Staff Software Quality Assurance Engineer

Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems

Columbia City, IN

Unleash the Power of Multi-Mission Excellence: Safeguarding the Seas for the World's Navies.

Step into a world where cutting-edge technology meets unparalleled expertise. Ultra Maritime pioneers delivering multi-mission solutions that protect and empower the naval forces worldwide. With our extensive portfolio of capabilities, our innovations are utilised on naval fleets across our allied navies around the globe.

As the maritime and underwater battlespace evolves, we tirelessly push the boundaries to develop advanced specialist systems that provide our 'five-eyes' Defence customers with an unbeatable warfighting edge. From surface vessels to sub-surface operations and unmanned platforms, we are revolutionizing the way naval missions are executed.

We thrive on collaboration and partnering with our customers to ensure mission success. Our expert solutions encompass an array of game-changing technologies, including state-of-the-art sonar, radar, expendables, signature management, and naval power systems.

Join us in shaping the future of naval warfare and together, we will safeguard the seas and empower navies worldwide!

The Ultra Assurance function is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness and fulfilment of Ultra's Quality Policy, which is to comply fully in the conduct of the Company's business with all applicable regulatory and customer required specifications, and to maintain an effective Quality Management System, working in partnership with the Operations and Engineering teams to ensure that products and processes conform to applicable standards and specifications, and the incidence and costs of quality non-conformances are constantly monitored and improved, while maintaining the highest practicable standards of manufacturing productivity and efficiency.

Nationality Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to obtain the relevant security clearance required for the role, due to the nature of the programmes we deliver for our customers.

Job Description

The Staff Software Quality Assurance Engineer position’s primary role is to monitor software development activities at Ultra and promote & facilitate software development process compliance. They will also facilitate continuous process improvement, by participating in software group meetings and reviews, and providing guidance to the software group, as well as feedback to management of needed process changes, or Ultra approach changes. They will run the Ultra System Verification Lab (VLAB), and facilitate good relationships with Crane, DCMA, and other customers. They will participate failure analysis activities and help lead activities such as Root Cause and Corrective Action Analysis and will work closely with management, engineers, and the quality team to promote not only Ultra process adherence, but overall corporate success at all levels.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Software Quality Engineering Responsibilities

  • Ensures all software development activities comply to established procedures.

  • Participates in software reviews of code, design artifacts (e.g., SDD), SWDP gate reviews, etc.

  • Attends software group meetings and participates in discussions/decisions.

  • Maintains and publishes monthly Ultra Software Development process adherence metrics.

  • Helps with strategic project design tasks when time permits (e.g. small SW coding task, RVTM creation)

  • Reviews and approves all production Test Station software update or new station requests, & EN-FN’s.

  • Reviews and approves Sonobuoy Test Spec or software related ECN’s, and attends appropriate CCB’s

  • System Verification Lab

  • a) Maintains VLAB. Help decide direction of VLAB equipment & software capabilities. Work with software functional lead to better support company goals.

  • b) Runs System Verification Lab (VLAB). Responsible for lab test capabilities, and SW & HW updates, including new test suite creation using tools such as JAVA, HT-BASIC.

  • Is responsible for maintaining the production Test Station test data database called SigmaSure, providing admin support, and user training. Helps monitor SigmaSure data for proactive issue identification, and yield issues. Helps further utilize/develop SigmaSure’s capabilities such as trend analysis, problem prediction, and daily dashboard creation & enhancement.

  • Helps with test planning including creation of plans & reports, especially for VLAB testing & Test Station software updates (Test Plans for latter).

  • Monitors ECP activities and is responsible for VLAB support of those activities.

  • Works with customer (e.g. DCMA) to plan, schedule, host, execute, and report on test events.

  • Works closely with program management, software development engineers and customer representatives.

  • Helps create and maintain SQA related quality documents & processes.

  • Provides guidance and training of project teams for quality issues and training on quality tools and how to utilize them.

  • Reports to management on quality issues & trends.

  • Assists with compiling, writing and delivering training material on quality standards and activities.

2. Continuous Improvement Activities

  • Support Failure Analysis process and tools across the organization.

  • Assists with any failure analysis effort/teams as requested.

  • Suggest or make improvement to internal process to improve quality by participating in process groups when requested (e.g. generating pre-tailored examples of processes and/or templets for project type/size)

  • Participate in critical Continuous improvement activities as requested by Engineering Quality Assurance Manager

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Ability to obtain a US Government security clearance. Security clearances are granted to U.S. citizens.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Systems Engineering with 10+ years of experience within Quality.

  • Must have AS9100, DOD, and MIL-STD experience (2+ years)

  • Occasional business travel may be required

Desired Skills:

  • Masters Degree is a plus

  • CMMI/ Continuous Improvement experience is a plus

  • Knowledgeable and experienced with formal software development processes and design artifacts (e.g. SDP, SDD, RTVM, Customer Requirements Specifications, etc.)

  • Knowledgeable and experienced with production environment and artifacts (e.g. Test Specifications, Product and/or Test Station update procedures, etc)

  • Proficient in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Must have good understanding or training in root cause analysis (e.g. 8D Methodology)

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

  • Willingness to take a tough stance when required to support company quality goals and objectives




How do you find the hidden, detect the soundless, and see the invisible? How would you like to lead a team that develops and manufactures next-generation technologies and products that help find our nation’s stealthiest adversaries? Find out more about what we do and the people who currently help us succeed.

Diverse & Inclusive Employer

Ultra Maritime is an equal opportunities employer that values diversity, inclusion, equity and equality. Underpinned by our values, behaviours, and policies, we want you to feel empowered to be your best and authentic self.

We promote a workplace that welcomes people from all backgrounds and cultures; believing that this will increase our diversity of thinking, and ultimately ensure we continue delivering on our commitments to our customers.

We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status and welcome applications from all candidates.

We offer competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401k match, paid time off and family leave, and much more!

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing compensation. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Reasonable accommodation statement: if you need an accommodation for any part of the application process, please email