United States of America
Sterling, VA 22640 Davis Dr , Sterling, VA, 20164-7104 USA
At Collins Aerospace, we’re dedicated to relentlessly tackle the toughest challenges in our industry – all to redefine aerospace.
We’re driving the industry forward through technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for global aerospace and defense. Every day we imagine ways to make the skies and the spaces we touch smarter, safer and more amazing than ever. Together we chart new journeys, reunite families, protect nations and save lives. And we do it all with some of the greatest talent this industry has to offer.
We are Collins Aerospace and we hope you join us as we REDEFINE AEROSPACE.
The Program Chief is the primary engineering leader accountable for the engineering scope, schedule, budget and overall success of the Simulation & Training Solutions - Defense Systems portfolio. The program chief will work as a part of the triad of leadership, inclusive of Value Stream Leader, Engineering, and Business Development, to drive portfolio strategy and execution performance. The role is charged with serving as the ‘voice of the customer’ to align engineering towards creating products and systems that work together to meet customer needs and solve customer problems. This role will maintain interaction with major customers, business development, program managers, and a distributed engineering team to help pursue, capture and execute programs. This position focuses on coordinating engineering efforts at a high level to bring to market a cohesive portfolio of programs, integrated products, systems and services. The position requires an experienced leader who has demonstrated an ability to execute multiple moderate to complex developments while controlling scope, cost, and schedule.
The position will be aligned with the STS Defense Systems portfolio, supporting the program office to build and enhance customer relationships, and drive engineering toward performance excellence. The candidate must demonstrate sound decision making skills, strategic thinking, communication skills, and networking skills.
A successful candidate will need the ability to communicate with multiple levels in the organization and matrix across domains and development tasks using strong interaction, interpersonal, mentoring and negotiating skills. The candidate will work closely with Value Stream Leadership, Product Line Management, Project Engineering, and support staff to drive strategy, alignment to portfolio goals, assure defined requirements are consistently met, and to identify synergies across portfolio programs. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for adhering to, and supporting Collins Aerospace process methodologies while developing and managing commitments to meet project financial and schedule deliverables and quality requirements.
Primary engineering leadership focal point for the portfolio.
Primary technical interface to the customer at the portfolio level (understand needs/challenges and act as the ‘voice of the customer’).
Collaborates with Business Development and Value Stream Leadership to identify Engineering priorities and develop cross-portfolio engineering strategy
Accountable for the overall technical success of the portfolio (budget, scope, schedule).
Builds strong relationships within the enterprise and with customers internal and external
Understands of all aspects of the portfolio's business
Responsible for working with the project engineering team and functional engineering managers across the business to ensure the portfolio’s programs are staffed in accordance with agreed resource plan.
Responsible for engaging functional engineering managers as required for successful portfolio execution.
Acts as the engineering approval authority for gate reviews, EAC reviews, customer meetings, and other engineering process reviews associated with the portfolio and at the appropriate Delegation Of Authority (DOA) level.
Responsible for development and maintenance of portfolio technical roadmap
Participates in Strategic Financial Plan (SFP) and is responsible for leading the technical Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the portfolio.
Responsible for defining discretionary investment requirements for the portfolio and ensuring aligned scope, schedule, budget for associated projects between the portfolio and product line.
Collaborates with peer program chiefs and leader to align discretionary investments, obtain funding and set research priorities at the STS level, including IR&D, Advanced Technology, Enterprise Engineering, or United Technologies Research Center.
Leads innovation efforts across departments
Accountable to resolve portfolio technical conflicts and issues, and to ensure the development and maintenance of technical risk analysis methods and gap closure plans
Defines and maintains the System Engineering Master Plan and directs technical system-level trade studies.
Champions common and reusable solutions
Participates in after action review activity to ensure knowledge share across portfolio.
Responsible for inclusion of Discipline Chiefs where required to ensure discipline health is maintained across the portfolio - process, design, and subject matter expertise.
Responsible for supporting market analysis documentation
May serve as a capture lead or lead engineer for a large or complex pursuit/program.
Oversees development, review, tracking and achievement of metrics at program level.
Acts as an internal consultant providing technical guidance on complex projects
Reads current literature, talks with colleagues, participates in educational programs, meetings, and workshops, through professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the engineering field.
May provide counsel and recommendations that result in significant impact on a major project or program or engineering/scientific/manufacturing activities of the functional organization.
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline and 12 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 10 years of relevant experience. In the absence of a degree, 16 years of relevant experience is required.
Previous experience as a Systems Lead, Engineering Manager, or Project Engineer
Experience with project planning, pursuits and execution
Show experience in building a network
Able to travel up to 50% of time
US Citizenship or Green Card and the ability to obtain a security clearance
Highly Desired Skills:
Understanding and utilization of the appropriate processes and tools during pursuit and order capture
Strong leadership skills as demonstrated with interpersonal interaction, individual mentoring to develop the team composition, and training
Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to work well with others in a professional team environment
Good organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks, while balancing priorities and schedules are important attributes
Self-starter and have strong analytical skills
System level test planning, configuration management and test execution
At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other - propel us all higher, again and again.
Some of our competitive benefits package includes:
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance
- Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees
- Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution
- Tuition reimbursement
- Life insurance and disability coverage
- And more
Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.