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RTX Corporation Associate Director Program Area Chief Engineer (onsite) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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United States of America


TX190: 2501 West University, McKinney 2501 West University , McKinney, TX, 75070 USA

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Do you have a passion in Autonomous Systems? Do you enjoy working in fast paced, innovative, and groundbreaking technology environments? Do you want to be part of a team that can rapidly design, develop, and field open, trusted, secure, certified, and operationally effective collaborative autonomous solutions? The Autonomy and C2BM group is a newly formed Collins Aerospace business with a vision to be defense industry leaders in command and control, battle management and developers and integrators of collaborative autonomy to extend the reach, survivability, and lethality of the humans across the all-domain, JADC2-enabled battlespace. The Autonomy and Command & Control Battle Management (C2BM) is seeking a talented Associate Director of Engineering/Program Area Chief Engineer to lead a group of Program Chief Engineers that will be leading large and complex new development programs.

The Program Area Chief Engineer (PACE) is the engineering focal point for the Autonomy and Command & Control Battle Management (C2BM) Program Area with a focus on Software development and advanced data solutions tied to command and control, across and within multiple warfighting domains. The team serves world-wide supporting multiple missions including Battle Management, Command and Control, and Autonomous platforms. This person will be responsible for leading our teams in the development of systems that provide command and control, mission management, orchestration, collection, and processing. They and their team will be responsible for execution of existing programs, in addition to working/supporting new business opportunities. The PACE manages all the Program Chief Engineers within the group working with other cross functional leaders to execute and grow the business over the next 5 years. It is a high visibility position to the Autonomy and Command & Control Battle Management (C2BM) Leadership Team.

The preferred location for this position is either Ft Wayne, IN; McKinney, TX; Cedar Rapids, IA; Sterling/Dulles, VA

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Proven leadership on development programs as a Lead (e.g. Chief Engineer, Program/Project Engineer, or Integrated Product Team Lead).

  • Accountable for achieving Program Area engineering cost, schedule, and technical commitments.

  • Ensure that Program Chief Engineers (PCE) and Engineering personnel are following approved processes & procedures.

  • If failures occur, ensure root cause evaluation and corrective action implementation is thorough, addresses systemic issues (if any), and is in accordance with company policy.

  • Review engineering execution risk mitigations and opportunity capture plans, ensuring they are appropriate to the work being performed and current state of the programs.

  • Accountable for review of, and approval authority for, Program EACs, Gates and Engineering Bid Reviews (including ensuring Design-To-Cost and schedule targets are met; bid packages are thoroughly vetted; within scope, risks & opportunities identified and manageable), per the approved Delegation of Authority (DOA), or as otherwise directed.

  • Hire, manage, mentor, and support Program Chief Engineers, assigning them to programs based on program need and PCE capability/experience. Assist PCEs to ensure programs are staffed with proper engineering personnel/skillsets to successfully execute programs within cost and schedule requirements. Develop and maintain succession plan and a robust mentoring of PCEs.

  • Support Program Area financial planning and forecasting. Assist Program Chief Engineers (PCEs) and Engineering Disciplines (metrics and staffing plans for Engineering) to achieve sales forecast.

  • Support technology roadmap development and maintenance, drive product & technology development, and prioritize company investment, in alignment with the Program Area strategy.

  • Support front end of the business activities, to include working with customers to understand their needs, helping to shape future work and win strategies, and developing strong positive relationships with the customer community to make Raytheon Technologies the preferred supplier.

  • Model values and behaviors expected to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.

  • Broad experience working front end of the business activities, leading engineering development efforts, and managing progressively larger and more complex engineering efforts.

  • This position requires an individual that can perform with minimal direct supervisory support. As such the candidate must be highly motivated and a self-starter.

  • Experienced mentor giving guidance, direction and holding individuals accountable for deliverables in their domain area.

  • Continuously improve the performance of the team through development of staff. This includes assigning resources to projects, setting and evaluating goals, coaching and management of compensation, recognition, and awards.

  • The candidate will collaborate across programs and engineering teams to identify efficiencies, share resources, and support the development of best practices, necessitating an ability to clearly communicate objectives and status to audiences with varying degrees of understanding of the products and technology.

  • The candidate will be required to understand and manage both customer and IR&D funded projects.

