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Saab Global

Senior Software Systems Engineer

Centurion, South Africa
Closing date: 29 June 2024

This role will take ownership of the system software requirements on customer projects. You will also be responsible to co-ordinate the SW development activities with the Design and Development team, and report project SW status to Program Management. Take delivery of project SW, drive system SW integration and testing activities. Configure System Software Life cycle data. Interface with clients as required and provide client facing SW assistance.

Your role:

  • Lead, Plan and Manage the Software System Engineering process for contractual projects within Saab Grintek Defence and ensure a sound system baseline for assigned projects
    • Create and maintain System Software Development and Requirements documentation for embedded systems as well as ground support software
    • System Software architect design and if required additional Software System related design is required on the customer projects
    • System Software Requirements Analysis and deriving lower level sub-systems requirements
    • System Software Interface Requirements documentation
    • Integration, Verification and Validation of System Software baseline
    • System Software verification and validation documentation
    • Producing of Software Development Life Cycle artefacts required for domain related requirement (eg Flight Safety) and certification
    • Maintain a System Software baseline thought the Software lifecycle
  • Support the System Engineer in the System development, Integration and Test activities to an accepted Software baseline
  • Technical support to Marketing, Bid Office and Product Management groups when required
  • Provide inputs into quotes and tender costs relating to NRE, their timescales, resources, WBS etc as required
  • Take ownership of the system software on customer projects, achieved through:
    • Software Systems Engineering process
    • Customer communication
    • Internal communication
    • System integration and verification
  • The SSE is technical responsible for all Software deliveries

Your profile:

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge and previous experience in software development in accordance with RTCA/DO178B/C
  • Advanced knowledge of Software Systems Engineering processes and practices
  • Specific experience in the Military environment advantageous (Airborne, Naval or Land)
  • Specific experience in the defence EW environment advantageous eg
    • Airborne EW: Radar Warning, Missile Warning, Laser Warning & Countermeasures
    • Naval EW: Radar Warning, Laser Warning, Naval ESM HMI
    • Land Survivability: Laser Warning, Effectors, Hard-kill
  • Knowledge in the Software Simulation Models to support the software development process advantageous

Practical Experience:

  • More than 5 years’ experience in military system development and/or environment
  • High competence and prior experience with DOORS
  • More than 5 years’ Software System Engineering related experience, preferably on executing customer projects
  • Generating and compiling of specifications, user manuals and test procedures
  • Software and Hardware environments:
  • Computer hardware (Operating systems, performance, etc),
  • Computer networking (architecture etc),
  • Communication protocols.
  • Prior Software Development experience, specifically embedded SW development
  • Exposure to:
  • Case Tool (e.g. Enterprise Architect) making use of UML,
  • Programming language: C and C++,
  • Linux environment
  • Experience in automated testing advantageous


  • BSc Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering Degree or similar tertiary qualification       


  • SE principles
    • Systems Thinking
    • Life Cycles
    • Systems Modelling and analysis
  • Professional Competencies
    • Communication (Internal and external)
    • Technical Leadership
    • Negotiation
    • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Technical Competencies
    • Requirements Analysis
    • SW Requirements writing
    • Software Architecting
    • Software System Integration
    • Software System Verification and Validation
  • SSE Management
    • Planning, Monitoring and Control
    • Decision Management
    • Configuration Management
    • SW development Risk and Opportunity Management
  • Integrating competencies
    • Technical SW Project Management
    • SW integration and testing
    • Fault finding and isolation    

What you will be a part of

SGD has reinforced its position as a leading South African defence and security company, bringing capabilities including electronic warfare systems, sensor technology, training systems, avionics, security and support solutions to the African and international markets. These capabilities are supplied and supported over the air, land, sea and civil security domains.

With new and improved technological systems and solutions, SGD increases a country’s defence capabilities and provides innovative, effective products and services for those tasked to maintain security. The company also works with various stakeholders in gathering data and providing insight into how security threats evolve, and what the best market-customised solutions are.

If you aspire to help create and innovate whilst developing yourself in a challenging team setting, Saab may well have the perfect conditions for you to grow. We pride ourselves on a nurturing environment, where everyone is different yet we share the same goal – to help protect people.

SGD will give preference to South African citizens and we also welcome applications from individuals with culturally diverse backgrounds

Please consider your application as unsuccessful if you have not received feedback from us within 30 days after the closing date.