The Chief Engineer provides technical vision for the assigned
product line across all projects under the product line umbrella.
For the product line: facilities communication and synergy across
the multiple projects through the development and maintenance of
the product line technical road map; technical lead for proposals
efforts through ownership of technical volume and technical basis
of estimates; overall accountability for technical product
lifecycle direction to meet strategic business objectives here at
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Overarching technical lead on unmanned aircraft systems under
the assigned product line
For project(s)/contract(s) without Sr. Project Engineer
assignments under the assign product line, performs the Sr. Project
Supports business development and program management as the lead
technical contact for proposal efforts relating to the product
Creates and maintains the technical road map for the product
line. This roadmap details the technical vision for the product
Ensures project design implementation efforts under the product
line umbrella are staying within the vision for the product
Facilitates communication with project engineers on the
Communicates vision with upper management to ensure within the
Supports program management and project engineers with
development of program planning strategies, technical cost
estimates, evaluations of alternatives, risk management, logistics
management, cost-performance trade-offs, preparation of data,
status updates and presentations at customer reviews.
Directs and works with project engineer(s) to develop solutions
to customer requirements and facilitates resolutions where product
line conflicts arise.
For the assigned product line and product line derivatives, is
the overriding design authority for the product including all new
development and product enhancements.
Responsible for facilitating the integration of
multi-program/project requirements without design/manufacturing
configuration and the cost
Assists with setting priorities across the product line. Ensures
roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and coordinated with
Provides support to Project Engineer(s) as necessary, to
include, but not limited or project planning, estimating, execution
of project tasks and management of the engineering team of
integrated product team (IPT).
Assists the functional managers with developing and implementing
improved procedures and standards to ensure that output is high
quality, accurate, on –time, and within budget; which includes
establishing metrics (key performance indicators) for the
engineering projects and accountabilities for achieving
Provides direction and leadership on technical and technology
issues and collaborates with Chief Technical Officer, Vice
President of Engineering, Technical Director, and/or Engineering
Operations Manager, as appropriate from cross-product line issues
and lessons learned.
Defines and manages risks of technical approaches in terms of
resources/tools and personnel needs across the product line.
Enforces the execution of company engineering design
Lead failure analysis and root cause investigation using
corrective action tools and techniques needed to effectively solve
Fosters ethical conduct and personal integrity thoughout
Engineering to ensure the company’s ability to attract and retain
customers in highly competitive environment.
Assists the project engineer(s) with customer requirements,
goals, and expectations.
Reports progress across the product line in meeting
external/internal customer requirements, goals, and expectations as
it relates to the technical roadmap
Provide mentorship to product line project engineer(s)
Assist in accomplishing human resource strategies by
communicating and enforcing values, policies, and procedures;
mentoring product line Project Engineer(s), providing input into
the appraisal of employees, and reviewing/recognizing job
Other Job Functions
Other duties may be assigned
Facilitates implementation of the technical objectives of the
company’s product line design strategy working closely with the Sr.
Project Engineers to ensure the design approach and solutions are
aligned with the product line vision
May be assigned to lead complex, multi-system, multi-discipline
engineering projects outside of the assigned product line.
Achieves results through leading and mentoring Senior Project
Engineers and/or Project Engineers in a matrixed environment
Experience and Skills KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Excellent engineering and/or project management experience
Strong technical knowledge of unmanned aircraft systems and
related support systems
Knowledge of military operations
Excellent communication and relationship skills with Senior
Leadership, Program Management, Customers and engineering team
Proficiency with MS Office products, including MS Project for
Integrated Master Schedule development and review
Knowledge of compliance elements for ISO,EVMS and Export
Knowledge of finance, accounting and earned value management
practices and procedures
Strong understanding and experience with engineering
Strong presentation preparation and delivery skills with
audiences such as Subcontractors, Prime and Government.
Strong technical writing skills to communicate internally or
Demonstrated passion for customer satisfaction
Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as
required by government standards
Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors
Ability to interact appropriately with the public when
Ability to adhere to workplace rules
Ability to effectively communicate professionally in writing or
verbally with all levels of personnel
Flexibility to handle changing requirements and prioritize in a
Additional Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Engineering management experience in the aerospace or aviation
Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally to meet
department and company goals and requirements for assigned product
Knowledge of company’s operations and procedures preferred.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in an applicable
engineering, technical, or science discipline. Master’s in Business
Administration is desirable.
Minimum 12 years relevant technical experience with Engineering,
Systems, Integration, Test, Software, and/or Engineering Project
Leadership, preferably within the aerospace or aviation industries,
or minimum 8 years with Master’s degree.
May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance
at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).
WORK ENVIRONMENT / PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Office and/or manufacturing environment
May work extended hours or weekends to to complete tasks and
May work in manufacturing and/or field environments with
potential exposure to uncontrolled climate condidtions and
potential exposure to noise, dust and hazardous chemicals
Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
Ability to perform repetitive motion (computer work, phones)
Ability to stand and sit for long period of time
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