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Lead Systems Engineer (Air Traffic Management)

East Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Closing date
31 March 2022
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Job Description:

Saab in East Syracuse, NY is currently seeking a self-motivated and experienced Lead Systems Engineer capable of leading large technical teams and entire programs. Contribute to the program planning by providing cost estimates, schedule estimates and task assignments. Apply engineering knowledge and skills to solve complex problems, perform functional analysis, systems integration and provide innovative solutions for Next Generation Surface Surveillance Systems. These systems include Multilateration technologies, ADS-B, Surface Movement Radars, and Runway Status Lights to support safety and efficiency, and Digital Tower technology to support remote operations for airline, airport and air traffic control.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to work on leading-edge technologies that directly support the busiest airports in the U.S. As a Lead/ Senior Staff Systems Engineer on the team, you will lead, coach and provide technical oversight to less seasoned engineers, and work with a diverse group of internal and external team members, spanning numerous disciplines and all experience levels.


  • Decompose system level requirements and perform functional analysis

  • Estimate and direct efforts for large groups/tasks

  • Effectively delegating tasks to team members

  • Providing mentoring and broad technical guidance/coaching (including lessons learned), viewed as an expert in field

  • Identify and evaluate risks and develop mitigation strategies

  • Collaborate and communicate effectively (written and verbal)

  • Improve technical performance and efficiency utilizing tools and technology

  • Present results/content to customers (internal or external) and/or others

  • Produce and review professional, high-quality documentation

  • Apply innovative and practical problem solving techniques

  • Provide cost-effectively inputs for planning, scheduling and estimating work

  • Generating system architecture design, while balancing hardware and software implementations

  • Innovating original analysis techniques

  • Directing and providing insight across multiple customers and projects, internal and external

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or applicable scientific field is required.

  • 15+ years of applicable, professional experience, preferably in the domain of Air Traffic Management.

  • Experience in all program phases from concept development through final acceptance is required. This will often include on-site support for surveys, installation, configuration, integration, optimization and acceptance testing.

  • Experience with systems integration and test techniques are required.

  • Experience with Microsoft office including Word, Excel, Visio and Power Point are required.

  • Experience with FAA or other US government customers is highly desirable.

  • Experience with MATLAB, and 2D/3D CAD (Autodesk Fusion, Solidworks, etc) is desirable.

  • A working knowledge of air traffic control, airline ramp control or airport surveillance is desirable.

  • Understanding of software languages, electrical schematics, mechanical drawings or other discipline specific artifacts.

  • Ability to perform complex data analysis.

  • Ability to perform trade studies.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to meet the following criteria: (i) pass a drug screen, (ii) complete a background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, and education and employment verification, and (iii) be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (unless granted an accommodation permitted by law and then in compliance with Saab’s requirements related to the accommodation, if any).


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, 3 weeks personal illness, bereavement, jury duty and disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 17,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.