 2) Support planning, coordination, and execution activities for system development, testing, and fielding 3) Provide engineering subject matter expertise to assist with briefs, data calls, schedules, documentation, and analysis, 4) Attend working groups and meetings as assigned by technical managers, 5) Support programs with engineering change requests for fielding and fielded systems, 6) Support technical managers in the conduct of systems engineering technical reviews, 7) Support the development and management of system reference architectures, and 8) Track and manage engineering risks, issues, and opportunities.

Periodic INCONUS travel may be required.


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or other STEM-related field.

Minimum of 3 years (Mid-Level) or 10 years (Senior) of relevant experience.

Experience with the planning, operation, maintenance, or development of Navy or DoD SATCOM, PNT, or Tactical Communications systems; e.g. Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP); Geostationary, Proliferated Low Earth Orbit (PLEO) and Middle Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite systems; Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT); Digital Modular Radio (DMR); Mobile Advanced EHF (AEHF) Terminal (MAT); GPS Based PNT Service (GPNTS); Communications/Common Data Link System (CDLS); Network Tactical Common Data Link (NTCDL).

Experience managing engineering processes and documentation for system development, integration, testing, and/or installation, e.g. architecture development, engineering design reviews, integration testing, acceptance testing, engineering change documentation, installation drawings.

DoD SECRET clearance required; ability to maintain throughout employment.

Desired Qualifications:

Familiarity with NAVWAR / PEO C4I organization and systems engineering processes.

DoD TS/SCI clearance; ability to maintain throughout employment.

At SPA, we strive to deliver a robust total compensation package that will attract and retain the top talent. Elements of the compensation package include competitive base pay and variable compensation opportunities.

SPA provides eligible employees with an opportunity to enroll in a variety of benefit programs, generally including health insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, retirement savings plans, life and disability insurance programs, and a number of programs that provide for both paid and unpaid time away from work.

The specific programs and options available to any given employee may vary depending on eligibility factors such as geographic location, date of hire, etc.

Please note that the salary information shown below is a general guideline only. Salaries are commensurate with experience and qualifications, as well as market and business considerations.

Salary pay range: 95k-125k

Job Type
Full Time
13 days ago

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