Chief Engineer

2 months ago
USA-VA-Fairfax | USA-MA-Quincy | USA-NC-McLeansville
Required Clearance
TS/SCI, obtainable within 24 months
Employment Type
Full Time
Hiring Company
GDMS - Legacy GDAIS Rate Structure

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering) or a related technical field plus a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience is required; or Master's degree in Engineering or a related technical field plus a minimum of 12 years of relevant experience.


This position requires an active TS/SCI Security Clearance. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required. 


Must be able to travel 20-30% of the time. 

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for the Chief Engineer in our Undersea Systems Business Area.  This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence systems and services.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.


Key Responsibilities

The Undersea Systems (US) Chief Engineer will be on the Business Area VP’s staff and with that team achieve the overall goals of our customers, while maintaining schedule and cost commitments. The successful candidate will join this team to grow our current extensive range of unmanned vehicles, fixed undersea assets, and Command and Control Systems to meet the challenging demands of this critical fast moving market. The Chief Engineer is responsible for establishing the technical vision and strategy in support of our long range planning; representing that vision to our customer, and devising affordable compliant solutions and plans to implement our business capture strategies while providing oversight and support to our engineering execution teams.


The Undersea Systems (US) Chief Engineer will interface with Program Management, Business Development, and Engineering leaders for individual programs and tasks.   The role will require technical leadership in the effort to analyze, design, develop and test US Business Area systems and products to ensure the integration of user interface, software, hardware, reliability, maintainability, safety and other requirements in the total engineering effort.  Additional responsibilities include formulating operational concepts; performing mission, functional, root cause, cost-benefit and risk analysis; collaborating with systems architects in selecting systems architectures, recommending and planning internal investments (IRAD and Capture activities), and developing long term technology roadmaps in cooperation with customers.


The successful Undersea Systems (US) Chief Engineer candidate must have:

  • Experience and technical knowledge in the following areas:
    • Unmanned and fixed undersea assets;
    • Undersea warfare systems;
    • Undersea mission analysis, modelling, test, and operation; and
    • Undersea command control and communication systems.
  • Demonstrated history of leading large, distributed, and multi-disciplinary engineering teams
  • Demonstrated passion for innovation, a sophisticated understanding and system level experience with various engineering systems and the ability to further advance General Dynamics Mission System’s technology
  • Demonstrated ability to apply advanced principles of engineering and management to solve problems involving the development of complex technology
  • Demonstrated ability to research and report important shifts in technological landscape & implications to the company
  • Experience in development of technical strategies and teaming strategies across Business Areas
  • Experience as a technical lead on proposals containing significant engineering development and manufacturing content
  • Experience in full engineering life-cycle to include: concept development, customer engagement and shaping, solution and proposal creation, design, integration, test, verification, validation, logistics, training, sustainment and obsolescence handling
  • Experience designing, specifying requirements, inspecting, verifying, and testing undersea systems, and systems of systems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and be comfortable briefing senior leaders both within the company and the customer's organization

Additional Responsibilities

  • Develop systems architectures and deployment concepts for undersea warfare engaging cross domain assets to detect, localize, classify, and engage.
  • Produce and review cost estimations
  • Serve as the technical lead for technology engineering development teams
  • Deliver innovative, flexible, integrated solutions to meet customers changing business needs
  • Support and engage in programs, projects and practices behind the General Dynamics Mission Systems culture and strategy, and ensure compliance with all policies and procedure
  • Follow industry and department trends and developments to ensure General Dynamics Mission Systems services are consistent with, and/or superior to, industry best practices

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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