Principal Research Engineer

Hawthorne, CA

$ 125000.00 - $ 150000.00 Engineering
4/13/2022 3:16:00 PMPST
Job Type: Retail Direct Hire
Minimum Experience: Not Specified
Recruiter Name: Robert Duchess

Job Description

OVERVIEW
The Principal Research Engineer executes a variety of highly specialized/ technical, business development and leadership activities. This individual provides advanced expertise in the areas of flight dynamics, control, and related fields. This person submits government proposals including SBIR/STTR, NRA and BAA proposals, and is involved in commercial client outreach via networking at conferences and meetings and writing statements of work for commercial consulting contracts. The Principal Research Engineer also manages multiple contracts that involve tracking budgets, ensuring successful deliverables, and managing several less experienced engineers. This person actively engages in company process development and participates in BD related activities. This individual may supervise, and mentor select staff engineers. Reports to Director of Engineering Services

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
Supports determining top level technical direction in alignment with company vision including short term and long-term goals.
Along with Engineering Management, defines technical focal point of Business development areas and directs deep technical activities.
Serves as Principal Investigator (PI) on select commercial and government programs
Performs all tasks with consistency, accuracy, and attention to detail.
Oversees the development of new IP, candidate products, and technical initiatives including executing beyond Phase II for SBIR programs.
Manages multiple contracts that involve tracking budgets, ensuring successful deliverables, and managing several engineers.
Develops test protocols/procedures, collects and analyzes data, and creates detailed reports.
*  Prepares project plans, schedules, and budgets.
Oversees and executes on technical projects and activities while remaining within established schedule and budget constraints.
Communicates with customers in the course of completing assigned technical work.
Supports, identifies, and secures new business in technical area of expertise and related areas that meet Business Development goals.
Submits proposals and writes statements of work for commercial consulting and government contracts.
Builds and maintains relationships with technical decision makers.
Participate in marketing campaigns that align with company objectives.
Supports marketing campaigns (conferences, trade shows, etc.)
Creates white-papers and other technical marketing material and presents at selected professional conferences, seminars.
Presents at selected technical meetings and conferences.
Sets goals and objectives for selected staff engineers that align with company strategy to inspire, motivate and produce results.
Supports an effective employee selection, hiring, onboarding and professional development process.
Manages talent performance through coaching, positive communication, consistent feedback, one to ones and team meetings resulting in improved performance.
Ensures all Company timelines are met for processes, trainings and initiatives.
Participates in Company sponsored events.
Maintains project files and appropriate records of work, compliant with company and aerospace industry standards, practices, and regulations.
Performs other duties as assigned.
INTERACTIONS:
Internal:
* Director of Engineering Services
* VP & Technical Director of Engineering Services
* Staff Engineers
* Resident Engineers
* Senior Research Engineers
* Principal Research Engineers
Contracts Administrators
Program Manager
Controller
External:
* Vendors/Suppliers
Subcontractors/Consultants
* Customers

Job Requirements

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
ability required.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Engineering with 10+ years of experience or Ph.D. with 5 yrs experience in Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering or Applied Mathematics or equivalent field.
  • Proven technical ability and experience in dynamics and controls theory or related discipline/field
  • Extensive flight test experience and skillset for assessing vehicle performance, flying, and handling qualities and related system performance.
  • Familiarity with Part 23, Part 25, Part 27 and/or other related FAA or similar EASA requirements.
  • Experience with stability and control system design and assessment
  • Strong skills with MATLAB/Simulink, Python, or equivalent. Working knowledge of C/C++ a plus.
  • Experience in aerospace industry required. UAS / UAM experience a plus.
  • Prioritization, time management, relationship building, and attention to detail.
  • Detail-oriented with strong, written, verbal, interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to adapt, be flexible, and multi-task.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to forecast, create, and manage budgets
  • Ability to write internal/external proposals
  • Demonstrated supervisory and people management experience
  • Track record of revenue generating activities in government or commercial consulting services
  • Demonstrated eagerness to learn new technical skills
  • Demonstrated integrity, accountability, and professionalism
  • Enjoys working as a part of a high-performing team in an entrepreneurial environment but can follow standardized processes; offers suggestions for improvement.
  • Can work confidently with diverse personalities and various levels of management
  • Highly self-motivated and excellent problem-solving and creative skills.
  • Ability to manage project activities

To conform to U.S. Government aerospace technology export regulations (ITAR and EAR),
applicant must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Therefore, candidates will need
to qualify as a US Person which is defined as a US Citizen, a Permanent Resident who does
not work for a foreign company/foreign government/foreign governmental agency or
organization, or a political asylee in compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations
and DOD requirements.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Moderate noise (i.e.: computers, printers, traffic) exists daily in the work environment. Potential exposure to extreme temperatures, heat, noise, etc. while visiting client facilities. Ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs. Domestic travel required up to 10-20%.
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