Job Description

Senior Principal Systems Engineer
San Jose, CA

Representative Duties and Tasks:

  • Leads requirements analysis, requirements definition, requirements management, functional analysis, performance analysis, system design, detail trade studies, systems integration and test (verification), validation and interface definition studies of system, subsystem or system elements with little or no supervision 
  • Leads technical planning, cost and risk analyses, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for subsystems and system elements
  • Leads customer requirements analysis, develops system requirements and defines allocations to lower levels (subsystem, elements and components)
  • Leads detailed technical analyses for a system, subsystem or system elements to include: concept, requirements, design, fabrication, integration, test, acceptance, delivery, installation, training, operation, maintenance and disposal
  • Contributes to detailed technical analyses at the System of System (SOS) level 
  • Leads evaluations of systems, networks and information systems to ensure designs meet applicable governmental security specifications
  • Synthesizes solutions to meet customer expectations and technical performance while staying within schedule and cost constraints
  • Leads Modeling and Simulation activities
  • Researches and analyzes data, such as vendor products, COTS components, GFE/CFE, specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application
  • Effectively chooses the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the system development life cycle to support the generation of technical engineering products
  • Performs or leads the development of technical strategies and teaming strategies on multiple projects 
  • Contributes to Product Family/Product Lines
  • Supervises or manages lower level employees
  • Leads technical tasks for large teams or projects
  • Leads small technical proposals and contributes to medium sized proposals
  • May be a book boss on a medium proposal
  • Leads the generation of medium to large subcontract Statement of Works (SOWs)
  • Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignments
  • Guides the successful completion of major programs and projects
  • Works on advanced architectures that may result in new business for the company
  • Conceives system interfaces and business application prototypes
  • Creative, innovative responsibilities requiring advanced decision-making skills
  • Defines processes for technical platforms, system specifications, input/output and working parameters for hardware and/or software compatibility
  • Designs a complete and complex framework, system or product
  • Exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results
  • Having broad expertise or unique knowledge, uses skills to contribute to development of company objectives and principles and to achieve goals in creative and effective ways
  • Identifies, analyzes and resolves system design weaknesses
  • Frequent contact with all levels across the entire company
  • Serves as consultant to management and customers on projects and applications
  • May serve as company technical spokesperson
  • Works under consultative direction on predetermined long range objectives
  • Assignments may be self-initiated
  • Works on unusually complex problems and provides creative and innovative solutions
  • May function in a Deputy Program Manager Engineering (DPME) role
  • Keeps abreast of technology trends and communicates these trends to other

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Substantial use, understanding and tailoring of systems engineering concepts, principles, and theories
  • Frequently contributes to the development of innovative principles and ideas
  • Major contributor to the achievement of business objectives
  • Substantial proficiency with requirements management, system design & system modeling tools
  • Recognizes various architectural patterns, applies them appropriately, understands strengths/weaknesses within those architectures and develops architectural variations as necessary
  • Familiar with Enterprise Architecture Frameworks
  • Substantial proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Substantial written and verbal communications skills
  • Creative thinker
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Substantial skills in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
  • Substantial ability to clearly report information relevant to sound systems engineering design
  • Substantial understanding and ability to apply project leadership principles including SPI/CPI, Earned Value, Cost Account Management (CAM), and Statistical Process Controls

Preferred Degree Types and Experience:  
  • Master of Science in engineering in Electrical Engineering or Systems Engineering with 15+ years of related experience
  • Satellite Communications collection systems, including antenna earth terminals and communications protocols
  • Communications Intelligence (COMINT), Direction Finding (DF) and geolocation systems
  • Digital Signal Processing algorithm development
  • RF Cyber Systems Engineering

Clearance Requirements
  • Department of Defense TS/SCI security clearance is required at time of hire.


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