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Senior Staff Systems Engineer - FAA NAS Safety Risk Modeler

Home Office, Virginia, United States of America
Closing date: 31 January 2024

Job Description:

Saab, Inc. is currently searching for self-motivated and experienced NAS Safety Risk Modeler to develop and quantify aviation safety risk models of National Airspace System (NAS) operations, conduct Probabilistic Risk Assessments (PRA) and support stakeholders in the use of these safety models to make risk-based safety management decisions.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to work on critical safety systems that directly ensures safety for many flights in the U.S. As a Senior Staff Systems Engineer on the team, you will have the chance to work hands-on with a diverse group of internal and external team members, spanning numerous disciplines and all experience levels.

Roles and Responsibilities include:

  • Works collaboratively with a geographically distributed team under the guidance of a Technical Lead and Program Manager. Works with substantial independence within their defined scope of responsibilities.

  • Applies knowledge of aviation safety principles and practices to build safety risk models of NAS operations. Works to research and combine disparate data sets from multiple sources and incorporates safety-related event data such as information on precursors, barriers, and influencing factors to produce appropriate values to quantify NAS safety risk models. Applies statistical, logical, and other mathematical concepts for conducting aviation safety risk modeling or aviation-related safety risk assessments.

  • Prepares and provides technical instruction manuals and training course content for tools and processes developed by the team. Conducts onsite and remote training for tool users and provides recommendations for improving future training.

  • Participates in onsite and remote information and technical meetings related to the operational use of tools and processes to understand stakeholder requirements and make recommendations for program’s tool use.

  • Recommends process improvements to improve operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness of program tools and processes.

  • Develops and provides technical presentations and technical papers and supports the presentation of this material to program stakeholders at meetings, and public and industry forums.

  • Identifies and documents the root cause of repetitive problems encountered by program tool users, resolve as necessary, and follow up with program stakeholders to ensure satisfaction with action(s) taken.

  • Develops and provides a support plan to prioritize and resolve user issues and for product improvements based on user experience.

  • Participates and contributes to meetings (e.g., conduct demonstrations, collect stakeholder feedback, record and prioritize action items, report on operational status of issues) with program stakeholders and makes recommendations to improve program tool capabilities and associated documentation.

  • Utilizes MS Project or similar application to develop and manage task schedules and project workflows to ensure completion of tasks according to schedule.

  • Reviews existing commercial, General Aviation (GA), and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) safety risk models using graphical interface software to represent aspects of failures in relevant safety-related events such as precursors, barriers, and influence factors and performs the following activities: 

    • Edits existing or creates new safety risk models with event outcomes that represent the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) Commercial Aviation Safety Team CAST/ICAO Common Taxonomy Team (CICTT) definitions for aviation accidents and incidents;

    • Edits existing or creates new safety risk models with elements that represent components of NAS operations, such as their associated roles and interactions as actors that can contribute to or mitigate safety risk, for the following related aviation activities:

      • Commercial and GA operations (e.g., operations authorized under 14 CFR Part 121, 135, 129, and 91, and airports operating under 14 CFR Part 139)

      • Unmanned aviation operations (e.g., operations authorized to operate under 14 CFR Part 107),

      • Air traffic control procedures and practices,

      • Ground/dispatch operations,

      • Technical Operations,

      • Airport operations (e.g., runway and taxiway rules and procedures),

      • Aircraft systems and piloting, and

      • Human factors and human performance;

      • Update safety model quantification (e.g., frequency, probability) when directed by program requirements.

  • Applies appropriate statistical, logical, or other mathematical constructs to combine data and compute baseline safety risk and documents a report that summarizes the analysis and safety risk assessments associated with potential system change(s);

  • Researches and combines disparate data sets from multiple sources to produce appropriate values to quantify a NAS safety risk model;

  • Collaborates with stakeholders to understand their needs and translate those needs into technical requirements in the context of quantitative safety risk modeling; 

  • Presents complex technical information to a variety of audiences such as management and aviation professionals; and

  • Develops and provides technical briefings for presenting and participating in professional and industry conferences related to the program and its tools and make recommendations associated with topics discussed.

Compensation Range: $132,800 - $172,700

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:


  • U.S. citizenship required. Position may be subject to a background investigation.
  • 15+ years' experience with qualitative and quantitative risk modeling in the aviation safety domain.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in a field of engineering such as Aerospace, Mechanical, Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Operations Research or another domain.

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.