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RTX Corporation Senior Principal Program Chief - Air Combat Test & Training (Onsite) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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United States of America


HIA32: Cedar Rapids, IA 400 Collins Rd NE , Cedar Rapids, IA, 52498-0505 USA

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The Collins Aerospace Air Combat Test & Training (ACTT) engineering department is responsible for the design, analysis, test and certification of Air Combat Training systems. We solve the challenges of next-generation pilot proficiency training so they can “Train as they Fight”. We field Test and Training range systems with state-of-the-art technology in cryptography, datalinks, navigation, communication, networking, and command and control. We specialize in highly accurate, highly secure solutions for U.S. DoD and international coalition customers. We are a system of systems development team that designs, integrates and supports some of the largest, most complex solutions offered by Collins Aerospace.

This position is for an experienced Program Chief Engineer (PCE) who leads engineering design and development activities for an Air Combat Training program. The PCE has primary accountability for meeting technical requirements and scope for the program, including engineering costs and schedule commitments, and serves as the primary technical execution interface. The PCE is the single engineering point of contact accountable for leading all engineering activities on the program.

If you want a complex, exciting, dynamic team environment with cutting-edge technology and a customer counting on us delivering the very best to help the military safely train in Live, Virtual, & Constructive (LVC) environments, this is the place for you. This position requires daily onsite presence at our Cedar Rapids, IA location. Eligible for relocation.

  • Signing bonuses available*

What you will do:

  • Own the technical pursuit, design, development, testing, and delivery of a complex program.

  • Collaborating across the integrated project team (engineering, program management, operations, finance, contracts, business development) to achieve program objectives.

  • Leading and managing the engineering bid and planning process for a multi-disciplinary engineering team.

  • Leading effective communication with internal and external customers, team members, and other stakeholders

  • Leading the development battle rhythm and cadence through an Agile development environment

  • Tracking, reporting, and analyzing project health metrics, including Earned Value, requirements, and test burndown.

  • Developing strategic solution roadmaps for Air Combat Test & Training customers, aligning them to internal and external product development roadmaps

  • Driving predictable program performance

  • This leader should be highly motivated, have a passion for meeting commitments, and enjoy the flexibility to support a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Education and Experience:

  • Typically requires a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) unless prohibited by local laws/regulations and minimum 10 years prior relevant experience or an Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 7 years of experience or in absence of a degree, 14 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.

Skills you must have:

Experience in the following areas of responsibility:

  • Leading a team in defining requirements, developing system architecture and design, and performing integration and verification across multiple systems.

  • Leading a development team in an Agile framework

  • Bidding, planning, and managing project budget, schedule, and scope.

  • Supporting business pursuits and developing technical approaches that satisfy customer most-important requirements within a defined cost-to-win.

  • Proactive management of program risks and opportunities

  • Creating collaborative team cultures that drive predictable program performance to consistently meet business and customer commitments.

  • Communicating effectively to a host of stakeholders across the technical spectrum, including customers, program management and senior leadership.

Skills we value:

  • Experience in air combat and/or training concept of operations

  • Experience supporting Business Development and Program Management in the creation of business cases and product roadmaps.

  • Experience in NSA certified developments

  • Experience as engineering bid lead on large, complex pursuits

  • Preferred applicants will currently hold a Secret (or above) security clearance, or have held one within the past two years.

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.


This role is also eligible for the Re-Empower Program. The Re-Empower Program helps support talented and committed professionals as they rebuild their capabilities, enhance leadership skills, and continue their professional journey. Over the course of the 14-week program, experienced professionals will gain paid, on-the-job experience, have an opportunity to participate in sessions with leadership, develop personalized plans for success and receive coaching to guide their return-to-work experience. Upon completion of the program, based on performance and contributions participants will be eligible for a career at RTX.

Minimum Program Qualifications

  • Be on a career break of one or more year at time of application.

  • Have prior experience in functional area of interest.

  • Have interest in returning in either a full-time or part-time position.

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.


*Please ensure the role type (defined below) is appropriate for your needs before applying to this role.

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.

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.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

  • Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option

  • Tuition reimbursement program

  • Student Loan Repayment Program

  • Life insurance and disability coverage

  • Optional coverages you can buy: pet insurance, home and auto insurance, additional life and accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal, ID theft protection

  • Birth, adoption, parental leave benefits

  • Ovia Health, fertility, and family planning

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Autism Benefit

  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 10 free counseling sessions

  • Healthy You Incentives, wellness rewards program

  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits

  • Bright Horizons, child and elder care services

  • Teladoc Medical Experts, second opinion program

  •  And more! 

    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 118,000 USD - 246,000 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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