Senior System Engineer; Saab Sensis

Vacancies 11 November 2016

At Saab, we constantly look ahead and push boundaries for what is considered technically possible. We collaborate with colleagues around the world who all share our challenge – to make the world a safer place.



Closing date



Syracuse, NY


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What you will be part of

Saab Traffic Management (TM) serves air traffic and marine customers around the globe with advanced solutions that enable the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. There are two operating units within TM:  Air Traffic Management (ATM) provides airport surface safety and efficiency systems and tools, tower automation and advanced research, development and evaluation solutions; Maritime Traffic Management (MTM) solutions include Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), port and vessel traffic management information systems (VTMIS), hydrographics, and precision navigation.

As part of the Air Traffic Management Unit; Saab Sensis provides an excellent working environment offering advancement and professional growth opportunities, competitive salary, work/life balance, business-casual atmosphere, including a dining and workout center, and a comprehensive benefits package.  Benefits include, but not limited to:

  • Medical, Vision and Dental Insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • 401K retirement savings
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Personal Time Off program
  • Tuition Assistance
  • College Savings Program

Your role

Saab Sensis is currently looking for a System Engineer to assist in the design and development of the FAA’s Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM), the biggest tower automation program in the world. TFDM aims to modernize all major air traffic control towers in the U.S. by deploying a combination of electronic flight strips and surface collaborative decision making capabilities. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to work on a cutting edge system that directly impacts the majority of flights in the U.S.

As a System Engineer on the TFDM team, you will have the chance to work hands-on with a diverse group of internal and external team members, spanning numerous disciplines and all experience levels. Come be part of our fast-paced team and help make TFDM a success!

Responsibilities and Learning Opportunities:

  • Developing and analyzing system requirements
  • Decomposing and allocating requirements to lower level software and hardware system elements
  • Conducting trade studies
  • Design and proposing solutions
  • Generating detailed system/software requirements
  • Modeling system behavior using SysML modeling tools
  • Developing system and algorithm designs based on analysis and modeling methodologies
  • Developing design artifacts including but not limited to Product specifications (PS), Requirements specifications (RS), Interface documents (IDD and ICDs)
  • Developing integration and test plans
  • Conducting and supporting system integration in laboratory and operational environments
  • Participating in technical reviews and status meetings
  • Interacting with internal or external stakeholders


Your skills and experience

  • BA/BS degree in an engineering discipline or related discipline
  • 8+ years experience


  • MA/MS degree in an engineering discipline or related discipline with 6+ years of experience

Required Skills:

  • Familiarity with FAA, IEEE or related System engineering and Software engineering design process standards
  • Excellent communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to organize and categorize information
  • Ability to translate abstract ideas clearly and succinctly into writing
  • Ability to understand and converse intelligibly on detailed technical concepts
  • Experience utilizing presentation skills to effectively communicate in a group environment
  • Experience writing formal system and software requirements
  • Experience designing algorithms
  • Comfortable writing detailed explanations of proposed designs
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Visio or similar general-purpose graphical design tools
  • Comfortable in an integration environment
  • Familiarity with data analysis techniques
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel or similar data management and analysis tools
  • Comfortable collaborating with a team of engineers
  • Ability to manage a dynamic workload in a fast-paced environment

Desired Skills:

  • Software design and development experience
  • UML or SysML modeling
  • Experience designing graphical user interfaces
  • Experience using MATLAB or other scripting language to perform data analysis
  • Experience designing state machines
  • Experience designing graphical user interfaces
  • Knowledge of air traffic control products
  • Experience understanding customer needs and determining how to meet them within technical and cost constraints
  • Experience with software, hardware, and system integration activities

To be successful, you should:

  • Learn quickly
  • Be self-motivated, energetic, inquisitive, well-organized, flexible, and thorough
  • Display well-developed problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Possess high standards of quality and attention to detail
  • Demonstrate multitasking and time management skills
  • Possess strong interpersonal and teamwork skills, particularly with respect to influence and negotiation
  • Understand and manage risk proactively

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to participate in a background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, employment and education verification.  Candidates may also be required to participate in a security related, (SF85), background investigation/inquiry.

As a Federal Contractor for the United States, Saab Sensis is an E-Verify participant and applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents in order to be considered for employment. 

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 14,700 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, or disability status.


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