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Job #: R-00031491
Location: Manassas, VA
Category: Top Management ENG
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Leidos Defense Group has an opening for an Airborne Solutions Operation Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to join our Airborne Operation team in Manassas, VA.

The Operation CTO will be responsible for overall Operation technical innovation, differentiation, and strategy to include technical solutions for priority captures, management of the Operation internal research and development (IR&D) portfolio, and supporting technical performance on major programs.  The CTO will actively participate in the definition and implementation of the long-term technology strategy aligned to the Operation, Group, and Corporate technology strategy, and the ever-evolving set of Operation, Group, and Corporate goals. You will meet with current and potential customers to demonstrate the company's credentials at solving problems with technically-sound solutions. 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Closely partnering with Operation management to ensure the Operation’s technology strategy is aligned with the organization's strategic plan and is reflected in the business development plans.
  • Consult with business leadership on potential solutions to problems. 
  • Be an active participant in the Capture Process to include writing and reviewing proposal material. 
  • Seek partnerships with strategic suppliers, renowned universities, and research institutions to increase learning opportunities, sponsor research projects that take Airborne Solutions Operation solutions to the next level, and where possible, showcase developing technology both internally and externally.
  • Be the chief collaborator for all technical matters external to the operation and to any other organization within Leidos, and internal to Operation management and the Operation engineering leadership. 
  • Responsible for the development and mentoring of a set of mid to senior level technical staff.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a Technology, Engineering, or Aviation Technology field with 20+ years of relevant experience. Additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of Master's degree.
  • Prior experience should include minimum 10 years of Aviation Technology experience.
  • Domain expertise in general aviation, aircraft integration, and airborne ISR solutions. Specifically mission aircraft; unmanned air systems; aircraft modification and integration; communications solutions; ISR sensors and integration; ISR signal processing; ISR operator performance and workload issues; mission planning, execution, and analysis; AS9100 Quality Management; System Type Certificates.
  • Prior technical roles within organizations of similar size and scope ($700M and 1000 employees) with growing duties and responsibilities.
  • Large acquisition program experience.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, DoD, Federal and Intelligence Community aviation customers and industry peers.
  • Experience with policy formation, performance management, and best practices in the Defense and Federal industries.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, along with public speaking skills.
  • Ability to influence and persuade others, as well as handle difficult negotiations requiring a well-developed sense of strategy.
  • Ability to mentor, lead, and promote talent.
  • Significant experience supporting capture activities to include chairing/participating in Business Opportunity Gate Reviews, writing specific sections of proposals, providing preliminary technical guidance for solutions, and task cost estimation.
  • Secret Clearance is required (Top Secret Clearance preferred) and ability to obtain Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • 25% travel required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a Technology, Engineering or Aviation Technology field
  • TS/SCI clearance

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 25% of the time

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Top Management ENG

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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