Future Capabilities System Engineer; Air Traffic Management

Vacancies 30 August 2019

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.

Aviation stakeholders face a greater number of challenges and more complex demands than ever before. At Saab Air Traffic Management (ATM), we continually find new ways to address these challenges and enable safe, predictable, and efficient operations. We go beyond existing solutions, pioneering new ideas and helping to set industry standards.

Saab ATM’s expertise spans operations, surveillance sensors, ATC automation, collaborative decision making, and digital towers. Our solutions are trusted by air navigation service providers, airports and airlines at over 100 locations in more than 45 countries. As a global leading partner and provider of proven ATM solutions and services, we transform operations, turning innovative ideas into reality and supporting stakeholders from solution conception through long-term support.

Your role

Saab ATM is currently seeking a creative and independent System Engineer for its new Future Capabilities team. The Future Capabilities team has been formed to research and develop technologies and product ideas that have strategic, long-term value. Through research and rapid-prototyping, you will have the opportunity to assist in creating demonstrations and determining the viability and quality of technical and product ideas. Given the entrepreneurial nature of the team, you will also have the opportunity to help tackle business challenges, like evaluating customer needs and identifying the potential of new product ideas. Some of the team’s current research priorities include progressive web applications, Big Data pipelines, mobile applications, computer vision, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Your role will be to:

  • Be an active, analytical thinker and hands-on contributor
  • Start with broad problem statements or goals, and determine how to solve them or reduce uncertainty
  • Understand the problem space for well-defined procurements and for internally-identified market opportunities that are just taking shape
  • Document and evolve an understanding of the relevant users, roles, and use cases
  • Document and evolve an understanding of the related systems, integration points, and data flows
  • Assist in the defining solutions, technical approaches, and overall capture strategies
  • Meet with existing and prospective customers to gather information, discuss ideas, and demonstrate concepts
  • Communicate with the larger organization to share ideas, challenges, and results


Your skills and experience

Required Skills

  • You must have a passion for technology and problem solving
  • BS in engineering
  • Experience in system engineering on complex projects/programs
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Be able to travel ~15% of the time

Desired Skills

  • Aviation and air traffic management knowledge
  • Understanding of and experience working with FAA and US NAS systems
  • FAA program experience
  • Software/enterprise architecture understanding

This position does not require a specific number of years of experience, although the final job level will be commensurate with the selected individual’s experience and skills.

Saab ATM provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, comprehensive benefits, work/life balance, business-casual atmosphere, paid holidays, cafeteria and a fitness facility.

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

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, education and employment verification.


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 15,500 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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