Systems Architect – Navy Connected Battlespace (Hybrid)


Cedar Rapids, IA

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United States of America


HIA32: Cedar Rapids, IA 400 Collins Rd NE , Cedar Rapids, IA, 52498-0505 USA

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Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.

Systems Architect - Navy Connected Battlespace (Hybrid)

Associate Director, Systems Engineering

Hybrid: Employees who are working in Hybrid roles will work regularly both onsite and offsite. Ratio of time working onsite will be determined in partnership with your leader.

The Mission Systems Advanced Technology and Capabilities (ATC) organization is seeking an Associate Director - Systems Engineer for an Architect role. This role will support our JADC2 Experimentation and Demonstration efforts lead by the Connected Battlespace and Emerging Capabilities (CBEC) organization. The successful candidate will have a passion and drive for growing our Connected Battlespace solutions through early customer engagement and field experimentation.

This role will serve as the Engineering Architect for our Navy focused engagements and experimentation. The Architect will work closely with portfolios across the Mission Systems (MiS) business, Collins SBUs, and RTX at large. They will provide technical leadership in defining future demonstration and experimentation activities in tight coordination with our Value Stream Management and Business Development peers as well as customers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the design authority and define the technical architecture for experimentation with the Navy
  • Interface directly with customer sponsors, develop deep customer relationships, and assist business development and VSL in capturing customer interest in technologies
  • Develop data capture and validation plans
  • Work with leaders across Mission Systems and beyond, as well as within own team, to support alignment and buy-in
  • Work rapidly to prototype and demonstrate new technologies, sometimes developing new processes along the way
  • Ensure the development and management of technical risks; develop and execute mitigation plans
  • Lead a team of matrixed technical SMEs to achieve experimentation outcomes
  • Identify opportunities to advance the technology portfolio resulting in enhanced products to meet our customers future needs
  • Ensure the protection of Collins Aerospace intellectual property; safeguard customer and supplier/partner intellectual property
  • Assist in mentoring and growing talent, including discipline health across the technology organization
  • Significant travel will be required (~1/3 time), for customer engagement, integration, and major demonstration events. Some travel can span multiple weeks including multiple weeks on-ship or at austere locations.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (typically in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)) and a minimum of 12 years of prior relevant experience unless prohibited by local laws/regulations. OR Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 10 years experience OR In absence of a degree, 16 years of relevant experience is required
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Active and transferable Top Secret U.S. government issued security clearance is required prior to start date
  • Experience with both systems and software architecture and development
  • Strong communication, coordination, and collaboration skills
  • Experience with design, requirements capture, development, and integration of complex software systems and hardware solutions
  • Experience in providing input for technical proposal writing
  • Experience leading planning, bidding, and pursuit activities
  • Able to operate with limited information, take prudent risks, and set clear direction
  • Ability to execute internal and external customer presentations to influence direction
  • Experience communicating with executive leadership

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD Top Secret Clearance with current SCI or SCI eligibility
  • Experience integrating with Navy ships and/or aircraft for installation
  • Demonstrated proficiency in CJADC2 concepts
  • Understanding of OODA loop and sense, make sense and act decision cycles
  • Understanding of military command and control methods and information systems
  • Understanding of multi-level security systems, communications, and datalinks
  • Experience in prototype development, demonstration/experimentation, and IR&D environments
  • Strong organizational awareness across MiS, Collins, and RTX

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees
  • Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Life insurance and disability coverage
  • Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal
  • Ovia Health, fertility and family planning
  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions
  • Redbrick - Incentives for a Healthy You
  • Autism Benefit
  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Best Doctors, second opinion program
  • And more!

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.

Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

RTX is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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