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Job #: R-00101139
Location: Lynnwood, WA
Category: Systems Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2,000
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

The Maritime Solution Systems Portfolio within the Maritime Systems Division (MSD) is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and highly capable Chief Engineer to join the Leidos team in either Lynnwood or Poulsbo, WA to lead a multidisciplined team in the support of a variety of maritime projects including undersea vehicles, optical system design, subsea acoustic arrays, and at-sea installation and repair efforts. The scope of the business activities within this portfolio includes: underwater vehicle systems, maritime sensors, supporting information technology & engineering services for complex maritime applications, development and support of underwater data acquisition and telemetry systems for distributed sensors for ISR, IPOE, SSW and platform signature measurement.

The Chief Engineer will be responsible for providing strategic and tactical leadership across the portfolio of programs, leading a team of senior engineering managers and their staff in the successful proposal and execution of complex maritime programs. The Chief Engineer shall lead the implementation of technical solutions across multiple types of maritime programs for Department of Defense agencies, from autonomous vehicles to deployed subsea systems. In this role, the Chief Engineer will create, grow, and manage the overall engineering department within the Portfolio and be responsible for all aspects of engineering, including Mechanical, Electrical, Software/Firmware, and T&E.

MSD is an industry leader in developing, applying, and advancing the state-of-the-art signal processing technologies for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems including distributed netted sensor systems, communications systems, positioning systems, tactical decision systems, and autonomous unmanned platforms.  Leidos maritime systems are addressing complex mission requirements and pioneering impressive firsts in the application of advanced signal processing solutions to the full range of maritime missions.  The MSD team includes an outstanding group of engineers and scientists, located in Arlington VA, Long Beach MS, Newport RI, Lynnwood and Poulsbo WA, San Diego CA, and other sites around the United States, who support a broad range of activities ranging from advanced prototype development for DARPA, ONR and other S&T customers to provide support for ongoing Navy missions.  The successful applicant will become part of a world class team that is a recognized leader in maritime systems development.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage multiple geographically distributed engineering teams across the Maritime Systems Division.
  • Provide direct support to Leidos customers through the engineering of solutions and robust processes across a diverse portfolio of maritime opportunities and programs.
  • Responsible for engineering initiatives that focus on engineering capabilities, process differentiation, technical solutioning, proposal development, and program execution.
  • Define, maintain, update, and drive innovation into engineering tools, processes, and resources.
  • Active participation in the Business Capture Process to include writing, designing, and reviewing proposal material.
  • Active participation in the Leidos Solutions Architect program.
  • Develop and implement long-term engineering strategies aligned to the Division, Operation, Group and Corporate Technology Strategies. 
  • Development, mentoring and training of the lead engineering staff which includes career guidance and professional growth opportunities. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Requires a BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Physics, or Math or equivalent experience and 8+ years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 6+ years of prior relevant experience. Generally has 4+ years of experience supervising or leading teams or projects.
  • 15+ years of related engineering experience on large complex programs that include software and electro-mechanical systems.
  • 10+ years of experience as a functional manager leading a distributed engineering team with direct reports.
  • 15+ years of experience in a customer facing role as a technical/engineering leader.
  • Ability to mentor, lead, promote, and retain talent.
  • Ability to mentor, lead, promote, and retain engineering talent.
  • Ability to obtain TS/SCI clearance.
  • Experienced managing/leading integrated product teams (IPTs) and working groups for DoD programs.
  • Experienced in developing, maturing, and improving engineering policies and procedures that align to standards and best practices.
  • Management and oversight experience of engineering processes that include requirements management and system design modeling.
  • Significant experience supporting capture activities to include chairing/participating in Gate Reviews, generating BOE’s, writing technical volumes for proposals, and providing preliminary technical guidance for solutions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Existing Solutions Architect or similar at existing employer.
  • 10+ years of experience leading the design, development, and integration subsea maritime systems.
  • Understanding of ISO 9001:2015.
  • Exposure to program management responsibilities for DoD programs.  Including program execution, contract negotiations, financial, and subcontractor management.
  • Experienced managing DoD programs with formal deliverables (CDRL’s) that include software, hardware, test support and documentation.
  • Experience transitioning products from design to manufacturing.
  • Experienced with C4, AUV’s, ASV’s, payloads and deployed subsea systems.
  • Experienced with designing and developing solutions that align to Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) requirements.
  • Experience in driving innovation in the system engineering process using SysML Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).
  • Familiarity and use of standard program management tools and processes used for Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) control, Configuration Management, Risk Management and Earned Value Management System (EVMS).

Pay Range:

Pay Range $118,300.00 - $182,000.00 - $245,700.00

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.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® innovation company rapidly addressing the world’s most vexing challenges in national security and health. The company's global workforce of 47,000 collaborates to create smarter technology solutions for customers in heavily regulated industries. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $15.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2023.  For more information, visit

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