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Raytheon Technologies Program Chief - E-2 Platforms Engineering in Sterling, Virginia

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United States of America


HVA34: Sterling,

VA 22640 Davis Dr

, Sterling, VA, 20164-7104 USA

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.

Program Chief – SS&S E-2 Systems Engineering


The Program Chief is the primary engineering leader accountable for the engineering scope, schedule, budget and overall success of the E-2 Systems portfolios. The program chief will work as a part of the triad of leadership, inclusive of Value Stream Leader, Engineering, and Business Development, to drive portfolio strategy and execution performance. This role will maintain interaction with major customers, business development, program managers, and a distributed engineering team to help pursue, capture and execute programs.

This position focuses on coordinating engineering efforts at the portfolio level to bring to market a cohesive portfolio of programs, integrated products, systems and services. The Program Chief serves as the ‘voice of the customer’ to align engineering towards creating products and systems that work together to meet customer needs and solve customer problems. He/she is accountable for ensuring all system requirements are met, and for managing the system component requirements.

The position requires an experienced leader who has demonstrated an ability to execute multiple moderate to complex developments while controlling scope, cost, and schedule.

Role Overview

This position will be aligned with the E-2 Systems portfolios, supporting the program office to build and enhance customer relationships, and drive engineering toward performance excellence. The candidate will work closely with Value Stream Leadership, Product Line Management, Project Engineering, and support staff to drive strategy, alignment to portfolio goals, assure defined requirements are consistently met, and to identify synergies across portfolio programs.

The program chief role is accountable to resolve technical conflicts and issues, and to ensure the development and maintenance of technical risk analysis methods and gap closure plans. The program chief is responsible for working with the engineering managers to ensure the program is staffed in accordance with agreed resource plan.

The candidate must demonstrate sound decision-making skills, strategic thinking, communication skills, and networking skills. A successful candidate will need the ability to communicate with multiple levels in the organization and matrix across domains and development tasks using strong interaction, interpersonal, mentoring and negotiating skills. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for adhering to, and supporting Collins Aerospace process methodologies while developing and managing commitments to meet project financial and schedule deliverables and quality requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Primary engineering leadership for the portfolio

  • Primary technical interface to the customer at the portfolio level (understand needs/challenges and act as the ‘voice of the customer’)

  • Collaborates with Business Development and Value Stream Leadership to identify Engineering priorities and develop the portfolio engineering strategy

  • Accountable for the overall technical success of the portfolio (budget, scope, schedule)

  • Builds strong relationships within the enterprise and with customers internal and external

  • Understands of all aspects of the portfolio's business

  • Responsible for working with the project engineering team and functional engineering managers across the business to ensure the portfolio’s programs are staffed in accordance with agreed resource plan

  • Responsible for engaging functional engineering managers as required for successful portfolio execution

  • Acts as the engineering approval authority for gate reviews, EAC reviews, customer meetings, and other engineering process reviews associated with the portfolio and at the appropriate Delegation of Authority (DOA) level

  • Responsible for development and maintenance of portfolio technical roadmap

  • Participates in Strategic Financial Plan (SFP) and is supports the technical Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the portfolio

  • Responsible for defining discretionary investment requirements for the portfolio and ensuring aligned scope, schedule, budget for associated projects between the portfolio and product line

  • Collaborates with peer program chiefs and leaders to align discretionary investments, obtain funding and set research priorities at the SS&S level, including IR&D, Advanced Technology, Enterprise Engineering, or United Technologies Research Center in support of the portfolio needs

  • Leads innovation efforts across portfolio programs

  • Accountable to resolve portfolio technical conflicts and issues, and to ensure the development and maintenance of technical risk analysis methods and gap closure plans

  • Champions common and reusable solutions

  • Participates in retrospectives to ensure knowledge share across the portfolio

  • Responsible for inclusion of Discipline Chiefs where required to ensure discipline health is maintained across the portfolio - process, design, and subject matter expertise

  • May serve as a capture lead or lead engineer for a large or complex pursuit/program within the portfolio

  • Oversees development, review, tracking and achievement of metrics at program level

  • Acts as an internal consultant providing technical guidance on complex projects

  • Reads current literature, talks with colleagues, participates in educational programs, meetings, and workshops, through professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the engineering field

  • May provide counsel and recommendations that result in significant impact on a major project or program or engineering/scientific/manufacturing activities of the functional organization

Basic Qualifications

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in the appropriate discipline and 10 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 7 years of relevant experience. In the absence of a degree, 14 years of relevant experience is required.

  • Previous experience as a Systems Lead, Engineering Manager, or Project Engineer

  • Experience with project planning, pursuits and execution

  • Show experience in building a network

  • Able to travel up to 50% of time

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Must have or be capable of obtaining a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance. Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation/reinstatement and must meet eligibility requirements

Highly Desired Skills

  • Understanding and utilization of the appropriate processes and tools during pursuit and order capture

  • Strong leadership skills as demonstrated with interpersonal interaction, individual mentoring to develop the team composition, and training

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to work well with others in a professional team environment

  • Good organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks, while balancing priorities and schedules are important attributes

  • Self-starter and have strong analytical skills

  • System level test planning, configuration management and test execution

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.

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

  • Life insurance and disability coverage

  • Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal

  • Ovia Health, fertility and family planning

  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions

  • Redbrick - Incentives for a Healthy You

  • Autism Benefit

  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Best Doctors, second opinion program

  • And more!

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.

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.

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