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Head of AI & Tactical Autonomy

Linköping, Sweden
Closing date: 28 March 2023

Now is your chance to be part of the future. The newly formed Future Design department consist of three main areas; Concept Development, Operational Analysis and AI & Tactical Autonomy. AI will be a natural part of military defence in the future. Join are mission to explore key opportunities, challenges and risks associated with military applications of AI and Autonomy, and share our vision of a responsible approach towards application of AI.

Your role

As Head of AI & Tactical Autonomy, you will lead an essential area of the newly formed Future Design department. The overall responsibility for Future Design is to act as a catalyst and hub for design tasks, concepts and technology needed to advance our abilities going forward. Future Design will be a focal part in leading the execution of assignments geared toward future research and development for combat aircraft systems.

AI & Tactical Autonomy is responsible for AI enhancements to current fighter systems, but also for increasing maturity of next generation AI and autonomy technologies for next generation weapon systems. The organization consists of specialists, senior engineers, researchers and several industrial PhD students, and have a clear growth potential for both junior and senior positions.

AI & Tactical Autonomy is a key actor for driving change and synchronizing AI & Autonomy research across Saab. The area is also driver for a Center of Excellence in Data Utilization with the ambition to create a more data driven culture and new frameworks across the company, e.g. to enable more advanced AI and Autonomy research.

In order to mature and prioritize relevant technologies it is crucial to understand Saab’s business plan and how to build a broad network within each technology across Saab and with academia since most of the research projects stretches over several technical domains. 

You will be part of the Management Team of Future Design, shaping the department and strategy going forward, in close co-operation within the Gripen Design business unit, other business units and departments within the Saab group. You are a team player who actively contribute in the Management Team. You will report to the Head of Future Design.

Your profile

To be successful in this role, you need to share and embrace our values and is comfortable leading according to our leadership framework – know your business, know your people and know yourself. Furthermore, the role is also about engaging, motivating and supporting your team in their endeavor to develop their skill set. Creating a work environment where goals and change together with continuous learning are important parts of your role.

To succeed in the role, it is important that you are confident and mature in your leadership skills, have high integrity and the ability to balance customer demands, technical decisions against business considerations. You are clear and engaging in your communication, structured and collaborative with a good ability to develop strong relationships that create commitment, stability and drive in the organization.

Other capabilities and ways of working we believe are essential for the role:

  • a purpose-driven leader with excellent people management skills

  • is an experienced change leader with experience from leading development

  • deliver on promises

  • have a high degree of personal maturity with good judgement and high ethics

  • You know how to build long-term relationships with stakeholders, key partners and customers, and have experience of working in an international environment.

  • solid skills in the English and Swedish language, oral and written

This position requires that you pass a security vetting based on the current regulations around/of security protection. For positions requiring security clearance additional obligations on citizenship may apply.

What you will be part of

The Aeronautics business area is an innovative supplier of world-class aircraft systems, advanced aerostructures, and a wide range of support solutions within civil and military aviation. The business area researches, develops, and produces military aviation systems. We are building for the future through research and studies into innovative flight systems and the further development of our products. Read more about us here

By joining Aeronautics, you will be a part of a diverse, collaborative and supportive organisation with an emphasis on professional growth and work-life balance. You will work in an innovative and vibrant workplace, while having the opportunity to develop a long-term, fulfilling career.

Future Design is a part of business unit Gripen Design which have the overall responsibility for design, development, production, testing, delivery and operation of the complete Gripen E weapon system to Sweden, Gripen E and F to Brazil, as well as design and development of future fighter platforms.

Observe that you can send us your application in either Swedish or English.

Kindly observe that this is an ongoing recruitment process and that the position might be filled before the closing date of the advertisement.

Saab is a company with a strong people-orientation. We offer a friendly work environment where we support and help each other to be at our best. Continuous learning, career & talent development and employee well-being are examples of areas where we always put the strongest effort to offer great opportunities.