Senior Systems Engineer
Leonardo DRS
Kanata, ON

Team: Systems Engineering

Location: Kanata

LEONARDO DRS, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo which employs more than 45,000 people worldwide. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture which rewards performance. For additional information on LEONARDO DRS, please visit our website at We are committed to recruiting and retaining the best talent in the defense and aerospace industry.

DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. (DRS Canada), is a leading mid-tier Canadian defence electronics company specializing in military voice and data communications systems; electro-optics (EO) and infrared search and tracking systems (IRST); command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems integration; deployable flight data recorders; and defence/space electronics manufacturing.

The person in this senior role leads development program activities from requirements analysis and definition, through system concept, design and proposal to system development, implementation, integration, qualification and verification.

Major Roles and Responsibilities:
Directs/assists in the derivation of requirements and development of requirements documents.

Reviews customer requirements and specifications and develops top-level performance specifications.

Directs/assists in the preparation of requirements tracking using established tools.

Prepares system level specifications and drawings.

Prepares Configuration Item/Equipment Procurement Specifications.

Establishes vendor source selection evaluation criteria.

Conducts vendor selection against evaluation criteria.

Conducts system level trade studies, including Make/Buy analyses to develop an optimal solution.

Prepares interface requirements specifications, interface and installation control drawings.

Prepares proposal related material including system functional, performance, physical, design and construction descriptions, engineering plans, cost and schedule estimates.

Directs/assists in the preparation of project system engineering data deliverables

Participates in reviews with internal/external customers and implements corrective actions as required

Develops test methods to verify and validate requirements.

Supervises system and subsystem validation and verification tests.

Works with senior technical staff in locating and finding solutions to test anomalies.

Records test results and prepares test reports.

Develops or assists with baseline release documentation.

Gathers information to support systems analyses.

Assists with integrated logistics support activities including analysis, technical publications and customer interface control documents.

May be required to travel to customer sites

Provides general guidance/coaching to other Engineers, in multi-disciplined teams (hardware, software, mechanical etc.)

Ability to ensure or adjust scope/budget/timelines to meet program requirements.

Multiplexes between different projects and delivers on commitments.

Ability to conceptually link macro level project plans to micro level tasks.

Ability to demonstrate flexibility to meet business demands.

Other duties as assigned. This may include assuming project leadership responsibilities on one or more technical programs.

Core Competencies:
Has a professional attitude.

Ability to produce quality technical work.

Good Proposal, Technical and Specification writing skills.

Understanding of tools and materials used in a naval environment.

Experience in integrated External/Internal communications systems design in the marine environmentExperience in design and processes in accordance with MIL-STD-2036, 1472, 490, 498, 1521.

Experience in design and processes in accordance with ISO/IEC 15288.

Experience in designing for requirements including MTTR, MTBF, Availability and HFE guidelines.

Background in specifying installations and support including wire/cabling, facility drawings and guidance packages.

Experience in avionics systems development and test including DO-160, DO-198, DO-254

Demonstrates strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Works effectively as a member of a team.

Ability to learn quickly and adapt to rapidly evolving technologies.

Computer literate with knowledge of word-processing and spreadsheet programs.

Expertise in Audio, RF, and data communications.

Technical Competencies:
Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or computer science, or equivalent, from a regular or co-op program.

At least 10 years professional experience in designing and developing systems related projects.

Ability to diagnose and correct software/hardware/mechanical integration problems.

Familiarity with systems tools and off-the-shelf packages that can be utilized for system development including DOORS.

Sound working knowledge of life cycle models, software and hardware design processes, life cycle models, communication protocols; and real time system design methods.

Good knowledge of measurement equipment; logic and other analyzers and oscilloscopes with an understanding of data analysis techniques.

Security Requirements:
All applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada and meet Controlled Goods Clearance requirements; a minimum of 5-years continuous residence in Canada and a police background check are mandatory.

Special needs of candidates with disabilities will be accommodated. DRS is dedicated to Employment Equity. The successful candidate(s) must fulfill requirements for U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and Canadian security clearance. DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants may apply to this position online at careers. #DRSCanada