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Principal Systems Engineer

Fairfax, VA

Join a team of innovative and passionate professionals dedicated to developing advanced multi-function RF, processing, and data storage units for space applications. We are seeking a Principal SEIT (Systems Engineering Integration and Test) Lead to lead a diverse engineering team and be responsible for end-to-end technical execution for engineering development efforts. This position requires multidiscipline knowledge in all areas related to engineering including systems design, hardware, software/firmware, and integration and test.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead a diverse engineering team in the development of advanced multi-function RF, processing, and/or data storage units for space applications
  • Collaborate with program management on one or more programs to execute cost, schedule, and risk management
  • Oversee engineering program planning and execution, work with the engineering discipline leads to assign appropriate staff to their projects, and interact with the program manager and divisional leadership to run a successful program
  • Own the engineering develop process on the program and ensure the proper systems analysis and trades, technical baseline management, and requirements verification and validation activities are completed
  • Prepare for and present at all major design reviews, including internal and external (customer) reviews
  • The ideal candidate for this position will have equal parts technical competency, forward-thinking ideas, and a focus on execution


  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math)
  • BS with 10 years relevant experience; or Master’s Degree with 8 years of relevant work experience
  • 2+ years’ experience as a technical project lead (e.g. IPT lead, functional lead, or equivalent)
  • Understanding of Systems Engineering processes with execution experience
  • Ability to lead multi-discipline teams through the development of complex electronic systems to meet rigorous space application requirements
  • Ability to balance technical performance with program cost and schedule targets
  • A strong technical background in hardware, software, or firmware development
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Ability to be the technical representative for the program in customer and internal meetings
  • US Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

Performance Measures:

  • Integrity, Passion/Energy/Innovation, Candor/Respect, Quality/Performance, Innovation/Results Oriented, Teamwork/Communications
  • Problem Solving/Judgment, Business Situational Awareness, Self-Awareness/Adaptability, Science/Engineer/Business Fundamentals, Application

Join our team and work in a supportive environment that invests in our employees and offers excellent benefits including above-industry-standard healthcare, 6% or greater 401k contribution, 75% of total benefits for the whole family, and work-life balance with remote or hybrid options. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to lead a team of innovative engineers in developing advanced technologies for space applications.

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