Director of Engineering, Systems Engineering

March 05, 2023
Offerd Salary:$177,280 - $265,920
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For over 50 years, AeroVironment has been a leader in advanced technologies and diverse innovations that have redefined how the world drives, flies, and connects.

If you thrive on a culture of relentless problem-solving and invention and want to work for a global front-runner where you tackle real-world challenges, then AeroVironment is the place for you.

Come join our group of innovative thinkers and discover how collaborative efforts produce extraordinary products that touch lives around the world. You can be a part of the team that developed these firsts: a controlled human- powered aircraft, the modern consumer electric car, a tiny hummingbird-like drone and a helicopter that flew on Mars. We also set flight records in near- space with our solar-powered aircraft, and we re-shaped the battlefield with portable, hand-held, tactical drones and loitering munitions. We have cemented our reputation around the world and in record books as unrivaled technological pioneers, including seven innovative vehicles in the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

While engineering for the future is what we do, we are ever-mindful of our strong commitment to purpose — to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. The products and solutions we provide our customers help to save lives and contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Join us to help push beyond the realm of the possible with such future- defining technologies as robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to generate ever-more meaningful actionable intelligence for our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.


The Director of Engineering, Systems Engineering , is an experienced individual within the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) division, with extensive knowledge performing one's function in a fast-paced organization. As a member of the Engineering management team, one participates in executing the overall strategic technology roadmap that will drive the business growth in a very competitive market space. This position will oversee a talented team of Engineers comprising Systems, System Test, Autonomy, GN&C, Reliability, and System Safety Engineers that develop small, unmanned aircraft systems, tactical missile systems, high-altitude pseudo-satellites, and advanced research & development projects. In this role, one is responsible for building a functional organization that has the capabilities and capacities to meet the business needs.


  • Develops and leads a motivated multi-disciplined and geographically diverse Systems Engineering organization
  • Develops, implements, and continuously improves engineering tools, best practices, capabilities, and capacity to support multiple Commercial & Defense businesses within AV in global and emerging markets
  • Develops and supports effective engineering processes and procedures related to Systems Engineering, Test, and Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C)
  • Effectively plans and manages engineering budgets and financial objectives consistent with the Annual Operating Plan (AOP)
  • Manages the engineering resources and staffing level consistent with the business's strategic plan & AOP
  • Coordinates IRAD & sustaining projects
  • Creates and promotes an environment where our engineers and employees can grow professionally and become the BEST at what they do
  • Provides technical expertise and guidance to their team to meet applicable deadlines
  • Maintains a high level of customer satisfaction with both internal and external customers
  • Directs a team to manage requirements evolution and traceability, subsystem requirements decomposition, system integration, and system verification & validation through the system development cycle
  • Directs a team responsible for the full life-cycle of GN&C subsystems (Guidance, Navigation & Control) including design, development, coding, debugging, testing, simulation, analysis, and maintenance
  • Directs a team responsible for developing new Autonomy capabilities for our portfolio of products
  • Defines processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
  • Frequently interacts with subordinate supervisors, customers and/or functional peer group managers, normally involving matters between functional areas
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Experience

  • 12+ years of successful engineering experience including 8+ years in leading Engineering organizations, managing an engineering team across multiple Product Lines
  • Experience managing remote and multi-location teams
  • Aerospace hardware and software engineering experience required
  • Proven & successful experience managing & leading a multi-disciplined engineering organization (e.g. Aerodynamics, Electrical, Video Processing, Remote Sensing, Embedded and Application Software, Mechanical- Design, Mechanical-circuit board design, Systems Engineering, Integration and Test)
  • Demonstrated competence in the development of a high quality, motivated work place
  • Experienced with Model Based Systems Engineering practices. Preferred experience implementing and championing MBSE processes, tools, and training across a multi-disciplined staff
  • Experience developing and supporting effective engineering processes and procedures related to Systems Engineering, Test, and/or GN&C
  • Experience writing Systems Safety protocols and ensuring personnel safety during field testing
  • Experience in taking a product from concept to production with contract manufacturers a plus
  • Managed requirements traceability and evolution through the system development cycle
  • Evaluated system performance thresholds and providing direction
  • Development of instrumented flight test vectors and data acquisition
  • Provided input for model development and simulation analysis
  • Has developed systems test plans, procedures and reports, reviewed and interpreted customer specification
  • Education

  • BS degree in Engineering (i.e., Systems, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science, etc.), MS preferred in Computer Science, Aero-Mechanical Eng., Electrical Eng. Mechanical Eng., or equivalent
  • Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to provide clear and concise communication (written and oral), as well as provide professional presentations
  • Demonstrates clear oral communication and well-organized documentation skills
  • Uses vision to think beyond the immediate situation, explore multiple potential paths, and adapt decision-making style based on the situational circumstances
  • Inspires, motivates, and empowers people to deliver organizational goals, while also delivering value back to employees
  • Brings organizational values to life using personality, uniqueness and the creation of a shared vision
  • Champions the process of change and promotes a culture of quick adaptation while helping others deal with the effects of change
  • Demonstrates the ability to develop and maintain internal and external trusting, professional relationships
  • Assesses the degree of risk and opportunity in plans or actions and takes appropriate action to mitigate them or makes plans to build on the opportunity
  • Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and R&D environment (Constant)
  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)
  • Special Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) required, per ITAR definition
  • Occasionally may be required to travel within the Continental U.S.
  • The salary range for this role is:

    $177,280 - $265,920

    AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

    ITAR Requirement:

    This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

    Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: https:// www.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. to learn more about us.

    Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

    Who We Are

    Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we've been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world's most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

    Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

    What We Do

    Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

    AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    U.S. Citizenship required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.

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