Department Manager, Product Engineering

RTX East Palo Alto , CA 94303

Posted 2 months ago

Raytheon's Applied Signal Technology (AST) Division, a national asset in the SIGINT domain, is seeking a Senior Engineering Manager to lead our Product Advancement Department, which is responsible for overseeing development, fielding, operation, & serial upgrade of numerous wireless & terrestrial SIGINT & cyber domain system, hardware, & software products. If you strive for excellence & have a passion to be part of a team that strengthens our nation & improves the security of our world, consider exploring this unique & rewarding opportunity that only our cutting-edge-technology team can offer.

With the option to work from either our Silicon Valley, CA, office or Salt Lake City, UT, office, you will help AST provide trusted strategic & tactical SIGINT solutions that protect the interests of the U.S. & its partners. AST's work in areas such as high-capacity broadband communications, signal processing & analysis, tactical SIGINT, & wireless communications continually challenges our extraordinary engineers to solve problems & make the world a safer place. AST's work environment is dynamic, highly collaborative, & provides engineers the freedom to strengthen & expand their skills, explore new & innovative ideas, & work directly with our nation's finest service members all while embracing integrity, diversity, & work-life balance. AST offers generous compensation, reward, & recognition programs, broad career development opportunities, excellent health care options, educational assistance, parental leave, flexible work schedules, 401(k) with matching, paid holidays, & paid time off.

This role is a full time indirect management position reporting to the AST Director, Engineering. It has 8 direct reports comprising 7 Integrated Capability Team (ICT) Leads & 1 business intelligence / infrastructure specialist. The ICT Leads are responsible for technical performance, cost, schedule, & risk management in overseeing & guiding all aspects, from concept through support, of their respective products - of which there close to 100 spread across 9 teams. Products owned by the various ICTs range from SIGNIT system level products, to large & complex software systems, to integrated & stand-alone organic & purchased hardware products, as well as specific skill sets offered as services to other teams. These products are used by over 30 different customer programs with 150 or more engineers providing support at any given time. Engineering resource management, including workload projection, is a significant part of this role.

As Department Manager you will support ICT execution on current programs, influence the direction of business development, & be a member of the Engineering Center Leadership Team (ECLT) that oversees the activities & company strategy associated with close to 400 high performing engineers across a broad range of disciplines & specialty fields. In performing this role you will:

  • Collaborate closely with the ECLT, program & proposal managers, section managers, & senior technical staff to plan, pursue, & achieve objectives & contribute to the overall successful operation of the AST Engineering Center (EC)

  • Make sound decisions - guided by overarching EC & AST objectives - on multiple concurrent loosely defined tasks with ambiguous or conflicting priorities & sparse data in a dynamic business environment

  • Oversee the ICT leads & perform typical line management supervisory responsibilities for the department (recruiting, hiring, staffing, review, compensation, development)

  • Track teams' performance metrics & ensure technical integrity & consistent, sound team execution strategies

  • Perform independent review of plans, execution, monthly progress, design status, test readiness, & estimates of cost-to-complete & new work

  • Perform root cause corrective action activities when problems are encountered

  • Assess staff demand from programs & ICTs & work with other department managers to develop a complementary staff supply plan

  • Proactively maintain & continuously improve ICT leadership skills through mentoring, identification & development of future leads, & hiring

  • Manage organization performance through goal setting, career counseling, compensation planning, & staff training & development

  • Ensure quality, timeliness, & technical integrity of department work products

  • Ensure compliance with Raytheon & AST engineering processes, measure effectiveness, & implement process improvements

  • Contribute to the definition of product technology roadmaps & strategy consistent with program & AST objectives

  • Provide clear, concise weekly status on ICT progress & issues

As Department Manager you will also maintain AST's high level of focus on customer mission success, & provide the drive to maintain vibrancy in AST's products & engineering capabilities as AST continues to demonstrate thought leadership for the Intelligence Community (IC).

Required Skills / Experience

  • Minimum 12 years of professional experience in organizations developing complex software driven electronic systems for DoD or IC customers

  • Minimum 3 years line management experience leading a department of 20 or more engineers & performing recruiting, hiring, staffing, review, & compensation functions

  • Minimum 3 years either: 1) managing a DoD or IC program / project / major task, or 2) leading a product team performing development, fielding, support, & serial upgrades

  • Minimum 3 years performing as an engineer (any discipline) developing complex software driven electronic systems for DoD or IC customers

  • Experience in a lead role on a geographically dispersed team or program

  • Strong written & oral communications skills with the ability to effectively interact with subordinates, peers, & superiors

  • US Citizenship & ability to obtain a TS/SCI clearance

  • Ability to travel as needed (~30%)

Desired Skills / Experience

  • Expert level of proficiency with earned value management systems

  • Project management experience as either a program manager or deputy

  • Experience working in 1 or more of the following domains / subspecialties: SIGINT, COMINT, wireless / broadband / terrestrial telecommunications, signal demodulation / de-multiplexing / switching, signal analysis, telecommunications protocols, GUI development, computer networks, cyber operations

  • Experience with design & development in 1 or more of the following disciplines: complex systems, software & large software systems, hardware (LRU, CCA or integrated assemblies), firmware, signal processing algorithms

  • Experience with system integration & test, DEVSECOPS, mission operations support

  • Working knowledge of business intelligence & infrastructure tools (e.g. staffing, program planning, budget allocation / cost collection / analysis)

  • Working knowledge of business development processes & experience supporting competitive DoD or IC capture efforts

  • Active TS/SCI clearance

Required Education

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in STEM field

Desired Education

  • Master of Science Degree in STEM field

  • Master of Business Administration

  • Continuing education in STEM or business


Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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