Radar Systems Chief Engineer*

1 month ago
Job ID
Required 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.


Department of Defense Secret security clearance (must be TS eligible) is required at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Radar Systems Chief Engineer  to join our team in our Fairfax, VA location.  This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.


The selected candidate will be responsible for the defining and maintaining the current and future system architecture of a critical US Navy radar systems. This position provides an opportunity to architect and lead the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation's fundamental defense services. The selected candidate will work with collaborative teams to build and further advance GDMS software systems and applications.


Within GDMS, Chief Engineers lead the research, design and development of systems hardware, software, software applications and/or tools for designated programs and subprograms. The Chief Engineers work directly with the GDMS program team and the program’s customer program office and technical design agent to ensure that the system design meets the required program specifications and goals. The Chief Engineer responsibilities also include business development support in the form of proposal responses, white papers, and technology roadmap development.  


The successful candidate is required to demonstrate the following: 

  • Current Radar Systems Engineering experience
  • Experience with RF systems; to include antennas, RF distribution systems, RF filtering technologies (such as different types of band-pass, low-pass, and high pass filters), LNAs, IP2/3, phase noise, ADCs, DACs, high-power amplifiers, phase-matched systems, RF link budgets and digital RF.
  • Experience with Modeling Software (MATLAB)
  • Ability to document and specify system and subsystem level requirements.
  • Experience as an integrated product team lead or development team leader.
  • Hardware integration and software development experience is a MUST
  • Experience leading, supporting, and developing technical teams
  • Innovation and thought leadership
  • Success in integrating advanced technologies and solutions in a system of systems architecture to accomplish critical customer missions
  • Success on significant programs or projects as a project lead/program technical manager and/or as a program manager with excellent technical and people leadership strengths with proven business experience
  • Drives the development of new innovative technologies by researching and developing discriminating technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize innovative System and System of Systems solutions through unstructured/non-linear thinking
  • Able to effectively serve as an advocate for technical solutions and concepts with customer and end users
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Travel up to 30% may be required.

Candidates need to have the balanced technical background to be a decision maker on program technical issues, understand the business aspects, and have the ability to be a strategic / competitive thinker exhibiting an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness.


Candidates must have at least 10 years of demonstrated experience in Navy Combat System design with a strong preference in the radar systems domain. Candidates should also have demonstrated proficiency in system development using COTS processing, storage, software, and networking products.

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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