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Senior Software Engineer


Germantown, MD, US, 20876 Johnstown, PA, US, 15904

Job ID: 103600 


The Leonardo DRS Naval Electronics business provides leading naval computing infrastructure, network and data distribution and middleware enterprise services, as well as world-class manufacturing and support capabilities.

Job Summary

As a senior software engineer for DRS Naval Electronics, you will apply your technical and development experience to solve software architecture and design-related problems for components and subsystems in our portfolio of US Navy electronics infrastructure solutions. This senior role includes software task leadership to solve software issues during design, test, transition to production, and formal deliveries. Job focus areas include leading software engineering activities in software architecture applied to software design, development, testing, and modification of sub-systems or systems and the sustainment of these systems through the product life cycle. The position also involves technical management experience to lead software engineers in providing solutions for software related projects.

Job Responsibilities

In this role, the candidate will be responsible for assigned technical solutions, efficient execution, and task completion on time and within budget. Ability to independently lead a technical team is a key capability needed for this role. 

  • Design, development, analysis, testing and debugging of computer software applications and/or systems.
    • Software applications and systems may include Image and Signal Processing, Real-time, Firmware, Database Design, Operating Systems, Operator/Machine Interface, or others.
  • Perform unit and system-level analysis to measure performance, cost, schedule, and risk trade-offs.
  • Derive, allocate and trace requirements for new or improved software products or services.
  • Interact with users to define software requirements and/or necessary modifications.
  • Review customer specifications and requirements, and under direction develops designs to best support them, including cost as a key design variable.
  • Use computer-aided engineering or other design/analysis software in the performance of assignments.
  • Investigate solutions to software product or process problems.
  • Support software qualification efforts, development of test software and qualification plans, test activities, and failure analysis efforts.
  • Develop and present software-related material to support internal and external project reviews.
  • Review software designs for engineering change orders.
  • Create and process documentation updates including generation and maintenance of Software Development Plans (SDPs).
  • Apply parametric software estimation models to support labor bids and author software-related content in new business proposals.
  • Provide budget, cost and schedule input for design assignments and software build deliveries.
  • Specify and evaluate software related supplier components, subsystems, and services.
  • Support and/or lead Internal Research and Development (IR&D) projects, which may include prototype design and development to retire key development risks.

Job Responsibilities (Cont.)

  • Support cross-functional teams with engineers from other disciplines, clearly communicate ideas, decisions, and status updates to internal and external teams, and meet with (and present to) external sponsors.
  • Establish and perform extensive communication with our industrial support sub-contractors as a software Subject Matter Expert.
  • Provide technical knowledge, assistance, and mentoring to other engineers and support personnel.
  • Communicate clearly (written and oral) with other company personnel and the customer as required.
  • Support, communicate, reinforce, and defend the mission, values, and culture of the organization.


  • Technical degree (Master or Bachelor of Science) in relevant field with at least 7 years of direct experience related to Software Engineering and must have demonstrated success in solving technical problems. Self-starting, self-directed engineer with excellent oral and written communication skills. Capable of achieving project objectives and be able to interface with various levels of internal management as well as program sponsors and sub-contractors.
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a US Security Clearance - US Citizenship required
  • The following skills are expected, though applicants are not required to have every skill listed:
    • Application of legacy, new and emerging industry and military standards for Software Engineering processes, techniques, and tools (e.g., Agile, Architecture-based Design, UML, and SysML).
    • Familiarity with requirements management processes and tools (e.g., DOORS)
    • Familiarity with software design processes and tools (e.g., Enterprise Architect).
    • Familiarity with software lifecycle processes such as lifecycle, version control, testing.
    • Familiarity with legacy, new and emerging distributed software architectures (e.g., client/server, thin client, Peer-to-Peer, Cloud, Web Services, Service-Oriented Architecture, Microservices, hardware virtualization, Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, mobile computing).
    • Fluency in multiple software programming languages (e.g., Java, C, C++, Bash, DOS, Perl).
    • Fluency in developing in and for multiple operating systems (e.g., Windows, Linux).
    • Experience in multiple software domains (e.g., algorithm development, middleware services, operating systems, device drivers, combat systems, real-time embedded systems, human interfaces, test harnesses, formal methods).
    • Knowledge of performing Root Cause Analyses to implement appropriate corrective and preventive actions.
    • Experience gathering and interpreting data, generating summaries and presentations, and presenting to technical and management leaders and peers.



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.

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 this through:

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

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE. We set high standards of performance for ourselves and others. We consistently deliver excellent products and services. We adhere to quality levels demanded by our customers. We assume responsibility and accountability to achieve excellence. We settle for nothing less.

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

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION. We accept unconditionally the value that every individual has to offer. We embrace different points of view. We continually foster an environment that enables all employees to contribute to their full potential. We cooperate together as a diverse workforce serving a diverse population.

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. 

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