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Associate Director of Engineering - Integrated Strategic Solutions Software

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Business Unit Collins Aerospace Req ID 01418423 Date posted 01/13/2021 City Richardson State/Province Texas Country/Region United States

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United States of America


HTX36: Richardson, TX 3200 E Renner Rd , Richardson, TX, 75082-2402 USA

Are you ready to lead a software engineering department responsible for developing some of the most essential mission equipment in the world? Collins Aerospace is looking for an Associate Director of Engineering, a leader of leaders in developing software for specialized modern mission systems for government / defense programs. Design and development programs include work on embedded processing, command and control systems, voice and data communications systems, Human Machine Interface (HMIs), and Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs).

This position reports to the Integrated Mission Systems, Sr. Director of Engineering and manages both engineering team members and leaders of engineering teams. The organization is responsible for all aspects of the software development lifecycle including requirements definition, analysis, software design, development, integration, test, verification, and validation. Success in this role is measured through exceptional program performance combined with leading and developing our people and team to support the near-term and long-term business goals and objectives.  

Other responsibilities include project planning, organizing, resource allocation, personnel development planning, performance reviews, salary planning, and activities related to software requirements and integration. The candidate must demonstrate critical thinking skills, communication skills, networking skills, and accurate forecasting of project work and costs.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coaches and mentors team leaders as a subject matter expert in the development process

  • Responsible for the collective software development efforts to include scope, schedule, and budget

  • Builds strong teams to identify, recruit, retain, and develop software engineering talent across the spectrum of entry-level to very experienced software engineers

  • Creates and leverages networks within the broader engineering organization, across adjacent functions and business units, and with customers to achieve results

  • Manages long term staffing forecast and plan to support multiple business portfolios

  • Oversees department talent acquisition, retention, and succession planning for key roles

  • Approves technical approach, project plans and department bids

  • Coordinates department-level resource allocation, personnel development planning, employee performance reviews, salary planning

  • Drives continuous improvement activities and comprehensive resource training initiatives

  • Sets department vision and goals to support broader business and organizational strategy

  • Serves as engineering focal to program management and business development leaders

  • Builds and maintains customer relationships

  • Proactively manages emerging issues and develops future opportunities

  • Builds strong cross-functional relationships contributing to a positive work environment

  • Ensures compliance with Collins Management System; reviews and approves department bids and proposals

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Must have or be capable of obtaining a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance.  Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation/reinstatement and must meet eligibility requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of relevant experience OR

  • Advance degree and 8 years of relevant experience OR

  • In absence of a degree, 14 years of relevant experience is required

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience leading a multi-discipline organization of systems, software, hardware, or project engineers

  • Technical expertise in high level software design, development and verification within real-time embedded systems

  • Extensive experience in the pursuit, proposal, and TINA-compliant bidding process

  • A demonstrated ability to coach and mentor team leaders and to be a subject matter expert in the development process 

  • Experience with managing scope, schedule, and budget for software development projects

  • Experience with risk and opportunity management 

  • Experience with design and development fundamentals and configuration management best-practices

  • Ability to effectively communicate technical approach, issues, risks, and status in both written and oral forms

  • Strong organizational leadership competencies (e.g., mentoring, conflict resolution, program management, strategic planning).

  • Experience with risk and opportunity management, including interfaces with cross-functional teams and external customer

  • Proficient in Earned Value Management

  • Experience working in a cross-functional team environment, establishing collaborative relationships with co-workers

  • Minimum of 10% travel will be required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current US DoD security clearance

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline

  • Proven project execution skills in managing large software teams using earned value

  • Demonstrated software / systems engineering technical experience on complex systems of systems programs

  • Experience in communication systems, networking, real-time systems, security, and DevSecOps

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.

Collins Aerospace Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.


Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees
  • Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Life insurance and disability coverage
  • Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal
  • Ovia Health, fertility and family planning
  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions
  • Redbrick - Incentives for a Healthy You
  • Autism Benefit
  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Best Doctors, second opinion program
  •  And more! 

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.


  • Background check and drug screen required (every external new hire in the U.S.)
  • Drug Screen only performed on re-hires who have been gone for more than 1 year

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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