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Principal Project Engineer

East Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Closing date
31 December 2021
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Job Description:

Saab is seeking a Principal Project Engineer to:

  • Lead the engineering efforts associated with design, development, production support, and engineering services efforts.

  • Lead multi-disciplined engineering teams.

  • Primary technical interface to the customer.

  • Engage with customers to ensure project cost, schedule and technical requirements are met.

  • Ensure effective and efficient implementation of metrics and tools to proactively manage the engineering content of programs.

  • Ensure engineering complies with business operating policies.

  • Engage with product vendors & colleagues as required to ensure product integrity. Identify opportunities for product improvements that improve overall program affordability, as well as opportunities in adjacent market spaces.

  • Perform the role of interface to the Chief Engineering and Program Management organizations providing program status, issues and recommendations.

  • Perform project planning including staffing, cost account management, risk management and proposal development.

  • Develop cost estimates and support proposal efforts.

  • Support Strategic Planning and Engineering reviews.

Skills and Experience:


  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering discipline with 20+ years of experience.

  • Direct experience as a Technical Lead and/or Engineering Program Manager for hardware development programs.

  • Wide-ranging experience including technical and project performance and understanding of the products and work required to perform a broad spectrum of tasks within the product development life cycle.

  • Ability to guide a technical team in capturing, understanding and implementing product design requirements. Demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary engineering team, providing clear guidance and direction to the team while multi-tasking and prioritizing competing requirements.

  • Capability to interface on an interdepartmental level and be an agent of change for process and procedural improvements that position the company for growth and profitability.

  • Mastery of broad engineering techniques and the tools required to design and develop products with a full understanding of industry practices and procedures.

  • Ability to resolve a wide range of issues with increasing complexity in innovative as well as practical ways with a solid understanding of the entire product development process.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build effective working relationships is a must.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proven ability to communicate well with peers and different levels of management and the customer.

  • Proven leader who motivates, inspires, and teaches others.

  • Strong work ethic and self-motivation.

  • Analytical and demonstrated problem solving skills.

  • Must exhibit leadership for executing practical application of engineering processes on a development program and maintaining engineering rigor while balancing cost, technical, and schedule.


  • A strong understanding of project planning including risk and opportunity management is desirable.

  • An ability to operate as an engineering point of contact for the PMO, Senior Leadership and Customer.

  • Strong technical leadership and demonstrated ability to successfully lead a new product development and/or production effort

  • Previous costing experience on proposals.

  • Naval Radar system development inclusive of Hardware, firmware, and software development

  • Experience leading multi-discipline engineering developments

  • System integration and test experience.

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.