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Principal Investigator – Defense/Land Systems


Assistant Principal


Huntsville, Alabama, United States


Leidos Defense Systems is seeking a talented Principal Investigator to join a diverse team to create unique solutions for complex problems. With offices across the United States engaging in the defense, space, cyber and commercial fields, Leidos Defense Systems provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific, IT and manufacturing solutions to our customers most technically challenging problems.

Primary Responsibilities

As a Principal Investigator within the Defense Systems Group, the individual will lead a product development team involved with design, manufacturing, and testing of military missile systems components. The position will have responsibility for planning, tracking, and execution of complex tasking within technical, schedule, and budget constraints. The Principal Investigator will be the primary interface with the customer and will also be responsible for customer relationships. Additionally, the Principal Investigator will be a critical member of the proposal team responsible for follow-on business and on contract growth.

Basic Qualifications

Candidate must have strong leadership credentials, good organizational skills, attention to detail and work well as a key member of a team often tasked to be highly responsive and agile in order to satisfy critical warfighter needs.

The candidate must have experience in the following areas:

  • Bachelors Degree and 12 years of prior relevant experience.

  • Experience in medium to large complex machining, welding and assembly programs

  • Flight Programs (Missile, Space Launch or Rocket launch systems)

  • Cost estimating and Budget management

  • Organizational/IPT development

  • Leading a large and diverse team including suppliers and subcontractors

  • Disciplined metric-driven program management

  • Proven Experience managing to and meeting tight schedules

  • Effective communication of information between various functional disciplines as well as strong briefing skill with Sr. Gov’t customers (SES, General Staff) and C level leadership.

  • Proficient using Microsoft Excel, Word, Project, and PowerPoint

  • Strong understanding of hardware development, manufacturing, procurement, production, and integration.

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $122,200.00 - $220,900.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.