Principal Software Engineer – Tactical Solutions (Onsite), CedarRapids, Iowa

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CedarRapids, Iowa

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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.

Principal Software Engineer – Tactical Solutions (Onsite)

The Secure Processing department develops advanced embedded solutions for aircraft testing, training, and autonomy programs, including cryptographic, networking, and command and control applications. As a project team we work within an interdisciplinary engineering environment which includes hardware, FPGA, and other software teams which are responsible for the design, development, integration and verification of our cross domain and cryptographic solutions.  

The Tactical Solutions Software Team is looking for a skilled software developer with experience in embedded C/C++ software development in a collaborative environment. In this role, you will be expected to take a proactive approach to software architecture and make well-informed design decisions while ensuring the code produced is of high quality, within budget, and within the project timeline.  

As a technical leader on the software development team, you will have a significant impact in guiding the entire software development process, from the initial design phase to the final systems level testing. You will work with written descriptions and Unified Modeling Language (UML) diagrams to create well-formed software designs that meet the needs of the project and the team. Your primary responsibilities will include formulating software requirements, creating clear software designs, implementing robust software architectures. In this role, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your leadership skills by guiding and coaching your team members. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your expertise and contribute to the success of the project. 

Primary Responsibilities:

Demonstrate embedded C/C++ or Java software engineering through all phases of development. 
Leading and coordinating of Software execution for small teams, including technical aspects as well as program cost and schedule.
​Leading and coordinating the development of technical proposals as well as program level cost estimates during the bid and proposal cycle. 
Ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints. 
Capable of estimating, tracking, and communicating cost, schedule, and risk in support of program earned value metrics. 
Demonstrated ability to adapt decision-making style based on the situational circumstances. 
Use personal experience and best practices to identify issues, potential problems, and risk. 

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree (typically in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)) and a minimum of 8 years of prior relevant experience unless prohibited by local laws/regulations OR Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 5 years experience OR In absence of a degree, 12 years of relevant experience is required 
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Must have or be capable of obtaining a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance.  Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation/reinstatement and must meet eligibility requirements 
Experienced mentoring and providing technical leadership to team members 
Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks while balancing priorities and schedules 

Preferred Qualifications: 

Significant experience with multi-threaded real-time embedded applications 
Experience with OOA/D architectures and design patterns 
Capable to lead proposals and bidding exercises utilizing the SEER parametric estimation tool 
Experience with Agile development methodology 
Ability to take on the role of ScrumMaster or Product Owner 
TCP/IP network applications development experience  

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.

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