Enterprise Drone Architect

Cognizant Technology Solutions
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Feb 21, 2024
Feb 27, 2024
Engineering, Civil
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
Enterprise Drone Architect

The Enterprise Drone Architect role offers an exciting and dynamic opportunity for a candidate who can seamlessly blend forward-thinking leadership with technical and strategic expertise, creating a catalyst for pioneering drone applications at the highest level. This multifaceted position requires a holistic approach that encompasses the entire spectrum of drone operations, from crafting compelling business use cases to navigating complex regulatory landscapes, executing drone missions, and harnessing the power of data analytics for continuous innovation.

At its core, the Enterprise Drone Architect is a visionary leader who excels in developing comprehensive business use cases that span all phases of drone operations. This includes training, executing missions, and post-mission image manipulation. This visionary ability to see the bigger picture and articulate it effectively sets the stage for the successful integration of drone technology into various industries.

One of the key strengths of the candidate for the Enterprise Drone Architect role lies in their profound understanding of proposal writing and the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). This knowledge is applied to explore the options for developing custom-built solutions tailored to the unique needs of clients. Moreover, the candidate possesses the acumen to evaluate retrieval and imaging solutions in comparison to commercially available off-the-shelf alternatives, ensuring that the most suitable approach is chosen for each project.

The candidate's expertise extends to a comprehensive grasp of the entire drone image data capture domain. This encompasses mission planning, ensuring pilot currency and proficiency, mastery of various sensor technologies, and a nuanced understanding of how factors such as speed and environmental conditions impact data collection. The candidate possesses an acute awareness of data collection and resolution as it relates to achieving specific business use cases, ensuring that data quality meets or exceeds client expectations.

Furthermore, the candidate excels in image analytics and seamless backend integration. They possess the ability to not only design and construct custom solutions but also evaluate hybrid approaches with a keen understanding of the Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) market space. This versatility allows for the selection of the most effective and efficient solutions for each unique project.

In addition to technical expertise, the candidate for the Enterprise Drone Architect role has a comprehensive understanding of current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, including 14 CFR Part 107. They are also well-versed in proposed Part 108 regulations and the Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). This knowledge extends to how these regulations impact the types of missions that can be undertaken, their direct implications on targeted business use cases, and the resulting data storage strategies.

Beyond technical prowess, the candidate possesses a unique ability to make complex concepts approachable and actionable. This is vital in client interactions, where the candidate not only understands clients' needs but also effectively communicates how drone technology can address those needs - and equally important, having the knowledge to know when drone technologies are not the ideal solution for the client need. Either way, building strong client relationships is a fundamental aspect of this role, ensuring that client objectives are not only met but exceeded.

In essence, the Enterprise Drone Architect role represents the convergence of visionary leadership, technical excellence, and strategic thinking, making it an ideal fit for a candidate who is passionate about shaping the future of drone technology across diverse industries. It's about leading the charge in harnessing the full potential of UAV technology to solve real-world problems, drive innovation, and deliver tangible value.

Key Responsibilities:

Lead and innovate in drone technology, geospatial analysis, and remote sensing.

Drive strategic initiatives in sectors like agriculture, energy, insurance, forestry, mining, renewable energy, and disaster response.

Guide the development of geospatial technology solutions, ensuring they meet industry needs.

Serve as a mentor and technical trainer, fostering skill development within the team.

Engage in thought leadership, contributing insights and trends in the drone technology space.


20 years of experience in remote sensing, GIS, and UAS.

Proven track record in leading strategic initiatives and managing cross-functional teams.

Strong background in data management and technical training.

Excellent communication and leadership skills.

Ability to innovate and adapt in a rapidly evolving field.

Required Skills:

o 500+ UAS Mapping Hours

o ASPRS Certified Mapping Scientist - UAS

o FAA Safety Team DronePro

o Certified GIS Professional

Ideal Skills:

o Proficiency in aviation law and regulatory frameworks.

o Experience with FAA, NTSB, and DST regulations.

o Expertise in drone certification, operations, and flight management.

o Mastery of drone sensors and sensor data formats.

o Skills in big data management, including data compression and retrieval.

o Mastery of image processing techniques, AI, and ML applications.

o Familiarity with TensorFlow, AutoML, PyTorch, or similar frameworks.

o Understanding of data streaming, bandwidth management, and chunking algorithms.

o Competence in backend integration and large-scale data storage solutions.

o Comprehensive knowledge of the drone industry and market dynamics.

o Experience with lossless and lossy data storage algorithms.

o 15 years of experience in remote sensing, GIS, and UAS.

o A proven track record in leading strategic initiatives and managing cross-functional teams.

o A strong background in data management and technical training.

o Excellent communication and leadership skills.

o The ability to innovate and adapt in a rapidly evolving field.

o Military or general BVLOS experience a plus.

This role demands a candidate who is not only technically proficient but also possesses excellent communication and leadership skills, able to innovate and adapt within a rapidly evolving field. Preferred qualifications include significant UAS mapping experience and relevant professional certifications, highlighting the candidate's commitment to excellence and continuous learning in the drone technology sphere.

Employee Status : Full Time Employee

Shift : Day Job

Travel : No

Job Posting : Feb

About Cognizant

Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 185 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at or follow Applicants may be required to attend interviews in person or by video conference. In addition, candidates may be required to present their current state or government issued ID during each interview.

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