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Job #: R-00090933
Location: Beavercreek, OH
Category: Testing and Quality Assurance
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $3,000
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Looking for an opportunity to make an impact?

At Leidos, we deliver innovative solutions through the efforts of our diverse and talented people who are dedicated to our customers’ success. We empower our teams, contribute to our communities, and operate sustainably. Everything we do is built on a commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our people, and our community. Our Mission, Vision, and Values guide the way we do business. 

Are your ready for your next challenge?

The Defense Group at Leidos has a career opening for a Flight Test Manager to work in our Beavercreek, OH office supporting Wright Patterson Air Force Base customers. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to use your experience to advance the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) Rapid Technology Development and Demonstrations program and various Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) projects. In this role, you’ll be defining requirements, aircraft modification, design, integration planning, system integration, airworthiness approvals, and all aspects flight test execution.

What’s in it for you?

In this role, you  will spend time on the flight line, in aircrafts, and directly interact with payload systems. You will have opportunities to work with very unique systems in the Air Force arsenal that are otherwise specialized to a select few people. You will also be at the forefront of innovation, helping to transition technology from a lab to a real world environment.

If this sounds like the kind of environment where you can thrive, keep reading!

THE CHALLENGE (primary responsibilities)

- Develop test project technical requirements into executable flight test plans

- Develop detailed flight test procedures based on the test plans, test requirements, final product design, and the specific test assets to be used

- Lead Flight Test Planning Meetings, Technical Review Boards and Safety Review Boards

- The Lead for process development of test profiles, flight cards, test matrices, mission flows, and execution

- Lead for developing flight products and authoring post flight test “Flight Test Reports”

- Coordinate and schedule test activities with national test and training centers ranges based on flight test objectives

- Coordinate with Contracted Aircraft providers and Government stakeholders to complete flight test activities

- Resolve concerns with functional leads, including engineering, instrumentation, supply chain, maintenance/quality, flight operations, and suppliers

- Communicate test results to management, customer test representatives, and the rest of the engineering team.

- Verify that the configurations of systems under test, test assets, test procedures, and reduction/analysis tools are documented and captured

WHAT SETS YOU APART (job qualifications)

-Requires a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience or a Master’s Degree with 2 or more years of  relevant experience.

-Experience with DoD or civilian programs/projects involved with airborne systems, integration, and flight test

-Flight Test experience including planning, execution, and reporting

-Experience with DoD flight line operations, logistics, and security practices

-Experience with Air Force flight test planning and execution

-Ability to convey technical ideas in a clear, logical fashion, and translate highly technical discussions into executable plans

-Able to cope with rapid change, as multiple objectives/projects are running concurrently

-Ability to work both independently and within a dynamic cross-functional team environment

-Strong technical, analytical, and critical thinking/reasoning skills

-Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Project, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word,)

-Ability to liaise with, speak and present effectively to personnel at all levels of the organization


Up to 15% CONUS travel required

Security Clearance Requirement

-An active DoD Secret clearance to start, with the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI

Preferred, not required

-Unique or non-standard flight test experience

Pay Range:

Pay Range $65,000.00 - $100,000.00 - $135,000.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.


Covid Guidance for the US

In order to enter Leidos facilities in the U.S. and to attend Leidos events outside our facilities, employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry. In addition, we are receiving guidance from certain customers that onsite contractor personnel will need to be fully vaccinated to access customer facilities. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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