Chief Engineer - High Energy Laser

Huntsville, AL |Full Time
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Position Description

The Strategic Programs office of Dynetics Technical Solutions (DTS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynetics, is seeking a qualified Chief Engineer for its High Energy Laser program. With offices across the United States engaging in the defense, space, cyber and commercial fields, Dynetics Technical Solutions provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific and IT solutions.

The successful candidate will provide technical leadership and oversight to the IFPC HEL system development program for the RCCTO. The candidate will be the technical conscience of the program, working directly with the Program Manager to ensure proper execution and product delivery for Dynetics. The selected candidate will interface with and lead all major technical disciplines of the program, providing leadership for the entire system design, test, deployment and sustainment life cycle. The candidate will need experience in all aspects of DoD systems, including modeling, system architecture, requirements development, design, integration, test, production and sustainment. The candidate will lead a multi-disciplined team within Dynetics, and will also support major strategic pursuits within the organization. The candidate will perform both technical and programmatic oversight duties.

Candidate will collaborate across multiple disciplines to include systems, mechanical, electrical, software, modeling, simulation, safety, and reliability to allow for a cohesive, productive team in a fast-paced and evolving market area. Specific job responsibilities are describe below:

  • Assist Program Management in ensuring execution of all contractual requirements and customer driven tasks, on time, on schedule and on budget, and meeting all technical expectations.
  • Lead all phases of the engineering life cycle from inception (requirements/concept development) through startup, execution and completion (testing, sustainment and delivery to end user).
  • Have multi-disciplined knowledge in areas related to engineering including systems design, hardware, software design, integration and test.
  • Candidate will interface with multiple disciplines including customers, internal program management, hardware, software, cyber, systems engineering, procurement, suppliers and manufacturing.
  • Lead and report progress for requirements documentation, technical risk management, key system performance parameters, lessons learned and cost and schedule performance (EVMS).
  • Expected to lead internal team standup/status meetings and coordinate/lead IPTs
  • Ensure that technical standards and requirements are met.
  • Identify and make management aware of potential issues that could impact design, cost, schedule and/or technical performance. Lead efforts to resolve all issues identified.
  • Ensure that architecture, system, design and modeling is implemented and executed in accordance to program requirements.
  • Review preparation of engineering portion of proposals, Statements of Work and estimates for technical feasibility and viability.
  • Participate in the evaluation of contracts, contract changes, specifications, operating budgets, schedule milestones and key terms and conditions.
  • Review white papers, information papers, point papers, briefs or other documents for technical and procedural accuracy.
  • Prepare technical presentations that will be used at PMRs, SRRs, TRRs, PDRs, CDRs, Configuration Review Boards, Failure Review Boards and other reviews as required.
  • Ensuring engineering team understands and adheres to contract scope and manages change through control board activities.
  • Support and present at customer meetings. Attend reviews of subcontractors and potential teammates to assess technical competency.
  • Schedule and conduct Technical Reviews as required.
  • Verify that normal technical reviews are conducted and that the right level of support is provided by applicable entities.
  • Assist and if asked conduct Risk and Opportunity Review Boards.
  • Reconcile conflicting viewpoints on best designs in cases of major magnitude of importance and render decisions/recommendations to Program Management.
  • Assist in developing strategic product plans and roadmaps, identifying required new capabilities and providing feedback on products, Industry trends and customer needs. Technical Performance Measurements (TPMs).
  • Travel on average 10% monthly with occasional surges for 2-3 week trips for test events

Basic Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering or equivalent field from an ABET accredited school is required.

Candidate should have at least 10+ years of DoD weapon system development relevant experience.

The following skills/abilities are desired:

· Master’s degree in an Engineering field is desired

· Experience on platform integration efforts with an emphasis in system integration and testing with a focus to get the product to the field

· Demonstrated understanding of high energy laser system designs, beam control system designs, dependencies between both and effects trades have on other various systems within a larger laser weapon system

· Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications

· Candidates must have demonstrated an ability to deliver results in a team environment and independently

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

Other Qualifications

Applicant must have demonstrated experience effectively communicating within a team environment.

Candidate must have good people skills and the desire to work with a highly technical team of engineers and scientists.

Ability to work well with cross-functional teams, design engineers, analysts, manufacturing, quality, configuration management, and project management and customer representatives.

Experience with project planning and scheduling using Microsoft Project is preferred.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Security Requirements

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

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