Acceptable work location: Sterling Heights, MI (preferred); Minneapolis, MN; San Jose, CA; Phoenix, AZ; or York, PA.

The Vehicle Systems Architect Lead will serve as a core technical subject matter expert in combat vehicle architectures using a model based systems engineering approach, and an engineering design authority across all combat vehicle programs. The position will develop technical solutions in response to Government requests for information, market surveys, and requests for proposal. The Vehicle Systems Architect Lead will lead development of technical solutions and must be familiar with and contribute to management, staffing, schedule, and cost solutions. Also, the vehicle architect will provide guidance to all vehicle programs on the product structure and the system architectural models from early vehicle concept through detailed design, integration, and test phases.


  • Responsible for leading and developing systems integration solutions, understanding critical customer program goals, and developing winning, best-value solutions.
  • Develop a technical solution and communicate it to a proposal, management, and cost team, and lead development of successful proposals through the business winning lifecycle.
  • Collaborate with experts in system architecture in other parts of the company, Government agencies, and industry forums to understand and contribute to emerging architecture methods and practices.
  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in model based systems engineering technologies, and develop additional, adjacent skills.
  • Responsible for the creation of the vehicle electronics (vetronics) and physical architectures and complete vehicle packaging of the systems and modules to create the optimum vehicle for the customer application and business. This also includes leading the functional analysis and logical architecture development needed for successful hardware and software integration.
  • Identify and control mechanical, electrical, data, and thermal interfaces for vehicle subsystems and other major architectural elements.
  • Support requirements decomposition analysis to help drive concept architectures and system characteristics. Support compliance assessments.
  • Cross vehicle module coordination and resolution of architecture issues. Enforce design commonality (as practical) across concepts.
  • Perform technology assessments to identify applicable technology insertions into the design concepts for current and future products
  • Generate system design concept descriptions and drive deliverables to meet Project required timing, deliverable requirements, and budgets.
  • Mentor senior level systems engineers and aspiring architects.

Typical Education and Experience :

Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 10 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills:

  • Experience leading architecture development on multiple programs at different life cycle stages.
  • Experience supporting large-scale proposal efforts, comprising a diverse team of technical and operational specialists, and involving the development of novel or innovative new solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to decompose complex system and software requirements into easy to understand solutions with clear value propositions.
  • Have systems engineering experience/ knowledge necessary to perform requirements analysis, derivation and allocation, and translate requirements to viable concepts design solutions within applicable constraints.
  • Have experience and knowledge of computer systems and processors, logic devices, interfaces, and high level understanding of operating systems.
  • Balance system design considering system usage concept of operations (CONOPS), performance, constraints, and logistics concerns.
  • Plan, conduct and document complex trade studies.
  • Balance size, weight, power and cost of system.
  • Generate system design concept descriptions and capability assessments per the program statement of work (SOW).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Required Education:

  • Must have bachelor degree in engineering (or equivalent experience) in a relevant field from an accredited university with a minimum of:

10 + Years with BS

08 + Years with MS

06 + Years with PhD

Preferred Skills and Education:

  • Experience with military vehicle systems.
  • Knowledge of system engineering development and integration methodologies including requirement engineering, configuration management, technical baseline management, cost estimating and analysis, and decision support methodologies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of project management methodologies, including scope, cost and schedule, and resource management, including Earned Value Management.
  • Experience collaborating across organizations and OEMs, participating in industry forums and conferences, writing and presenting technical papers.
  • Experience with Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus strategies and implementation, and other relevant networks and protocols.
  • Experience with Systems Modeling Language (SysML) methodology and tools.
  • Familiarity with Department of Defense Architecture (DoDAF)
  • Familiarity with VICTORY architecture.
  • Experience establishing projects in accordance with work breakdown structures as defined in MIL-STD-881.
  • INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) certification
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