Mgr Mechanical Engineering 3

    • Palmdale, CA

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This position is for the Department Manager (DM) of Production Support reporting to the Vehicle Engineering Director, Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence & Oklahoma City (PAIC & OKC). The DM will be responsible for a growing and diverse organization of eight section managers with over 100 employees; the majority of personnel in Palmdale, and includes employees in El Segundo, Fort Worth, TX, and those on remote assignment.

This department's charter is to maintain and evolve capability in Production Support Engineering for all PAIC & OKC Engineering programs supporting the program build milestones with efficient, accurate and first time quality engineering production support.

The selected candidate will support the sector alignment strategies, Independent Review Teams and functional homeroom duties. DM will collaborate with programs, develop and report LRAP staffing projections to the business management team. Develop cost estimates for training as required, support business management team with associated operational data and manage staffing budget as required. Environment is fast pace, will require some travel to support hiring objectives and or surge support on the line or remote repair, and occasional flex of time to cover 2nd shift on emergencies. Special assignments are anticipated to support critical program milestone objectives. These will include additional leadership responsibilities to ensure engineering excellence and driving closure to achieve those objectives. Develop and provide training, career coaching, career growth and ensure retention and engagement remain a priority. This department will participate as the lead or contributor to the Community of Practice (CoP) responsible for sector guidance to all other CoE's that may have requirements to perform liaison activities. As the CoP lead/contributor you will be responsible to promote/plan and obtain budget to define/update/maintain methodology, processes, tools, training, and associated manuals that may be common across sites (or CoE's).
Primary staffing duties are to coordinate with program and their staffing needs; appropriate requisition, timely fill of those requisitions, and prepare status to staffing Tech Ops rhythm meeting. Ensure all POST are up-to-date, track and update Taleo requisitions as required. Guide the department on growing pipelines of engineering bench strength with initiatives such as PATHWAYS Engineers, "Grow Our Own" cross VE department's discipline rotation, support RT&E inter-directorate rotation, and inter-CoE rotations. Maintain department DM Playbook on VE Directorate site.

Essential Functions:
•Provide oversight of all major functions within Vehicle Production Support Engineering (Liaison).
•Key responsibilities include long range planning, and full responsibility for all aspects of functional homeroom performance.
•Provide ownership for the people, processes, and tools that support divisions and programs achieve their missions.
•Determine organizational objectives with a long term perspective for desired results and alignment for overall long range plans and corporate wide strategy.
•Accountability for recruiting, staffing and retaining talent, and training to deliver on the objectives.


Basic Qualifications:

  • ABET accredited Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and/or Civil Engineering (Structures).
  • Minimum 9 years of aircraft production support experience.
  • Current MRB certification.
  • Experience leading large engineering organizations on aircraft vehicle platforms.
  • Experience in staffing forecasting.
  • Experience in a technical leadership/management role and demonstrated negotiation of placement of engineering personal with programs, both experienced engineers and new grads/interns.
  • Active Secret DOD Clearance within scope is required to start.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering.

• The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret clearance and Special Program Access.

• Recent experience with military aircraft production support.

• Experience with CPLM, Teamcenter, CATIA V5 and/or NX-CAD.

• Experience with CAM and EVMS.

• Recent experience as IPT or PM a plus

• Experience with LRAP, POST, and TALEO

• Experience with CDRL deliverables and customer interface (NAVAIR and/or AF).

• Expert knowledge of aircraft repair, focus on process and techniques for fast tag turn with accuracy and quality.

• Experience implementing action plans based on metrics and/or root cause/corrective issues.

• Team player and demonstrated exceptional collaboration.

• Top communication skills both written and verbal.

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