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Raytheon Technologies Principal Engineer - Autonomy Common Platform Program Chief in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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United States of America


HIA32: Cedar Rapids, IA 400 Collins Rd NE

, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52498-0505 USA

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.

Program Chief – Autonomy Common Platform

Principal Project Engineer

The Mission Systems Autonomous & Mission Engineering Solutions (AMES Engineering) is looking for a dynamic Pr Systems Engineer to provide leadership supporting our Unmanned and Advanced Common Technology development programs.

This role will maintain interaction with major Unmanned OEMs and subcontractors, business development, program managers, and a globally distributed engineering team. This position focuses on managing a group of systems and SW&HW domain engineers executing on Unmanned Systems and Software solutions. The position requires experienced leaders whom have demonstrated an ability to pursue new business opportunities and execute on small, moderate, and large developments while balancing scope, cost, and schedule. This role will be the primary Engineering Focal point for key external customers and internal program/engineering management.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities include defining program Architecture and Design baselines, managing individuals planning, bidding, and execution of new technology development programs for customer and internally funded Unmanned related programs. This includes working across Enterprise organizational boundaries across many different domain and disciplines to ensure successful project planning and development. Additional responsibilities will include customer interaction, and communication with department and program management. A successful candidate will excel at new business capture and execution of new technology developments. The ideal candidate would also have knowledge of earned value and schedule management, software and systems development process and practices, and experience leading a team of more than 10 people spread across different organizations and locations. The candidate must demonstrate sound decision making skills, strategic thinking, communication skills, networking skills, and able to accurately forecast project work and costs.

The selected candidate will work directly with and/or manage daily activities of engineers, perform some project engineering and program management tasks when applicable, and interface with support organizations during the development of products. The candidate will work closely with Program Managers, Product Line / Program Management, Systems, Software, and support staff to assure defined requirements are consistently met in all phases of a program's lifecycle. A successful candidate will need the ability to matrix across multiple domains and development tasks while supporting project objectives of meeting cost and schedule goals.

Candidate will lead the engineering team using strong interaction, interpersonal, mentoring and negotiating skills, and will be responsible for managing project risks/issues and elevating to upper management when appropriate. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for adhering to, and supporting Collins process methodologies while developing and managing commitments to meet project financial and schedule deliverables and quality requirements.

Basic Qualifications

  • Experience with Critical UAS Technologies like: Autonomy Algorithms, Detect and Avoid, Loss Link, Flight Management Decision Aiding, Autonomous Flight Controls, Sensor Fusion, and Operated Assisted Decision Loops with Ground Stations

  • Experience with executing Internal Research and Development Programs, delivering new technologies to internal and external customers

  • Previous experience as a Systems Lead, Engineering Manager, or Technical Project Manager

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Must have or be capable of obtaining a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance. Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation/reinstatement and must meet eligibility requirements

  • Project planning and execution on programs with more than 10 engineers

  • Experience with Modeling and Simulation of Avionics Software, Systems, and Hardware

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in the appropriate discipline and 10 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 7 years of relevant experience. In the absence of a degree, 14 years of relevant experience is required.

  • Systems engineering experience (minimum 10 years)

  • Demonstrated some experience with Agile software development and planning models

  • Ability to travel up to 15% over the course of a year

A successful candidate will possess:

  • A strong track record of winning new business or executing on complex clean sheet programs.

  • 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.

  • Experience pursuing high complexity program engineering change proposals.

  • System level test planning, configuration management and test execution.

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.

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, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Life insurance and disability coverage

  • Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal

  • Ovia Health, fertility and family planning

  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions

  • Redbrick - Incentives for a Healthy You

  • Autism Benefit

  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Best Doctors, second opinion program

  • And more!

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.

Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

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Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.