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BAE Systems

FAST Labs Sr. Principal Software Engineer (Hybrid) (82206BR)




Full Time


Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States

Job Description Because this role involves a combination of collaborative/in-person and independent work, it will take the form of a hybrid work format, with time split between working onsite and remotely.

Today’s warfighters and intelligence analysts are overwhelmed with data and tasks from a variety of unmanned vehicle systems. Our software helps the warfighter become more effective and efficient in operating groups of unmanned vehicles by developing revolutionary mission management technologies to automate and offload manual control of unmanned assets for many customers in the defense industry. We solve the most difficult problems our country faces so that we can keep our country and our warfighter safe.

If you are a technologist who loves to design, write, integrate, and test cutting edge software based around challenging algorithms, this is the career opportunity for you. The FAST Labs business area is the innovative research and development engine within the Electronic Systems Sector of BAE.

As a Senior Principal Software Engineer in FAST Labs Engineering you will:

  1. Lead in the evaluation and design of highly complex and innovative software architectures.
  2. Manage the technical success of teams (4+ people) as a project lead or software engineering lead.
  3. Mentor and train junior staff in software engineering and development industry best practices and process.
  4. Lead external project interactions with customers to understand their requirements and guide development efforts to meet their needs.
  5. Contribute to and review large software proposals as a primary representative of the FAST Labs software organization.
  6. Design, write, test, integrate, and debug software on assigned programs.
Qualified candidates will also possess knowledge of software architectures, software industry best practices, and emerging software technologies. As a member of the Software Engineering Directorate, you will have opportunities to continue developing strong and increasingly complex software skills and stay current in the software discipline.

The organization focuses on career development of our software engineers and advancement of the craft of software engineering. You will be working alongside other highly motivated engineers passionate about software and protecting our military service personnel. This position may require occasional travel to support integration and test event.

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 missions: “We Protect Those Who Protect Us®” and “We Innovate For Those Who Move The WorldTM.” Sound like a team you want to be a part of? Come build your career with BAE Systems.

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

Required Education, Experience, & Skills Bachelor's Degree in technical area with 8+ years professional SW development experience.
Object-Oriented language experience (C++ or Java) in a Linux Environment.
Experience developing any of: distributed, multi-threaded, real time, low latency, DSP, or military systems.Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills Current C++ or Java software development experience on Windows.
Proficiency with software build tools such as: Jenkins, gitlab, CMake and Ant.
Software Architecture experience.
Digital Signal Processing Experience.
General Purpose Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) development.
Cloud Native Technologies experience (e.g. Docker, Kubernetes, Harbor, Helm, etc.)
RF Electronic Warfare or Software Defined Radio experience.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. At BAE Systems, we celebrate the array of skills, experiences, and perspectives our employees bring to the table. For us, differences are a source of strength. We’re laser-focused on high performance, and we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where all employees can innovate and thrive. Here, you will not only build your career, but you will also enjoy work-life balance, uncover new experiences, and collaborate with passionate colleagues.