BAE Systems: Principal Systems Engineer



JOB POSITION: Principal Systems Engineer

LOCATION: Radford, VA / Kingsport, TN


Job Description

BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest defense contractors and a stable Fortune 500 Company, is hiring a Principal Systems Engineer to support our engineering teams in Radford, VA and Kingsport, TN, where we have a several modernization programs in the $100 million plus range.

This position can be located at either site and will be empowered to be a leader in systems engineering.

The Principal Systems Engineer will directly support the Director of Engineering with focus on implementing value added systems engineering processes across the engineering department. In this role, you will:

  • Mentor other engineers in the application of system engineering principles.
  • Provide guidance and support for project’s design reviews (system requirements, preliminary design, critical design, test readiness review, etc.).
  • Take top level requirements and decompose and flow requirements into designs.

To be successful in this role, you will need an understanding and appreciation of the System Engineering process and its impact across functional boundaries within an integrated product and process development value stream to achieve balanced technical performance, cost and schedule.  You will need to be able to talk with engineers of different disciplines and maintain a good relationship with our government customer.  Specific tasks will include developing, implementing, assessing, measuring, aligning systems engineering process improvements activities across the value stream using process mapping and simulation tools.

The ideal candidate must be proficient in developing, simulating and implementing system engineering process, developing physical system and process requirements using Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) tools, and requirements management tools (e.g. DOORS).

BAE Systems helps protect those who protect us.  Our engineering department supports the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, TN and the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, VA, by providing designs for new manufacturing facilities which produce safer explosives and propellants for our government and commercial customers.  Holston and Radford AAPs have provided high quality explosives for our soldiers since WWII and will continue to push the frontier of energetic material synthesis and manufacturing with your help.  Learn more about this area of our business at


Typical Education & Experience 
Bachelor’s Degree and 12 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education 
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science field and 12 years related experience.
Proven track record of leading successful engineering design, development, and validation.
Proven track record of successful management of system engineering processes in a project environment.
Working knowledge of project planning and management including use of PM software such as MS Project.

Preferred Skills and Education 
Experience with organizational change and process development.
PMP certification is desirable.
Experience in chemical processing facilities or industrial construction is desirable.
5 years of experience in DOD or DOE systems engineering of complex systems.
Experience with DOORS.