Principal Software Engineer (Embedded)


Largo, FL, US, 33773

Job ID: 108679 


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 principal software engineer for DRS Naval Electronics, you will apply your technical and development experience to lead the execution of the software architecture and design-related development of tactical radar embedded software. The lead software engineer will provide subject matter expertise to client programs for embedded software in radar components and lead the software development operations as part of the engineering team. This 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.

Job Responsibilities

In this role, the candidate will be responsible for driving technology and completion of assigned technical solutions, efficient execution, and task completion on time and within budget. The position also involves technical management experience to lead software engineers in providing solutions for software related projects and completing software projects independently, mentoring and coaching other engineers and contributing as a key member of a new business capture team. The selected candidate will support cross-functional teams with engineers from other disciplines. The cross-functional teams include internal and external teams. The candidate will establish and perform extensive communication with our industrial support sub-contractors as a radar and software Subject Matter Expert. Primary and essential accountabilities include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Provide SME guidance embedded software activities and related documentation such as systems concept of operations, system design, implementation plans, and operational procedures.
  • Interface with internal and external stakeholders and customers on software engineering topics.
  • Developing and integrating embedded software using C and C++ for advanced Surface-to-Surface or Surface-to-Air radar systems.
  • Design, development, analysis, testing, integration (on hardware) 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, networking and communications, or others.
    • This includes working with previously written code to make bug fixes and improvements.
    • Development and deployment performed on Red Hat Linux OS with Red Hawk real-time extensions.

Responsibilities Continued

  • Perform unit and system-level analysis to measure performance, cost, schedule, and risk trade-offs.
  • Author, 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 develop 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.
  • Resolve field performance issues via failure analysis, debug and change management.
  • Develop and present software-related material to support internal and external project reviews.
  • Scope and estimate software effort and review software design changes for engineering change proposals and engineering change orders.

Responsibiities Continued

  • Create and process documentation updates including generation and maintenance of Software Development Plans (SDPs), Software Requirements Documents (SRDs), Software Design Descriptions (SDDs), etc.
  • 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.
  • Provide technical knowledge, assistance, and mentoring to other engineers and support personnel.
  • Specify and evaluate software related supplier components, subsystems, and services.

Responsibilities Continued

  • Coordinate and oversee the following Administration and SCM activities:
    • Maintain and support Software Configuration Management (SCM) and DevSecOps tools including Git, Jenkins or others.
    • Maintain and support the software development environment using virtual machines, hypervisors and test equipment.
    • Maintain and support the software integration lab including network, consoles, servers, licenses and other software-hardware integration and test equipment in the lab.
    • Maintain and support the change control and/or scrum board system.
    • Serve as lead for the setup, maintenance and user training for company SCM systems.
    • Manage baselines, deliveries and version control of software using classic process and DevSecOps.
    • Create and distribute builds, rpms and media while coordinating creation and delivery of Technical Data Package (TDP).
  • Support and/or lead Internal Research and Development (IR&D) projects, which may include prototype design and development to retire key development risks.


Technical degree (Master or Bachelor of Science) in relevant field (Computer Science or related field of study) with at least 10 years of direct experience related to Software Engineering, radar IF signal processing and must have demonstrated success in solving technical problems.


Capable of achieving project objectives and be able to interface with various levels of internal management as well as program sponsors, customers, and sub-contractors. The following skills are desired, though applicants are not required to have every skill listed:

  • Thorough understanding embedded or firmware development processes.
  • Demonstrated experience with Unix/Linux operating system administration.
  • Fluency in developing in real-time operating systems.
  • Familiarity with software lifecycle processes such as requirements, design, version control, testing.
  • Fluency in C/C++ software programming languages.
  • 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.


U.S. Citizenship required. This position requires an active DOD security clearance or the ability to obtain such clearance within a reasonable time after commencement of employment.

Taking care of our people is a top priority at Leonardo DRS. We are proud to offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, a company contribution to a health savings account, telemedicine, life and disability insurance, legal insurance, and a 401(k) savings plan. We champion wellness programs that focus on physical, emotional, and financial well-being. We develop our talent by offering programs and activities to support career-growth, professional development, and skill enhancement. And we understand there is more to life than work, and the importance of offering flexible work schedules with our 9/80 program, competitive vacation, health/emergency leave, paid parental leave, and community service hours. 
*Some employees are eligible for limited benefits only


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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