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Chief Engineer, Imaging Systems Division - Top Secret Clearance

Rochester, New York

Job ID SAS20231801-95807
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On the L3Harris team, your job is to secure the world. We don’t work here just for the advanced technology and equipment: We work here because we know what – and who – we’re protecting. From families to the intelligence community, and from our climate to our men and women in uniform – we’re making the world a safer place. Working with the L3Harris's engineering team, you'll join our team of qualified, diverse individuals and work in a fast-paced environment with high expectations, global scope, and a collaborative team setting.

  • Full Time
  • Level: Experienced
  • Location: On Site
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  • Leader
  • Problem Solver
  • Strategic
  • Technical


Flexible work schedule, paid overtime, cool technology, no micromanagement, nice campus, fun co-workers

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L3Harris Work Perks

  • Health

    • Medical with a High Deductible and traditional PPO plan options, as well as, vision and a full array of supplemental health benefits
    • A doctors' service to help with referrals and second opinions for you, your family, and parents

  • Family

    • 4 weeks of paid parental leave for moms and dads
    • Fertility treatment
    • Subsidized backup childcare and eldercare
    • Adoption assistance - $5,000 per adoption/$15,000 per employee
    • Pet insurance

  • Well-Being

    • No cap to your PTO time (for exempt employees)
    • Dress for your day - wear what works for you at work
    • Legal plan for you, your family, and parents
    • Discount platform
    • 9/80 work schedule available for most U.S. employees, effective October 24, 2022.

Job Description

L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Chief Engineer, Imaging Systems Division - Top Secret Clearance

Job Code: SAS20231801-95807

Job Location: Rochester, NY

Job Description:

The L3Harris AgileEO - Imaging Systems Division in Rochester, NY seeks a Chief Engineer with expertise in EO/IR Space Systems to join our growing team. This position reports directly to the Director of Engineering / Division Chief Engineer and is responsible for business aligned technology strategy, execution of ongoing customer programs, subject matter expert consulting for programs, and support for engineering initiative deployments / process improvements. This includes all phases of development from pre-award concept development, initial architecture, and development of interfaces and component requirements through design, testing and verification, on to production support.

Our Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance solutions serve a broad array of government, civil, and commercial customers by enhancing information superiority, contributing to our national security and providing actionable data for the protection of property and human life. We specialize in high-reliability airborne and space-based remote sensing payloads that offer active and motion imaging and data processing, exploitation and dissemination. We also provide solutions that map and monitor the earth for a variety of commercial and governmental users.

Learn more about the satellite solutions we provide for government and commercial organizations here:

Essential Functions:

Chief Engineer aligned to the Pathfinder portfolio Program Director to act as the primary liaison to the business from the Engineering Function. Significant technical areas of focus within Pathfinder include Optical Systems Engineering, Embedded Software Engineering, Guidance Navigation and Controls, and Electronics Engineering (power, analog, digital, and FPGA).

Office of the Chief Engineer Functions:

  • Oversight for program performance (cost, schedule, technical) across the portfolio
  • Ensures readiness for design reviews
  • Support program technical and management leadership, as required
  • Support and lead technical discussions with customers and suppliers, as required
  • Lead Independent Review Teams on assigned programs through stage gate approvals while providing technical oversight / consulting
  • Drives to prevent unique product implementation at proposal phase/concept design
  • Responsible for technical issue resolution, ensure root cause is identified and corrective actions are executed
  • Supports new business pursuits through architecture development, technical baseline review, and proposal cost review
  • Engineering POC for program accomplishments, issues, highlights and weekly status
  • Ensures program staffing demand for engineering is defined and documented
  • Identifies opportunities for engineering improvements (people, process, and tools)
  • Ensures engineering initiatives are adopted by the business
  • Drive a culture of data-based actions; use existing data/develop tools to create actionable information to drive improvement
  • Lead continuous improvement processes and activities within Engineering


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Optical Science, Physics or related discipline.
  • 12 years of prior relevant experience. Graduate Degree and a minimum of 10 years of prior related experience
  • Experienced success and results leading technology focused research and development projects
  • Demonstrated experience leading technical execution teams
  • Active Top Secret security clearance

Preferred Additional Skills / Experience:

  • Masters of Science (or higher) in Optics, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, or a related field
  • Broad technical knowledge of Space-based Optical PayloadsExperience successfully executing multi-site engineering efforts
    • Optical architectures for space telescopes and sensors including the use of aspheric and freeform optics
    • Experiential understanding of materials for advance optical payloads (knowledge of advanced materials such as SiC, Low expansion glasses, Be, etc.)
    • Opto-mechanical sub-systems for beam steering and control-gimbals, fast steering mirrors, focus and filter wheel mechanisms
    • Payload electronics for payload control including servo control electronics, payload command and control, sensor control and on-board processing
    • Optical sensor technologies (visible through long-wave IR)
    • Telescope and payload sensor manufacturing approaches with an emphasis on multi-unit production
    • Flight software and firmware architectures
  • Strong coaching and employee development skills
  • The ability to communicate cross functionally with various levels of leadership including executive levels of technical and business leadership
  • Project Management skills and the ability to organize and manage multiple projects from charter through delivery
  • Effectively work with vendors, subcontractors, customers (both internal and external) and various internal functional departments
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Technical background in:Active Top Secret / SCI security clearance
    • Embedded Software Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Optical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Remote Imaging

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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