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Senior Systems Architect

Job Description

Primary Functional Area: Research & Development
Job Classification: Systems Engineering - Technical Architectures and Fielding Solutions
Job Title: Senior Systems Architect

GPS Source is a growing and innovative division within General Dynamics Missions Systems. We are looking for a Senior Systems Architect to share our passion for our products and our customers. Our tight-knit product development team needs an expert in Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) technology to help design, deliver and support first-to-market PNT solutions.


    • Along with company leadership, develop a strategic technical vision (problem space) and define detailed technical architectures (solution space) for the PNT portfolio.
    • Work with Product Management to identify customer needs and define a product roadmap.
    • Work with the Chief Scientist to identify and drive innovative technical solutions.
    • Work with the R&D Director to develop and maintain system architectures.
    • Perform trade studies, performance analysis, requirements flow-down, and quality testing.
    • Guide the systems engineering team to apply an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to plan, design,
      develop, integrate and verify complex system solutions.
    • Lead system validation including test execution, data analysis and discrepancy reporting for operational testing of hardware and software to ensure readiness for government testing and fielding.
    • Implement solutions to meet customer expectations and technical performance while staying within schedule and cost constraints
    • Participate in Engineering Status Reviews as requested to ensure the strategy is in alignment with solutions and identify potential challenges.
    • Contribute to the development of product specifications and requirements.\
    • Contribute to the development of new theories and methods.
    • Conduct market research to determine requirements for current and future products as well as potential partner relationships for the product
    • Write RFP, RFI, White Paper content as requested, and provide critical reviews of proposal solution.
    • Develop appropriate systems recommendations to meet customer needs, including system configurations, installation planning, etc.
    • Prepare and present technical presentations regarding all aspects of company products

    Key Technical Knowledge:

    • Broad technical familiarity in military and commercial PNT systems
    • Current and anticipated threats to PNT systems
    • Countermeasures against Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR), Cyber, or Electronic Warfare (EW)
    • Dependencies with other capabilities such as tactical communications, command & control, and targeting
    • Integration with platforms, weapon systems and other systems that incorporate PNT
    • DoDAF or other architecture frameworks
    • Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA) principles as they relate to PNT platform integration

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Must be a US Citizen.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. An active Secret clearance is a plus.
    • MS degree in Engineering or equivalent technical discipline. PhD degree is a plus.
    • 10+ years professional experience in systems architecture, engineering, and product development. 
    • Experience with DoD or aerospace systems is required. PNT systems on Army ground vehicles is a plus. 
    • Subject Matter Expert in at least one technical discipline and knowledge in multiple adjacent disciplines.
    • Strong use and understanding of system architecture concepts, principles, and theories.
    • Ability to think creatively.
    • Customer focus with excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
    • Deep-dive analytical skills.
    • Ability to quickly synthesize and clearly report relevant information.
    • Strong understanding of project leadership and management principles. 
    • Strong problem-solving skills to identify issues, impacts, and corrective actions. 
    • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and testing tools.
    • Familiarity with quality standards for industry and government.
    Desired Qualifications:
    • Substantial knowledge of position, navigation, timing, and communication technologies.
    • Familiarity with emerging PNT technologies from industry or academia.
    • Understanding of:
      • Signal processing
      • Anti-jam antennas
      • Global Satellite Navigation Systems (GNSS)
      • M-code modernization
    • Knowledge of hardware including radio frequency (RF) and digital components.
    • Knowledge of software development on embedded processors.

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