Development Leader, Advanced & Special Programs

General Electric - Grand Rapids, MI

Full-time
Role Summary:
Join our growing Advanced & Special programs team where we're developing cutting edge technical capabilities centered on unmanned systems, autonomous operations, cyber, advanced processing and a variety of future high technology solutions. As the Development Leader, You will be part of a dynamic, entrepreneurial, nimble team focused on meeting the needs of our unique customer base while advancing technologies and solutions to meet tomorrows challenges.

Essential Responsibilities:
Being part of the GE family, you will have access to world class leadership and skills training as well as unlimited career opportunities within GE. Located in the heart of America’s best Midwest town, and on our country’s “third coast”, Grand Rapids offers a thriving community that is renowned for its cultural, economic and entertainment options. In this senior leadership position, you will lead customer growth initiatives and develop capabilities, concepts and solutions that solve challenging customer needs and promote advanced technology and avionics systems solutions.
The Development Leader position requires senior level experience and a track record of successes in creatively driving business growth and performing business development / relationship management with aircraft OEMs, partner organizations and US Government R&D Labs within the aerospace and defense industry.

In particular, as the Development Leader, you will ...

Generate new business opportunities and manage projects within the A&SP customer base, which includes:
Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works)
Boeing Phantom Works
Northrop Grumman Advanced Programs

US Government S&T organizations to include:
AFRL
ONR
SOCOM
ARL
DARPA
DIU
SCO
and other US Government organizations

As Development Leader, You will also:
Generate business strategies and capture plans
Generate and lead proposal efforts
Establish financial projections and forecasts
Make strategic recommendations to business leaders and to our customers on creative solutions that you conceive
Develop leading edge solutions for complex customer problems in the military market
Grow the business via robust customer engagement strategies and the uncovering of new opportunities for current and future products, markets and capabilities
Work closely with GE’s Global Research Centers and the broader GE enterprise
Lead complex planning and negotiations requiring involvement of many stakeholders both internal and externally
Manage customer-focused projects from the pursuit through initial execution phases

Qualifications/Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in a technical field of study from an accredited university or college
Minimum of 7 years of experience in business development
Minimum of 1 year of project management experience

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT(S):
Active DoD Secret security clearance with the ability to be cleared to higher levels in a timely manner as required
Ability and willingness to travel domestically up to 50%
This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment

Desired Characteristics:To truly excel in this role, you'll need:
Minimum of 7 years of experience in business development with a strong preference given to those who have demonstrated experience in capturing DoD related programs with a high preference for aircraft / weapon system and technology development programs
Experience with aircraft vehicle and mission avionics / systems
A track record of documented accomplishments in doing business with and established relationships within advanced technology organizations, such as Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works), Boeing Phantom Works, Northrop Grumman Advanced Programs and US Government S&T organizations
A track record of documented accomplishments in generating and leading capture campaigns
An entrepreneurial mindset with a proven ability to be agile and operate in a highly dynamic and fast paced team environment
Experience working DoD classified programs
Critical thinking skills to resolve and manage complex issues
Demonstrated ability to lead teams to successful outcomes in a matrixed organization
Strong oral and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
Master's degree from an accredited university or college
DoD acquisition (as a DoD employee) and / or military operational flight experience

Why join one great company when you can join many? We are more than 280,000 people with jobs that range from biochemist to finance specialist to wind energy engineer. We’re passionate about making life better with new ideas and technologies. We’re diverse, supporting our communities in more than 140 countries. Experience personal growth and competency development as part of the GE team. Around the world, we are helping build the healthcare, transportation and aviation of the new century.

At GE Aviation, we are imagination at work. Whether we’re manufacturing components for our GEnx engines or driving innovation in fuel and noise reduction, the GE Aviation teams are dedicated to turning imaginative ideas into advances in aviation that solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Join us and you’ll find yourself in a dynamic environment where our ongoing, substantial investment in research and development keeps us moving forward and looking ahead. Here you’ll work collaboratively and across functions with the highest caliber talent, utilizing cutting-edge technology and processes. Whether it’s the next generation of ecomagination products or the future of aircraft engines, we’ve got the state-of-the-art resources to make those innovations a reality. If you’re passionate about aviation and looking for a career rich with challenges and unlimited opportunities for growth and advancement, then join GE in reengineering the sky through aviation innovations that will impact the globe for generations to come.

About Us:
As exciting as our work environment is, there's a lot to keep your attention outside of work as well in scenic Grand Rapids, MI. Located in the four-county West Michigan area with a population of nearly one million, Grand Rapids offers a pleasant everyday experience that transcends the ordinary. Nature has provided abundant opportunities for recreation throughout four distinct seasons, with clean lakes and streams, beaches and forests. Whether you're single or raising a family, the quality of life in Grand Rapids is an attractive advantage. Here you'll discover extensive arts and cultural venues, plenty of fine dining for every palate, popular entertainment including hot nightspots and bars, downtown and mall shopping, a wide variety of affordable housing options and good schools. Local institutions include the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Van Andel Museum Center, & John Ball Park Zoo. If you're continuing your education, excellent local options, include Davenport University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Hope College, Michigan State University and Western Michigan University. Land a career with us, and find yourself in the perfect location to build a fulfilling life as well as a satisfying career!

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Locations: United States; Michigan; Grand Rapids

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening.