SNC has led thoughtful and disruptive change in the aerospace and defense industry for the past 60 years and now, we’re applying this tenacity and expertise to the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) Survivable Airborne Operations Center (SAOC) mission. Join the SNC-led SAOC team and be a part of exciting and m

Sr. Project Engineering Manager

SNC • 
Plano, Texas, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:

SNC has led thoughtful and disruptive change in the aerospace and defense industry for the past 60 years and now, we’re applying this tenacity and expertise to the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) Survivable Airborne Operations Center (SAOC) mission. Join the SNC-led SAOC team and be a part of exciting and meaningful work to modernize and deliver the next-generation SAOC aircraft trusted by the President, Secretary of Defense and Chairs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to ensure continued critical command, control and communication during national emergencies. If you’re passionate about building the airborne command post of the future, consider SNC for your next mission. Learn more about NC3 and SAOC here.

As Sr Project Engineering Manager, you will be using your skills and expertise to support the execution of the program being directly responsible for technical execution, leadership, guidance, and oversight for our Power Generation and Distribution Integrated Product Team including responsibility throughout the product lifecycle from design concept, technical reviews (PDR/CDR), and integration and test activities. The Power Generation and Distribution responsibilities will major modification and development of a new configuration of an APU provided by major suppliers, design of the power conditioning and distribution capabilities, connections to the aircraft power systems and distribution of power to the Mission System. You will be responsible for overall technical direction within the Integrated Product Team working closely with the Program Manager leading the IPT as well as the program Airborne IPT Chief Engineer, your technical leads, and the other Chief Engineers in the program.

You will ensure program and company processes are adhered to in order to ensure consistency, quality, and safety across the technical team. You will be responsible for building and maintaining customer technical relationship with key customer representatives and several major suppliers. You assist in building the team including hiring and managing several direct reports and will oversee and support them in their program roles and career development. You will work with engineering managers and functional engineering leads to recruit, hire, train, and support the engineering team as they execute program design activities. You will be responsible for multiple suppliers including creating SOWs and technical specifications, design reviews, EVM performance, and qualification and acceptance test activities.

The ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance), Aviation, and Security (IAS) business area is a leader in ISR and aviation, it is a leading prime manned and unmanned aircraft systems integrator for innovative, high-performance ISR and aviation systems. Its end-to-end Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities encompass design, integration, test, certification, ground/flight training and complete logistics support. IAS tailors solutions to customer cost, performance, and schedule requirements and designs to consistently exceed expectations – with an unrivaled record of on time and on (or under) budget deliveries. Learn more about IAS



  • Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, System Engineering or related technical discipline and typically 16 years of experience. Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of required education
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of program management, aviation, aerospace & defense, and/or engineering programs
  • Prior experience leading a team of engineers and the programs they are managing; ability to recruit employees; assign, direct, and evaluate their work; and oversee career development, succession planning, performance management, coaching, mentoring, as well as holding people accountable
  • Extensive Experience leading a multi-discipline design team on extensive aircraft modification programs.
  • Experience directing the preparation of proposals, business plans, specifications, and approves basis of estimates and rough order of magnitudes for potential pursuits and ensuring all resources such as engineering, manpower, production and facilities are available to support the program
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of managing the cost, schedule and technical performance requirements of multiple programs through all phases from inception to completion
  • Proven track-record developing, communicating, and executing to meet technical program performance
  • Ability to manage complex situations, delegate authority, lead and inspire your team, drive innovative thinking, instill collaboration, drive for success, challenge status quo and demonstrate ability to adapt to dynamic situations
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to clearly express technical concepts in verbal and written forms; ability to tailor conversations to adapt to technical vs. non-technical audiences
  • Earned Value Management experience
  • Proven ability to solve highly complex problems with significant business impact
  • Understanding of ITAR, licensing, and compliance requirements
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI U.S. Security Clearance is required


  • Previous Chief Engineer experience in Aircraft modification programs
  • Experience with FAA Part 25 requirements including DER, UMs, ODA, and MCB coordination and qualification of aircraft components and systems
  • Experience with Aircraft Electrical Loads Analysis, generation integration and control, power monitoring and control, power conversion technologies and equipment, power distribution designs and control systems
  • Experience with Aircraft APU development and certification
  • Experience on programs with extensive flight test programs and the ability to correlation performance models to flight test data and resolving discrepancies
  • Experience with NC3 survivability requirements and design approaches
  • Experience with technical risk identification and managements approaches and processes
  • Ability to quickly grasp technical concepts and understand complex technical and program interdependencies
  • Ability to establish centralized, coordinating body for program concerns, recommendations, and issues; developing recommended process improvements; facilitating opportunities with corporate
  • Ability to establish new and further refining existing templates, tools, and guidelines for program documentation and execution
  • Experience with ensuring compliance with ISO 9001:2000 Policies and Processes

At SNC we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

SNC offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

SNC offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150 match up to 6, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances.

SNC is a global leader in aerospace and national security committed to moving the American Dream forward. We’re known and respected for our mission and execution focus, agility, and disruptive and rapid innovation. We provide leading edge technologies and transformative solutions that support our nation’s most critical security needs. If you are mission-focused, thrive in collaborative environments, and want to make our country stronger with state-of-the-art technologies that safeguard freedom, join our team!

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. SNC is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination.  Employment decisions are made without regarding to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. Contributions to SNC come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

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