• Senior Systems Engineer/Systems Architect

    Posted Date 1 month ago(2/5/2019 4:18 PM)
    Job Location
    USA-MD-Annapolis Junction
    Required Clearance
    TS/SCI with Polygraph
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Other Requirements Needed from Labor Category:

    • Minimum of fourteen (14) years’ experience as a Systems Engineer (SE) designing and developing large scale systems containing multiple subsystems and requiring integration with external systems.
    • Minimum of fourteen (14) years’ experience focusing on all stages of the development cycle for LINUX/UNIX platforms.
    • Minimum of fourteen (14) years’ experience in hardware and software engineering.
    • Familiarity with Continuous Integration and Continuous Software Deployments
    • Experience with Agile Methodologies, such as SCRUM or Kanban
    • Experience with mechanisms to process and distribute data such as NiFi.
    • Experience with Docker container orchestration frameworks, such as Kubernetes.

    • Experience with Microservice architectures and related software components, such as Kafka, NiFi, Zookeeper, Cassandra.

    Education Requirements:

    Bachelor's degree in systems engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience. Agile experience preferred.


    Clearance Requirements:

    Department of Defense TS/SCI security clearance with a Polygraph is required 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. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.


    A discretionary sign-on bonus may be available for this position

    Responsibilities for this Position

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


    The Senior Systems Engineer/Systems Architect will have the opportunity to work with the following:

    Technologies: Microservices, Docker, Kafka, Cassandra, Kubernetes, React, Java 8/9, Spring Boot/Cloud/Data, Redis, Postgres

    Tools: Maven, Node, Git, Sonar, Eclipse, Failsafe, Atlassian Jira (Bitbucket, Confluence, Bamboo, Crucible)


    Bachelor’s degree in System Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering Science, Engineering Management, or related discipline from an accredited college or university is required. Five (5) years of additional SE experience may be substituted for a bachelor’s degree. A Master’s Degree in a relevant field is a substitute for two (2) years’ experience. A PhD in a relevant field is a substitute for three (3) years’ experience.



    • Lead the overall software architecture for the team and ensure infrastructure evolves as data flows and functionalities increase, and continue to meet customer specified milestone dates. Mitigate any issues and risks that are the responsibility of the team
    • Continue to fine-tune the configuration for the Microservices, managing the infrastructure, updating the software for continuous software deployments, designing new features and enhancements, and assessing newer technologies to take advantage of some of the more user friendly and high performing software FOSS/GOTS products

    • Ensure that the customer rapport remains strong

    • Ensure collaboration with the entire team when making critical architectural decisions

    • Work with other engineers to understand how to fine-tune the system based on its new architecture. Report back to the TM/PM with new opportunities to grow the business; develop and execute a plan to secure those opportunities

    • Ensure all of the operational data is flowing - continue to support the customer to the fullest for their mission needs

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 others


    • Demonstrated 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
    • Demonstrated 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
    • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
    • Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills
    • Creative thinker
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Demonstrated skills in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
    • Demonstrated ability to clearly report information 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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