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Lead Systems Engineer- Hypersonics

Company: Battelle
Location: Huntsville
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Job Description:

Battelle delivers when others can't. We conduct research and development, manage national laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients-whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Job Summary

Battelle is currently seeking a Senior Systems Engineer (SE). This position can be located in Columbus, OH or Huntsville, AL.

Battelle's Advanced Mission Solutions (AMS) Business Line is seeking a Senior Systems Engineer (SE) to support a portfolio of Hypersonics programs within our National Security unit. Clients choose to work with us because of a proven track record for developing innovative and marketable solutions to challenging technical problems. The SE will be an integral part of the multi-disciplinary teams that we form around each project. A large focus for the group is on national security system development and modernization.

The SE will direct day-to-day requirements management and technical execution of program activities, including management of matrixed project teams distributed across multiple programs. The SE will ensure that programs maintain an executable technical baseline and deliver against the program's Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and functional performance requirements across the entire lifecycle of the project/product.


  • Performs highly complex assignments by compiling and evaluating design and test data, preparing technical specifications, analyzing technical data to determine appropriate limits and variables for analysis of requirements and systems performance.
  • Analyzes and interprets complex data. Takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions.
  • Prepares and presents advanced technical reports and presentations to client, both formal and informal.
  • Conducts and/or leads technical projects or major tasks of technical projects.
  • Provides technical direction to and coordinates the efforts of engineers and technical support staff in the performance of assigned projects within time and budget constraints.
  • Reviews projects progress and evaluates results.
  • Recommends modifications and corrections in technical analyses and design to ensure project completion.
  • Prepares technical sections of proposals. May manage proposals or major sections of large proposals.
  • Builds relationships with internal and external clients. Prepares and presents final reports to clients and stakeholders. Communicates with client with regard to the schedule and quality of deliverables.
  • Contributes to IR&D studies. Works on projects involving innovative methods or applications.
  • Leads IR&D tasks.
  • Supports business development efforts led by others and maintains business interactions with external clients.
  • Contributes to marketing and project development by providing technical expertise and executing responsibilities in client relations. Investigates new project opportunities.
  • May assist with the coordination of and participation in Battelle-sponsored conferences.
  • Participates in scientific conferences, peer review panels, and increases company visibility through publications.
  • Trains lower-level staff to improve technical development. Coordinates and provides day-to-day work direction to lower-level staff to support overall project goals. Responsibilities
    • Lead and participate in systems engineering efforts supporting programs developing and modernizing hardware and software systems.
    • Perform requirements analysis including documenting product/system breakdown structure, requirements, and constraints.
    • Lead, guide, and/or perform the technical product development for the system or subsystem being developed-providing and supporting the big picture systems view, development, and management of technical data package structure, and understanding how subsystem technologies interact and tradeoff between subsystem technologies. This includes tracking key technical metrics to measure margins and risk.
    • Develop processes for and oversee requirements management, configuration management, and test and evaluation.
    • Oversee and lead verification and validation planning, execution, and reporting efforts.
    • Support management in the technical direction of development programs.
    • Collaborate across internal organizations with multi-disciplined engineering teams to develop and execute projects.
    • Interact with leadership to make decisions, manage risk, and influence investment activities that affect the long-term viability of the business.
    • Support our business developments efforts including writing proposals, planning technical aspects of projects, developing our capabilities, interfacing with current and prospective clients, and participating in conferences. Key Qualifications
      • Bachelor's Degree in an engineering or physical science field with at least 12 years of product/system development professional experience or Master's Degree in an engineering or physical science field with at least 8 years of professional experience.
      • Demonstrated experience with requirements management and functional decomposition on multiple programs of varying complexity.
      • Experience working with US DoD Program Management Offices.
      • Proficiency in planning and tracking programs using a requirements management software application.
      • Proven abilities in leading cross functional technical teams, managing risk, and adapting to change.
      • Self-motivated, organized, and a problem solver who demonstrates knowledge of fundamentals but also the big picture.
      • Excellent communication skills to support interaction with cross-functional team members, internal management, and clients.
      • Must be a US Citizen with the ability and willingness to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET DoD Security Clearance. Preferred Qualifications
        • An advanced degree in Engineering, Science, or Business.
        • Experience with Model-Based Systems Engineering and corresponding modeling tools.
        • Knowledge of DoD Systems Engineering practices and their relation to DoD Instruction 5000.02.
        • Familiarity with Configuration Control and Configuration Management.
        • Experience with Risk Management tools and processes.
        • Experience with Root Cause Corrective Analysis (RCCA).
        • Experience with Reliability, Availability, Maintainability (RAM).
        • Experience working with multi-organizational, geographically distributed, and segmented engineering teams.
        • Active DoD Secret security clearance Benefits: Live an Extraordinary Life
          We care about your well-being, not just on the job. Battelle offers comprehensive and competitive benefits to help you live your best life.
          • Balance life through a compressed work schedule: Most of our team follows a flexible, compressed work schedule that allows for every other Friday off-giving you a dedicated day to accomplish things in your personal life without using vacation time.
          • Take time to recharge: You get paid time off to support work-life balance and keep motivated.
          • Prioritize wellness: Stay healthy with medical, dental, and vision coverage with wellness incentives and benefits plus a variety of optional supplemental benefits.
          • Better together: Coverage for partners, gender-affirming care and health support, and family formation support.
          • Build your financial future: Build financial stability with an industry-leading 401(k) retirement savings plan. For most employees, we put in 5 percent whether you contribute or not, and match your contributions on top of that.
          • Advance your education: Tuition assistance is available to pursue higher education.
          • Flexible work arrangements: You have options for where you work and when you work. A Work Environment Where You Succeed
            For brilliant minds in science, technology, engineering and business operations, Battelle is the place to do the greatest good by solving humanity's most pressing challenges and creating a safer, healthier and more secure world.

            You will have the opportunity to thrive in a culture that inspires you to:
            • Apply your talent to challenging and meaningful projects
            • Receive select funding to pursue ideas in scientific and technological discovery
            • Collaborate with world-class experts in an inclusive environment
            • Nurture and develop the next generation of scientific leaders
            • Give back to and improve our communities
              Vaccinations & Safety Protocols

              Battelle may require employees, based on job duties, work location, and/or its clients' requirements to follow certain safety protocols and to be vaccinated against a variety of viruses, bacteria, and diseases as a condition of employment and continued employment and to provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated. If applicable, Battelle will provide reasonable accommodations based on a qualified disability or medical condition through the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act or for a sincerely held religious belief under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and related state laws).

              Battelle is an equal opportunity employer. We provide employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

              The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.

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