• Senior Principal Hardware Systems Engineer

    Posted Date 2 months ago(7/31/2019 3:41 PM)
    Job Location
    Required Clearance
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Education Requirements:

    Bachelor's degree in Electrical 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.


    Clearance Requirements:
    Department of Defense Secret security clearance 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.

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Senior Principal Hardware Systems Engineer.  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.



    • Responsible and accountable for the electrical technical planning, scheduling, cost analysis, risk analysis and successful execution of major projects and programs containing substantial, complex electrical content
    • Leads electrical requirements analysis, requirements definition, requirements management, functional analysis, performance analysis (e.g. timing, power, etc.), interface analysis and definition for the design and verification of electrical components, equipment and systems for major programs and projects containing substantial, complex electrical content
    • Leads the requirements and functional allocation to electrical units, modules and components Expert in the principles and techniques of Electrical Engineering
    • Plans and leads electrical engineering root cause analysis for complex electrical issues, conducts experimental tests, evaluates results to formulate and implement solutions to issues
    • Leads the generation and maintenance of electrical work products (i.e. plans, specifications, design documentation, etc.) used for internal consumption and/or deliverable to external customers
    • Develops and presents electrical requirements, concepts, designs, decisions and results to internal management, other organizations, team mates and customers
    • May lead or have significant contributions to technical subcontract management for medium to large subcontracts that may include SOW development, proposal evaluation, source selection, technical oversight, and subcontractor work product evaluation and acceptance
    • Leads electrical reviews of electrical components, equipment and systems
    • Evaluates vendor capability to support product development
    • Applies an expert understanding of the organizationally defined electrical processes throughout the lifecycle of the program or project
    • Participation in the development, maintenance and improvement of the electrical organizational processes
    • Supports the generation of l engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the electrical development life cycle
    • Leads the research and analysis of data, such as customer design proposal, specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application
    • Selects components and equipment based on analysis of specifications and reliability
    • May be a book boss on a proposal
    • Establishes the overall electrical technical approach on large technical proposals
    • May participate in multi-divisional or multi-company Integrated Product Team or working group
    • May supervise lower level employees
    • Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignments
    • Works on advanced applications that may result in new business for the company
    • 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 project leadership role
    • Erroneous decisions or recommendations may have long-term effects and may affect the image of the company's technological capability 


    • 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
    • Barriers to entry such as technical committee review exist at this level
    • 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
    • May provide work direction to other employees
    • Lacks authority to discipline or reward
    • May supervise the activities of others
    • Demonstrated use and understanding of electrical engineering concepts, principles, and theories
    • Frequently contributes to the development of innovative principles and ideas
    • Demonstrated understanding of company policies and practices
    • Demonstrated understanding of electrical engineering processes
    • Aware of business objective and Engineering role in achieving business objectives
    • Demonstrated knowledge in Microsoft Office applications
    • Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills
    • Ability to think creatively
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Highly skilled in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
    • Ability to recognize and clearly report information relevant to sound electrical engineering design
    • Understands and applies project leadership principles including SPI/CPI, Earned Value, Cost Account Management (CAM), and Statistical Process Controls
    • Demonstrated ability to manage scope growth
    • Travel may be required.
    • Security clearance may be required
    • Drives development of innovative technologies
    • Demonstrated ability to lead technical teams in major where major is defined as having schedule risk or technical complexity development efforts
    • Contributes to shaping major market opportunities

    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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