KMT-4 Section Supervisor (Systems Engineering Section)

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. is seeking a Supervisor for the KMT-4 Systems Engineering Section.

Job Summary: Lead the Ocean Systems and Engineering Group (KMT), Systems Engineering Section (KMT-4). Provide supervision, technical guidance, career leadership, and resource management for a team of systems engineers. Apply systems engineering, systems integration, and technology evaluation expertise in a trusted agent role for the Navy’s submarine, mine warfare, and unmanned platforms programs. Provide subsystem technology evaluations, broad systems engineering evaluation, requirements development and validation, and hardware and software integration and testing in support of existing programs in the Force Projection Sector for DoD customers.


  • Contribute to key technical efforts as a leader/engineer in systems engineering efforts conducted in the section. Support and participate in project/program design reviews. Investigate technical solutions as applied to subsystems in the context of an overarching system concept, including: system dynamics, acoustic systems integration, communications and control, on-board processing, power distribution, mechanical integrity, and launch and recovery support. Work with multiple DoD system stakeholders to evaluate high-risk technologies, test and evaluation strategies, and their effect on various aspects of the submarine, mine warfare, and unmanned platforms programs. Work with DoD stakeholders and vendors to develop or refine, deliver, and publish systems engineering analysis reports and presentations – e.g. systems engineering analyses reports, risk management plans, technology evaluations, etc. Support sponsor meetings, including various IPTs, at the Washington Navy Yard and/or Pentagon.(70%)
  • Work with program managers to expand the breadth of technical challenges and explore new areas to which the group could contribute. Support sponsor engagement and concept development. Assist or lead activities to acquire new work for the Group, which may include proposal writing and meetings with the potential sponsors.(15%)
  • Participate in overall group administration including performance coaching, staff development, hiring, and capital planning. Supervise, lead, and mentor staff. Define expectations, coach performance, and provide professional development. Coordinate training, develop and maintain critical staff skills, ensure assignment of work to staff is consistent with staff development and project needs. Identify and develop key talent for future leadership roles. Communicate often and effectively with staff, other section supervisors, and the Group Supervisor. Ensure that all tasks within the section are effectively planned and managed. (15%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.Required Qualifications:

  • BS in mechanical engineering, naval architecture, system engineering, or related technical discipline.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in undersea systems or a field applicable to this position.
  • Experience with system engineering methods and tools for system development, integration, and technology analysis.
  • Ability to lead or work as a member of team with minimum supervision.
  • Prior successful experience as a Project Manager or similar type of position.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and briefing skills.
  • Ability to work within the government infrastructure and take on leadership roles in a diverse environment of contractors, government, and user staff.

Desired Qualifications:

  • MS in mechanical engineering, naval architecture, system engineering, or equivalent.
  • Experience with undersea sensors (acoustic and non-acoustic). Experience with undersea systems design and integration.
  • Proven ability to lead/participate in engineering teams to provide value added, technically sound solutions to system development and interoperability problems.

Special Working Conditions: Some travel required to include meetings (typically 4 days per month) at sponsor facility within 30 miles of JHU/APL. Additional regional or out of state travel may be required for stakeholder meetings and conferences (possibly 1 day per month).

Security: Top Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Top Secret level. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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