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Software Engineer Lead

Rochester, New York

Job ID 11159
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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 50,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

Job Title: Embedded Software Engineer (Hybrid)

Job Code: 11159

Job Location: Rochester, NY

Job Schedule: 9/80: Employees work 9 out of every 14 days – totaling 80 hours worked – and have every other Friday off

Job Description:

The L3Harris Communication Systems (CS) segment Tactical Communications sector (TCOM) is seeking a highly motivated, team oriented embedded software design engineer who will lead cross functional teams with hands on responsibility for all phases of the software development process from requirements definition through integration and testing of completed product.  Emphasis will be on cryptographic subsystem (CSS) software development. Other responsiblities will include system/software analysis, high-level design, detailed design, implementation, testing, documentation, and government certification of embedded software for radio or other communications products. 

Essential Functions:

  • Research, design, develop, modify and evaluate embedded computer software for electronic equipment or other communications systems in conjunction with hardware product development.
  • Lead and contribute to the execution of the assigned portion of the entire product development cycle in an Agile Scrum environment including system/software requirements analysis, high level and detailed design, implementation, testing, integration, documentation, and government certification of embedded software designs.
  • Determine design approaches and parameters. Analyze software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints. Analyze equipment to establish operating data, conduct experimental tests and evaluate results.
  • Perform detailed analysis including: requirements analysis, use case scenarios, conceptual design, trade studies, test, operation, maintenance, and reliability analysis of radio communications products, internal subsystems, and external systems.
  • Perform the functional analysis, requirements allocation and technical interface definition to translate customer requirements into software development specifications for the radio and associated subsystems.
  • Develop block diagrams and interface design specifications.
  • Work with product design, test, manufacturing, logistics engineering teams, product and program management and other groups, and external customers as needed to define and execute radio product development projects and deliver high-quality radio products.
  • Prepare design and implementation reviews and oversee the configuration management and control of requirements and design documentation, and development software.  Present technical briefings and status reviews.
  • Ensure the conversion of customer requirements, including informal requirements, into total systems solutions that balance the technical, schedule and cost constraints of the program.
  • Consult with electrical engineers and other engineering staff to evaluate interface between hardware and software and operational performance requirements of the overall system.
  • Develop software system testing procedures and design documentation.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, ability to convey technical matters in a clear and logical manner
  • Hybrid Work Location: You will need to live within commuting distance to our Rochester, NY location. Work from home schedule will be dictated by the manager and business needs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with a minimum 9 years of relevant experience developing real-time embedded software in C or C++ or 7 years with Graduate degree.  In lieu of a degree, minimum of 13 years of prior related experience.
  • Minimum 5 years experience developing and testing software developed in C or C++.
  • Minimum 5 years experience with OOA/OOD software development methodology.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in full development lifecycle for software projects.
  • Minimum 5 years experience producing software development documents, such as design documents and test plans.
  • Active Secret U.S. DOD Security Clearance (or inactive for less than 2 years).

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Experience developing software on an embedded microprocessor using an RTOS in C or C++.
  • Experience designing and developing device drivers.
  • Experience contributing to the development of software architecture.
  • Experience with UML and OOA/OOD software development methodology.
  • Experience with TCP/IP network protocols, routing, and writing network communications software in C or C++.
  • Experience with all phases of the software project development life cycle, including software analysis, design, development, testing (including software unit testing), and automation tools.
  • Experience in Agile software development methodologies using an iterative, time-boxed development process (SCRUM).
  • Experience/knowledge of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) systems and software development processes or other defined SW development process.
  • Experience with small team leadership including planning, coaching, tracking performance and identifying and applying course corrections to keep the team on track.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and debug software and related hardware issues.
  • Cryptographic experience.
  • Radio communications or networking experience.


In compliance with pay transparency requirements, the salary range for this role in Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Washington State and New York State is $112,500 - $209,500. For California, Seattle and New York City, the salary range for this role is $129,500 - $240,500. This is not a guarantee of compensation or salary, as final offer amount may vary based on factors including but not limited to experience and geographic location. L3Harris also offers a variety of benefits, including health and disability insurance, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, EAP, education assistance, parental leave, paid time off, and company-paid holidays. The specific programs and options available to an employee may vary depending on date of hire, schedule type, and the applicability of collective bargaining agreements.

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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