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Chief Engineer

Company: Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.
Location: Roseville
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

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 KUAS.

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 Engineer roles

Supports business development and program management as the lead technical contact for proposal efforts relating to the product line

Creates and maintains the technical road map for the product line. This roadmap details the technical vision for the product line.

Ensures project design implementation efforts under the product line umbrella are staying within the vision for the product line.

Facilitates communication with project engineers on the technical vision

Communicates vision with upper management to ensure within the company vision

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 project engineer(s).

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 results.

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 processes.

Lead failure analysis and root cause investigation using corrective action tools and techniques needed to effectively solve problems.

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 contributions.

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.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

Achieves results through leading and mentoring Senior Project Engineers and/or Project Engineers in a matrixed environment

Experience and Skills KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

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 members

Proficiency with MS Office products, including MS Project for Integrated Master Schedule development and review

Knowledge of compliance elements for ISO,EVMS and Export regulations

Knowledge of finance, accounting and earned value management practices and procedures

Strong understanding and experience with engineering fundamentals.

Strong presentation preparation and delivery skills with audiences such as Subcontractors, Prime and Government.

Strong technical writing skills to communicate internally or externally

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 necessary

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 dynamic environment

Additional Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Engineering management experience in the aerospace or aviation industry

Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally to meet department and company goals and requirements for assigned product line.

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 meet schedule

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

Kratos is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. EOE, Minorities, Females, Vet, Disabled, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or any other protected class.

All qualified job seekers are encouraged to apply. Kratos is committed to America's veterans by providing opportunities for them to continue contributing after service to our nation. We also work to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.

EEO Is The Law

Disability Accessibility Accommodation

If you require an accommodation to navigate or apply to our careers site, please send your request to HRAccessibility@kratosdefense.com or call 858-964-2916. Any inquires not related to requesting an accommodation will be discarded.

Pay Transparency

The company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

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Keywords: Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., Roseville , Chief Engineer, Other , Roseville, California

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