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Vice President, Flight Operations

Palmdale, California

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  • Schedule: Full-Time Salary

  • Job Level: Executive

  • Travel: 0 - 25

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Date posted 06/30/2021 Job ID 32583BR Company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Experience Level Executive Job Title Vice President, Flight Operations City Palmdale State California Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary

Job Summary General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

This position reports to the Senior Vice President, Operations and will be responsible for the flight operations facilities for GA-ASI. This will include flightline operations, aircraft maintenance, test operations and aircraft production. They will be responsible for developing and overseeing the operational and capital budgets of the flight operations facilities. The VP, Flight Operations will determine and establish organizational structures and supervisory relationships, subject to top management approval. They are responsible for providing guidance and mentoring to staff to develop a strong sense of business acumen. Responsible for seeing that the delivered product functions as designed, meets all system requirements (verification) and satisfies the needs of the end user (validation). Executes tasks
with factual data and a strong sense of urgency; understands and balances the impacts of personal decisions upon cost; schedule; risk; political sensitivity; safety; customer expectations; employee recognition; development and morale. Has overall responsibility for the safety of flight operations.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Formulates and implements policies and procedures for integrating and testing aircraft in a safe and effective manner.
  • Formulates, recommends and implements capital budgets to improve the buildings and test equipment at the flight operations facilities.
  • Develops and oversees an overhead expense budget for maintaining operations.
  • Develops staffing plans to ensure sufficient personnel for current and expected future workload.
  • Provides direction and mentoring to lower level managers and staff.
  • Oversees maintenance of fixed assets of the flight operations facilities.
  • Maintains awareness and communicates condition of the operational environment to executive management.
  • Ensures that any and all technical issues are assessed properly for safety and the effect on the program from cost, schedule, and system-integration aspects.
  • Serves as a focal point for communication between the flight operations facilities, customers and other ASI departments.
  • Responsible for ensuring all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations are observed wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company. Responsible for ensuring work is accomplished in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.

Job Qualifications:
  • Typically requires a Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Applied or General Math or Physics as well as 6 or more years of experience as a flight test engineer and seven or more years managing flight operations facilities
    Must demonstrate an expertise at planning and executing integration, verification and validation activities including field and flight tests; and familiarity with plans, procedures, and test strategies
  • Must have demonstrated experience of managing and leading a cross-functional organization of more than 800 employees
  • Must have a broad hardware and software background and understanding of applicable disciplines outside primary areas of expertise; and the ability to solve complex management and technical problems
    Must understand the design of the aircraft system and the application of relevant test equipment; familiarity with site or field-testing in conjunction with customers, users, and associate contractors; and familiarity with test data collection, reduction and analysis techniques
  • Must possess strong system engineering, analytical and problem solving skills working in a team environment; experience in hands-on flight test operations and managing teams of technical staff including engineers; operational planning and scheduling experience; ability to identify priority areas at a variety of levels based on general company objectives
    Must possess excellent interpersonal skills, strong analytical and planning skills, and well-developed communication, writing and presentation skills
  • Requires some travel and US citizenship with the ability to obtain a security clearance
  • May be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information

Travel Percentage Required 0 - 25 Relocation Assistance Provided Provided US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? Yes Clearance Level Secret
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  • Healthcare

  • Pension, 401(k)/Retirement Plans

  • Competitive Pay

  • Multiple product lines means a variety of work

  • Paid Time Off

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