Flight Operations Manager

General Atomics Palmdale , CA 93551

Posted 3 months ago

Job ID#: 25074BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Job Title: Flight Operations Manager

Job Category: Administrative

City: Palmdale

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Job Summary

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Flight Operations Manager at our Flight Test Facility near Palmdale, California!

This position reports to the Director of Aircrew and Airport operations and is responsible for the planning, managing and execution of flight operations at multiple locations.


  • Functional management of five (5) direct report supervisors overseeing a flight department consisting of 100 aircrew and 15 support staff. Flight crew support CONUS and OCONUS deployment operations for various customers. Local aircrew support flight test, training and production flight test of all company and customer aircraft.

  • Responsible for the efficient use of resources to support CONUS and OCONUS operations, to include deployment scheduling of personnel to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of aircrew.

  • Develop and track department performance metrics to assess department effectiveness. Set short and long term goals and report on same.

  • Manage all phases of the program(s) from conceptualization through completion, including acquisition, planning, and managing technical performance to ensure quality, business, and financial objectives are attained.

  • Develop and coordinate program plans or delivery methods which usually serve a single customer.

  • Participate with technical staff and/or Division/Group executive management to develop and implement current, annual, and long-term technical, schedule, quality, business, and financial objectives for the program(s). May also contribute to the development of Group/Company objectives.

  • Participate with engineering to establish design concepts, criteria, and engineering efforts for product research, development, testing, and integration.

  • Interact with internal and external representatives at various levels concerning resolution of technical and scheduling issues. Act as primary contact for program issues.

  • Influence, and coordinate the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budgets, and financial terms/conditions of contract(s). Influence contract acquisitions, negotiations and modifications.

  • Provide firm and consistent leadership and ensure technical leadership and excellence is maintained by participating in the planning, attraction, selection, retention, and development of the required management, professional, and technical talent.

  • Act as the primary customer contact for program activities and may lead program review sessions with customers to discuss cost, schedule, and technical performance.

  • Identify program issues and provide leadership in developing solutions such as re-allocation of resources or modifying contract specification.

  • Contribute to the development of new business opportunities and expansion of existing business opportunities. May participate with Group management in pursuing business partnerships, alliances, and joint ventures that enhance the capabilities of the Group/Company and may result in new products, programs and business opportunities.

  • Manage the development of and ensure the security of proprietary technology, and maintain the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Responsible for ensuring all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations are observed wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.

  • Responsible for ensuring work is accomplished in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices. Ensure all departments comply with applicable service guidance. Work directly with the government flight representative to ensure a healthy working relationship exists between the company and the government to support company priorities.

  • Make daily risk management decisions to ensure incident free operations. Develop short and long term operational risk management plans/goals working directly with the aviation safety officer

  • #LI-KP1

Job Qualifications

  • Typically requires a Bachelors, Masters or PhD in engineering, science or a related technical field as well as thirteen or more years of progressively complex program administration experience with at least seven of those years managing programs.

  • May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.

  • Demonstrates extensive technical expertise and application of program management principles, concepts, and practice as well as program management and leadership skills including organizing, planning, scheduling, and coordinating workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones.

  • Must be able to develop solutions to problems that require coordination of technologies across program requirements.

  • Strong communication, leadership, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required to enable an effective interface with other departments, all levels of management, professional and support staff, customers, potential customers, and government representatives.

  • Experienced Predator aircrew with proven experience managing large flight operations organizations.

  • Ability to effectively solve complex and challenging management and technical problems.

  • Military experience is highly desired.

  • Detailed knowledge of USAF training methodology and USAF Standardization and Evaluation.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance is required.

  • Complete understanding of mission employment.

  • Excellent computer skills.

  • Demonstrated experience solving sensitive HR/personnel issues with positive results.

  • Customer focused, must be able to work on a self-initiated basis and in a team environment, and able to work extended hours and travel as required.

  • ability to obtain DOD security clearance

  • US citizenship required

Travel Percentage Required : 0% - 25%

US Citizenship Required? Yes

Clearance Required? Yes

Clearance Level Secret

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Flight Operations Manager

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