Principal Mechanical Engineer (Defense)
Syracuse, NY
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.

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Syracuse, NY
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What you will be part of
At Saab Surveillance U.S. you will have the opportunity to collaborate with world-class engineers and professionals in an environment that fosters career development, collaboration and support at all levels. A business unit of Saab Defense and Security USA LLC, the division is focused on the design, development, integration, test, deployment, and whole life support of surveillance sensor systems, primarily for industry partners and U.S. Government agencies. Headquartered in Syracuse, NY, we also offer opportunities to work from locations in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. Saab provides an excellent working environment, offering advancement and professional growth opportunities, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package.

Your role
Saab Defense and Security USA LLC, Surveillance U.S. Division is seeking a highly motivated Principal Mechanical Engineer to lead at the forefront of design, development and fabrication of next-generation radar surveillance systems.

As an expert in the field, the successful candidate will provide technical leadership to the Mechanical Engineering Department in the development of comprehensive mechanical requirements and extensible architectures to meet program and business unit needs and strategic goals. The candidate will apply advanced mechanical engineering principles, theories and concepts to the research and development of next-generation radar surveillance systems. The candidate must also work effectively in a cross-functional integrated product team environment and motivate others to reach objectives.

The position will involve:
Work as a technical lead to design mechanical systems/subsystems.
Practical experience using advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in solving mechanical engineering problems, with the ability to perform trade studies, develop conceptual configurations, engineer piece-parts and mechanical systems, and facilitate the fabrication, assembly, and qualification of hardware.
Lead technical meetings and design reviews.
Develop and maintain project plans, work breakdown structures, project schedules and control accounts utilizing Earned Value Management practices.
Work as part of team to contribute to process improvements.
Shape corporate and business area objectives by steering technology plans.
Develop novel architectures that use new or existing technologies in a way, which supersedes alternative approaches.
Create winning proposal strategies, themes and novel approaches to solve customer needs.
Make key contributions and recommendations to architectures at all phases of development, test and fielding.
Implement changes needed to improve mechanical engineering efficiency and quality.
Your skills and experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related Engineering discipline
15+ years of experience, with at least 5 years in a senior or principal role
Understanding of next generation technologies and market expectations
Experience working in a cross-functional or integrated product team environment in the development of new products
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proven ability to communicate well with peers and different levels of management and the customer.
Proven leader who motivates, inspires, and teaches others.
Analytical and demonstrated problem solving skills.
Strong work ethic and self-motivation.

Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering
Prior experience in the development of radar surveillance systems for the Department of Defense
A strong understanding of project planning including risk and opportunity management
An ability to operate as a hardware lead and engineering point of contact for the PMO, Senior Leadership and Customer.
Experience with Solidworks and Solidworks PDM
Experience with ANSYS Mechanical and ANSYS Icepak
Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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.