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Senior Principal Software Engineer

Company Overview

PAR Government Systems Corporation (PGSC) is an industry leader in systems and service solutions for the geospatial intelligence community. For more than 30 years, PGSC has provided software solutions, systems engineering expertise and geospatial product innovations for motion and raster imagery, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), and geospatial information assurance for the Department of Defense, Federal, State and local agencies, as well as private industry customers throughout the world.

Job Summary

This position is located in Maryland, and performs software requirements analysis, system integration activities, leads research, designs, develops and tests software and tools, to include development of new work products or enhancing existing applications, systems or embedded products.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Performs technical planning, verification and validation of others work, cost and risk analysis, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems
  • Performs analysis for all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, architecture, user experience, test, installation, operation, maintenance
  • Applies principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis to the development of complex solutions
  • Works on the hardest technical problems facing the company, often these problems are unusually complex and require the utmost creativity and innovation
  • Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints
  • Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into software solutions utilizing whatever development lifecycle techniques or model will yield the optimal results (Agile, Waterfall, etc.)
  • Researches and analyzes data, such as customer design proposals, market trends, state of technology and industry, specifications and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application
  • Applies and champions the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the system development life cycle to support the generation of technical engineering products
  • Participates as a Subject Matter Expert in internal review of software components and systems
  • Receives no appreciable instruction on day-to-day work; more often responsible to define the scope, schedule and expectations for the work they execute or lead; assignments may be self-initiated
  • Works under consultative direction on predetermined long range objectives
  • Exercises latitude in determining technical objectives of assignments for self and teams
  • Accountable to lead and manage the completion of major programs and projects
  • Responsible for resolution of significant and diverse range of complex problems and issues of broad scope and complexity which require the use of ingenuity and creativity
  • Erroneous decisions or recommendations, or failure to accomplish results or errors typically will have a long term negative affect on business segment financial results, company’s technological capability and cause business segment to fail to achieve organizational objectives
  • Identifies and leads the execution of risk mitigation strategies
  • Works on advanced applications that may result in new business and revenues for the company
  • Provides leadership and/or direction and/or supervision to lower level employees and teams
  • Leads large technical tasks and large teams and projects
  • Leads medium to large technical proposals
  • Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignments
  • Frequently responsible to lead collaboration activities with senior management and leadership within the company
  • Frequently responsible to lead collaboration with organizations outside engineering or with external customers and vendors/suppliers
  • Frequent contact with Business Development
  • Serves as consultant to senior management and customers on projects and applications
  • Recognized internally and/or externally as a subject matter expert (SME) in multiple adjacent disciplines/fields
  • May serve as company technical spokesperson
  • Frequently contributes to the development of innovative principles and ideas, applies advanced technical principles, theories and concepts 

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in software or systems engineering (or a related technical field)
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience
    • or Master's degree plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience
  • Agile experience preferred 
  • Top Secret Security clearance with poly is required
  • Travel may be required
  • A seasoned, experienced professional having a broad range of expertise, unique knowledge and a wide range of professional experience and possessing a demonstrated understanding of software engineering concepts, principles, and theories and expert at applying technical standards and methodologies to resolve a wide range of issues in creative ways
  • Possesses the skills and aptitude to contribute to development of company objectives and principles and to achieve goals in creative and effective ways
  • Demonstrates skills at helping company meet financial and business objectives by resolving complex issues in creative, effective and financially favorable ways
  • Works on significant and unique issues where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangibles
  • Exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results
  • Creates formal networks involving coordination among groups
  • Creative, innovative responsibilities requiring advanced decision-making skills
  • Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new or special assignments
  • Demonstrated use and understanding of the software development process as well as software engineering concepts, principles, and theories
  • Demonstrated use and understanding of software tools supporting Integrated Development Environments (IDE), version control, defect reporting and scripting
  • Demonstrated ability to excel at the development of new theories and methods
  • Demonstrated awareness of business objectives and Engineering’s role in achieving
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative, innovative and accountable, and has mastered advanced decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task
  • Demonstrated ability to grasp and apply new information quickly
  • Shows initiative on assignments, and professionally executes projects as a technical lead with little or no direction, frequently provides direction and leadership to technical teams and determines methods and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to handle significant responsibility, leadership and accountability while executing very complex assignments
  • Demonstrated ability to be a team player who thrives in collaborative environments and revels in team success, meeting and exceeding personal and team commitments
  • Advocate and champion at interpreting, defining and applying company policies and procedures to resolve very complex issues
  • Able to contribute to shaping major market opportunities
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize and clearly report relevant information
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic task/project leadership principles including SPI/CPI, Earned Value, Cost Account Management (CAM), and Statistical Process Controls
  • Skilled in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions; someone who is capable of providing technical leadership to an organization 

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