Senior Manager Systems Engineering


Danbury, CT, US, 06810-8147

Job ID: 109747 


The Leonardo DRS Naval Power Systems business is a trusted provider of innovative naval gas and hybrid power systems, control technology and support solutions for the U.S. Navy and navies around the world.


Naval Power Systems’ commitment to and investment in our people, products, and customers is the foundation of who we are. We offer a competitive Total Rewards package, generous time off, and a fun and flexible working environment. Some of our great benefits include: comprehensive medical/dental/vision programs, a 9/80 work schedule allowing for every other Friday off (!), a 401(k) plan with immediate vesting and an attractive company match, company paid Life & Disability Insurance, a Charitable Match Program & Paid Volunteer Time Off, a Paid Parental Leave program, an Employee Wellness Program, a Tuition Assistance Program, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) promoting Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and so much more!

Job Summary

DRS NPS has an immediate need for a highly technical Systems Engineering Manager.  This highly visible leadership position has two primary responsibilities.  First, to provide functional management and technical leadership to a team of 5-10 systems and project engineers within a matrix organizational structure.  Second, this role is expected to lead challenging and innovative technical projects, with the ability to be an effective bridge between engineering, other functions, and senior management. We offer a rare environment where projects are diverse; ranging from legacy systems designed in the 1980’s to the latest technology, ensuring that engineers remain challenged by their work. Engineers are involved in shaping project concepts from the start; collaborate on designs; contribute through individual implementation efforts; and see the results of their accomplishments through completion of integration and test.


In the functional manager role, this position will be responsible to manage resources in support of large number of active development programs.  This role baselines individual expectations, performs performance evaluations, provides performance-based feedback, career development, resource/skill gap assessments, and hiring recommendations.  This role also monitors and manages the performance of the team through development and evaluation of metrics, including reporting up to senior management.  Additionally, this role is expected to drive engineering efficiencies through continuous improvement efforts.  


In the technical leader role, this position is responsible for estimating, planning, and driving technical execution of U.S. military and customized commercial projects ranging from < $2M - $150M+.  The day-to-day focus entails organizing, leading, and encouraging multidisciplinary project team(s) ranging from 5-10+ engineers, as well as direct individual contributions to project work.  Critical to success in the role is the ability to organize complicated technical challenges, inspire the engineering team to find innovative solutions to problems, and clearly document / present project status within the team, to project leadership, and to other functions (including senior management).


As part of regular activities, this role may have significant supplier and customer interaction.
The ideal candidate is an individual possessing strong systems engineering skills, combined with engineering team leadership skills.  The ability to set a vision for a team and influence its adoption is a key skillset. 

What You Will Do

  • Manage resource allocations for a team of 5-10 systems and project engineers  
  • Interview and hire staff to support resource demands and skill needs  
  • Conduct annual reviews, provide feedback, training, and career guidance to develop future engineering leaders
  • Apply knowledge of systems engineering to support the architecture of complex systems, subsystems, or assemblies to develop high technology products
  • Initiate, develop, and lead engineering efficiency and other continuous improvement efforts
  • Plan and drive execution of the detailed technical work scope to the required quality, schedule and budget
  • Organize, lead, and motivate technical teams in the design and development of challenging products and systems including budgeting, project selection, execution oversight, and alignment with business objectives
  • Contribute directly to project success through individual technical contributions, as required
  • Develop project plans and pre-contract proposal estimates 
  • Confidently and competently represent DRS in front of customers, including the US Navy
  • Clearly communicate, orally and in writing, technical and programmatic information to technical and non-technical individuals
  • Collaboration with other departments, DRS locations, and suppliers to solve problems and develop cost-effective, high quality solutions
  • Lead project engineers in the management of programs using standard EVM tools, analysis, and reporting exhibits, Variance Analysis, Root Cause and Corrective Action, and Risk and Opportunity Proactive Management to ensure programs remain on schedule, on budget, and meeting technical requirements

Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree from a 4-year accredited college or university in Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, or Electrical Engineering
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience leading or managing a team of individual contributors
  • Demonstrated experience individually driving product development from concept to qualified / fielded systems
  • Experience with system-level thinking and system engineering principles/methods
  • Demonstrated experience driving engineering continuous improvement efforts, including process development, training, and rollout
  • Strong sense of ownership and high level of accountability
  • Demonstrated focus on designing to cost targets, while meeting key system performance requirements
  • Experience leading systems and project engineers in engineering programs including Internal Research & Development program (IRAD)
  • Experience leading the architecture of complex systems, subsystems, or assemblies to develop high technology products within a concurrent engineering environment
  • Proficiency in Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE / Digital Twin) using Cameo Systems Modeler
  • Experience creating conceptual designs, technical documentation, and budget estimates for bid and proposals
  • Proficiency using IBM Rational DOORS to develop and manage requirements, including the use of DXL scripts to support the configuration control of customer (master) and supplier (elaboration) requirement modules
  • Experience managing development programs using Waterfall and Agile methods
  • Significant experience with standard EVM tools, analysis, and reporting exhibits, Variance Analysis, Root Cause and Corrective Action, and Risk and Opportunity Proactive Management
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, or Electrical Engineering
  • Experience with execution of projects for the US military or foreign Navy
  • Familiarity with industrial and military design specifications
  • Experience with the development of electric controls, electric motor/drive systems, electro-mechanical systems, or other power electronics, and IRAD programs
  • Experience designing/developing Navy surface and sub-surface equipment
  • Experience of leading the successful integration of multiple sub-systems 
  • Active security clearance
  • Candidates must be a US citizen and meet DRS security standards as imposed by DoD, including the issuance of any necessary security clearance by the US government within a reasonable time after commencement of employment

Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

The DRS culture is defined by our Core Values and Principles: 

- Integrity
- Agility
- Excellence
- Customer Focus
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Innovation

We strive to uphold them in all aspects of our business practices to inspire our employees and provide outstanding support for our customers.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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