• Senior Software Architect

    Posted Date 3 months ago(6/24/2019 8:58 AM)
    Job Location
    Required Clearance
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in software engineering or a related technical 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.


    Department of Defense SECRET security clearance is required at time of hire. Candidates with an active TOP SECRET clearance are strongly preferred.  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.

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Senior Software Architect to lead software architecture activities developing/integrating an advanced simulation suite for the assessing multifaceted, system of systems performance of a critical DoD capability.  Will be responsible for architecting a software architecture that provides a modular/scalable software solution. Responsible for developing / maintaining / modifying a software framework that supports modular employment of a variety of COTS / GOTS / internally developed simulation capabilities used in the detailed analysis of system of system employment.  The resulting software suite will support functional and behavioral analysis for system-level evaluation. Determination of best practices Object oriented and modular approaches   Work in, and may lead, a multi-discipline team of 5-10 engineers in the execution of these tasks


    Performs software requirements analysis, system integration activities, leads research, designs, develops and tests software and tools, to include development of new work products or enhancing existing applications, systems or embedded products
    Performs technical planning, verification and validation of others work, cost and risk analysis, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems
    Performs analysis for all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, architecture, user experience, test, installation, operation, maintenance
    Applies principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis to the development of complex solutions
    Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints
    Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into software solutions utilizing whatever development lifecycle techniques or model will yield the optimal results (Agile, Waterfall, etc.)
    Applies and champions the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the system development life cycle to support the generation of technical engineering products
    Participates as a Subject Matter Expert in internal review of software components and systems
    Receives no appreciable instruction on day-to-day work; more often responsible to define the scope, schedule and expectations for the work they execute or lead; assignments may be self-initiated
    Works under consultative direction on predetermined long range objectives
    Exercises latitude in determining technical objectives of assignments for self and teams
    Accountable to lead and manage the completion of major programs and projects
    Responsible for resolution of significant and diverse range of complex problems and issues of broad scope and complexity which require the use of ingenuity and creativity
    Erroneous decisions or recommendations, or failure to accomplish results or errors typically will have a long term negative affect on organizational objectives
    Identifies and leads the execution of risk mitigation strategies
    Provides leadership and/or direction and/or supervision to lower level employees and teams
    Leads large technical tasks and large teams and projects
    Frequently responsible to lead collaboration with organizations outside engineering or with external customers and vendors/suppliers
    Recognized internally and/or externally as a subject matter expert (SME) in multiple adjacent disciplines/fields
    May serve as technical spokesperson
    Travel may be required
    Frequently contributes to the development of innovative principles and ideas, applies advanced technical principles, theories and concepts


    Individual must demonstrate a strong understanding of a modular software architecture implementation process, integrating a variety of products into a single, cohesive framework. 

    Demonstrated ability to analyze software system performance requirements and translate them into a highly reliable and extensible software product architecture. 

    Hands-on experience with creation and maintenance of UML or SysML diagrams and complex interface control documentation. 

    Extensive experience on a development team using C/C++/Java or other object oriented development languages, specifically designing, implementing or maintaining & improving an OOP based software architecture.

    Candidate must demonstrate ability to think critically and capture concepts in papers, presentations, and discussions.

    A seasoned, experienced professional having a broad range of expertise, unique knowledge and a wide range of professional experience and possessing a substantial understanding of software engineering concepts, principles, and theories and expert at applying technical standards and methodologies to resolve a wide range of issues in creative ways
    Possesses the skills and aptitude to contribute to development of company objectives and principles and to achieve goals in creative and effective ways
    Substantial skills at helping company meet financial and business objectives by resolving complex issues in creative, effective and financially favorable ways
    Works on significant and unique issues where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangibles
    Exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results
    Creates formal networks involving coordination among groups
    Creative, innovative responsibilities requiring advanced decision-making skills
    Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new or special assignments
    Substantial use and understanding of the software development process as well as software engineering concepts, principles, and theories
    Substantial use and understanding of software tools supporting Integrated Development Environments (IDE), version control, defect reporting and scripting
    Substantial ability to excel at the development of new theories and methods
    Substantial ability to be creative, innovative and accountable, and has mastered advanced decision-making skills
    Substantial ability to multi-task
    Substantial ability to grasp and apply new information quickly
    Shows initiative on assignments, and professionally executes projects as a technical lead with little or no direction, frequently provides direction and leadership to technical teams and determines methods and procedures
    Substantial ability to handle significant responsibility, leadership and accountability while executing very complex assignments
    Substantial ability to be a team player who thrives in collaborative environments and revels in team success, meeting and exceeding personal and team commitments
    Advocate and champion at interpreting, defining and applying company policies and procedures to resolve very complex issues
    Substantial proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
    Substantial written and verbal communications skills
    Substantial ability to recognize and clearly report relevant information
    Substantial understanding of basic task/project leadership principles including SPI/CPI, Earned Value, Cost Account Management (CAM), and Statistical Process Controls
    Skilled in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions; someone who is capable of providing technical leadership to an organization


    Demonstrated experience working with High Level Architecture / Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) frameworks, simulating missile defense applications or similar domains (air combat, air defense, intercept of ballistic targets, intercept of non-ballistic targets, space vehicles, sub-orbital mechanics, etc.). Experience on an Agile software development team.   Experience with large-scale software architectures.   Experience with software product line engineering approaches. Modeling and analysis experience in aspects of the Ballistic missile defense system (e.g., Aegis Weapons Systems, Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), Fire Control, C2BMC, BMDS sensors (EO/IR/RF), kill vehicles, interceptors, countermeasures, etc.). Engineering experience with large, complex systems.


    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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