General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Project Manager Flight Operations Support in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 18442BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Project Manager Flight Operations Support

Job Category: Program/Project Management

City: San Diego

State: California

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

Travel Percentage Required: 25% - 50%

Clearance Required?: Desired

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.


This position typically reports to a senior program manager and is responsible for planning and managing multiple engineering programs through the Flight Operations Facilities (FoFs) phases of execution. Leads assigned program(s) from determining readiness to enter a FoF, to planning FoF events/tasks, to execution and exit criteria from the FoF. Oversees contract proposal estimating and long-range workload prediction for FoFs. Applies established technologies using standard principles, theories, concepts, and techniques to provide solutions to a variety of technical and managerial problems. Responsible for decisions that could impact outcomes where erroneous decisions could cause serious schedule delays and expenditure of additional time and resources. A background in aviation flight operations and military test and evaluation is highly desired.


  • Lead and manage the proposal, planning and execution phases of multiple engineering programs utilizing one or more GA-ASI FoFs.

  • Interface with Program Management, Project Engineering and System, Test and Qualification Engineering in Poway and FoF locations on all aspects of testing and production ground/flight operations in support of company products for customers.

  • Develop and manage plans and control mechanisms to meet contract delivery requirements and effectively measure performance and efficiencies.

  • Maintain the technical and business integrity of the product/program by ensuring program objectives are met IAW contractual commitments.

  • Be a positive customer contact for FoF activities throughout assigned programs to maximize customer satisfaction and develop follow-on and new business.

  • Present briefings to customer and company executive leadership on significant program issues with proposed solutions.

  • Extensive travel between San Diego and FoFs is required.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.

  • Influence, and coordinate the preparation of FoF proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications. Influence contract acquisitions, negotiations and modifications.

  • 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.

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

  • Other duties as assigned or required.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Bachelors in Business Administration or related discipline and nine or more years of progressively complex experience in the project administration field with at least three of those years in project management. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.

  • Must have a thorough understanding of project management processes and procedures, planning and scheduling methods, and budget management as well as the ability to organize, schedule, and coordinate workloads to meet established milestones and budgets.

  • Must possess: (1) the ability to initiate, plan and manage projects; (2) the ability to identify issues, analyze and interpret data and develop solutions to a wide range of complex issues; (3) strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills; and, (4) the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Must be able to work extended hours and travel as required.

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.