• NWS Lead Systems Engineer

    Posted Date 1 week ago(12/6/2018 12:42 PM)
    Job Location
    Required Clearance
    Secret, obtainable within 24 months
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in systems engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience. Agile experience preferred.


    Department of Defense Secret clearance is preferred at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information within 12 months. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) has an immediate opening for a Nuclear Weapon Security (NWS) Lead Systems Engineer.  The Nuclear Weapon Security Team provides Electronic Security Systems for Strategic Weapons Facilities. GDMS is the prime integrator and provides the design activities, procurement, manufacturing, installation, test, and maintenance of these Systems. The selected NWS Lead Systems Engineer will assist the DPMEs and/or IPT Leads in defining the program’s specific processes for their area of responsibility and take corrective action when problems arise.  This individual will be responsible for organizing and monitoring the development activities of the other systems engineers across the Program. The Lead System Engineer is a core member of the SEIT Team and ensures consistency of solution and process across all IPTs and projects. The Lead Systems Engineer takes a lead role in areas of system architecture, systems integration & test, systems verification & validation, and engineering specialties. This individual will work to analyze and refine NWS requirements and lead analysis and refinement of system and subsystem requirements including allocation and traceability within the requirement management tool. The Lead Systems Engineer will also coordinate the updates of engineering processes based on lessons learned. The selected engineer for this position will be expected to build upon recent progress in the implementation of Model Based Engineering (MBE) and Virtual Prototyping for critical systems. This position is also responsible for guiding the systems engineers in the development, implementation, and refinement of strong processes with emphasis on continuous improvement with high quality work product results.


    General Dynamics Mission Systems is a defense contractor with over 9,000 employees worldwide. Specifically, in Pittsfield, MA we have over 1200 employees and our primary customers are in the US Navy and US Air Force.  We have 50+ years of experience in the design, production, installation, and sustainment of strategic nuclear weapons systems. We provide full life cycle weapon system support and have proven performance in guidance, weapons system command and control, missile support systems, open architecture, and nuclear weapons security. 

    General Dynamics Mission Systems in beautiful Berkshire County is located on the western edge of Massachusetts. The Berkshires are very family friendly with excellent schools. The housing market is very affordable compared to surrounding larger cities. General Dynamics provides exceptional salaries compared to other employers in Berkshire County which provides a comfortable lifestyle for you and your family.
    The surrounding area is a cultural center for arts and theater, including established venues such as Tanglewood, Mass Museum of Contemporary Arts, The Clark and the Norman Rockwell Museum, to name a few. Berkshire County is also an outdoors’ person’s dream location, with multiple lakes, nearby ski locations, golf courses and even the Appalachian Trail. Being part of New England, western Massachusetts also boasts four distinct and enjoyable seasons, from the comfortable summer months to the colorful fall and pristine winters.
    As a small city with surrounding rural towns, Pittsfield has a reasonable cost of living and relaxing short commutes without giving up modern life amenities. We are centrally located in the northeast, providing easy access to all of the attractions New England can offer, such as Boston and New York City which are both less than a 3 hour drive away.
    The Berkshire are Calling!



    Performs 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 subsystem or system elements under supervision of the lead systems engineer
    Performs technical planning, cost and risk analyses, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for subsystems and system elements
    Performs customer requirements analysis, develops system requirements and defines allocations to lower levels (elements and components)
    Performs detailed technical analyses for a subsystem or system elements
    Develops and evaluates systems, networks and information systems to ensure designs meet applicable governmental security specifications
    May provide system accreditation/certification evaluation and test support to ensure all technical security features (e.g., identification, authentication, access control, labeling, and auditing) of the system are considered and function properly
    May develop system security documentation on both new and fielded information systems 
    Participates in Modeling and Simulation
    Researches and analyzes data, such as vendor products, COTS components, GFE/CFE, specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application
    Supports the generation of technical engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the system development life cycle
    May provide leadership and/or direction to lower level employees
    Independently determines proposed approach to solutions
    Contributes to the completion of major programs and projects
    Plans and executes project tasks for activities described above
    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.
    Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
    Designs a complete and complex framework, system or product.
    Identifies, analyzes and resolves system design weaknesses.
    Regular contact with senior levels of internal work groups
    Works under limited direction
    Contact with Deputy Program Managers Engineering (DPME) and other professionals within the Engineering department and with project teams across the company
    Frequent contact with external customers
    Travel may be required
    Security clearance may be required
    Provides resolution to a diverse range of complex problems
    Independently determines approach to solutions
    Keeps abreast of technology trends
    Contributes to the achievement of business objectives

    Fully proficient use and understanding of systems engineering concepts, principles, and theories
    Fully proficient knowledge of other related disciplines
    Fully proficient with requirements management & system modeling tools
    Recognizes various architectural patterns
    Fully proficient in Microsoft Office applications
    Fully proficient written and verbal communications skills
    Ability to sell concepts and ideas
    Creative thinker
    Ability to multi-task
    Fully proficient ability to grasp and apply new information quickly and effectively handle complex assignments
    Shows initiative on assignments, exercises independent judgment and professionally executes projects with little direction
    Fully proficient ability in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
    Fully proficient ability to clearly report relevant to sound systems engineering design


    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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