Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Responsibilities for this Position
Open Architecture Principal Software Systems Engineer

Job ID: 2021-52455
USA-PA-Pittsburgh USA-CO-Colorado Springs
Required Clearance: TS/SCI
Posted Date: 12/27/2021
Category: Engineering-Systems
Employment Type: Full Time
Hiring Company: General Dynamics Mission Systems

Basic Qualifications

Bachelors degree in Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience. Agile experience preferred.

Department of Defense Top Secret security clearance is required at the time of hire (TS/SCI strongly preferred). 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 an Open Architecture Principal Software Systems Engineer at our Pittsburgh, PA or our Colorado Springs, CO locations. This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nations 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.

We make software that supports our men and women in the military, enabling capabilities such as real-time collaboration, and offering insight to researchers and data analysts. Our software supports a variety of problem domains and systems, such as space and ground command and control (C2), cyber defense, threat management, cloud computing services, and data analytics. Were a passionate, close-knit group of inter-disciplinary thinkers and doers that craft truly one-of-a-kind software used all over the world, and we do it from our cozy-casual office here in Pittsburgh.

In this role, you will:
  • Utilize your systems engineering skills to develop Open Architecture based systems and Services. Candidates with experience in developing Open Mission Systems (OMS) / Universal Command and Control Interface (UCI) compliant systems and services will be preferred.
  • You will lead and collaborate with a cross company OMS standards organization in extending the standards specifications to account for system capabilities updates/additions, and leading development of change packages and supporting/presenting them at Open Architecture (OAM) meetings.
  • You will help drive OMS compliance methodology and related artifacts.
  • Guide all phases of software system development by providing technical strategy, operational concept development, system architecture definition, requirements analysis, use cases, trade studies, and leadership throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Participate in new business pursuits by supporting briefings and demonstrations of our capabilities and supporting the proposal development process by preparing solutions and story maps, authoring technical content, providing cost estimates, participating in reviews, and helping to deliver the final proposal.
  • Be a clear and enthusiastic communicator to customers, users, subcontractors, and cross functional project teams to define, analyze, and meet project goals. You will coordinate across design, development, test, project leadership, program management, and customer representatives, creating a collaborative environment that focuses on the big picture. You will be a technical spokesperson for our company, conveying insight and confidence.
  • Work towards a high-level vision while also understanding the importance of details. You will proactively identify and mitigate risks and define reasonable trade spaces from which the team can operate. Managing multiple concurrent projects and RFIs will require you to prioritize strategically.
  • Proactively define your own tasks and execute with little oversight. You will accomplish program goals despite obstacles, ambiguity, and changing requirements in a fast-paced environment.
  • Apply systems thinking to software, processes, people, and organizations. You will help harden software and processes into mature, mission-critical, must-work products.
  • Participate in internal reviews of software and provide input on software design decisions based on your prior experience and familiarity with the problem domain, similar algorithmic work, or related technologies.
  • Mentor and guide less experienced engineers, because you are motivated to improve our work environment and help others.
  • Support and develop our technical culture by being engaged, intellectually curious, friendly, motivated to solve complex problems, and inspired to deliver superior user-centered designs.
Desired Experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience using Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) with a strong preference for OMS/UCI.
  • Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) experience and familiarity with UML, SysML, Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) and/or Unified Architecture Framework (UAF).

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 12,000+ 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


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company.

Our portfolio spans the realm of the world's most technologically advanced business jets, wheeled combat vehicles, command and control systems and nuclear submarines. We offer these through our five business groups: Aerospace, Combat Systems, Information Technology, Mission Systems and Marine Systems.

General Dynamics employs thousands of people across the globe, with locations in more than 45 countries. We rely on the skills of our employees and their knowledge of customer requirements to deliver best-in-class products and services.

Who We Are Looking For 

General Dynamics is seeking military veterans and military spouses across the country who bring a deeply rooted skillset that includes team-oriented approaches to problem-solving, demonstrations of leadership and an overall commitment to the mission of the organization.  We recognize the knowledge and skills gained during your military experience are invaluable to the success of a team. We’re proud of the thousands of veterans and military professionals who have chosen to apply their leadership, teamwork and problem-solving skills to a career at General Dynamics and to continue supporting the mission of those serving today.

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At General Dynamics, our employees are the heart of our company. We rely on their dedication to excellence and their intimate knowledge of customer requirements to meet the needs of customers around the globe, day in and day out. Our employees' unique blend of skill, innovation and agility drives our continued success, and we take our responsibility to them seriously. If you are a military veteran or military spouse ready to advance your career, view our available career opportunities to the right for more information and to apply today!

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