• Surface Ship Navigation Systems Engineering Lead

    Posted Date 1 month ago(8/6/2019 10:10 AM)
    Job Location
    Required Clearance
    Secret, obtainable within reasonable time based on requirements
    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 security clearance is required at time of hire or processing to begin immediately upon acceptance. 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 Surface Ship Navigation Systems Engineering Lead.  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.



    • Lead a team of Navigation Systems Engineers and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
    • Interface across teams within the Surface Ship organization
    • Perform documentation and engineering drawing updates
    • Troubleshoot emergent production issues remotely and in shipyard environment as required
    • Periodically provide on-site technical support during integration/test or post-delivery activities
    • Participate in new business opportunities and help drive future technology offerings
    • Contribute to the development and update of program-specific plans and processes
    • Participate in Change Control Board (CCB) meetings
    • Participate in Systems Engineering Integration Team (SEIT) meetings
    • Maintain schedule tracking of activities on assigned program
    • Generate and provide updates to various internal and external status reports
    • Generate and support engineering peer reviews
    • Support deliveries and milestones in support of program schedules
    • Develop strong internal and external customer relationships
    • Contact with Deputy Program Manager Engineering (DPME) and other professionals within the Engineering department
    • Support Technical Manager in conduct of QCIs, performance feedback, staffing/recruiting efforts, etc.
    • Travel may be required approximately 25%


    • Familiarity with technical standards
    • Familiarity with Earned Value Management System (EVMS)
    • Very solid knowledge of systems engineering concepts, principles, and theories
    • Very solid awareness of business objective and Engineering role in achieving
    • Very solid knowledge of requirements management and system modeling tools
    • Ability to grasp and apply new information quickly and able to handle more complex assignments
    • Self-starter with the ability to execute tasking with minimum supervision
    • Shows initiative on assignments, exercises independent judgment and professionally executes projects with little direction
    • Very solid proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
    • Exercises creative thinking and ideation to advance business performance
    • Delivers innovative, flexible, integrated solutions to meet customers changing business needs
    • The ability to work well in a team environment including forming strong working relationships with program leadership
    • Creative and resourceful approach to problem solving
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Very solid skills in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
    • Ability to clearly recognize and report relevant to sound systems engineering design
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • The ability to identify and resolve needs before issues arise
    • Desire to learn and improve current/future technology and processes
    • Familiarity with Agile principles, processes, and tools


    • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Systems Engineering, or a related field.
    • Prior Department of Defense experience
    • Experience with leading teams and projects
    • Experience with Navigation Systems
    • Experience with Inertial Navigation, Gyrocompasses, GPS, Echo sounders, etc.
    • Experience with Internal and External Change Processes
    • Experience with Cable Block Diagrams, Wire Connection Lists, and other Drawing Types
    • Experience with Stage Test development and updates
    • Experience with Requirements Development and Management
    • Experience with Problem Report tracking
    • Experience with IBM Rational tools such as DOORS and Change
    • Very solid technical writing skills
    • Very solid presentation skills
    • Very solid problem solving skills
    • Very solid testing and troubleshooting skills
    • Familiarity with other shipboard systems such as Seaframe Control, Aviation, Infrastructure, etc.


    • Develop yourself
    • Develop others
    • Be a team player
    • Communicate effectively
    • Develop and sustain the relationships you need to be successful
    • Shape culture and positively impact the morale, motivation, and engagement of those around you
    • Operate at the right level and deliver on your commitments
    • Think and act strategically
    • Confront reality
    • Take reasonable, managed risks




    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!


    Come work for General Dynamics Mission Systems in beautiful Berkshire County, 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!




    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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