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Senior Staff Safety Engineer

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

Saab is seeking an experienced and motivated Senior Staff Safety Engineer to join our systems engineering team to support development of complex surveillance systems (primarily radar). This critical role is a key contributor to the successful completion of programs. The location of this position is flexible; the successful candidate will have the ability to either work remotely (within the Northeast region) or onsite in the East Syracuse, NY office.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Participate in architectural trade studies, safety modeling and budgeting, and design and requirements capture (including design attributes, material properties, and protective features).

  • Influence system and sub-system designs to improve functional and product safety.

  • Advise design engineering on the applicability of relevant codes & standards.

  • Recommend design or test methods to assure compliance with applicable codes & standards.

  • Review product changes for safety impacts and system effects.

  • Propose changes in design or formulation to improve system functional safety or product safety.

  • Create and maintain safety-related documentation for products and contracts.

  • Develop and maintain an in-depth understanding of system level requirements for assigned systems and the design features that satisfy these requirements.

  • Maintain the documentation baselines for each system variant.

  • Analyze system data to determine adequate system performance under various environmental and operational conditions.

  • Investigate system anomalies and recommend actions to resolve these anomalies.

  • Provide identification, assessment, and resolution of risks during program planning and execution.

  • Work with Technical Leads to ensure technical, cost, and schedule performance is achieved.

  • Work within cross-functional teams that include systems, software, electrical, mechanical, test, logistics, and production engineers.

  • Provide mentoring and guidance to junior engineers in the organization.

  • Support technical and cost proposal preparation for future programs.

  • Collaborate across the functional organizations within Saab in the U.S. and across the global corporation.

Skills and Experience:


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or related discipline.

  • 10+ years of relevant experience in safety critical or mission critical industries (aerospace, defense/military, medical, automotive, energy / nuclear, etc.).

  • Familiar with safety analysis methods such as functional hazard analysis, failure modes and effects analysis, and fault tree analysis.

  • Practiced in MIL-STD-882 system safety practices.

  • Familiar with MIL-STD-1472 human engineering standards.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to build effective working relationships in team environment.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and proven ability to communicate well with peers, various levels of management, and customers.

  • Strong work ethic and self-motivation.

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Must hold or be able to obtain U.S. DoD SECRET security clearance.


  • Master’s or PhD degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or related discipline.

  • Experience developing, deploying, or supporting complex RF/Microwave systems for ground based, shipboard, and airborne systems.

  • Experience with Systems Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) methods for safety and security analysis and control.

  • Familiar with AR4761, ISO 26262, or IEEE 1633 safety assurance standards.

  • Familiar with system security analysis.

  • Experience with Agile development approach.

  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) in MagicDraw/Cameo or similar.

  • INCOSE CSEP or ESEP Certification.

  • Experience working with US Department of Defense (DoD) customers and the DoD procurement/acquisition environment.

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 participate in a drug screen and background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, education and employment verification.

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.