Systems Engineer
Innovative Defense Technologies

Arlington, Virginia


Background information:

Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT), provider of automated software testing, data analysis, and cybersecurity solutions for complex, mission-critical systems in the US Department of Defense (DOD), is seeking a Systems Engineer to be based at our headquarters in Arlington, VA.


The selected Systems Engineer will be responsible for developing IDT's automated test and analysis for tactical systems and subsystems supporting DOD airborne platforms such as F-16, F-18, F-35, MQ-8, MQ-25, E-2D, Link-16, and Tomahawk. Prior experience with development and test processes of complex systems and embedded software is preferred.

All applicants must currently possess an active U.S. Security Clearance.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Execute software life-cycle processes including requirements analysis, architecture definition, software design, code and test for the development of automated system testing capability
  • Create and maintain SysML artifacts to model system behavior
  • Manage small cross-site teams of software and/or systems engineers
  • Manage the day to day tasking to ensure the team works as an efficient unit
  • Identify and manage risk associated with technology development programs
  • Support structured process improvement activities
  • Serve as an effective liaison between the detailed tasking performed by the engineers and senior management
  • Prepare and deliver contractual deliverables
  • Manage development efforts to cost and schedule targets using standard cost account management processes including Earned Value Management Systems
  • Interface with customers for technical and programmatic items
  • Support business capture and proposal development opportunities
Minimum Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum 3 years' experience in the development of complex software driven systems for the DOD
  • Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Physics, or Math; Master's Degree in Engineering or other technical field highly desired
Required Skills:
  • Ability to lead the logical and systematic conversion of customer or program requirements into solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints
  • Ability to work closely with Program Managers and Chief Engineers to document, manage and communicate systems and software requirements
  • Experience with DOD or complex commercial software product development
  • Experience with the development of processes and tools used to support analysis and test of product functionality and performance during development
  • Familiar with Agile development processes
  • Ability to lead teams of Software and Systems Engineers
  • Ability to interface with customers from both a technical and programmatic context
  • Ability to convert vague customer requirements into a refined vision and detailed tasking for a technical team
  • Ability to travel 10%
Preferred Skills:
  • Experience with DOORS or other requirements management tools
  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering/Mode Based Software Development using one or more of SysML, UML, UPDM
  • Experience with Rhapsody and/or MagicDraw is a plus
  • System integration and test experience for complex software applications including experience with various software testing tools (Selenium, SoapUI, Sikuli, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Air Force and Navy testing programs, practices, and assets
  • Experience with Air Force and Navy aviation platforms
  • Desire to develop talent and to lead a team of engineers
  • Excellence in technical communication with peers and non-technical cohorts
  • Be capable of working independently, but thrive in a team environment
  • Solid analytical abilities, coupled with a strong sense of ownership, urgency and drive
EEO Statement:

IDT is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.

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