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United States of America


AZ201: RMS AP Bldg 801 1151 East Hermans Road Building 801, Tucson, AZ, 85756 USA

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At Raytheon, the foundation of everything we do is rooted in our values and a higher calling – to help our nation and allies defend freedoms and deter aggression. We bring the strength of more than 100 years of experience and renowned engineering expertise to meet the needs of today’s mission and stay ahead of tomorrow’s threat. Our team solves tough, meaningful problems that create a safer, more secure world.

Job Summary:

The Electro-Optical Department within Raytheon Missiles & Defense empowers our people to leverage design commonality and innovation, balancing risk and rigor, to achieve predictable and affordable solutions.

We are looking for a Manager Optical Design Engineer who has experience to collaborate, innovate, and team with our opto-mechanical, detector and cryo engineers to generate and utilize today’s cutting-edge technology to support military programs through the application of optical design tools in the development and production phases of optical seekers as a Section Leader.

As the Manager Optical Design Engineer, you will be responsible for the success of the optical seeker. The position requires skills, interest and/or experience in infrared systems, optical tolerancing, optical fabrication, and testing. You will work under limited supervision while exercising responsibility in meeting the technical, financial and schedule objectives of projects.

Responsibilities will be split between supporting Effector EO Subsystem program(s) as an engineer (~90%) and providing functional support to the section “Sensor/Seeker Optical Products” (~10%).

Responsibilities to Anticipate:

  • Optical design, tolerancing, and analysis
  • Ensuring requirements are met.
  • Stray light analysis and optical testing
  • Prototype development with optical component suppliers
  • Provide solutions to a variety of EO problems of moderate scope and complexity.
  • As a Section Leader, your responsibilities include working closely with the Effector EO Subsystems Department Leader and other Section Leaders to align the department with company direction.  Section Leaders are trustworthy and accountable, willing and able to coach and mentor section members and hold critical conversations.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Bachelor's degree in Optics, Physics, Systems Engineering or related Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree discipline and a minimum of 8 years applied work experience in optical design.
  • Experience in infrared systems optical design, analysis, optical tolerancing, fabrication, and testing.
  • Experience in CODE V and/or Zemax, FRED and/or ASAP, Excel and Matlab
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. government issued security clearance is required. U.S. citizenship is required, as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s or PhD in Optics, Physics, or Systems Engineering or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in optical design and analysis.
  • Industry related documentation experience
  • Active DoD issued security clearance. 
  • Support hiring (resume reviews, interviews, etc.)
  • Support and/or drive department initiatives and goals
  • Promote collaboration across functional and program boundaries
  • Balancing staffing needs and align with section member growth
  • Modeling and Driving Raytheon Values and Behaviors
  • Support section member performance, career development, and growth throughout the year
  • Elicit and compile performance feedback to support Performance Impact
  • Hold required formal Mid-Year and Year-End Performance Impact discussions where complied feedback, key strengths and development needs, are conveyed.

What We Offer:

Whether you’re just starting out on your career journey or are an experienced professional, we offer a total rewards package that goes above and beyond with compensation; healthcare, wellness, retirement, and work/life benefits; career development and recognition programs. Some of the benefits we offer include parental (including paternal) leave, flexible work schedules, achievement awards, educational assistance and child/adult backup care.

This requisition is eligible for an employee referral award. ALL eligibility requirements must be met to receive the referral award.

Clearance Information: This position requires the eligibility to obtain a security clearance. The Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), an agency of the Department of Defense, handles and adjudicates the security clearance process. More information about Security Clearances can be found on the US Department of State government website here: https://www.State.Gov/M/Ds/Clearances/C10978.Htm

Tucson, AZ - https://jobs.raytheonmissilesanddefense.com/living-in-tucson


The salary range for this role is 96,000 USD - 200,000 USD. The salary range provided is a good faith estimate representative of all experience levels. RTX considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role, function and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.

Hired applicants may be eligible for benefits, including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, flexible work schedules, employee assistance program, Employee Scholar Program, parental leave, paid time off, and holidays. Specific benefits are dependent upon the specific business unit as well as whether or not the position is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement.

Hired applicants may be eligible for annual short-term and/or long-term incentive compensation programs depending on the level of the position and whether or not it is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Payments under these annual programs are not guaranteed and are dependent upon a variety of factors including, but not limited to, individual performance, business unit performance, and/or the company’s performance.

This role is a U.S.-based role. If the successful candidate resides in a U.S. territory, the appropriate pay structure and benefits will apply.

RTX anticipates the application window closing approximately 40 days from the date the notice was posted. However, factors such as candidate flow and business necessity may require RTX to shorten or extend the application window.

RTX is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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