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Job #: R-00028428
Location: Huntsville, AL
Category: Systems Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Leidos currently has a dynamic opportunity for a Chief System Architect at our Huntsville, AL location. In this role, you will be responsible for leading the Unmanned Aircraft System Ground Control Station efforts. The Chief System Architect will be responsible for constructing and managing an open system management plan, overseeing the implementation of complex data models, and managing multiple geographically separated system, safety, test, cyber, and software development teams. The Chief System Architect will be required to have an expertise leading hardware & software integration, systems engineering, and networking activities to deliver a quality system that meets or exceeds customer expectations.

Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•Lead team in creating the Open Systems Management Plan.
•Update existing Leidos System Engineering Management Plan.
•Oversee traceability between modeling activities, and high-level / low-level requirements.
•Utilize USG provided reference architecture to create new or existing complex computer systems utilizing DO-178C, FACE 3.0, UCS 3.4, COE 3, and FoS Block II IOPs.
•In conjunction with the Chief Engineer, provide direction to the system engineering team for systems specifications, input/output processes, and working parameters for software compatibility and maintenance of UASGCSv4 software solution.
•Ensure documentation submissions abide by contract deliverables, to include DO-178C processes.
•Identify, analyze, and resolve program support deficiencies. Develop and recommend corrective actions.
•Participate in alternative analysis, planning, definition, high-level, and low-level design of the new applications and enhancements to existing applications.
•Resolve highly complex problems using significant application of technical knowledge, conceptualizing, reasoning and interpretation.
•In conjunction with System Engineering team, allocate requirements to subsystems.
•Work with the test engineering lead to create a formal system test process that encapsulates all UASGCSv4 testing requirements.
•Communicate with leadership (internally and client) regarding matters of significant importance to the organization/project.
•Coach, educate, and indoctrinate as necessary the development team, the management team, and the client team (stakeholders and users) in processes and procedures needed to achieve project success.
•Lead execution of the UASGCSv4 effort.

Basic Qualifications:
-Requires a Bachelor's degree and 12 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 10 years of prior relevant experience.
•Large-scale software development and integration experience.
•Experience with PM-UAS (Program Management-Unmanned Aircraft Systems) requirements.
•Experience with legacy systems re-engineering or "refactoring".
•A DoD Secret level of clearance is required, with the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret.


External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Systems Engineering

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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