2021-51290 - Advanced Systems Engineer/Product Owner


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General Dynamics Mission Systems
100 Plastics Avenue

Website: gdmissionsystems.com

Company Description:
Platforms: Smarter. At General Dynamics Mission Systems, we solve the toughest security and technology challenges facing our nation and its allies by building smarter mission-critical products and systems.We develop mission critical C4ISR solutions across the land, sea, air, space and cyber domains. As you might imagine, we can offer career paths that fit almost any area of expertise. Almost any background or interests. And almost any short- and long-term career goals. At our location in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, we develop advanced solutions to support the U.S. Navy's latest ships and combat systems.

General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.

Learn more about the Pittsfield facility here: www.gdmissionsystems.com/PittsfieldMA.

2021-51290 - Advanced Systems Engineer/Product Owner
Full Time
Bachelor's Degree

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for an experienced Advanced Systems Engineer/Product Owner.  This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.

The Product Owner is responsibile for communicating to the team the stakeholder/customer feature intent. The Product Owner works with the Architect and Product Manager to convert the functional requirements and program vision into features with a clearly established Definition of Done and Acceptance Criteria. A Product Owner facilitates with the team the decomposition of the feature into executable tasking called stories as a mechanism to make development and delivery of the feature estimable and predictable. The Product Owner is responsibile for providing the team any and all key information required to define customer product expectations.

The Product Owner is responsible for defining and prioritizing the team backlog, accepting iteration workload, and accepting the team’s user stories as complete. In addition, the Product Owner works with other Product Owners and external stakeholders to identify and manage dependencies and is responsible for reporting progress on behalf of the team.  Product Owners are responsible for ensuring the team’s work is aligned with the overall program vision and for representing the vision for their product to the development team and other stakeholders. They ensure completed stories align with the feature intent and comply with the definition of done to maximize delivered value. Product Owners engage with project leadership team stakeholders such as Product Management, Program Management, Chief Engineer, System Architects, Platform Integration Lead, Test Integration Lead and Release Train Engineers (RTEs), Software Lead, and System Lead. The Product Owner (PO) engages with Customers, External Stakeholders and Business Owners as well as product development team stakeholders including Scrum Master, Technical Lead, CSCI /HWCI owners and developers. They are responsible for communicating end user/stakeholder feature intent by clearly defining team stories, priority, acceptance criteria and definition of done.

Responsible for working with Product Manager and Architect to develop well-defined team features, feature priority, definition of done and acceptance criteria.
Responsible with assistance from the team for decomposing features into team stories, priority, acceptance criteria and definition of done with great care taken to ensure feature emergent characteristics remain intact.
Ensures that unplanned emergent work is properly prioritized against planned work.
Responsible for verifying completed stories remain true to the original intent through acceptance criteria validation, definition of done compliance, and story test success in the lab/simulated lab environments.
Responsible for verifying completed team features remain true to original intent through acceptance criteria validation, definition of done compliance, and integration testing success in the lab/simulated lab environments prior to DPME final approval/ feature release.
A Product Owner verifies stories are complete and verifies that the integrated stories demonstrate the expected feature functionality.
A Product Owner is responsible to communicate key product issues to the technical leadership team in a timely manner with a well-defined recovery plan or actionable request for help.
Run iteration planning meetings (can be delegated)
Run team backlog grooming meetings (can be delegated)
Contribute to periodic program backlog grooming with System Architect and Product Manager
Responsible for being the cost account manager - managing cost and schedule variances for each feature for the team and reporting on them
Responsible for aligning features with the programs EVMS practices
Represent their teams at the PO Sync
Responsible for attending external meetings for team and relaying the appropriate information down to the teams
Responsible for working with the team to prepare for program increment planning, working with the agile leadership to ensure that each feature that is flowed down has acceptance criteria and definition of done, and that the team has no questions about what is to be done while working that feature
Responsible for working with the team to understand required enabling work and working with the agile leadership team to balance priority against a team’s commitment and capacity.
Responsible for IDR and PMR presentations and material preparations


Performs requirements analysis, requirements definition, requirements management, functional analysis, performance analysis, system design, detail trade studies, systems integration and test (verification), validation and interface definition studies of subsystem or system elements under supervision of the lead systems engineer
Performs technical planning, cost and risk analyses, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for subsystems and system elements
Performs customer requirements analysis, develops system requirements and defines allocations to lower levels (elements and components)
Performs detailed technical analyses for a subsystem or system elements
Develops and evaluates systems, networks and information systems to ensure designs meet applicable governmental security specifications
May provide system accreditation/certification evaluation and test support to ensure all technical security features (e.g., identification, authentication, access control, labeling, and auditing) of the system are considered and function properly
May develop system security documentation on both new and fielded information systemsÂ
Participates in Modeling and Simulation (fully proficient in Model Based Engineering)
Researches and analyzes data, such as vendor products, COTS components, GFE/CFE, specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application
Supports the generation of technical engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the system development life cycle
May provide leadership and/or direction to lower level employees
Independently determines proposed approach to solutions
Contributes to the completion of major programs and projects
Plans and executes project tasks for activities described above
Creative, innovative responsibilities requiring advanced decision-making skills.
Defines processes for technical platforms, system specifications, input/output and working parameters for hardware and/or software compatibility.
Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
Designs a complete and complex framework, system or product.
Identifies, analyzes and resolves system design weaknesses.
Regular contact with senior levels of internal work groups
Works under limited direction
Contact with Deputy Program Managers Engineering (DPME) and other professionals within the Engineering department and with project teams across the company
Frequent contact with external customers
Travel may be required
Security clearance may be required
Provides resolution to a diverse range of complex problems
Independently determines approach to solutions
Keeps abreast of technology trends
Contributes to the achievement of business objectives


Fully proficient use and understanding of systems engineering concepts, principles, and theories
Fully proficient knowledge of other related disciplines
Fully proficient with requirements management & system modeling tools
Recognizes various architectural patterns
Fully proficient in Microsoft Office applications
Fully proficient written and verbal communications skills
Ability to sell concepts and ideas
Creative thinker
Ability to multi-task
Fully proficient ability to grasp and apply new information quickly and effectively handle complex assignments
Shows initiative on assignments, exercises independent judgment and professionally executes projects with little direction
Fully proficient ability in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
Fully proficient ability to clearly report relevant to sound systems engineering design
Fully proficient in EVMS
Fully proficient in JIRA
Fully proficient in SAFE Agile development
Experienced with Matlab/Simulink

Bachelor's degree in systems engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience. Agile experience preferred.


Department of Defense SECRET security clearance is required at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

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