Manager, Aeronautical Engineering - Aircraft Design
L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success.
Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do. L3Harris Technologies is the Trusted Disruptor for the global aerospace and defense industry. With customers’ mission-critical needs always in mind, our more than 50,000 employees deliver end-to-end technology solutions connecting the space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. Job Code: 591 Job Location: Ashburn, VA Job Description: As an Aeronautical Engineering Manager, you will oversee a team of Aero Engineers who are tasked with designing our Unmanned Aircraft products. In this position, you will be working alongside your team members on direct program work for approximately 75% of your time, and providing functional management oversight of those same employees, as well as other functional leadership responsiblities, for the remainder of your time.
You will use your leadership skills and personal initiative to build and maintain a highly competent and agile Aeronautical Engineering team. You will have regular interactions with your team members to help foster their career growth and ensure their job satisfaction. As a direct contributor, you will use your expertise in product development to help design our family of unmanned aircraft systems.
This will include tasks such as requirements derivation, preliminary aero modeling/analysis all the way through to full CFD and wind tunnel testing. You will use your networking abilities to build trusting relationships and lines of communication across multiple programs to help drive the performance and execution efficiency of your direct reports. The Agile Development Group (ADG) specializes in developing disruptive, next-generation technologies for advanced Unmanned Air Systems (UAS / UAV), advanced radar systems, next-generation weapon systems, and other RF sensor technologies using small company agility and big company experience. Essential Functions: Direct tasking (75% of Duties): Conceptual and detail design of aircraft aerodynamic surface, with significant collaboration with Mechanical and Guidance and Control engineers. Evaluate and develop requirements and conduct trade studies to derive new air vehicle designs. Create aero performance estimates based on vehicle geometry (e.g. range/endurance, stability, etc.) Specify wind tunnel performance analysis criteria, and perform data reduction on the data obtained through wind tunnel testing. Communicate with Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) team to drive control parameters. Present data to internal and external customers during PDRs, CDRs, and other required design reviews. Lead peer reviews, PDRs, CDRs, and other required design reviews. Schedule, cost, and technical responsibility at the major subsystem level. Cost estimation for proposals. Primary interface to customers & upper management. Provide guidance and mentorship for other team members. Responsible to direct and review the work of junior engineers and designers and technicians. Participate in risk assessment and develop mitigation strategies for complex projects. Ability to obtain and maintain any additional clearances as required. Ability to lift up to 10 lbs. Up to 10% travel may be required. Other duties as required. Managerial Tasking: Manage a team of 4-8 Aeronautical Engineers by recruiting, selecting, orienting, planning, and training employees.
Coach, counsel, monitor, and appraise staff performance. Promote the career progression of your direct reports. Promote employee engagement – help make this a great place to work! Address all aero-specific program staffing needs. Interview and hire as needed. Conduct performance reviews and solicit peer feedback about you team’s performance. Contribute to departmental process improvement initiatives. Be knowledgeable of the specific contributions made by your team members to foster specific performance discussions. Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree and minimum 9 years of prior relevant experience. Graduate Degree and a minimum of 7 years of prior related experience.
In lieu of a degree, minimum of 13 years of prior related experience. Abiliy to obtain a government security clearance Minimum 5 years’ experience in aircraft aerodynamics analysis and flight sciences. Minimum 9 years’ experience in external flow aerodynamics analysis and design, requirements analysis, and specification generation. Minimum 3 years’ experience leading and collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team environment. Experience in wind tunnel test processes. Minimum 5 years’ experience in computer-based aero modeling tools. Experience using Microsoft Office products. Preferred Additional Skills: Active government security clearance is highly preferred Experience with Ansys Experience in 3D CAD modeling Prior experience in developing full-vehicle aircraft geometry or major sub-assemblies is strongly desired. Excellent people skills, with experience leading and collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team environment. Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, & presentation). Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens.
In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions. L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws.
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