Senior Staff Ship Design and Integration Systems Engineer - Surface Ships*

Job Location USA-MA-Pittsfield
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/2/2018 11:06 AM)
Job ID
Required Clearance
Employment Type
Full Time
Hiring Company
General Dynamics Mission Systems

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in systems engineering, computer science, or 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.


Department of Defense SECRET security clearance is REQUIRED at time of hire. Active, transferrable, or ability to obtain a TS/SCI clearance is highly 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 Staff Ship Design and Integration Systems Engineer in the Surface Ship Integration & Support (SSIS) Business Area to join our team of 1,300 people based in Pittsfield, MA. Our employees work closely with our customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions. The selected candidate will technically lead definition of solutions and plans for our ship integrator role. Our team works with the Navy and shipyard customer to design, build, and maintain surface combatant capability. As the technical lead, you will be instrumental in supporting the shipyard’s design and production activities to satisfy the interface, activation, and operational requirements of the ship’s engineering and combat systems.


This role is the overall coordination of ship board system integration including the evaluation of compliance and capabilities to requirements of supporting subsystems, the associated documentation of the systems and the interfaces between the systems and the verification and validation of functional and physical compliance.  Ship board Systems include Weapons (organic as well as off-board), Sensors (SigInt, Data, voice, and as used in SUW, AAW, SuW), other effectors (non-lethal self-defense) Navigation, Machinery Control, Propulsion Control, Electrical Control and Distribution, Auxiliaries Machinery and Ancillary Machinery Control and function.  Physical implementation of the above of surface platforms (SWAP).  In this role the responded should demonstrate a familiarity with the design, integration, installation, test and operation of the above as well as the System Engineering process rigor associated with military requirements compliance. 


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.



  • Support business growth & strategy development and translate to engineering plans and requirements
  • Develop affordable technical approaches
  • Lead resolution of techncial issues & risks on critical and high profile activities
  • Increase customer interaction presenting technically sound solutions, unsolicited ideas for system enhancements, and ensuring operational perspective is captured in solutions
  • Mentor senior level and junior engineers to grow key skills required by the business
  • Develop/deliver improved perception of technical leadership in the marketplace via the development of relationships with major program offices and through the promotion of our capabilities at conferences
  • Support Engineering Objectives through ensuring high quality, mission capable products delivered on time and on budget
  • Drive a culture of innovation and operational improvements
  • Performs 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 minimal supervision of the lead systems engineer
  • Performs technical planning, cost and risk analyses, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for subsystems and system elements
  • Performs customer requirements analysis, develops system requirements and defines allocations to lower levels (subsystem, elements and components)
  • Performs detailed technical analyses for a system, subsystem or system elements
  • Develops and evaluates 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
  • Contributes to detailed technical analyses at the system of system (SOS) level
  • 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
  • Supports the generation of technical engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the system development life cycle
  • Researches, designs, and develops systems, in conjunction with software and hardware product development, applying principles and techniques of systems engineering, modeling and simulation and analysis
  • Provides leadership and/or direction to lower level employees
  • Leads technical tasks for small teams or projects
  • Begins to provide engineering support to proposals
  • Participates in or leads SOW generation for subcontracts
  • Exercises latitude in determining technical objectives of assignments
  • Guides the successful completion of major programs and projects
  • Plans and executes significant project tasks for activities described above
  • 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
  • Determines methods and procedures on new assignments and may coordinate activities of other personnel (Team Lead)
  • Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results
  • Having wide-ranging experience, uses professional concepts and company objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways
  • Identifies, analyzes and resolves system design weaknesses
  • Frequent contact with managers within and outside of Engineering
  • Frequent contact with project teams across the company
  • Frequent contact with external customers and vendors
  • Occasional contact with Business Development
  • Travel may be required
  • Security clearance may be required
  • Works without appreciable direction
  • Provides resolution to a diverse range of complex problems which require the use of ingenuity and creativity
  • Keeps abreast of technology trends
  • Contributes to the achievement of business objectives
  • Contributes to the development of new theories and methods 


  • Excellent use and understanding of systems engineering concepts, principles, and theories
  • Excellent knowledge of other related disciplines
  • Excellent proficiency with requirements management & system modeling tools
  • Recognizes various architectural patterns and applies them appropriately
  • Excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to get buy-in on concepts and ideas
  • Creative thinker
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Effective in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
  • Excellent ability to clearly report information relevant to sound systems engineering design
  • Excellent understanding of basic project leadership principles including SPI/CPI, Earned Value, Cost Account Management (CAM), and Statistical Process Controls



Senior Staff Ship Design and Integration Systems Engineers are required to have demonstrated success on significant programs as project lead/program technical manager and/or as a program manager with excellent technical and people leadership strengths with proven business experience and ship design, integration and production. Candidates also need to have the balanced technical background to be a decision maker on program technical issues, understand the business aspects and have the ability to be a strategic / competitive thinker exhibiting an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness.


Candidates should have extensive experience and relationships with the US Navy Surface Ship construction and integration customers (primarily NAVSEA) and major industry partners. The candidate should be capable of demonstrating entrepreneurial thinking in support of developing innovative solutions and applications that can translate theory in to real world solutions that enable new missions for the defense and intelligence community.

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!


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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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