Staff Systems Engineer - PEM/LSE at Elbit Systems of America

Posted in Engineering 5 days ago.

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Location: Fort Worth, Texas

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Elbit Systems of America


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Job ID 2021-8634
Posted Date 2021-02-22
# Positions 1
Experience (Years) 0
Category Engineering


At Elbit Systems of America (ESA), we spend our days working on exciting and meaningful innovative solutions that protect and save lives. From providing solutions for our warfighters and commercial pilots, to providing lifesaving medical instrumentation and homeland security technologies, the employees of Elbit Systems of America understand the value of their work and why we do what we do each and every day. We are looking for extraordinary people to join us in making a difference in the lives of others.

We are currently recruiting for a highly talented Staff Systems Engineer -- but we are looking for more than an impressive skill set. We are looking for the type of person who respects others for their knowledge, skills, and experience as individuals and as team members. If you are the type of person who has high integrity and would thrive in an inclusive environment of camaraderie and friendship with your fellow teammates, we're pretty confident you'll love it here.

A well-qualified Staff Systems Engineer provides advanced engineering leadership to internal design and development teams. Individuals filling this role may be referred to alternatively as Project Engineering Managers (PEM) and/or Lead Systems Engineers (LSE) for a specific project or projects. A Staff Systems Engineer owns and manages all three aspects of successful engineering projects: cost, schedule, and technical performance.

A Staff Systems Engineer plans, executes, monitors, and controls detailed engineering design and development activities across a vast portfolio of Public Safety Systems Engineering (PSSE) offerings including, but not limited to, complex camera and radar surveillance systems, communications and networking systems, power systems, and supporting information technology systems. A Staff Systems Engineer for PSSE consults with ESA engineering personnel across multiple disciplines (for example, Software, Mechanical, Electrical, Test) to design and deliver robust engineering solutions in this technical focus area. Such projects may include new product development, product sustainment, and/or existing product upgrades.

A Staff Systems Engineer for PSSE communicates well with all internal and external stakeholders, acting as liaison between Elbit Systems business units, the engineering team, and sometimes, critical third-party suppliers as necessary to meet requirements. The ability to build robust relationships and work well with people at all levels of the organization, including program management and engineering functional management, is absolutely critical. A Staff Systems Engineer travels to customer and affiliate sites located throughout the US in support of all of the above. International travel may also be required on a program-by-program basis.


Bid, Proposal, Project Planning and Kickoff

  • Lead development of engineering program bid and execution baselines (cost, schedule, technical requirements and solutions, assumptions, risks, opportunities...) IAW defined scope and objectives, using historical data whenever possible

  • Partner with engineering leadership to devise innovative technical solutions that fit within program constraints

  • Develop tailored engineering Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) IAW company standards

  • Support the development of the resource-loaded Integrated Master Schedule (IMS), integrating different functional inputs into a coherent, executable project plan

  • Tailor engineering development process at proposal time in support of the above activities

  • Negotiate and allocate budgets to the Cost Account Managers (CAM) and act as CAM where appropriate

  • Communicate staffing requirements to management to support the resource planning process

  • Develop complete bid packages and obtain approval from relevant stakeholders

  • Develop and present complete program engineering kickoff packages upon contract award

Project Execution

  • Lead engineering project execution IAW established processes and procedures in all three facets: cost, schedule, and technical performance

  • Partner with business units, Engineering Functional Managers, and CAMs to ensure the project is being staffed and executed to agreed-upon plans, and that those plans are aligned with reality

  • Contribute in all phases of the project lifecycle, especially requirements definition, high-level design, and verification of complex systems and systems-of-systems

  • Remove roadblocks to team success with the support of engineering functional management

  • Manage project scope utilizing existing department processes to ensure cost and/or schedule changes are made with corresponding scope changes

  • Utilize EVMS and other best practices to monitor and control engineering cost and schedule

  • Actively work with the team to mitigate incurred cost and schedule variances

  • Proactively manage project risks and opportunities including development of mitigation or capture plans

  • Prepare and conduct project reviews as required, reporting status to senior management

  • Negotiate and maintain staffing requirements, ideally utilizing a resource-loaded schedule, load into the workforce planning tools, and report variances between staffing levels and plan

  • Mentor/coach project team members to help achieve efficient and effective project execution

  • Partner with management in employee assessment, development, and corrective action

  • Mediate and adjudicate conflicts that arise within the engineering team and between engineering and the business units

  • Establish and maintain business unit, affiliate, customer, and engineering leadership partnerships to facilitate effective collaboration across the company


Position requires a Bachelor's degree in engineering or equivalent scientific discipline with 10 or more years of related experience to be highly-skilled in the above areas.

Specific defense or public safety industry experience, including experience with complex camera and radar surveillance systems, communications and networking equipment, power equipment, and supporting information technology, is strongly preferred.

Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. CAM experience and PMP certification or similar are strongly preferred.

US Citizen

Must be able to complete a favorably adjudicated DHS background investigation, as well as obtain a favorably adjudicated DoD clearance at Secret level.