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Saab Global
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Senior Staff Systems Engineer

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

Job Description:

Saab Inc., Autonomous and Undersea Systems division is seeking an innovative and experienced Senior Staff Systems Engineer to lead others on technical teams through capturing, decomposing, analyzing, deriving, allocating, implementing, and verifying product and systems design requirements for autonomous Unmanned Surface/Underwater Vehicles (aUSVs/aUUVs, AUVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Decompose stakeholder needs and Concepts of Operation into system/sub-system level requirements. Perform functional analysis, derivation, and allocation to lower level system/sub-system elements.  Experience with Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) is a plus.

  • Apply fundamentals and best practices of system engineering to create innovative solutions and solve challenging problems.  Experience with Design for Manufacturability a plus.

  • Develop and execute system/sub-system integration and test activities; maintain Requirement Verification Test Matrix (RVTM) with System Integration and Test Engineering.

  • Conduct data modeling and analysis as needed; experience with control system modeling, analysis, and design is a plus

  • Conduct alternatives analyses and propose solutions in support of stakeholder change requests.

  • Present and discuss technical concepts, tradeoffs, analyses, designs, and performance estimates.

  • Interface with other disciplines to develop/define/implement customer requirements.

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

  • Participate in technical reviews and status meetings.

  • Collaborate and communicate with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Follow company standard operating procedures and Quality System requirements.

  • Plan, organize, and estimate required effort for responsible tasks, including possibly writing Basis of Estimates (BOEs).

  • Work within a team environment to achieve goals.

  • Support mentoring and engineering staff development.

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 Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or related discipline, Master’s degree is a plus.

  • 8+ years of relevant experience in advanced system design with broad application and a fundamental understanding of the product development life cycle.

  • Ability to develop system architectures and configurations meeting or exceeding customer needs.

  • Ability to specify interfaces including physical/mechanical and electrical characteristics, and communication protocols.

  • Fundamental understanding of industry accepted design methods and practices, including design spaces/tradeoffs, test data analysis, and requirement/specification change processes.

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

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

  • Experience with CORE/Doors/Other requirements management tools, MatLab/MathCad/Ansys/Other analysis packages, MSOffice including (Excel, Word, Visio, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) to create drawings, documents, work products, and presentations. Experience with Cameo, MagicDraw, MSProject, SolidWorks, AutoCad, Creo, are pluses.

  • Familiarity with standard data collection, test, environmental (thermal, shock, vibe) and integration equipment, facilities, and test techniques.

  • Ability and willingness to support all phases of programs from concept development through final acceptance is required; this will often include on-site support for customer meetings, support equipment installation, configuration, integration, optimization, delivery and acceptance testing.

  • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Proven contributor on project teams to accomplish objectives.

  • Proven contributor on project teams to accomplish objectives.

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

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

  • Ability to work with other engineering disciplines to contribute to a collaborative development environment.

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

  • Ability to travel up to 25%, both international and domestic.


  • Prior experience with DoD or with U.S. government customers is highly desirable.

  • Experience developing products/solutions for Naval and Marine applications.

  • Familiarity with Military Standards, ruggedized equipment design, and environmental test requirements.

  • Knowledge of materials and corrosion control.

  • Extensive familiarity with the design and development of autonomous surface and underwater systems.

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.