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Systems Engineer IV


Fort Walton Beach, FL, US, 32548

Job ID: 100825 


The Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business is a global leader and strategic partner committed to delivering world-class, full life-cycle defense and intelligence products that protect the security of our nation and our allies.  From air combat training to state-of-the-art electronic warfare systems, our technology is deployed by virtually all U.S. military and government agencies around the world.

Job Summary

The Principal Systems Engineer in Fort Walton Beach, FL is responsible for applying systems engineering principles in the development and integration of ground-based RF Threat Emitter/Electronic Warfare Systems for air combat training applications.  In this role you will be responsible for driving technology and completion of activity on-time and budget and will support various engineering efforts associated with Air Combat Training & Range Systems.  Relocation assistance is available.

Job Responsibilities

  • Apply system engineering principles in the development and integration of ground based Threat Emitter/Electronic Warfare system
  • Assigned as a lead or senior engineer responsible for systems engineering tasks including system requirements and architectures, hardware/software development, integration, test, and life cycle support
  • Communicate project technical details in formal and informal scenarios
  • Participate heavily in preparation of complex proposals
  • Provide budget, cost and schedule input for design assignments
  • Document component and subsystem specifications and material requirements
  • Responsible for driving technology and completion of activity on time and budget
  • Design, develop, analyze, document and support testing of products, systems or subsystems
  • Ability to complete a technical project independently and mentor and coach other engineers
  • Review customer specifications and requirements, and develop designs to best support them, including cost as a key design variable
  • Specify and evaluate supplier components, subsystems and services
  • Support the program design to cost and design for manufacture requirements
  • Communicate clearly (written and oral) with manufacturing, supply chain, program management and the customer as required
  • Interact with technical management, other professionals, technicians and support personnel to coordinate, recommend and confer regarding technical activities and progress
  • Support, communicate, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization


  • BS in Electrical, Systems, or Software Engineering or other relevant area and 10+ years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with Radar, Electronic Warfare, Threat Emitter, or other RF systems
  • Experience with embedded software architecture, hardware/software interfaces, Interface Control Documents (ICD) and requirements analysis/management
  • Experience in a DoD contractor environment
  • Experience in systems engineering including the development of DoD level documentation such as proposals, statements of work, system specifications, hardware and software requirements and design specifications, interface control documents, and system test plans and test procedures
  • Comfortable working on new business development/advance program/new concept pursuits
  • Experience as a technical lead, providing expertise and assistance to other engineers and support personnel
  • Effective communication skills both orally and in writing
  • Working knowledge of MS Office including Project
  • Experience with DOORS Requirements Management tool preferred
  • Knowledge of CMMI Life Cycle Processes preferred
  • Able to travel as needed in support of site survey, system installation, and system test activities (domestic and foreign; up to 25%)
  • US Citizenship and able to obtain a Secret clearance required; current clearance preferred
  • This position has the option of being either fully onsite in our Fort Walton Beach facility or partly remote (onsite Tues-Thurs).  Must live within commuting distance of the designated facility regardless of choice. 
  • For compliance with Executive Order 14042 candidates must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families, and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, Leonardo DRS is taking action to address the risk and uncertainty COVID variants pose in the workplace.  We require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated, unless a medical or religious accommodation is formally approved by Leonardo DRS prior to commencing 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. #AIS

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

Our employees appreciate a culture of open honest communications, and fair and equitable treatment. We accomplish through:

INTEGRITY. At Leonardo DRS ethics and accountability always comes first.

QUALITY. We set high standards of performance, and consistently deliver excellent products and services.

CUSTOMER FOCUS. We go above and beyond to meet customer needs, and work to create long-term relationships with our customers.

DIVERSITY. We embrace different points of view, and continually foster an environment that enable all participants to contribute to their full potential.

INNOVATION.  At Leonardo DRS, innovation is in our DNA. We have built this company through the innovative ideas of our employees and continue to foster an environment that rewards new ideas to help our government and military customers save lives, solve critical problems and modernize to ensure mission success for years to come.

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. 

For additional information on  Leonardo DRS, please visit our website at www.leonardodrs.com

Nearest Major Market: Fort Walton Beach