Sr. Director, AV Huntsville Innovation Center

April 08, 2023
Offerd Salary:$192,000 - $288,000
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The Senior Director, AeroVironment (AV) Huntsville Innovation Center -(HIC) shapes and implements the vision and strategy for AeroVironment at the Huntsville Innovation Center. This role will partner with AV Global Engineering leadership to deploy processes and tools. This role will oversee the growth of the center to become a world class development center for Unmanned Systems.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develops a high-performance engineering team with effective performance- based management practices, which will achieve a high level of motivation, morale, and results; fosters a high energy and total ownership culture
  • Grows opportunities to collaborate and create strategic value through collaboration and partnerships with customers and industry
  • Provides technical expertise and guidance to their team to meet applicable deadlines
  • Effectively plans and manages engineering budgets and financial objectives consistent with the Annual Operating Plan (AOP)
  • 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
  • Informs and obtains approval of matters outlined by AV Levels of Authority
  • Executes quality initiatives and ensures compliance with all country laws and regulations
  • Leads with rapid agility to deal with shifting priorities, demands, and timelines
  • Identifies and manages organizational and/or customer conflicts
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Minimum 15 + years of successful engineering experience
  • Minimum 12 + years in leading Engineering organizations, managing an engineering team across multiple Product Lines
  • Aerospace and/or UAV hardware and software engineering experience required
  • Proven & successful experience managing & leading a multi-disciplined engineering organization
  • Demonstrated track record of taking ownership and driving results - self- start and self-directed
  • Successful experience and comfort level presenting to executive leadership and public speaking
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking skills; demonstrated ability to analyze and break down problems with high ambiguity into components
  • Demonstrated success leading the creation of concepts and contributing technical writing for winning proposals
  • Working knowledge of AeroVironment systems and products and a track record of managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to champion the process of change and promotes a culture of quick adaptation, while helping others deal with the effects of change
  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Advance Degree is desired
  • Program Management and/or technical leadership experience on complex aerospace systems
  • Demonstrates strong computer skills and proficiency with office software, productivity tools and other software tools on one's area of expertise
  • Ability to work on problems of complex scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors; exercise judgment, strategic thinking, and best practices to determine appropriate action, yet also creatively thinks outside the box to find solutions to never- solved problems
  • Must be able to provide clear and concise communication (written and oral), as well as provide professional presentations
  • 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 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, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required.
  • The salary range for this role is:

    $192,000 - $288,000

    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

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