Job: Chief Engineer - UAS, GeoSearch, Inc., Orange County, CA
The UAS Chief Engineer owns the complete success of the program by ensuring the engineering needs of product development projects are met. The Chief Engineer owns the technical merits, requirements, and performance of the assigned products and services to ensure delivery. Supports business areas by creating Product Roadmaps, technical proposals, and project estimates in one’s respective area. The UAS Chief Engineer will drive technical and engineering conflicts to resolution and ensures the all project criteria are met.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead and guide product development form both micro and macro levels
Initiate deep dives to solve program and technical challenges with paths forward
Ensures risks/issues/opportunities are communicated to affected stakeholders
Mentors and guides engineering personnel to improve technical and leadership skills
The Chief Engineer assures:
Appropriate engineering resources (personnel, equipment, etc.) are identified
Product designs meet technical, performance, and quality requirements
System Architecture is defined and flowed down to design teams
Company-established methods, tools and processes are followed
Engineering project budgets & schedules are realistic/achievable
Project technical progress is tracked and communicated to assess project performance
Technical risks are identified and managed.
Stays up-to-date on industry technology advancements and application to BA roadmaps.
Supports an environment where:
Issues/concerns are openly discussed and addressed
Successes and accomplishments are celebrated
Provide clear communication with all stakeholders are actively involved in decisions
Partners with senior leadership, manufacturing, quality, supply chain, and other groups in setting priorities, establishing strategic plans, and addressing issues that cross departmental boundaries
Exercises wide latitude in determining objectives and approaches to critical assignments
Bachelor’s degree in a related engineering discipline or equivalent as a minimum is required or an equivalent combination of experience and education
12+ years’ experience in aircraft design and systems engineering required with UAV/aerospace experience
Proficient understanding of software, autonomous control systems, GNC, and avionics development
Demonstrate past success in solving complex technical program roadblocks with great results
Must have planning, risk management, and scheduling experience to accelerate development timelines
Must have experience with group motivation and discipline skills & demonstrated competence in the development of high quality, motivated workplace
Candidates with UAV aircraft, robotics development experience, and/or hobby drone experience will be given special consideration.