SUMMARYDirect, lead and manage the development of Certification Plans, Compliance Checklists, and Conformity Plans for submittal to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or to (ODA) administrator, Core Engineering, Hangar Operations, Manufacturing and Product Support, and third-party projects in
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Certification Manager

ALOFT AeroArchitects • 
Georgetown, Delaware, USA
Position Type: Permanent
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Job Description:
SUMMARY
Direct, lead and manage the development of Certification Plans, Compliance Checklists, and Conformity Plans for submittal to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or to (ODA) administrator, Core Engineering, Hangar Operations, Manufacturing and Product Support, and third-party projects including projects that result in the issuance of Supplemental Type Certificates (STC’s).
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Support and help coordinate major repair or major alteration projects that require a Field Approval on an FAA form 337, one-only or multiple Supplemental Type Certificates, or amendments to Type Certificates of Normal and Transport category Airplanes; or PMAs through identically, or test and comparability
  • Entire FAA certification projects (STC, PMA and TSO) can be conducted through a letter of agency.
  • FAA data review of drawings and substantiation analysis reports that demonstrate compliance with the Code of Federal (Aviation) Regulations in Parts 23, 25, 27,
  • 29, and 31.
  • Providing Certification Management and Administrative DER (Designated Engineering Representative) or ODA UM (Unit Member) coordination on engineering & certification projects.
  • Reviewing technical in order to confirm its technical merit and ensure its compliance with the applicable Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR's).
  • Determine applicability of 14 CFR for Changed products.
  • Review & determine proper certification basis for significant changes, changes that are not significant, special conditions (novel or unusual design features), or excepted aircraft.
  • Work closely with aircraft development, installation, and certification teams to collect all the required data, as specified by the VP of Engineering, FAA Certification Manager, and/or ODA Administrator for certification activities.
  • Maintain all design and certification documentation.
  • Collect and generate data from various Engineering groups as directed by the FAA Certification Manager.
  • Coordinate with other departments to gather all data as required for certification.
  • Expedite flow of certification design documentation.
  • Generate and maintain report of all documentation with regards to its life cycle and current state.
  • Generate and maintain report of approval status of all documentation.
  • File hard and soft copies of the data as required by the FAA.
  • Coordinate data flow to and from ODA and vendors as directed by Engineering handbook ODA Manual.
  • Work closely with Configuration Management group for maintenance, approval and release of Engineering & FAA certification documentation.
  • Plan and direct the work of the highly skilled certification & UM staff, placing particular emphasis on certification quality to achieve product certification objectives.
  • Responsible for preparing certification cost estimates for Request for Proposals, Request for Quotes, and Statement of Work.
  • Monitor scheduling and department resources with the assigned Program Manager to meet/exceed business objectives and goals.
  • Review and monitor internal and external certification project costs by tracking staff resources and project activities of DERs and DARs (Designated Airworthiness Representatives).  May prepare certification documents for DER or FAA approval.
  • Develop and implement systems for performance metrics used to highlight need for process improvements or management emphasis.
  • Develop and implement means of estimating expected certification costs to complete on-going projects in order to provide up-to-date financial health information.
  • Confer with Contracts and Sales departments to evaluate customer specifications, engineering and regulatory requirements and pricing for new projects.
  • Document actions by completing all required time keeping records. 
  • Complete initial / recurrent training requirements in a timely manner.
  • Other duties may be assigned.
 
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
·Lead, mentor, manage, and directly supervise certification
staff.
·Allocate
work among certification staff according to specialized training.
·Manage operating
budgets, compile reports, and conduct special investigations and studies to
evaluate efficiency of certification programs.
·Monitor
progress of projects, confer with functional managers and project engineers,
and review reports to see that development is progressing according to schedule
and within budgetary guidelines.
·Evaluate
employee performance, and recommend promotions, transfers, and disciplinary
action.
·Be accountable for the activities, work flow, work
schedules, attendance, and compliance with safety, standards and policies for
all certification staff.
Job Requirements:
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform
each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are
representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Aviation Management, or combination of education and experience.
  • Five to ten years prior experience involving the development of STC packages.
  • Requires familiarity with Federal Aviation Regulations particularly Parts 21, 23, 25, 26, 91, 121 and 125.
  • Requires knowledge of certification procedures.
  • Requires a comprehensive knowledge of various aircraft modification projects including, but not limited to, interior completions and auxiliary fuel systems. 
  • Strong research skills and the ability to work independently. 
  • Effective computer skills; Microsoft Office software and other company and discipline specific software applications.
  • Ability to build positive relationships and to maintain cross-functional partnerships.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Must be detail oriented with the ability to multi-task.
  • Ability and willingness to work extended hours, when needed. 
  • Maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times, while setting a positive
  • example for all employees.
 
LANGUAGE SKILLS
  • Read, write, and understand the English language. 
  • Ability to read, write, analyze, and interpret complex contracts,
  • legal documents, technical documents, engineering drawings, regulations,
  • procedures and manuals.
 
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
  •  Designated Engineering Representative (DER) and / or ODA Unit Member (UM) is preferred.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform
the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Exerting/lifting up to 25 lbs. occasionally and/or 15 lbs. frequently.
  • Prolonged sitting; frequent and regular use of hands to operate keyboard and mouse.
  • Ability to access aircraft areas including the ability to maneuver in and out of and work in tight cramped areas and the ability to climb ladders and aircraft maintenance stands.
TRAVEL
Occasional travel may be required; the employee filling this position must be willing to travel on short notice and possibly for extended periods.
Salary Range: Neg-Neg
Relocation: Yes
Travel: Occasional
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