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Job #: R-00118139
Location: Remote, US
Category: Engineering Management
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Remote Type: Remote
Clearance: Top Secret/SCI
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5000
Group: Defense

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The Defense Group, Airborne Solutions Operation has an opening for a Chief Engineer for Aviation Programs. The Division Program supported that will be supported includes US Army LSMA, ARTEMIS Technical demonstrator.

The selected candidate will be responsible for leading technical strategy, solution development, execution of systems engineering and modification efforts. The Chief Engineer will be responsible for developing and coordinating a multidiscipline team of engineers to provide support to Challenger 650 MEP enhancements, design, modification and delivery. The Chief Engineer will advise the leadership team on all technical aspects of projects and programs involving aircraft modification and enhancements.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree with 12+ years prior relevant experience
  • Experience working on DOD programs and projects
  • Demonstrated experience in leading multi-discipline teams of engineers
  • Experience on programs modifying Special Mission Aircraft
  • Must have an active TS clearance or higher, as well as the ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI

Looking for an opportunity to make an impact?

At Leidos, we know the most talented and diverse engineering professionals will always have a multitude of career choices; your time at Leidos will be a wise investment in your career and in yourself. We welcome your perspective and ideas, in order to foster collaboration and deliver world-class solutions.  We look for solutions that not only transform businesses, but change the world. When you join Leidos, you join a Fortune 500 company and one of Ethisphere Institute’s “World's Most Ethical Companies”.

Are you ready for your next challenge?

The Defense Airborne Solutions Group currently has a dynamic opportunity for a Chief Engineer, in a telework environment, to support a broad range of UAS programs for DOD (US Navy, US Air Force, US Army, SOCOM, DARPA) customers.  You will develop the technical planning and execution strategies during the proposal phases.  Then, during program execution you will be the primary technical leader of multi-discipline teams.  You will develop and update program hardware, software and processes; manage IPT and subcontractor development efforts; integrate subsystems and create the baseline; support Engineering Change Proposals; perform system checkout and support the Test & Evaluation team throughout contractor testing and system fielding. You will participate in the full lifecycle of the program assisting the Program Management Team and IPT Leads on the program to ensure the on-time delivery of engineering efforts that meet program performance requirements. 

THE CHALLENGE (primary responsibilities)

  • Manage internal investment to foster organic growth
  • Drive technical solutions to align with organizational strategies
  • Lead technical solutions in competitive offerings.
  • Develop system release schedules which meet program objectives and present those schedules to leadership and the customer
  • Effectively lead a geographically dispersed multi-discipline team to achieve the program schedule and all deliverable requirements
  • Coordinate with the IPT and subcontractor teams to effectively build and deploy new system baselines and revisions
  • Interface with Government customers, support contractors, and teammates
  • Plan, manage, and enforce hardware, software, and process baseline standards
  • Create and maintain documentation associated with support activities
  • Provide support metrics and reporting to leadership
  • Maintain performance of subsystem as systems are tested and checkouts completed
  • Troubleshooting to isolate system faults and perform repairs
  • Assist leadership with planning schedules and ensuring proper personnel coverage for support activities
  • Support the engineering team in the design, integration, and security posture of products
  • Support design, development, integration, testing, and operational fielding of UAS programs for DOD (US Navy, US Air Force, US Army, SOCOM, DARPA) customers.
  • Develop engineering design and test plans to meet all system requirements
  • Develop and maintain engineering documentation and diagrams

WHAT SETS YOU APART (Basic Qualifications)

  • Requires a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Technology, Engineering, or Aviation Technology related discipline, and 18+ years of related work experience, or a Masters and 12+ years of related work experience; additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Prior experience should include a minimum of 5+ years experience with UAS programs for DOD (US Navy, US Air Force, US Army, SOCOM, DARPA) customers.
  • Prior technical leadership experience of 3+ years experience leading a program ($10-30M) supporting design, development, integration, and testing of a complex, multi-component UAV systems.
  • Experience providing technical leadership of proposals ($10-30M).
  • Ability to mentor and lead a large technical team.
  • Possess strong troubleshooting, problem solving, and organizational and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with lifecycle development of system integration programs following DoD standards, experience with relevant quality control standards such as AS9100.
  • Must have the ability to identify innovative solutions to extremely complex, multi-faceted technical problems
  • A minimum of 35% travel may be required.


Pay Range:

Pay Range $118,300.00 - $182,000.00 - $245,700.00

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.


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 46,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.  For more information, visit

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