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Job #: R-00087875
Location: Manassas, VA
Category: Systems Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Top Secret/SCI
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5000
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Are you ready to lead a team to deliver the US Army’s Next-Generation Airborne ISR Platform?

At Leidos, we deliver innovative solutions through the efforts of our diverse and talented people who are dedicated to our customers’ success. We empower our teams, contribute to our communities, and operate sustainably. Everything we do is built on a commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our people, and our community. Our Mission, Vision, and Values guide the way we do business.

Within the Leidos Defense Group, the Airborne Solutions Operation develops aircraft-based solutions and provides operational mission expertise to perform world-wide deployments in support of our US Military customers and foreign partners.  Since 9/11 Leidos has been a leader in quick reaction capability (QRC) deployments of advanced mission equipment packages (MEP) including communications, SIGINT, full-motion video, and radar sensor suites and support infrastructure to provide actionable intelligence. Over 100 aircraft have been delivered to date, and our airborne operations provide critical ISR to support our customers’ missions in EUCOM, AFRICOM, CENTCOM, INDOPACOM, and SOUTHCOM.

Your greatest work is ahead…delivering solutions to the US government and partners in response to CURRENT and emerging world events

The Defense Group, Airborne Solutions Operation currently has a dynamic job opportunity for a Chief Engineer, located in Manassas, VA, to support the US Army’s Theater-Level High Accuracy Expeditionary Next Airborne Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (AISR) programs. The multi-year program is for Contractor Owned/Contractor Operated commercial derivative jet aircraft supporting the U.S. Army with upgraded and enhanced Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capabilities for their airborne reconnaissance needs. The Leidos team is geographically separated with primary duty locations of Manassas, VA, Bridgewater, VA, Huntsville, AL, and Dayton, OH.  

In this role, you will be responsible for providing technical leadership and oversight of the design and integration of AISR capabilities into commercial derivative jet aircraft . You will serve as the primary external customer technical lead and interface to senior/executive management.

The Chief Engineer, uses disciplined development approaches to design, deliver and sustain aircraft baselines and revisions. As a technical leader of a multi-discipline team, you will develop and update program hardware, software and processes; manage IPT and subcontractor development efforts; integrate new/updated COTS/GOTS into the baseline; support Engineering Change Proposals; perform system checkout and support the Test & Evaluation team throughout contractor testing and system fielding. You will participate in the full lifecycle of the program assisting the Program Management Team and IPT Leads on the program to ensure the on-time delivery of engineering efforts that meet program performance requirements.  

Are you ready to make an impact? Begin your next journey of a flourishing and meaningful career, share your resume with us today!

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the engineering team in the design, integration, and security posture of products; COTS, GOTS, and Leidos Developed
  • Lead design, development, integration, testing, and operational fielding of AISR capabilities into commercial derivative jet aircraft for deployment to multiple locations
  • Develop system release schedules which meet program objectives and present those schedules to leadership and the customer
  • Effectively lead a geographically dispersed multi-discipline team to achieve the program schedule and all deliverable requirements 
  • Coordinate with the IPT and subcontractor teams to effectively build and deploy new system baselines and revisions
  • Interface with Government customers, support contractors, and teammates
  • Plan, manage, and enforce hardware, software, and process baseline standards
  • Create and maintain documentation associated with support activities
  • Provide support metrics and reporting to leadership
  • Maintain performance of subsystem, as systems are tested and checkouts completed
  • Troubleshoot to isolate system faults and perform repairs
  • Assist leadership with planning schedules and ensure proper personnel coverage for support activities
  • Manage and deploy annual and out of cycle baseline updates
  • Develop engineering design and test plans to meet all system requirements
  • Develop and maintain engineering documentation and diagrams

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering or STEM field with a minimum of 12 years of related work experience, or a Masters with a minimum of 10 years of related work experience
  • Mission Equipment Payload (MEP) systems integration experience in manned or unmanned ISR fixed-wing aircraft to include outer mold line modifications (5 years minimum).
  • Work experience with aircraft manufacturing, modification, and/or repair station operations
  • Familiarity with FAA and DOD Commercial Derivative Aircraft (CDA) Programs and Airworthiness Policies
  • Technical leadership experience (3 years minimum) leading a medium-to-large program supporting design, development,  integration, and testing of a complex, multi-component ISR system into manned or unmanned fixed-wing aircraft.
  • Ability to mentor and lead a large technical team.
  • Possess strong troubleshooting, problem solving, and organizational and verbal/written communication skills.
  • A minimum of 25% travel may be required to support activities at each of the primary duty locations as well as CONUS test ranges.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Engineering experience with Bombardier Global 6500 jets
  • Airborne ISR system operational experience
  • Experience with the management of ISR system development, testing, operations, and sustainment.
  • Experience providing technical leadership of proposals for medium sized efforts ($50M).
  • Familiarity and experience with Open, Agile, and Digital development methodologies
  • Experience with lifecycle development of large system integration programs following DoD standards, experience with relevant quality control standards such as AS9100.
  • Experience with Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) and Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) compliant ISR systems

Security Clearance Requirement
A current DoD Secret with ability to obtain and maintain TS/SCI clearance

Pay Range:

Pay Range $139,750.00 - $215,000.00 - $290,250.00

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® 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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