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Director of Systems Engineering


Software Engineering


Reston, Virginia, United States


The Defense Sector within the Leidos Corporation has an opening for a Director of Systems Engineering. The Sector Director of Systems Engineering will create, grow, mentor and allocate resources within a Systems Engineering organization to ensure that the team has what is necessary to be successful. Leidos Defense Systems Engineering operates as a function of overall Defense Sector Engineering alongside Chief Technology Officers and Solution Architects to ensure technical discrimination, compelling and winning technical solutions that are executable at a profit and coordinated across the broader Leidos enterprise. All positions are housed within the overarching Leidos Office of Technology.

As the Director of Systems Engineering, the successful candidate will represent systems engineering needs into the Engineering Support Function, and will be responsible for all aspects of the SE engineering discipline and flawless program execution within the Sector.

This position can be supported from either our Reston - VA Headquarters or Huntsville - AL office. While occasional telework is allowed, you are expected to work onsite from either location 4 days per week.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to the Systems Engineering Team, and foster a collaborative and innovative work environment
  • Develop and maintain a Sector level Systems Engineering Management Plan, Development Plan, including identify and track Standards and metrics
  • Define Common Tools and Processes surrounding systems engineering development, including for specialty Systems Engineering areas such as Risk Management, Reliability Engineering, Human Factors Engineering, and Model-Based Systems Engineering.
  • Develop a training strategy for all employees in the systems engineering discipline
  • Management of budgets and distribution of resources
  • Approval of SE portion of bids/proposals
  • Participate in the definition and implementation of the long-term engineering strategy aligned to the Sector and Corporate Technology Strategies, and the ever-evolving set of Sector and Corporate goals.
  • Collaborate with Sector and Business Area Management and Business Development Leadership to execute our strategies and to further our business goals.
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams, including software engineering, Hardware and Electrical engineering to ensure seamless integration of Systems components
  • Active participation in the Capture Process to include writing and reviewing proposal material.
  • Develop and mentor engineering staff to include providing career guidance and professional growth opportunities for high potential employees
  • Support engineering initiatives across the Defense Sector and the entire Leidos enterprise. These initiatives will focus on engineering, capability, process, differentiation, technical solutioning, proposal development, and program execution - all to further Leidos engineering discrimination and growth goals with agility, speed, and security.
  • Oversee the design, development and testing of Systems ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations
  • Establish and maintain relationships with external partners, vendors and subcontractors to support project requirements and enhance capabilities
  • Drive the implementation and adoption of digital engineering practices, ensure the use of advanced tools and technologies to enhance system development and integration processes
  • Champion model-based systems engineering (MBSE) methodologies, promote the use of models to capture, analyze and communicate system requirements, designs and architectures
  • Stay up to date with industry trends and advancements in Digital Engineering and MBSE and provide recommendations for Continuous Improvement
  • Advancing how the Systems Engineering industry views Defense (and Leidos) by actively participating in SE-focused research, conferences, panels, and other outreach events.
  • Develop and implement a closed loop lessons learned process to drive continuous improvement
  • Manage academic outreach activities associated with the SE discipline

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Systems / Computer Engineering or relevant technical field and 12+ years of systems engineering experience.
  • 7 years of experience supervising / leading large systems engineering teams or projects in defense, intelligence, or space industry.
  • People management experience in multiple management styles and scenarios (Matrix, Functional, Projectized, Composite, etc.)
  • Engineering domain experience such as:
    • Technical authority to ensure flawless execution on existing programs,
    • Familiar with industry standard tools including Cameo/MagicDraw, MatLAB, LabView, Solidworks, Ansys, Sparx EA, IBM Rhapsody, and IBM Rational DOORS.
    • Developing, enforcing, and improving engineering policy, standards, best practices, and management
    • Familiarity and use of standard program management tools such as Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) and Earned Value Management System (EVMS).
    • Strong expertise in digital engineering practices including the use of advanced tools and methodologies
    • In-depth knowledge of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) methodologies and their application in complex defense projects with significant experience with languages such as SysML (preferred), UAF, and/or UML. Preference given to candidates with OCSMP (Object Management Sector (OMG) Certified System Modeling Professional) certification – any level, higher is better.
  • Proven track record of successfully leading and delivering complex systems engineering projects on-time and within budget.
  • Experience with policy formation, performance management, and best practices in the Defense industry.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, along with public speaking skills.
  • Ability to influence and persuade others, as well as handle difficult negotiations requiring a well-developed sense of engineering execution.
  • Ability to mentor, lead, and promote talent.
  • Significant experience supporting capture activities to include chairing/participating in Gate Reviews, writing specific sections of proposals, and providing preliminary technical guidance for solutions.
  • US citizenship is required and able to obtain TS/SCI security clearance and above.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference given to candidates with an INCOSE CSEP (Certified Systems Engineering Professional)- or ESEP (Expert Systems Engineering Professional)- level certification.
  • A Master’s degree or Ph.D. in a relevant technology and engineering field
  • Active TS/SCI Security Clearance or higher is preferred

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 $144,300.00 - $260,850.00

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.