Senior Principal Systems Engineer

3 months ago
Job ID
Required Clearance
No clearance
Employment Type
Full Time

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience. Agile experience preferred

Responsibilities for this Position

GDMS has an immediate opening for a Senior Principal Systems Engineer to support a spaceborne all-sky transit survey mission.  This position provides an opportunity to discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky and build on the successful KEPLER work.  GDMS employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out world-class scientific work leading to ground breaking discoveries.



-Supports science data processing activities leading to data validation

-Leads and develops material for working groups to finalize the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) science commissioning plan

-Performs as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration liaison for the TESS Instrument team during operations

-Leads the verification and validation of the Mission ConOps during integration, test and on-orbit commissioning

-Leads the planning for all readiness activities and resources in support of a Science Orbit in the Life

-Leads and contribute to documenting and planning any additional (as needed) instrument tests

-Leads scientific discussion for development of an Integrated Mission Time-line

-Synthesizes solutions to meet customer expectations and technical performance while staying within schedule and cost constraints

-Leads technical planning, cost and risk analyses, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for subsystems and system elements

-Leads detailed technical analyses for a system, subsystem or system elements to include: concept, requirements, design, fabrication,  

 integration, test, acceptance, delivery, installation, training, operation, maintenance and disposal

-Identifies, analyzes and resolves system design weaknesses.
-Travel may be required
-Assignments may be self-initiated
-Works on unusually complex problems and provides creative and innovative solutions

-Demonstrated use, understanding and tailoring of systems engineering concepts, principles, and theories
-Frequently contributes to the development of innovative principles and ideas
-Major contributor to the achievement of business objectives
-Demonstrated proficiency with requirements management, system design & system modeling tools
-Recognizes various architectural patterns, applies them appropriately, understands strengths/weaknesses within those architectures and

 develops architectural variations as necessary
-Familiar with Enterprise Architecture Frameworks
-Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
-Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills
-Creative thinker
-Ability to multi-task
-Demonstrated skills in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
-Demonstrated ability to clearly report information relevant to sound systems engineering design
-Demonstrated understanding and ability to apply project leadership principles including Schedule Performance Index/Cost Performance Index, Earned Value, Cost Account Management

 (CAM), and Statistical Process Controls


-PhD Astrophysics

-Experience with NASA and Goddard Space Flight Center policies and procedures

-Experience as an instrument liaison

-Experience during instrument commissioning phase

U.S. citizenship is required.  A NACI is required.

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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