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Sr Scientist, Chief Engineer

L3Harris Technologies

This is a Contract position in Cascade, CO posted July 16, 2020.


Job Title: Sr. Scientist, Chief Engineer

Job Code:  SAS20200906-46337

Job Location: Colorado Springs, CO or Chantilly, VA

Job Description: 

The SDA Division Chief Engineer (CE) provides senior engineering management oversight of Division programs to include all phases of development through sustainment.  The CE has strong technical and programmatic breadth and ensures Division programs are following established engineering processes and practices and is accountable for engineering execution on Division programs.  The Division CE is deployed to the Division GM, with Engineering direct reports for selected programs and areas of the business. Division CE essential functions are as follows:

Essential Functions:

  • Accountable for engineering execution on Division programs (cost, schedule, technical)
  • Understand missions, customer sets, drives strategy within division
  • Ensures program staffing demand for engineering is defined and documented
  • Responsible and manages program technical issue resolution and ensures true root cause is identified
  • Responsible and ensures program risks/opportunities processes and practices are implemented followed
  • Supports new business pursuits to include all phases of business campaigns and proposal processes
  • Responsible for Division Technical Roadmaps and owns IRAD execution within division
  • Identifies opportunities for engineering improvements (e3) for people, process, and tools within division
  • Ensures engineering initiatives are adopted within division
  • Ensures program staffing demand for engineering is defined and documented in StaffIt within division
  • Responsible and manages program design change process
  • Engineering POC for program accomplishments, issues, highlights, weekly status within division
  • Ensures readiness for design reviews within division
  • Drives to prevent unique product implementation at proposal phase/concept design within division
  • Lead/establish Independent Review Teams within division


  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 14 years of prior related experience or a Graduate degree with a minimum of 12 years of prior experience related Space System and Space Domain Awareness experience; or equivalent
  • Familiarity with Department of Defense and/or US Intelligence Community
  • Active TS/SCI security clearance required

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Creative, innovative, entrepreneurial problem solver
  • Strong experience executing programs
  • Highly motivated, self-starter who is willing to dive into the details – collaboration and influence skills
  • Strong business acumen, collaborative ability, and written communication skills
  • Ability to think abstractly and analytically to provide in-depth analysis and recommendations to internal customers, teammates, and external constituencies
  • Proven proficiency to prioritize tasks and organize a workload to ensure most important issues are addressed first
  • Competency making decisions with imperfect and incomplete information
  • Can interpret, condense, and present findings to audiences with variable skill sets and experience levels
  • Experience collaborating in a team environment