Sr Project Engineer - Aircraft Propulsion

Sierra Nevada Corporation
Dayton, Ohio
May 18, 2024
May 20, 2024
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
SNC has led thoughtful and disruptive change in the aerospace and defense industry for the past 60 years and now, we're applying this tenacity and expertise to the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) Survivable Airborne Operations Center (SAOC) mission. Join the SNC-led SAOC team and be a part of exciting and meaningful work to modernize and deliver the next-generation SAOC aircraft trusted by the President, Secretary of Defense and Chairs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to ensure continued critical command, control and communication during national emergencies. If you're passionate about building the airborne command post of the future, consider SNC for your next mission. Learn more about NC3 and SAOC here .

We are seeking a Senior Project Engineering Manager with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace or Systems engineering or related field. In this challenging, fast-paced environment, you'll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience to design and create the most groundbreaking aerospace and defense technologies - those that exist today and those that will shape tomorrow.

What to look forward to:
Are you looking to use your engineering capabilities, project management and collective skills in your next position? We could use your expertise on our team! We are innovators on a mission to unify, explore and inspire.

As a Sr Project Engineering Manager, you'll assist in developing and implementing the strategy for multiple integrated plans for product development including coordinating activities throughout the product lifecycle from design concept phase to release. You will monitor the product/program/project from initiation through delivery, interfacing with external customers or field-based employees on technical matters, as needed. You'll also review, manage, proactively challenge, and control status of project programs and budgets, manage schedules and prepare status reports, and guide and lead teams in achieving the goals of the program including issue identification, resolution and contingency planning.

The ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance), Aviation, and Security (IAS) business area is a leader in ISR and aviation, it is a leading prime manned and unmanned aircraft systems integrator for innovative, high-performance ISR and aviation systems. Its end-to-end Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities encompass design, integration, test, certification, ground/flight training and complete logistics support. IAS tailors solutions to customer cost, performance, and schedule requirements and designs to consistently exceed expectations - with an unrivaled record of on time and on (or under) budget deliveries.

Here's what you can expect:
  • Generous paid time off and flex time
  • Friendly and talented colleagues
  • Exclusive SNC company events
  • Free to use fitness center on-site
  • State-of-the-art coffee house
  • Full-service Cafeteria with planned breakfast and lunch options
  • Leadership and development training
  • SNC Mentorship Program
  • Education reimbursement
  • Modern Campus setting built with collaboration spaces, spectacular mountain views and natural light throughout
  • Access to walking and biking trails
As Sr Project Engineer Manager, you will utilize your skills and expertise to support the execution of the SAOC program being directly responsible for technical execution, leadership, guidance, and oversight for our Propulsion Integrated Product Team (IPT) including responsibility throughout the product lifecycle from design concept, technical reviews (PDR/CDR), and integration and test activities. These IPT responsibilities will include supplier oversight and ensuring requirements are met with respect to modification of FADEC controlled high-bypass ratio aircraft engines.

You will be responsible for overall technical direction within the Propulsion Integrated Product Team working closely with the Program Manager leading the IPT as well as the program Airborne IPT Chief Engineer , your technical leads, and the other Chief Engineers in the program.

You will ensure program and company processes are adhered to ensure consistency, quality, and safety across the technical team. You will be responsible for building and maintaining customer technical relationship with key customer representatives and several major suppliers. You will assist in building the team including hiring and managing several direct reports and will oversee and support them in their technical roles and career development. You will work with engineering managers and functional engineering leads to recruit, hire, train, and support the engineering team as they execute program design activities. You will be responsible for supplier(s) including creating SOWs and technical specifications, design reviews, product integration, EVM performance, and qualification test activities.

  • Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, Systems Engineer or related technical discipline and typically 12 or more years of technical experience
  • Experience with FAA Part 25 requirements including DER, UMs, ODA, and MCB coordination and qualification of aircraft components and systems
  • Experience in the design, modification, and/or testing of aircraft propulsion systems
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of program management, aviation, aerospace & defense, and/or engineering programs
  • Expert knowledge of engineering principles and practice
  • Experience leading a multi-disciplinary design team of engineers and designers on aircraft modification programs
  • Comprehensive understanding of requirements management, system design, integration
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of managing the technical performance requirements of multiple programs through all phases from inception to completion
  • Proven track-record developing, communicating, and executing to meet technical program performance
  • Ability to lead through complex situations, delegate tasking, inspire your team, and drive results through innovation
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to clearly express technical concepts in verbal and written forms; ability to tailor conversations to adapt to technical vs. non-technical audiences
  • Understanding of ITAR, licensing, and compliance requirements
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret U.S. Security Clearance is required
  • Earned Value Management experience
  • Experience with NC3 survivability requirements and design approaches
  • Develop and improve engineering processes and methods
  • Experience with ensuring compliance with ISO 9001:2000 Policies and Processes
  • At least 6 years of relevant leadership and/or project engineering management experience
  • Familiarity with preparation and development of project estimates, technical proposals, and program cost and schedule management
  • Past history of leading baseline definition and maturation in a complex development setting, including the use of highly integrated trade studies and analysis of alternatives
  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings and schematics, parts lists, specifications, instructions, and test procedures
  • Professional Certification in Program Management International (PMI) and/or Program Management Professional (PMP)
  • Experience or certification in INCOSE standard
At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America's fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

SNC offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

SNC offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 6%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more .


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances.

SNC is a global leader in aerospace and national security committed to moving the American Dream forward. We're known and respected for our mission and execution focus, agility, and disruptive and rapid innovation. We provide leading edge technologies and transformative solutions that support our nation's most critical security needs. If you are mission-focused, thrive in collaborative environments, and want to make our country stronger with state-of-the-art technologies that safeguard freedom, join our team!

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. SNC is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination. Employment decisions are made without regarding to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. Contributions to SNC come in many shapes and styles . click apply for full job details