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DroneUp Sr. Systems Engineer in Virginia Beach, Virginia

DroneUp, LLC was born out of a vision to make autonomous flight great for communities, great for business, and great for the world. Yet more than visionaries; we have the tools, instruments, focus, and expertise to execute while utilizing a “People Matter Most” mentality.

Our founder envisioned a massive, untapped opportunity to leverage autonomous flight that would revolutionize how the world may "pitch" and "roll" in the future. To start, we have harnessed the power of airspace technology, analytics platforms, and drone services to transform business operations. Our long-term mission is to be “Safe and Be Exceptional” while building and deploying the world's most accessible drone ecosystem.

Ranked in the top 25 of LinkedIn Top Startups 2022 ( , DroneUp is Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia and provides drone delivery service in 34 locations across six states in partnership with the #1 retailer in the world, Walmart, Inc ( .

In 2022 DroneUp was on the list of "Next Big Things in Tech ( " but we are more than just invested in the drone ecosystem; we are equally invested in our people and landed successfully as a certified "Great Place to Work ( " in 2023. Knowing that our mission critical success comes directly from the people we bring onboard, we strive to provide opportunities for our employees to learn, grow, and go beyond the normal Field of View! Come fly with us as our team goes through our checklists that will “Inspire Fast Action” and take an entire industry to new heights. “Be a Person Others Want to Follow!”

Position Summary

DroneUp is seeking an experienced Sr. Systems Engineer to work with department leaders and suppliers driving key deliverables and outcomes to achieve organizational goals. This role partners with teams of technical product, systems engineering and IT experts to deliver robust and scalable solutions that meet stakeholder needs.

In this role, you will provide hands-on System Engineering support ensuring project objectives are met, from concept and initial discussions through detailed planning, design, development, testing, integration, production and deployment. The role is responsible for high-level system architecture & requirements, and establishing practices, methods, and standards across systems engineering processes.

The ideal candidate can take challenging, ambiguous, or visionary concepts and turn them into well scoped programs and projects; navigate a complex matrix of partners and stakeholders with competing needs and priorities; has a growth and servant leadership mindset; and thrives in a fast-paced, ever-innovating environment.


  • Architect and oversee systems of systems for DroneUp’s Hardware Product Portfolio.

  • Own documentation of overall systems architecture, drive alignment between relevant stakeholders

  • Translate broad visions and concepts into actionable plans, measurable outcomes, and provide governance of the processes and implementation of plans

  • Develop and manage Requirements; Plan for verification and validation.

  • Enforce quality metrics across systems engineering processes.

  • Support the development, design, and delivery of aligned organizational objectives.

  • Facilitate effective decision-making, risk mitigation, and issue resolution.

  • Coordinate retrospectives and lead continual improvement activities across systems engineering teams

  • Ensure timely decision-making, risk mitigation, and resolution of issues, engaging with business stakeholders and senior leaders as appropriate to ensure continued progress

  • Understand and navigate dependencies, risks, priorities, and value realization blockers within the organization – strategic, financial, and operational

  • Drive the transformation towards an agile development organization.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or a related field

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in system engineering roles.

  • Proficiency in Systems Modelling Tools like MagicDraw, Capella, Enterprise Architect.

  • Proficiency in Model-based Systems Engineering standards like UML or SysML

  • Excellent stakeholder management skills.

  • Experience in Agile methodologies and transformation programs.

  • Strong financial acumen and previous budget and resource management responsibilities.

  • Deep understanding of SDLC, PDLC, V-Model, and Agile principles.


  • Medical Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Short Term & Long Term Disability

  • Basic & Voluntary Life Insurance

  • 401(k) with company match

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Legal Services

  • Identity Protection

  • Accident Insurance

  • Critical Illness Insurance

  • Hospital Indemnity Insurance

  • Pet Insurance

  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick, Holiday)


Just like drones themselves, your earning potential can soar to new heights, but it largely depends on your qualifications and expertise. If you are recognized as an industry expert, your earning potential can take true flight. The target salary range for this position is $125,000 to $165,000. Your unique qualifications and contributions to the field will play a significant role in determining your precise compensation. The total rewards for this position may also include; potential for annual bonuses, benefits package, paid time off, and more.

$125,000 - $165,000

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

DroneUp is committed to hiring and developing the most qualified individuals, regardless of sex, age, race, national origin, disability or other protected characteristics. DroneUp subscribes to the equal employment opportunity requirements of applicable law. It is the policy of DroneUp to ensure equal opportunity to all employees and applicants in all employment matters, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, placement, compensation, training, promotion, and separation. In these and all activities, DroneUp does not discriminate against any qualified individual because of sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, gender identity disability, handicap, liability for service in the United States Armed Forces, veteran status, and/or any other legally protected characteristic.

Any individual who feels that he or she may have been discriminated against in violation of this policy is strongly encouraged to immediately contact his or her supervisor or any member of DroneUp management. Any member of DroneUp management who is notified of alleged discrimination is required to immediately report the incident to the HR Department.

DroneUp will thoroughly investigate all such claims with due regard for the privacy of the individuals involved. Any employee who knowingly retaliates against an employee who has reported workplace discrimination will be subject to immediate corrective action, up to and potentially including termination of employment.

Security Responsibility Statement: Employees are expected to provide a high level of security to any personal or private information accessed as part of their work, whether at a DroneUp facility or remotely. This includes participating in security training, remaining sensitive to individual rights to personal privacy, and complying with company policies. Employees who have access to sensitive data that is protected by regulation, such as HIPAA, or by contract, such as credit card data, must comply with any additional requirements dictated by the governing regulations or associated contracts.