ManTech Optical Design Engineer in Chantilly, Virginia

Become an integral part of a diverse team that leads the world in the Mission, Cyber, and Intelligence Solutions group. At ManTech International Corporation, you will help protect our national security while working on innovative projects that offer opportunities for advancement.

Currently, ManTech is seeking a motivated, career and customer oriented Optical Design Engineer to join our team in Chantilly, VA to provide unparalleled support to our customer and to begin an exciting and rewarding career within ManTech.

An Optical Design Engineer will provide systems engineering and technical advisor (SETA) support to the Government Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) for advanced electro-optical technology space system acquisition and development programs. Work with development contractors to design, build, test and deploy advanced systems, creating new capabilities that are disruptive in time, CONOPS and/or phenomenology.

A qualified candidate will perform the following duties and responsibilities, but are not limited to:

•Evaluate contractor/developer performance. Identify and assess program risks. Provide recommendations to COTR.

•Provide Technical evaluations of contractor proposals through evaluation of contractor basis of estimates and technical approach, identifying omission, recommending reductions or identifying scope issues.

•Evaluate Contractor deliverables including: System Test Plans, design review packages, CDRLs, test procedures and results, monthly status reports, Earned Value reports, Contract Funds status reports and schedules – provide recommendations/feedback to COTR.

•Draft or provide input to COTR on acquisition plans, program planning, AS&T planning and performance reviews, GEOINT and AS&T program management reviews on a monthly or quarterly basis.

•Develop statements of work (SOWs), request for proposal (RFPs), justification and approvals for other than full and open competitions, broad area announcements (BAAs), award fee plans and industry day briefings.

•Provide independent verification and validation of spacecraft and sub-system hardware and software produced by Prime/Development Contractors.

•Review and evaluate contractor designs, performance analysis and test results for sufficiency and accuracy. Provide succinct recommendations to the customer.

•Review and evaluate developer test plans, practices and command media. Provide recommendations to the customer relative to established best practices.

•Provide recommendations for tailoring high-reliability specifications to enable low-risk, responsive space system development programs.

Security Clearance Requirement:

Active/current TS/SCI with CI Polygraph clearance is required.


Required Qualifications:

•Bachelors degree in science, engineering or equivalent field, and 10+ years of experience in DoD or IC GEOINT satellite programs.

•Familiarity with MS Office.

•IC Experience.

•Ability to work as an on-site SETA.

•Expertise in design, analysis, manufacturing and testing of IMINT optical components.

•Knowledge of systems engineering as applied to satellite/ground architectures, spacecraft and payloads.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Advanced degree in science, engineering or equivalent field.

•NRO experience.

•NRO acquisition processes and/or program management experience.

•Previous Military experience.

•Telescope design, assembly, integration and test.

•Opto-mechanical design.


•Computational optics.

•Image Analysis.

•Modeling in Zemax and/or CodeV.


Equivalent Experience/Education, Bachelor's Degree

Years of Experience

12-15 years w/Bachelors Degree, 09-12 years w/Masters Degree

Position Type





ManTech International Corporation is comprised of approximately 7,300 talented employees who use advanced technology to help government and industry meet some of their greatest challenges around the world. We adhere to the simple, no-nonsense values on which ManTech was founded more than four decades ago, aligning squarely with the mission objectives of our customers. As our customer base continues to expand and diversify, we continue to diversify our workforce and solutions. Nearly half our employees have a military background, and approximately 70 percent hold a government security clearance. As a leading provider of innovative technology services and solutions for the nation's defense, security, health, space, and intelligence communities; we hold nearly 1,100 active contracts with more than 50 different government agencies.

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