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Senior Staff Software Engineer

Quincy, Massachusetts, United States of America
Closing date: 30 September 2024

Job Description:

Saab Inc.'s Autonomous and Undersea Systems division is seeking an innovative and experienced Senior Staff Software Engineer to participate on technical teams defining, architecting, implementing, integrating, verifying, delivering, and maintaining software products and solutions for autonomous Unmanned Surface/Underwater Vehicles (USVs/UUVs/AUVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

As the successful candidate for this role, you will be a key contributor to the Saab AUS team, helping to expand our portfolio of products, technologies, and capabilities, and in the process gaining tremendous experience with unmanned maritime software and systems.  You will be part of a world-class team recognized for its technical accomplishments and vision in maritime and defense sectors.   You will solve difficult problems and help deliver systems that provide needed capabilities to our customers.  Unlike many software positions, at Saab AUS you will see how your efforts contribute to the entire lifecycle and success of a delivered system, and you may even have the chance to witness that system operated at sea.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with a team of engineers to design, implement, unit test, document, and maintain software in multiple programming languages on Linux, Windows, and embedded platforms. 

  • Appling fundamentals and best practices of software engineering to create innovative solutions and solve challenging problems. 

  • Supporting software modeling, simulation, integration, and test activities as needed.

  • Developing and presenting technical concepts, tradeoffs, analyses, designs, and performance estimates.

  • Following through on full product lifecycle: development, prototyping, integration, verification, delivery, and support as required including operations and sea-testing

  • Participating in technical reviews and status meetings.

  • Working with and possibly mentoring more junior engineers

  • Collaborating and communicating with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Following company standard operating procedures and Quality System requirements.

  • Planning, organizing, and estimating required effort for responsible tasks, including contributing to Basis of Estimates (BOEs).

Compensation Range: $144,900-$188,400

The compensation range provided is a general guideline. When extending an offer, Saab, Inc. considers factors including (but not limited to) the role and associated responsibilities, location, and market and business considerations, as well as the candidate's work experience, key skills, and education/training.

Skills and Experience:


  • Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline with 15+ years of relevant experience in advanced software product development, or a Master’s degree with 13+ years of similar experience.

  • Programming languages including C/C++, Python, Java, Javascript, HTML.

  • Scripting languages including Linux/Unix Shells, Matlab, etc.

  • Integrated Development Environments including Eclipse, various GNU, VS Code, Microsoft Visual Studio, Arduino.

  • Version control systems including SVN, Git.

  • Development tools including Confluence, Crucible, Jenkins.

  • Issue tracking via Jira, or similar

  • MSOffice including Excel, Word, Visio, PowerPoint, Outlook

  • Experience with agile development methodologies including Scrum

  • Experience with virtual machines

  • Ability to perform all aspects of development and operations through deployment.

  • Ability to develop software architectures and solutions meeting or exceeding customer needs.

  • Fundamental understanding of industry accepted software design methods and practices, including configuration control, design spaces/tradeoffs, analyses, and requirement/specification change processes.

  • Significant software product development background demonstrating a strong engineering aptitude and good problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to resolve issues during design, development, and execution of software engineering activities.

  • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Effective contributor in a team environment, providing technical leadership where applicable.

  • Ability to work independently to achieve technical and program requirements.

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

  • Ability to travel up to 25%, both international and domestic, depending on project needs


  • Prior experience with U.S. defense programs is highly desirable.

  • Experience developing products/solutions for Naval and Marine applications (including robotic systems) is a plus

  • Experience with bare-metal embedded software development

  • Experience with model-based system engineering practices and tools

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 19,000 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 eight 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.