Mission Autonomy Chief Engineer

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Job Description

The Boeing Company is building a team that will focus on developing software for mission autonomy, which is defined as the services needed for an autonomous air vehicle to execute the mission in theater. In this role, the Chief Engineer will have the responsibilities to lead the architecture of overall mission autonomy system, including multiple software skills/services, infrastructure software, and the associated models-based systems engineering efforts to build autonomy solutions that meet the needs of our customers and warfighters. The optimal candidate works well with a team, has great communication skills, is a self-starter, and is excited to lead the development of autonomous systems.

As the Mission Autonomy Chief Engineer, you will:

  • Oversee the technical direction of the engineering teams and coordinate closely with the Mission Autonomy Chief Architect
  • Coordinate with lab teams and facilities to stand up the Boeing Autonomy Systems Integration Lab (BASIL).
  • Interfacing with customers and other vendors to deliver the autonomy solutions according to schedule
  • Drive towards optimized software development pipelines and automated testing at all levels (unit, integration, and system) enabling continuous deployment of mission autonomy solutions from the Boeing Software Factory and establish autonomy software product lines by practicing good Product-Line Engineering principals.

Additional Position Responsibilities:

  • Leads activities to develop, document and maintain complex architectures, requirements, algorithms, interfaces and designs for software systems
  • Leads development of code and integration of complex software components into a fully functional software system
  • Develops software verification plans, test procedures and test environments, executing the test procedures and documenting test results to ensure software system requirements are met
  • Provides technical leadership for software projects and leads software supplier/partner management activities
  • Leads development, selection, tailoring and deployment of processes, tools and metrics
  • Leads software research and development projects
  • Serves as a subject matter expert for software domains, system-specific issues, processes and regulations
  • Tracks and evaluates software team and supplier/partner performance to ensure product and process conformance to project plans and industry standards.
  • Trains and mentors others

This position is hybrid. This means that the selected candidate will be required to perform some work onsite at one of the listed location options. This is at the hiring team’s discretion and could potentially change in the future.

This position requires the ability to obtain a Secret US Security Clearance for which the US Government requires US Citizenship. Ability to obtain Secret US Security clearance (Post-Start).

To be considered for this position you will be required to complete a technical assessment as part of the selection process. Failure to complete the assessment will remove you from consideration.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills/ Experience):

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited course of study in engineering, engineering technology (includes manufacturing engineering technology), chemistry, physics, mathematics, data science, or computer science.
  • 14+ years of software engineering experience
  • 10+ years professional experience with developing object-oriented software using C++
  • Experience with Artificial Intelligence including Machine Learning

Preferred Qualifications (Desired Skills/Experience):

  • 10+ years of experience mission system software development or integration for military aircraft
  • Experience with autonomy algorithms related to vehicle path planning, decision making, world modeling, and optimization
  • Experience with autonomous software development, integration, and testing for military aircraft
  • Experience with military domain communication protocols such as Link16, DIS, HLA, and STANAG 4586
  • Experience developing and documenting software architecture using Cameo, or similar Model Based Systems Engineering tools
  • Candidate should have strong computing skills, excellent written and speech communication skills, be customer-oriented, positive, flexible, and a strong team player

Typical Education/Experience:

Education/experience typically acquired through advanced technical education from an accredited course of study in software engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry (e.g. Bachelor) and typically 14 or more years' related work experience or an equivalent combination of technical education and experience (e.g. PhD+9 years' related work experience, Master+12 years' related work experience). In the USA, ABET accreditation is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard.


Occasional travel may be required but would be less than 25%.


This position offers relocation based on candidate eligibility. Basic relocation will be offered for eligible internal candidates.

Drug Free Workplace:

Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies.

Work Shift:

This position is for 1st shift.

At Boeing, we strive to deliver a Total Rewards package that will attract, engage and retain the top talent. Elements of the Total Rewards package include competitive base pay and variable compensation opportunities. 

The Boeing Company also provides eligible employees with an opportunity to enroll in a variety of benefit programs, generally including health insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, retirement savings plans, life and disability insurance programs, and a number of programs that provide for both paid and unpaid time away from work. 

The specific programs and options available to any given employee may vary depending on eligibility factors such as geographic location, date of hire, and the applicability of collective bargaining agreements.

Salaries are based upon candidate experience and qualifications, as well as market and business considerations. 

Summary pay range: $151,300.00 - $204,700.00

Applications for this position will be accepted until April 4th, 2024.

Export Control Requirements: U.S. Government Export Control Status: This position must meet export control compliance requirements. To meet export control compliance requirements, a U.S. Person as defined by 22 C.F.R. §120.15 is required. U.S. Person includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

Company Info.


The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, telecommunications equipment, and missiles worldwide. The company also provides leasing and product support services.

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