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BAE Systems

Space Ground Software Chief Engineer (ON-SITE) (80570BR)




Full Time


San Diego, California, United States

Job Description Because of the need for consistent, in-person collaboration and/or the requirement to perform all work onsite due to the nature of this particular role, it will be performed full-time on site. This means work will be conducted on location at a BAE Systems facility 100% of the time.

See what you’re missing. Our employees work on the world’s most advanced electronics – from detecting threats for F-35 pilots to illuminating the night for soldiers. Spanning air, land, sea, and space, we are developing the technology of tomorrow, delivered today. Drawing strength from our differences, we’re innovating for the future. And you can, too.
Our flexible work environment provides you a chance to change the world without giving up your personal life. We put our customers first – exemplified by our mission: “We Protect Those Who Protect Us®.” Sound like a team you want to be a part of? Come build your career with BAE Systems.

Our engineers are the lifeblood of our company and we’re more than 5,000 strong. With our robust offering of educational and career development opportunities, your chances to grow are limitless.

BAE Systems is looking for an experienced Program Engineer Manager (Chief Engineer) to lead the Spartan Program, a multi-disciplinary team in an Agile, fast-paced development environment for the Resilient Ground Systems Product Line under Mission Systems. The qualified candidate will partner with the Program Manager to ensure smooth program execution, strong team building, defending work share and growing scope. Proven execution of a full scale program through excellent risk assement, outstanding leadership, and strong decision making with solid analysis skills. The PEM will be responsible for providing technical leadership to multidisciplinary design teams in the design, development, fielding, and support of the system. Represents the technical team to project managers, PTLs, functions and executive leadership. Responsible for developing the overall technical solution for a product or system. The PEM is the decision authority between the System Architect and entire engineering team and is responsible for developing the overall technical solution for the system. The PEM is expected to influences the design, development, test and verification. In addition, the PEM is responsible for identifying and communicating technical risks and opportunities between the design team, system architect and program management team. This role will ensures design to Cost is part of the overall solution. Performs as the technical POC to the customer in support of the PM and PTL.

It is expected that the PEM will performs as the “Voice of the Customer” for system design, technical performance, and other system needs, provide technical stewardship of the engineering effort for the entire program ensuring the solution meets customer programmatic and technical requirements within the allocated engineering cost and schedule.

Please note that pursuant to a government contract, this specific position requires US citizenship status

Required Education, Experience, & Skills

  • Requires an active Top Secret clearance
  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering/technical discipline, and 12+ year(s) related experience or equivalent experience, training and/or certifications
  • Demonstrated leadership skills (soft skills, strategic thinking, business acumen, supervisory experience, building teams, building customer relationships)
  • Experience leading IPTs, projects, and/or programs consisting of Ground-related SE, SW development, and IV&V functions and managing programs with competing/conflicting resource requirements
  • Proven execution of a full scale program through excellent risk assement, outstanding leadership, and strong decision making through analysis
Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Masters of Science degree in Systems Engineering or related discipline
  • Proficiency with Agile management tools (e.g., Jira, etc.)
  • Experience developing proposals, ECPs, and whitepapers focused on new business
  • Experience with strategy development and execution
  • Knowledge of open, standards-based architectures, interfaces
  • Experience in Program Pre Mortem analysis
  • Development experience of a User Interface supported by backend services
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with the ability to diagnose, resolve complex problems and to develop improved methods to increase program efficiency
  • Experience with customer/stakeholder communication, management, relationship building, and customer satisfaction
  • Proven ability to garner the trust of Customers, influence government decisions and is able to adapt a positive leadership style when the working environment becomes contentious
  • Proven business intelligence skills
  • Proficient analyzing customer needs, and reviewing user stories and technical tasks to achieve various Agile objectives and iterative development schedules
  • Deep analytical and problem solving abilities. Reviews and judges the suitability of capability solutions and the planned approach
  • Working knowledge of EVMS systems and project management tools in the context of AGILE process
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with and communicate with all. Advises stakeholders on issues affecting the “broader” engineering approach to engineering activities.
  • Proven written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Strong proposal writing and review skills
About BAE Systems Electronic Systems BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference. Electronic Systems (ES) is the global innovator behind BAE Systems’ game-changing defense and commercial electronics. Exploiting every electron, we push the limits of what is possible, giving our customers the edge and our employees opportunities to change the world. Our products and capabilities can be found everywhere – from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of space. At our core are more than 14,000 highly talented Electronic Systems employees with the brightest minds in the industry, we make an impact – for our customers and the communities we serve.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
At BAE Systems, we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where employees are valued and feel like they belong. We are conscious of the need for all employees to see themselves reflected at every level of the company and know that in order to unlock the full potential of our workforce, everyone must feel confident being their best, most sincere self and be equipped to thrive. We provide impactful professional development experiences to our employees and invest in social impact partnerships to uplift communities and drive purposeful change. Here you will find significant opportunities to do meaningful work in an environment intentionally designed to be one where you will learn, grow and belong.