Date Posted
06 Jun 2019

Cobham is seeking a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer- IPT Leader to lead an Integrated Product Team executing complex product development projects in Aerial Refueling, On Board Oxygen Generation Systems, or On Board Inert Gas Generation Systems for Cobham Mission Systems. This position is located in Davenport, Iowa.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead an Integrated Product Development Team of 10-30 people in the inception, design & execution of complex projects over the full product life cycle of product development for Cobham Mission Systems
  • Guide the successful completion of major programs and projects
  • Leads functional analysis, performance analysis, system design, detail trade studies, systems integration and test (verification), validation and interface definition studies for mechanical systems, electrical systems, and software
  • Participates in proposal development: parses statement of work and requirements into standard work breakdown structures and generates estimates
  • Generates meaningful metrics to ascertain status, stability, maturity and level of compliance of a project
  • Leads teams in the decomposition, allocation and derivation of requirements and establishes traceability
  • Understand and applies project leadership principles including SPI/CPI and Earned Value
  • Leads the development of requirements verification matrices and assists in developing verification, validation and qualification plans
  • Identifies and implements improvements to engineering and/or company tools, processes and practices


Minimum Requirements:

  • ABET accredited BS Degree in an Engineering field
  • Minimum of 15 years of engineering experience
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience supervising people
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Project Management
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with Requirements Management
  • This position requires access to technology, materials, software or hardware that is controlled by export laws of the US. In order to be eligible, you must be either a US Citizen or Permanent Resident


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strongly preferred experience with Aerospace industry standards and best practices
  • Effective Communication with leadership, peers, subordinates and customers
  • Experience with Requirements Management and Systems Design
  • PMI Certification or other project management certification
  • Knowledgeable about Mechanical, Electrical and Systems Engineering
  • Familiarity with aircraft hydraulics, fuels, structures, wiring, and EMI for aircraft oxygen or fuel tank inerting systems
  • Familiar with project leadership principles of SPI/CPI, Earned Value, Cost Account Management (CAM), and Statistical Process Controls
  • Strong knowledge of multi-disciplinary requirements including, but not limited to, mechanical, electro-mechanical, software, safety and reliability
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace or Materials Engineering
  • ABET accredited MS Degree in an Engineering field  


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