About Textron: Textron is home to globally-recognized businesses, organized within five segments: Bell, Textron Aviation, Industrial, Textron Systems and Finance. Our businesses produce hundreds of products for customers around the world, in a range of industries spanning aerospace and defense, spe
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Director, Research & Development

Textron Airborne Solutions Inc • 
Newport News, Virginia, United States
Position Type: Permanent
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About Textron:
Textron is home to globally-recognized businesses, organized within five segments: Bell, Textron Aviation, Industrial, Textron Systems and Finance. Our businesses produce hundreds of products for customers around the world, in a range of industries spanning aerospace and defense, specialized vehicles, turf care, fuel systems, and tools and test equipment.  The company continually invests in next-generation products and services designed to win in the marketplace.  For more information visit: www.textron.com.


 


About ATAC:


Textron Airborne Solutions provides training opportunities for military customers. Within this company is Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), which provides tactical flight training and adversary services.  Textron’s extensive global reach makes for an incomparable training resource.  ATAC provides tactical flight training and adversary aggressor services for U.S. Navy, Marine and Air Force pilots.  ATAC operates simultaneously across five sites and two continents and comprises the world’s largest outsourced civilian, tactical airborne training organization and proudly provides the highest quality live training to Squadrons, Air Wings, and Battle Groups. 


 


Summary:


In order to achieve its mission, ATAC has established a research and development department whose mission includes evaluating and acquiring new aircraft, integrating mission equipment into existing aircraft, coordinating test and evaluation on aircraft and systems, and staying abreast of the state of the art of aviation technical capabilities so that emerging capabilities can be offered to the customer. The Director of R&D is responsible for directing the activities of the multi-disciplinary R&D department, which includes flight operations, aircraft maintenance, program management members and outsourced engineering vendors. Liaison with civil and military airworthiness authorities regarding new aircraft, configurations and systems falls within the job scope. The job encompasses both technical skills, project management and leadership of personnel.



Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in an aviation related engineering field – aerodynamics, avionics, electrical, aerostructures, propulsion or flight test/research is required. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • 5 year’s experience working in aviation related engineering jobs.
  • Minimum of 2 years working in program management.
  • 2 years of leadership/management of personnel.
  • Familiarization with Airworthiness requirements compliance.





Job Responsibilities:


  •  Coordinate with Director, Global Military Sales, to determine customer requirements and potential technical solutions.

  • Develop requirements and specifications for specific systems to meet customer’s technical needs.

  • Assign engineering support to projects through vendors, Textron Intracompany Work Agreements and through hiring additional engineering personnel.

  • Lead interdisciplinary teams encompassing flight operations representatives, aviation maintenance representatives, business representatives, and other engineering personnel to accomplish business unit objectives.

  • Perform program management oversight of department and its projects, ensuring proper prioritization, resource assignment and budget adherence for projects under the R&D department’s purview. Develop departmental budget.

  • Coordinate airworthiness requirements with both civil and military airworthiness authorities for new aircraft/systems/configurations/modifications.

  • Support business capture and proposal writing by providing technical information on systems under development to the Sales/Capture team.

 

Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Formal Project/Program Management training, such as CAPM (minimum) or PMP (desired).

  • Familiarization with FAA DER responsibilities. Being a DER is not a requirement, knowing how to work with DERs and their military equivalents is essential.

  • Flight Test Engineer experience is highly desired.

  • Ability to use project management software.

  • Training in Government Proposal capture management process or equivalent experience is desired.

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Job Ident #: 277789
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