Senior Research and Development Engineer

Job Description

BAE Systems, Inc. is looking for a highly motivated engineer/scientist to lead process and product development activities at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Prior experience working with HE (high explosive) and energetic materials is highly desirable. This position will be focused on propellant formulation and manufacture, including but not limited to, manufacture of extruded double base (EDB) solventless propellants. The candidate should be proficient in ballistic modeling and simulation codes for gun systems and/or rocket systems.

Interested candidates should exhibit sound judgment, initiative and self-motivation, and be able to complete tasks with minimal supervision. Solid communication, teamwork and integration skills will be required to work effectively across functions at multiple levels. The ability to manage time effectively while dealing with a variety of issues in a dynamic environment will be key to the success of this individual.

The successful candidate will under his/her own initiative devise and refine safe, effective, and efficient methods of manufacturing energetic formulations; undertake experiments using corrosive, explosive, and toxic materials in a safe manner; specify lab and pilot equipment in support of development experiments and lab, pilot, and full scale process development; provide chemical support to BAE production departments; and maintain adequate records of work and present in a form suitable for management and legal reporting. Technical writing and presentation skills are required.

Typical Education & Experience

Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 8 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education

Master's Degree or higher, ideally in engineering or science field required.
At least 6 years of engineering experience in product design, energetics and/or composites.
Ability to conduct computer modeling of rocket motors, gun systems, complex mathematical problems.
Ability to lead and mentor diverse teams in complex technical solutions, program execution and schedule and financial management.
Understanding of System Level Engineering concepts and protocols.

Preferred Skills and Education

A minimum of 12 years of relevant experience in engineering; > 15 years preferred.
Experience in propellant/energetics formulating, pressing, manufacturing and/or ballistic results.
Experience with computer aided design modeling to analyze structural design, thermal effects, stress and stimuli, vibration, fatigue, etc.
Established defense industry knowledge and network
Experience with interpreting and adhering to government military specifications.
Strong communication, presentation and technical writing skills needed.
Strong project management skills and experience.
Knowledge of WBS and application.
Ability to work well in team environment.
Must be willing to travel domestically and internationally ( Strong customer focus.

About BAE Systems Platforms & Services

BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. With headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, this Platform and Services Group of BAE Systems employs nearly 11,000 professionals at more than 30 locations worldwide. Platform and Services is a global leader in the design, development, production, and service support of armored combat vehicles, major and minor caliber naval guns and missile launchers, canisters, artillery systems, and intelligent munitions. People are the greatest asset in any Company. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression


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