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Principal Systems Engineer

Home Office, Massachusetts, United States of America
Closing date: 31 March 2023

Job Description:

At Saab, we constantly look ahead and push boundaries for what is considered technically possible. We collaborate with colleagues around the world who all share our challenge – to make the world a safer place.

What you will be part of

At Saab Inc. you will have the opportunity to collaborate with world-class engineers and professionals in an environment that fosters career development, innovation, collaboration and support at all levels.  A business unit of Saab Inc. Surveillance is focused on the design, development, integration, test, deployment, and whole life support of Airborne Active Electronically Steered Array (AESA) technology and systems, primarily for industry partners and US Government agencies.  Saab Inc. is headquartered in Syracuse, NY with locations in MA, IN, DC and FL. The primary organization for Surveillance is in the Syracuse area; however, this position is being posted as a remote position.

Your Role

This position is primarily engaged in the development and fielding of advanced Airborne Early Warning (AEW) RF subsystems and will be responsible for designing AEW AESA systems for manned and unmanned platforms. As the principal systems engineer, you will lead a team of radar engineers in the development of antenna, processing, software, and platform integration requirements. Iin the early development phase in the system lifecycle, systems engineers develop parametric representations, visualizations and data driven analysis to support sensor requirements definition and use case validation.

The successful candidate must have broad systems engineering background AESA expertise and knowledge of sensors. At times, the position may require provision of SME support to address technical challenges in the execution of programs. Frequent domestic and international travel can be expected.

Skills and Experience:

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Engineering, Science, Math or related discipline. Master's/MBA preferred.

  • 10+ years of relevant experience

  • Recent, highly relevant experience in the development of advanced Airborne AESA Systems

  • Recent experience working with DoD labs and S&T community.

  • Prior experience determining viability/profitability of new products/concept.

  • Must be able to travel up to 60% of the time.

  • Current SECRET clearance and ability to obtain a TS clearance

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop a comprehensive product strategy spanning the entire product lifecycle (Product Conception through End-of-Life).

  • Ability to assess new technology and emerging product/service trends.

  • Ability to perform systems engineering tasks that lead to the formulation of product definition, product pricing and product launch plans.

  • Ability to implement Model Based Systems Engineering and Design Space Exploration design threads.

  • Ability to perform requirements, analysis and trade study related to AESA programs.

  • Ability to lead a team of engineers performing AESA antenna, processing, software and platform integration requirements development.

  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills, and the ability to effectively present results/content to internal or external customers.

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.

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


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, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 18,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in seven U.S. locations.

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.