Aerostructures Engineering Group Lead

Location: Manassas, VA
Job Code: 1865
# of openings: 1


Aurora Flight Sciences has an opening for a Structural Design Group Lead, a first line supervisor role. The individual in this position has the responsibility to lead the assigned team to execute and mature the site’s technical capabilities and methods (processes, tools, organization, etc.) in Structures design. This person is also expected to provide significant technical contributions to various programs and proposal efforts. This job requires a combination of resource management, business development, and design engineering and test experience.


This position has the responsibility to lead the assigned team to execute and mature the company's technical capabilities and methods (processes, tools, organization, etc.) in these important areas. To be the Aerostructures Design engineering team's coach; to develop and sustain a highly capable, technically competent, effectively utilized, and highly productive engineering team of Design Engineers. A combination of technical delivery and team leadership, the primary product lines for design activities will be manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, optionally piloted vehicles, and modification of existing aircraft (fixed, VTOL, and rotary wing). Responsibilities include recruiting (candidate interviewing and assessment), mentoring and performance evaluation.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Technical leadership of 10+ Aerostructures Design Engineers as part of a Matrix organization.
  • Team management including employee evaluations, employee training plans, monitoring of team activities, weekly report summary, staff assignments, etc.
  • Work with peers at other Aurora sites on the selection, implementation, configuration control and use-training of suitable tools and processes.
  • Interface routinely with a multi-disciplined team to include other group leaders and program managers at Aurora as well as customer counterparts.
  • Conduct airframe design activities using CATIA v5, R26 or higher.
  • Experience with the composite part detail process, including composites stacking sequence, lamination theory, honeycomb core, bonded assemblies, manufacturing assembly and fabrication processes, post-cure machining operations.

Highly Desirable Qualifications:

  • Proven history of leadership of medium (10) to large (20+) teams.​

Minimum Requirements:

  • 4 year engineering degree from an accredited university (BS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or similar).  Advanced degrees highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in aircraft structures design, analysis, and manufacturing with emphasis on carbon composite primary airframe structures.
  • 8000 hours experience with CATIA V5 R25 or higher and SmarTeam PDM system.
  • Familiar with industry standards for the manufacture, repair and assembly of composite components for aerospace. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required
  • Experience with Military type / FAA / EASA certification
  • Must be a US Citizen or Legal US Permanent Resident​.


Aurora Flight Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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