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Textron Systems Engineer - Defense in Wichita, Kansas

Systems Engineer - Defense

Textron Aviation has been inspiring the journey of flight for nine decades through the iconic and beloved Cessna and Beechcraft brands. We are passionate advocates of aviation, empowering people with the freedom of flight. As you join our legacy as a global leader in private aviation, you’ll have opportunities to try new fields, expand your skills and knowledge, stretch your abilities, and build your career. We provide a competitive and extensive total rewards package that includes pay and innovative benefits to support you and your family members – now and in the future, beginning day one. Your success is our success.



Applies an interdisciplinary engineering approach to ‘whole system’ design by defining and documenting customer needs and required functionality early in the concept and development cycles.Skilled at defining and solving problems.Applies Systems Engineering principles as defined by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Systems Engineering Fundamentals, to a system through its life cycle, from development through production, deployment, training support, operation, and disposal as defined by customer requirements.

Applies a logical sequence of activities and decisions that transforms an operational need into a description of system performance parameters and a preferred system configuration. The Systems Engineer works together with a project manager and the engineering team and becomes the primary point of communication to interlink between the two to simplify the accomplishment of a successful system. The Systems Engineer also works through each phase of the given system and process, from plan along with expansion to validation and operation, on measurable risk assessment, regularly concentrating on performance, testing, scheduling, and budgets.

Systems Engineer deals with work process, optimization methods, and risk management tools in the given projects for the successful accomplishments as per stakeholder’s requirements.

This role satisfies Defense program contractual requirements which are referenced in Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) Chapter 3


  • Requirements management

  • Manage requirements database for all projects using requirements tools like DOORS or TeamCenter Systems Engineering.

  • Works with senior systems engineers to help translate customer needs and required functionality into product and performance requirements.

  • Support industry and certification (FAA, Mil-Hdbk-516C, Foreign Military Airworthiness Authorities (MAA) and other cert authorities) requirements are addressed in the requirements and in draft Cert Plan.

  • Work with senior systems engineer to document requirements in aircraft requirements documents, system requirements documents, and performance specifications.Includes but not limited to:

  • Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP)

  • System Requirements Document (SRD)

  • Sub-System Requirements Document (SSRD)

  • Aircraft Description Document (ADD)

  • Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP)

  • Conduct requirements traceability analyses, develop and maintain requirements traceability matrix.

  • Prepare for, support and advise functional disciplines in conduct of Functional Configuration Audits and requirement compliance activities.

  • Proposal Development

  • Support documentation of early requirement development.

  • Support trade studies

  • Technical reviews

  • Work with senior systems engineers to help support and/or Coordinate with functional leads, designers, project engineers and leadership to prepare and conduct technical reviews. Includes but not limited to:

  • System Functional Review (SFR)

  • System Requirements Review (SRR)

  • Preliminary Design Review (PDR)

  • Critical Design Review (CDR)

  • Test Readiness Review (TRR)

  • Help ensure company processes and maturity gates for product development are addressed in tech review materials; obtain required approvals.

  • Document outcomes and results from technical reviews.

  • Company/Division Roles

  • Understand, apply, provide updates to, and maintain E463089 Requirements Manual

  • Support the development of future product improvements and R&D investment plans. To include identification of customer requirements, internal assessment within the program, and developing implementation plans



  • Bachelor’s Degree in:

  • Systems Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering

  • Other related field

  • Minimum of 2 years of engineering experience or relative aviation technical or systems experience.


  • Familiarity with FAA, USG military programs and certification activities preferred

  • Ability to produce technical writings, such as Statements of Work, for internal and external customers

  • General knowledge of Beechcraft and Cessna products/tools, including DDS/Enovia V6 and PIOS/EEDS/Enovia V6 preferred

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to multi-task in a very fast paced environment

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to influence without authority and exhibits managerial courage

  • Strong business acumen

  • Professional and diplomatic demeanor

  • Strong sense of accountability and integrity

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Time management skills to support multiple concurrent projects

  • Advanced working knowledge of standard Microsoft Office and Adobe products

  • SysML background with experience in CAMEO preferred

Textron Aviation Inc. must comply with U.S. export control laws and regulations.  If a position requires access to sensitive information controlled under these laws and regulations, a successful applicant must be eligible to meet any requirements to access controlled information.

Kansas Tax Credit:

Join Textron Aviation’s Kansas team and you may be eligible for a $5,000 state of Kansas Aviation tax credit for up to five years. Visit https://www.aircapitaloftheworld.com/taxcredits for more information on the tax credit.

EEO Statement

Textron is committed to providing Equal Opportunity in Employment, to all applicants and employees regardless of, race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, military status, veteran status, handicap, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

Recruiting Company: Textron Aviation
Primary Location: US-Kansas-Wichita
Job Function: Engineering
Schedule: Full-time
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Job Type: Standard
Shift: First Shift
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Job Posting: 05/06/2024, 5:19:19 PM
Job Number: 323294