Senior Engineering Manager – Simulator & Training Systems (STS) Fixed Wing and Mission Systems Engin

Category: Engineering
Job ID: 5662
Location: Sterling, VA
Posted Date: October 12, 2017

Requisition ID: 5662

Want to work with some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet? Do you value relationships, commitment, innovation and integrity? Want to be a part of a company that has been named numerous times as America’s Best Employer in Aerospace and Defense by Forbes magazine?

Then Rockwell Collins is the place for you. Join our team and build a rewarding career while helping to deliver the most trusted source of aviation and high-integrity solutions in the world.

We are currently searching for a Senior Engineering Manager – Simulator & Training Systems (STS) Fixed Wing and Mission Systems Engin to join our team in Sterling, VA (2300). A comprehensive relocation package is available for qualified candidates. Employing some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet is not by chance. People from all over the globe choose Rockwell Collins as the place to build a rewarding career, while helping create and deliver communications, integration, and engineering solutions that our global customers demand so that our world keeps moving and stays connected. It’s an exciting time to become a part of our team. Join us and discover how high your career can soar at Rockwell Collins.

Job Summary

Become part of an exciting team focused on the development of the systems and software for simulation and training programs with a focus on aero functions and systems and sensors related to the avionics platforms. These functions are utilized on many simulated aircraft platforms as well as avionics platform test rigs. A small subset of aircraft type that are simulated are the B-52, E-2, JSTARS and 737 aircraft.

The Simulator & Training Systems (STS) Fixed Wing and Mission Systems Engineering department seeks a Senior Engineering Manager to lead a team of engineers in the development of new and exciting simulation systems and products. The Senior Engineering Manager role is comprised of two main functions, a technical portion and a leader portion. In the technical area this role has direct responsibility for leadership and management of systems/software development activities from identifying stakeholders and capturing originating requirements/operational concepts, high level requirements, and detailed requirements development through code development, design and integration and finally through test and certification. Candidate should have prior engineering leadership experience or engineering experience with simulation systems. This candidate would also benefit from having prior experience with understanding the aeronautical side of the how aircraft behave in various flight phases.

The candidate will also be responsible for identifying the necessary staff, facilities and equipment needed for successful execution of projects. Candidates must have strong technical, leadership and organizational skills as well as project management experience. The candidate will be expected to spend a significant portion of their time in a direct technical role. The candidate should show the ability to unleash energy within a team through passion and enthusiasm.

This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills along with the ability to interface with Executive Managers, Program Managers and Operations Managers across all business areas within Rockwell Collins. In addition to communication with those functional areas, the candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to create and leverage powerful networks.

Experience in supporting pursuit activities, including bids and proposals is also desired.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to join a fast paced team, with opportunities for growth than this team could be the perfect fit for you. The STS Aero and Vehicle Software team will allow you the opportunity to experience all facets of Rockwell Collins STS development and work within an environment looking to innovate new processes/technology to better leverage the Government Systems market.

Job Responsibilities


  • Responsible for success of the team in meeting planned program milestones and activities.

  • Actively participates in team’s technical activities in order to coach and influence the team.

  • Responsible for adherence to budgets, schedules, work plans and performance requirements, along with planning and budgeting.

  • Assigns technical resources to work assignments.

  • Actively addresses employee performance and development, both issues and career growth.

  • Oversees and participates in development of engineering bids to ensure success

  • Responsible for building a team including the on-boarding and assimilation of new hires.

  • This position may require occasional travel both domestically

  • Responsible for interacting with program management to ensure that scope is managed.

Basic Qualifications

Must Haves:

  • US Citizenship
  • Ability to obtain a DoD Security Clearance
  • Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline
  • Must have a systems or software development background and the ability to show understanding of software development life cycle.
  • Must have experience with performing bid and pursuit efforts.
  • Must have an understanding of various aircraft interfaces such as ARINC 610, ARINC 429, ARINC 661, ARINC 664, ARINC 453, and MIL-STD-1553.
  • Must be able to show experience in leading a team.

Desired skills/experience:

  • Experience in avionics simulation systems development, verification/validation, and interfaces would be beneficial.
  • Familiarity with systems engineering processes and requirements and design capture tools including DOORS, ALM, Jama, Subversion and peer review tools is desirable.
  • Candidate must be well organized and able to communicate effectively with engineering, leadership and customers.

At Rockwell Collins, we believe a solid work-life balance creates a healthy lifestyle and inspires creativity and innovation. We value our people and invest in their development, growth and success at our company by providing development opportunities through Rockwell Collins University, networking, mentoring, and tuition reimbursement.

And that’s just for starters.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

  • Company-paid winter holiday shutdown for most locations

  • Generous 401(k) plan that matches 62.5 percent of the first 8 percent of eligible compensation you contribute (or 5 percent if you save 8 percent)

  • An Incentive Pay Plan based upon company performance

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • And more

Interested yet? Apply now and embark on your next worthwhile adventure!

Rockwell Collins is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.