Chief Engineer - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


SAIC is seeking an IDM Chief Engineer to support efforts in Huntsville, AL.


SAIC is supporting the Software, Simulation, Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate (S3I) in continuation of the Improved Data Modem (IDM) sustainment and development.  The IDM is a communication device for the Army rotorcraft digital fleet. It is an Airworthy hardware and software system.  The S3I is supporting software sustainment for fielded IDM systems and an update to transition to the Aviation Mission Common Server multi-core processor (MCP) implementation of IDM.  The S3I is developing the MCP Operating Environment (OE) and the IDM Software Application (ISA). A Chief Engineer is needed to provide oversight to all IDM development and maintenance tasks.  The Chief Engineer will support the team in critical decisions regarding software architecture, implementation, testing and future planning.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical supervision for the development of all IDM software (OE, ISA and Legacy) and future modifications to IDM hardware.  Note:  S3I does not have the responsibility for IDM HW design, but may be asked to assess potential upgrades and modifications.

  • Support the S3I Customer in assessing all IDM proposed modifications, improvements, requests and recommendations. 

  • Identify and make management aware of potential issues that could impact design, schedule or airworthiness of the IDM software.  Lead the effort to resolve all issues identified.

  • Support system requirements to include eliciting, managing, reviewing, and ensuring correct implementation.

  • Ensure the robustness of the IDM through participation in the entire software lifecycle.

  • Assist in the architecture, design and modeling of the IDM software.



Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Systems Engineering are preferred)

  • 18 years or more applicable experience 

Required Skills:
  • Strong leadership skills are required in order to guide the team through execution and resolution of issues that occur.

  • Excellent problem solving skills and keen analytical abilities.

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills (written and verbal) to effectively communicate with technical and managerial personnel.

  • Previous experience as a software architect.

  • Excellent knowledge of software development methodologies and processes

  • History of design, implementation and on-time delivery of successful software products.

  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills

  • Less than 10% Travel should be expected

  • Understanding of systems engineering and automated test processes.

  • Ability to work under a deadline
  • Self-motivation to continually learn and improve
Desired Skills:
  • Understanding of Aviation platforms and operational use of IDM

  • Previous knowledge of IDM system
  • Experience with developing airworthy systems
  • General knowledge of embedded systems
  • Experience with multicore SW projects
  • Experience with Variable Message Format (VMF) or other military communication protocols

  • Advanced degree


Must possess an active secret clearance