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Chief Systems Architect and Systems Engineering Manager

PAL Aerospace - 33 Jobs
Halifax, NS
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Posted 23 days ago

Headquartered in Atlantic Canada with a global presence in over 60 countries and a dedication to special missions excellence for over 50 years, the PAL Aerospace team thrives at the forefront of aviation technology and expert crew skills. As a rapidly growing company, we've built a reputation for delivering airborne special mission solutions that enable our customers to address today's complex security, safety, economic, and environmental threats - we need exceptionally talented sales professionals to help us do that. On the PAL Aerospace team, you're working alongside a tight-knit group who get to merge bold creativity and effective strategy with incredibly talented engineers, operators, pilots, and ambitious customers to make the world a safer and more sustainable place.

PAL Aerospace is seeking a Chief Systems Architect and Systems Engineering Manager to join our dynamic team in Halifax, NS or St. John's, NL.


  • Lead the Systems Engineering Team as the Systems Engineering Manager, reporting to the PAL Aerospace Vice President Systems Engineering.
  • Hold the appointment of Chief Systems Architect for PAL Aerospace, responsible for the development of PAL Aerospace Special Mission Systems and their Systems Architectures.
  • A focus on mapping operational, standards and customer requirements into technical artefacts, through Systems, Requirements and Test Engineering in support of missionized aircraft, its Systems Integration facilities and other aviation mission platforms, including the authoring of: CONOPS, Operational Use Case analysis, Systems Architecture, System Descriptions, System Specifications, Compliance Matrices, Test Plans and Test Procedures.
  • As the primary Systems Engineering and Integration representative, act as the key liaison with the specialty Engineering disciplines.
  • Support to the Business Development teams with solution scoping, technical specification authoring and initial systems design artefacts.
  • Document and refine Systems Engineering processes consistent to Systems Engineering best practices and standards to assist with the continuous improvement of the Systems Engineering group and PAL Aerospace at large.
  • Participate in Integration, Test, Physical and Functional Configuration Audits, Airworthiness Compliance and Customer Acceptance activities when assigned.
  • Assist Program Management, In-Service Support and Supply Chain activities with Systems Engineering guidance, including working with suppliers and third-party vendors to generate quotes, draft Statements of Work, attain and evaluate technical specifications, and take part in obsolescence management.
  • Participate in System Problem Report investigations, including root cause analysis and forming recommendations for rectification.
  • Travel to other PAL and Customer sites, such as Ottawa ON, Vaughan ON, St. John's NL, the UK, Europe, the Caribbean and the UAE approximately twenty percent of a year.
  • Keep abreast of industry trends and technology developments for possible implementation into PAL supported aircraft and Systems Integration Laboratories, as well as processes, tools, and techniques for a best practices approach to continuous improvement.
  • Apply and demonstrate a high level of knowledge and skills in mission systems and system test principles.
  • Communicate effectively to various stakeholders ranging from team members, collaborating department and divisions, as well as senior executives in situations involving technical problems, processes, and solutions.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Bachelor's degree Engineering or Science, advanced degrees preferred, or equivalent experience and education.
  • Five years' experience at the Senior Level in the last eight years, as a Systems Engineer in the aerospace field.
  • Fifteen years' experience as a Systems Engineer in the last twenty years.
  • Demonstrated project experience in the creation and maintenance of Systems Architectures of Software Intensive Systems of Systems.
  • Knowledge of airborne, land, and/or maritime surveillance missions and the equipment used to support them.
  • Knowledge of avionics data protocols including ARINC 429, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, serial data protocols, and others.
  • Knowledge of cyber security best practices for mission systems
  • Knowledge of Ethernet LAN and WAN architectures, and network device configuration.
  • Knowledge of military and/or civil airworthiness qualification standards and processes.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with Systems Engineering tools, standards, and process models (e.g., DOORS, JAMA, SYSML, DNDAF/DODAF, SWEBOK, INCOSE, SEBOK, DO-160, aircraft related MIL-STDs, NIIA STANAGs, IEEE/ISO/IEC 12207)
  • Knowledge of Agile processes for work management and Systems Engineering interfaces with software / system suppliers employing Agile development processes.
  • Proficiency with Wikis, O365, Microsoft Office, engineering drawing, and data analysis tools
  • Troubleshooting experience and superior analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Superior communication skills with the ability to work with a distributed, diverse team.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to adapt in a dynamic environment.
  • Able to obtain Canadian Level II (Secret) Security Clearances and participate in the Canadian Controlled Goods Program

What PAL Aerospace offers:

  • Comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Personal travel privileges with PAL and interline agreements with multiple airlines
  • Industry discounts
  • Employee Tuition Assistance Program
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program

If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you TODAY!

PAL Aerospace is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment that celebrates and encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion whereby individuals are recognized, supported, and respected. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you.


See how PAL Aerospace puts Your Mission First. Always.

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About PAL Aerospace

About PAL Aerospace

Inspired by Challenge. Opportunity with Reward. Committed to Community.

These are the pillars on which PAL Aerospace is built. We operate on a foundation of innovation – it’s at the core of our business, in everything we do. We’ve spent forty years building a strong reputation centered around our ‘can-do’ attitude, creating customized, cutting edge solutions for our clients at home and abroad.

If you were to measure the cool factor of working at PAL Aerospace, you might be surprised – as one of the best kept secrets in the local market, we work with teams who are building one-of-a-kind aircraft, technology and engineering design to support clients from one corner of the world to the other.

To say our team is diverse would be an understatement. We have the unique opportunity to hire talent across a wide range of professions – from pilots, to mechanics, accountants, graphic designers, ice observers and more. It is that very diversity that allows us as an organization to be successful. As a team member at PAL Aerospace, you truly can Chart Your Course through countless opportunities, rewards and initiatives.

Our PAL organization, is home to the PAL Aerospace business unit, as well as PAL Airlines, Air Borealis, PAL LLC, CarteNav Solutions, PAL Aviation Services, Atlantic Avionics and Moncton Flight College. Employing nearly 1,400 PALs worldwide, the success of our organization is a direct result of our team's drive, commitment and passion.

PAL Aerospace is proud to be recognized as an 2020 Atlantic Canada Top Employer, for the second consecutive year. Interested in learning how you can become our newest PAL? Check out the opportunities below, or visit our recruitment portal at any time, Careers at PAL

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