  • Decision Making - The candidate must demonstrate sound decision-making skills, strategic thinking, networking skills, and the ability to accurately forecast resource needs.

  • Personnel Administration - candidates must be able to perform hiring, performance assessment, management of personnel issues, and create a highly engaged and motivated team.

  • Present staffing plans and software execution plans to program leadership.

  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

  • Ability to travel as needed.

Qualifications/ Experience Needed:

  • Minimum of 12 years of experience.

  • Experience in Aerospace or Government Defense Organizations.

  • Solid business acumen inclusive of a sound understanding of the Program Area customer community and their needs.

  • Experienced mentor giving guidance, direction and holding individuals accountable for deliverables in their domain area.

  • Experience executing and leading programs that are Agile, Cloud and using DevSecOps.

  • Experience with execution, process integration, Six Sigma, Quality or related process improvement methodologies.

  • Experience in execution and management through the use of performance metrics.

  • Broad experience working front end of the business activities, leading engineering development efforts, and managing progressively larger and more complex engineering efforts.

  • Executive level communication skills are required, as the PACE works within and across mission area programs to be successful and serves as the single point of contact for Engineering activities.

  • Work to influence others regarding discipline's practices, concepts, and approaches.

  • Requires ability to communicate with executive leaders on mission area strategic and tactical initiatives.

  • The position also requires the ability to inspire and influence the program team to achieve the desired results.

  • Experience in program management activities, including working knowledge of Earned Value Management System (EVMS).

  • Experience Managing a large team comprised of experienced professionals to develop new products, processes, standards or operational plans in support of the program.Communicating with program stakeholders and customers to drive customer deliverables on-schedule.

  • Typically requires a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) unless prohibited by local laws/regulations and minimum 12 years prior relevant experience or an Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 10 years of experience or in absence of a degree, 16 years of relevant experience.

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. government issued security clearance is required.

  • U.S. citizenship is required, as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance. this position will require the ability to access US only data systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current/Active DOD Top Secret Clearance day 1 of employment. Able to attain a SSBI (TS/SCI) clearance (is desired, but not required)

  • Experience working on Autonomous Collaborative Platforms and/or sUAS autonomy programs for Army, Navy, and/or Air Force customers.

  • Domain knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Network Communications, Datalinks and Platform Integration.

  • Knowledge of OMS-based architectures.

  • Experience operating within Industry Consortiums

Collins Aerospace, an RTX company, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio, and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

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.

Collins Aerospace Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

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.


It is preferred for this position to be located Onsite at one of the locations listed above. There is flexibility to be hybrid or remote as well.

Onsite: Employees who are working in Onsite roles will work primarily onsite. This includes all production and maintenance employees, as they are essential to the development of our products.

Hybrid: Employees who are working in Hybrid roles will work regularly both onsite and offsite. Ratio of time working onsite will be determined in partnership with your leader.

Remote: Employees who are working in Remote roles* will work primarily offsite (from home). An employee may be expected to travel to the site location as needed. * Position is remote; however, if you live within a reasonable commute of a Collins site with other colleagues you interact with, your manager will discuss whether there is a degree of onsite presence associated with this role.

Regardless of your role type, collaboration and innovation are critical to our business and all employees will have access to digital tools so they can work with colleagues around the world – and access to Collins sites when their work requires in-person meetings.

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.

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

The salary range for this role is 143,000 USD - 287,000 USD. The salary range provided is a good faith estimate representative of all experience levels. RTX considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role, function and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.

Hired applicants may be eligible for benefits, including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, flexible work schedules, employee assistance program, Employee Scholar Program, parental leave, paid time off, and holidays. Specific benefits are dependent upon the specific business unit as well as whether or not the position is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement.

Hired applicants may be eligible for annual short-term and/or long-term incentive compensation programs depending on the level of the position and whether or not it is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Payments under these annual programs are not guaranteed and are dependent upon a variety of factors including, but not limited to, individual performance, business unit performance, and/or the company’s performance.

This role is a U.S.-based role. If the successful candidate resides in a U.S. territory, the appropriate pay structure and benefits will apply.

RTX anticipates the application window closing approximately 40 days from the date the notice was posted. However, factors such as candidate flow and business necessity may require RTX to shorten or extend the application window.

RTX is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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