Senior Systems Engineer; Air Traffic Management

Vacancies 17 October 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 seeking an experienced Systems Engineer for product development. We need self-motivated problem solvers who can support all phases of the product lifecycle with design, requirements management, integration, troubleshooting and safety engineering. Our Air Traffic Management products include cooperative surveillance sensor systems, primary radar, data processing software, air traffic automation, controller working positions and the network and server systems used to deploy them.

Responsibilities and Opportunities Include:

  • Development of system architectures and designs that balance software, firmware and hardware implementation.
  • Lead or work within small interdisciplinary teams to develop detailed designs and technical and programmatic artifacts.
  • System decomposition to develop software and hardware requirements.
  • Requirements and specification version management.
  • Develop technical documentation and presentation materials for design reviews and support the production of technical manuals.
  • Participate in or lead programmatic and technical discussions with internal and external customers.
  • Hands-on product integration and troubleshooting experience using Linux command line skills, network analysis tools, RF test equipment and/or custom LabVIEW tools.
  • Analyzing and reducing large data sets to quantify system performance, investigate anomalies, and develop solutions.
  • Model system performance and generate system and interface testing scenarios
  • Support Customer Service and Program Engineers with deployment and troubleshooting of systems throughout the world.
  • Support proposal activities by analyzing requirements, assessing compliance/NRE, providing cost and schedule input, and providing/editing technical written material.
  • Utilize and improve existing Saab processes, policies, and products


Your skills and experience

Education and Experience Required:

  • A bachelor's degree in engineering or a related discipline from an accredited institution; or
  • Relevant military education & training
  • Technical/project experience consistent with that of a senior engineer or technical professional (8+ years’ experience)

Required Skills:         

  • Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic, fast-paced, team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Demonstrated personal time management, planning, and organizing skills.
  • Technical project planning skills (including providing cost and schedule estimates).
  • Drive to take ownership of and responsibility for major tasks and programs.
  • Ability to identify, understand, and manage risks proactively.
  • Knowledge of, or technical background to learn, the theory of operation, design, and optimization processes for cooperative and non-cooperative surveillance products.
  • Ability to understand customer requirements and develop system-level, product level and component level requirements.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (written and verbal), present to, and collaborate with both technical and non-technical colleagues and customers.
  • Ability to generate high-quality technical documentation, including architecture documents, requirements specifications, interface descriptions, reports, and white papers.
  • An interest in international travel and the ability to work with technical counterparts from different countries and cultures around the world.
  • Understand high-level programming languages such as Matlab, C/C++, Java, Python, etc.

Desired Skills: (though trainable)

  • Knowledge of air traffic surveillance systems
  • Knowledge of software safety processes (e.g., ED-109)
  • Familiarity with Linux, IP networks, software troubleshooting, and/or RF test equipment
  • Programming skills in Matlab, LabVIEW, C/C++, Java, and/or Python.


  • Opportunity for international travel (up to 15%)

Saab ATM, provides an excellent working environment, offering advancement and professional growth opportunities, competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, including Tuition Assistance, cafeteria and 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, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.


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