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Job #: R-00090345
Location: Arlington, VA
Category: Software Development
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 25%
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5000
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

The Electronic Warfare Division of Leidos is seeking a Chief Software Engineer (CSE).  The CSE will lead software product development, hardware integration, and delivery of a complex real-time tactical system in a highly dynamic and challenging environment.  He/she oversees the design, development, documentation, testing and fielding of complex real-time software systems.  This includes assessing or reassessing functional requirements that are accordingly modified for implementation within a tactical system-of-systems such as military combatant aircraft. The CSE applies appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the development life cycle.  He/she supports the Program Manager by managing all software engineering efforts related to budgets and schedules.  The CSE also manages the software engineering portion of proposals.

Performing these responsibilities will include significant collaboration and coordination with external customers, management, subcontractors, vendors, and a multi-disciplined team to design and integrate tactical software within systems that include GPUs, DSPs, FPGAs, and sensors.  The CSE requires strong skills in proactive communication and building of collaborative relationships.  

The CSE shall mentor and support the development of junior engineers.  The CSE shall support the management team in all activities necessary to maintain organizational operation. 

Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.  Candidates must possess an active DoD Secret clearance to start.

Telecommuting options may be considered but the ability to regularly attend in-person program requirements in the Arlington, VA office is required. 

Required Qualifications
BS or Master’s Degree accompanied with 12+ years’ related experience.
•Technical experience in software engineering, systems engineering, system architecture, software architecture, and/or related fields

•Experience in the following:

     o Leading development of a software-based operational system
     o Taking a program through the Design Reviews, including SRR, PDR, and CDR
     o Developing formal DoD requirements
     o Requirements traceability for software systems (RVTM)
     o Creating DoDAF artifacts
     o CMMI, including the generation of appropriate artifacts
     o V&V, including automated testing of systems
     o Writing systems and/or software engineering documents (SDP, etc.)
     o Development of formal interface control documents for either software or hardware (IDDs/ICDs)
     o Shaping and leading a diverse multi-disciplinary team in a dynamic environment
     o Developing detailed plans/schedules in support of technical assignments
     o Presenting and conveying focused messages to external customers, program management, and teammates
     o Establishing formal development processes and procedures
     o Leading integration of software or hardware into another vendor’s embedded system
     o Leading integration of software or hardware from a third party
     o Leading junior engineers in developing, modeling, testing, and integrating algorithms in Matlab/Octave, Simulink, C++, Python, or VHDL
     o Analyze results from simulation or real data to identify root causes and trends
     o Must have active Secret security clearance with the ability to obtain a TS/SCI

Desired Skills
•Experience with the following:
     o Transitioning R&D software to an operational system
     o Leading teams within the DoD policies and procedures for operational software maintenance, modification and configuration management for a major DoD acquisition command
     o Requirements tracking tools, such as DOORS
     o Team collaboration tools, such as Jira and Confluence
     o Open systems architectures and approaches
     o Model-Based software development methodologies, including the Rational Unified Process (RUP)
     o Modeling and simulation development tools, such as Matlab/Simulink, Jupyter Notebook  
     o UML     
     o Software configuration management tools, such as SVN and GIT
     o Software development environments such as Visual Studio or Eclipse
     o FPGA development environments such as Vivado
     o GPU development API’s such as CUDA
     o AI/ML architectures such as CNNs, RNNs, and GANs
•Ability to work with effectively with different engineering disciplines, including hardware, systems engineering, test and integration, and signal processing
•Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.


Electronic Warfare

Pay Range:

Pay Range $113,100.00 - $174,000.00 - $234,900.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

Covid Guidance for the US

In order to enter Leidos facilities in the U.S. and to attend Leidos events outside our facilities, employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry. In addition, we are receiving guidance from certain customers that onsite contractor personnel will need to be fully vaccinated to access customer facilities. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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