Software Systems Engineer

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Troy, MI

Job Description

Ricardo Defense is currently recruiting for a Software Systems Engineer to support our United States Air Force customer in designing a secure integrated logistics enterprise ecosystem using an integrated model-based system engineering approach. The Software Systems Engineer will ensure that advanced systems are well defined, architected, and designed.  This Software Systems Engineer will primarily work remotely but must be willing to customer location or RDI offices occasionally.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Elicit customer needs following an effective customer engagement process
  • Perform requirements analysis, decomposition, use-case modeling and management
  • Transform system-level requirements into detailed software-level systems requirements
  • Define system requirements: to include, interface, architecture, and data definitions
  • Design Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) System of Systems Architecture
  • Develop System of System documentation: Operational Concept Description (OCD), System/Subsystem Specifications (SSS), System/Subsytem Design Description (SSDD), Interface Design Description (IDD)
  • Conduct Gap Analysis Trade Studies against proposed solutions
  • Lead milestone reviews for requirements, functions, designs, and test
  • Coordinate with cross-functional team members, including: US Government, partnering contractor organizations, and internal Data and Logistical SMEs
  • Assist in developing Systems of Systems Bill of Materials, with Logistical SME support
  • Assist in developing DoDAF Viewpoints and Data Models
  • If applicable, perform demonstrations of potential software solutions
  • Represent the company and communicate effectively with customers and stakeholders
  • A bachelors degree in Computer Engineering or a related field from an accredited college or university is required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a United States Government Secret Security Clearance and Common Access Card (CAC). The minimum requirement to obtain a Security clearance is United States Citizenship. Applicants that do not meet these requirements will not be considered
  • a minimum of ten years of relevant software engineering experience
  • Experience with model-based systems engineering
  • Experience with Product Development Lifecycle
  • Experience using Model-Based Systems Engineering and/or Requirements Management tools (e.g. DOORS, Enterprise Architect, MagicDraw, etc.)
  • Fluency with a standard modelling representation such as UML, SysML, or UPDM
  • Familiarity with modular open systems approach
  • Familiarity with multiple software frameworks, programming languages, and operating environments
  • Knowledge of Software Development and Agile methodology in practice
  • Knowledge and experience in cybersecurity practices

Ricardo Defense offers an impressive compensation and benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Benefits
  • Company Paid Life and AD&D
  • Company Paid Short Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending & HSA Accounts
  • Legal & ID Shield Services
  • 401k with Company Match
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and sick days

About Us:
Ricardo Defense Inc, is the business entity within Ricardo plc that works on classified safety and defense contracts for the US DoD and it therefore operates as a separate entity governed by a Special Security Agreement (SSA). Ricardo Defense Inc provides solutions to meet the challenges faced by defense customers in the integration of complex and diverse systems specializing in taking innovative technologies from science to real-world deployment. For more information, visit

Ricardo Defense Inc, is a proud recipient of the 2022 and 2023 Hire Vets Gold Medallion Award.

Ricardo Defense Inc, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity or gender expression), age, mental or physical disability, creed, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic trait or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.