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Staff Engineer, Lead System Engineering


Staff Engineer, Lead System Engineering

Collins Aerospace

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Playa del Rey, CA

Collins Aerospace

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Date Posted: 2020-01-27-08:00

Country: United States of America

Location: HCA39: Marina Del Rey, CA (IMS INC) 4553 Glencoe Avenue Suite 100, Marina Del Ray, CA, 90292 USA

At Collins Aerospace, we're dedicated to relentlessly tackle the toughest challenges in our industry - all to redefine aerospace.

Created in 2018 through the combination of two leading companies - Rockwell Collins and United Technologies Aerospace Systems - we're driving the industry forward through technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for global aerospace and defense. Every day we imagine ways to make the skies and the spaces we touch smarter, safer and more amazing than ever. Together we chart new journeys, reunite families, protect nations and save lives. And we do it all with some of the greatest talent this industry has to offer.

We are Collins Aerospace and we hope you join us as we REDEFINE AEROSPACE.

Our Avionics team advances aviation electronics and information management solutions for commercial and military customers across the world. That means we're helping passengers reach their destination safely. We're connecting aircraft operators, airports, rail and critical infrastructure with intelligent data service solutions that keep passengers, flight crews and militaries connected and informed. And we're providing industry-leading fire protection and safety systems that our customers can count on when it matters most. Are you ready to learn from the most knowledgeable experts in the industry, develop the technologies of tomorrow and reach new heights in your career? Join our Avionics team today.

Together, we will nurture an engineering culture that values intellectual curiosity, risk takers and integrity. A place where we will challenge ourselves, our teams, and the status quo and where we will work to find a way - the right way - to achieve what others can only dream of.

Role Overview

The Staff Systems Engineer will work as a Project Engineering Lead (PEL) to support work in our Surface Transportation and Critical Infrastructure team leading teams of engineers in developing and deploying complex integrated solutions and systems for the Rail/Transit industry.

Primary Responsibilities:

Project Engineering Lead (PEL) will act as a technical lead for complex Integration, Software and Hardware projects.

Leadership and value added application of Systems Engineering practices.

Analyze, trace, and ensure adherence to system requirements on all assigned projects through the development and maintenance of the requirements traceability matrix.

Evaluate, analyze, and document all explicit and implicit system operational concepts through interaction with all stakeholders on assigned projects.

Ensure system and subsystem design meet the system requirements through development of documentation, participation in design reviews, and constant communication with other functional disciplines on assigned projects.

Develop a strong understanding of the technical solution within each functional discipline and maintain that understanding as the technical solutions are enhanced and mature.

Follow all Collins Aerospace ISO, CMMI, and engineering policies and procedures in performing day to day activities on assigned projects.

Proven domain knowledge and knowledge of products, systems, industry best practices, and applicable regulatory requirements on assigned projects.

Plan and develop engineering management plan for assigned projects, including engineering schedules, budget plans, and staffing plans.

Identify and evaluate risks and opportunities on all assigned projects and work with the project manager to develop risk mitigation strategies.

Work closely with the project manager on assigned projects to ensure project performance in regards to cost, schedule, and quality.

Monitor and report project engineering performance to leadership through formal status reviews and develop project corrective action plans to improve project performance when necessary.

Perform engineering trade studies on new technologies or new solutions.

Organize and direct assigned project team members from other functional disciplines to ensure schedule adherence, timely issue resolution, and proper prioritization of tasks.

Assist business development with bid and proposal opportunities through development of compliance matrices, technical solution, cost estimation, and proposal documentation.


This position requires a Bachelor's degree in the appropriate discipline and 7 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 5 years of relevant experience. In the absence of a degree, 11 years of relevant experience is required.

Seven (7) or more years of engineering experience in project operations, including all phases of the system development life cycle.

Five (5) or more years of experience managing system requirements or technical project management.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Ability to influence, inspire, and motivate all project team members.

Strong sense of ownership in project deliverables, with initiative and entrepreneurial characteristics.

Experience with requirements management tools, such as DOORS.

Experience with scheduling tools, such as MS Project or Primavera.

Desired experience with the following technologies or concepts:

System and network architecture and design

Complex systems experience

Software and/or Hardware Architecture

Data modeling, analytics, databases and related technologies

Deep understanding of Computer Science or other Complex Systems fundamentals

Software Development Life Cycles

Systems Engineering V-Model Experience

Cybersecurity policies and procedures

Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

Strong organizational skills and configuration management.

Ability to work independently and in a cross-functional team environment

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form - with our customers and with each other - propel us all higher, again and again.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

Medical, dental, and vision insurance

Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution

Tuition reimbursement

Life insurance and disability coverage

And more