Senior Principal Staff Engineer

Summary: Working substantially independently, serves as an industry-recognized subject matter expert on a critical topic or topics of actuation systems, while retaining an ability to successfully address cross-functional problems. You will collaborate with senior engineering staff and management to define system architecture, review designs, recommend topics for independent research and development, and investigate new technology that will enable new market or expanded market business capture. You will collaborate with Business Development, and will advise senior technical customers on actuation system capabilities, including projected state of the art, and will determine feasibility of proposed solutions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Use subject matter expertise to guide or support program technical development
Conduct investigations or tests of new technology for application to actuation systems
Prepare technical white papers for industry and customers to propose or to support an on-going business capture strategy
Propose new technology and process to develop state of the art products
Research technology in authorized independent research and development or business development studies
Serve as subject matter expert in design reviews and program reviews
Develop Engineering Department procedures and methods
Prepare proposal technical volumes and support proposal cost and schedule estimating
Provide technical direction to subordinate engineers and technicians
Education and/or Experience
BS in Engineering, with Graduate studies (Master's or PhD preferred)
8 - 10 years' related experience
Major Competencies/Skills
Subject matter expertise in an Engineering topic, with broad vision of impacts to other disciplines
Able to define components and system architecture for optimal performance and cost
Able to clearly present concepts in plans, reports, and proposals
Able to work successfully with a cross-functional engineering team, and to support and influence that team with a key technology
Able to interact at a senior management level, including customer technical executives
Expert knowledge and application of aerospace/defense industry practices and standards related to area of engineering expertise
GD-OTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

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