General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Aircrew Operations Lead in Palmdale, California

Job ID#: 18791BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Aircrew Operations Lead

Job Category: Pilots

City: Palmdale

State: California

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

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: Yes

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 currently have an exciting opportunity at our Palmdale Flight Operations Facility as an Operations Leader working with the Sensor Operators of the Predator Aircraft. This position is responsible for providing leadership to a team through all phases up to and including deployment. In accordance with organizational goals, and following established policies and procedures, coordinates subordinate activities to meet established training requirements as well as executes flight mission planning, briefs and debriefs, and risk management. Develops up to date accurate documentation and reports to reflect team activity. May participate in the planning, selection, retention, and development of staff. Represents the team to management and gives presentations as required.


  • Leads and directs a team through all phases from pre-deployment through deployment, ensuring all required training and administrative tasks are complete.

  • Conducts risk management.

  • Administers and executes briefings.

  • Develops and presents accurate and timely reports, plans drafting and technical writing.

  • May participate in the planning, selection, retention, and development of staff.

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


Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Bachelors degree in a technical field as well as six or more years progressively complex technical experience and previous supervisor experience. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education. Must demonstrate an understanding of mission deployment including flight mission planning, briefs and debriefs, risk management and U.S. deployment briefs training; leadership skills including organizing, scheduling and coordinating workloads to meet established deadline or milestones; and the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment.

  • Must possess the ability to resolve non-routine management and technical problems.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills to accurately document, report and present findings.

  • Good interpersonal skills to effectively interface with all levels of employees and management.

  • The ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Good computer skills.

  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required.

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

  • FAA Pilot certificate is highly desirable.

  • Previous deployment experience is highly desirable.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.