National Security Space Operation Chief Engineer

Huntsville, AL |Full Time
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Position Description

The Dynetics Group within the Leidos Corporation has an opening for a Chief Engineer in their National Security Space Operation. The Operation Chief Engineer will create, grow, and mentor within the Group Engineering support function and coordinate across the Dynetics Group and broader Leidos enterprise.

The National Security Space Chief Engineer will represent the National Security Space Operation needs into the Engineering Support Function, and will be responsible for all aspects of the engineering discipline and flawless program execution within the Operation to inclu

  • Systems engineering, model-based systems engineering, and digital engineering,
  • Defining, maintaining, updating, and executing rigorous engineering tools, processes, and resources – and drive discrimination and innovation into these areas,
  • Ensure proper engineering discipline, rigor, review, reporting, and focus in our solutions and planning for new business opportunities,
  • Hardware and software engineering,
  • Engineering to support production and manufacturing,
  • Engineering to support logistics, maintenance, and sustainment (LMS),
  • Reliability engineering,
  • Integration, Assembly and Test,
  • Engineering resource and talent planning, and
  • Supporting our Customers with engineering solutions and processes that reduce cost and risk, and that enable agility, speed, and security - across the diverse types of opportunities and programs in our markets: Research and Development, Science and Technology, Engineering and Development, and Programs of Record.

Additionally, the National Security Space Operation Chief Engineer will be responsible for:

  • The successful candidate will participate in the definition and implementation of the long-term engineering strategy aligned to the Group and Corporate Technology Strategies, and the ever-evolving set of Group and Corporate goals.
  • Collaborating with Operation Management and Business Development Leadership to execute our strategies and to further our business goals.
  • Supporting the Dynetics Group Manufacturing Leads with appropriate engineering processes and procedures.
  • Active participation in the Capture Process to include writing and reviewing proposal material.
  • Collaborating on all engineering matters within the Operation and, as directed, the Dynetics Group and with any organization within Leidos.
  • Development and mentoring of engineering staff to include providing career guidance and professional growth opportunities for high potential employees
  • Working engineering initiatives across the National Security Space Operation, Dynetics Group and the entire Leidos enterprise, to include other Groups and functions. These initiatives will focus on engineering, capability, process, differentiation, technical solutioning, proposal development, and program execution - all to further Leidos engineering discrimination and growth goals with agility, speed, and security.


Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree or Ph.D. in a relevant technology and engineering field preferred, and be a recognized expert with 20+ years of related engineering experience on large acquisition programs, large hardware and software systems delivery programs, and PoRs - and managing large engineering teams. Prior technical roles within similar organizations with growing duties and responsibilities.

· Engineering domain experience including:

  • Technical authority to ensure flawless execution on existing programs,
  • Management of multi-disciplinary engineering teams, integrated product teams, working groups, and trade studies – ownership of the technical baseline,
  • Management and oversight over rigorous system engineering processes and tools to include requirements management, baseline management, risk management, configuration management, schedule management, verification and validation, and reporting,
  • Driving discrimination and innovation in the system engineering process and tools in areas like Model-Based System Engineering, Digital Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning,
  • Developing, enforcing, and improving engineering policy, standards, best practices, and management, and
  • Familiarity and use of standard program management tools such as Integrated Master Schedule (IMS), Earned Value Management System (EVMS), etc.

National Security Space domain experience is a plus; specifically:

  • Space Vehicle builds, Space Operations, Space Launch vertical stack, Space Situational Awareness
  • Autonomy, artificial intelligence, and machine learning,
  • Sensors, platforms, and signal processing,
  • Advance materials and structures, and
  • Enterprise information technology

· Experience with policy formation, performance management, and best practices in the Defense industry

· Strong oral and written communication skills, along with public speaking skills

· Ability to influence and persuade others, as well as handle difficult negotiations requiring a well-developed sense of engineering execution

· Ability to mentor, lead, and promote talent

· Significant experience supporting capture activities to include chairing/participating in Gate Reviews, writing specific sections of proposals, and providing preliminary technical guidance for solutions

25% travel required

Must have active DoD security clearance

Candidate must be a resident of the North Alabama area or willing to relocate to the Huntsville - North Alabama, AL area.

Other Qualifications

· Ability to obtain a TS/SCI Security Clearance; existing clearance preferred

Security Requirements

Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Top Secret/SSBI Clearance or meet the eligibility to obtain (and maintain) a Final Top Secret Clearance.

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COVID Response

In order to enter Dynetics facilities in the U.S. and to attend Dynetics events outside our facilities, employees are required to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file for COVID-19. In addition, we are receiving guidance from certain customers that onsite contractor personnel will need to be fully vaccinated to access customer facilities. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC.

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