The Sr. Director of Operations is responsible for overseeing the modification and Maintenance, Repair Overhaul (MRO) operations of military and commercial aircraft. This role involves managing a team of A&P mechanics, technicians, and production staff to ensure that our processes are efficient, cost

Sr Director Operations

Sierra Nevada Corporation • 
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:
The Sr. Director of Operations is responsible for overseeing the modification and Maintenance, Repair Overhaul (MRO) operations of military and commercial aircraft. This role involves managing a team of A&P mechanics, technicians, and production staff to ensure that our processes are efficient, cost-effective, and maintain the highest standards of quality and safety.

SNC’s ISR, Aviation & Security (IAS) Business area is a multi-site operation with substantial content in various states – including Warehousing, Material Management / Transportation, Production, Platform Modification, and Maintenance in multiple states. In addition to managing the core Operations footprint, this team also supports and maintains alignment with a global Logistics Support team for various systems. The perfect candidate for this role will have strong operations experience with a proven track record for developing and executing a comprehensive vision while working and influencing cross functionally.

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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement strategies to meet business goals and objectives, using data-driven KPIs to drive operational excellence
  • Streamline data access on the shop floor with digital tools
  • Manage production schedules and iron flow for efficient modification, maintenance, and repair
  • Create new processes to enhance productivity and quality, while ensuring compliance with all regulations and safety protocols
  • Optimize cost-effectiveness of production and MRO operation
  • Maintain relationships with stakeholders for smooth MRO operations and customer satisfaction, while prioritizing safety and developing people to enable scalability

Key Competencies & Skills:

  • Technical knowledge in military aircraft systems and aerospace materials, with excellent communication skills for effective collaboration with various stakeholders
  • Strong problem-solving abilities for complex issues under tight deadlines, with strategic thinking skills to improve efficiency and productivity in MRO operations
  • Ability to navigate change make defensible decisions in ambiguity, and own those decisions, with project management expertise for complex projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Comprehensive knowledge of regulatory compliance standards in aerospace industry, with commitment to continuous improvement for optimized processes and increased efficiency

Must Haves:

  • Bachelors Degree in Aviation, Manufacturing, Engineering, or a related field of study
  • Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of required education
  • Minimum 10 years leadership experience in military aircraft MRO, with extensive technical experience in military aircraft maintenance and repair
  • Experience with managing complex MRO projects with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), subcontractors, and maintenance crews, with a proven track record leading technical teams and overseeing MRO operations for military aircraft
  • Familiarity with military regulations and requirements related to MRO, with understanding of reliability-centered maintenance principles and experience in implementing preventative maintenance programs
  • Knowledge of software systems used in MRO operations, such as CMMS and aircraft health monitoring systems
  • Experience leading and coordinating large, multi-location operations
  • Advanced knowledge of production/manufacturing principles, techniques, and warehousing best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret complex technical schematics, diagrams, blueprints, manuals and/or publications
  • Excellent customer-facing experience
  • Proven leadership abilities inclusive of successful change management, mentoring, career development, training, succession planning, holding people accountable, and conducting yearly reviews
  • Proven experience and skills in team building, time management, conflict resolution, communication, briefing, presentation, and strategic thinking
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to clearly express concepts in verbal and written forms


  • Masters degree preferred
  • Typically 12-15 years of relevant experience in one or more Operations functions; 10&43; years managerial experience
  • Ability to navigate change and uncertainty, make defensible decisions in ambiguity and own those decisions
  • Mastery to drive innovative thinking, lead and inspire teams, instill collaboration, challenge status quo, manage complex situations, delegate authority,  and demonstrate ability to adapt to dynamic situations
  • Skills in assessing external competition by gathering data from multiple, often disparate, qualitative and quantitative sources and synthesizing it into meaningful reports and presentations
  • Possess leadership acumen to perform as a true strategic partner to top company executives; ability to establish presence and demeanor to interface and work collaboratively with leaders and skill to make significant contributions on key leadership committees
  • Demonstrated passion for ideation, intellectual curiosity, and innovation, as well as motivating others to act by creating a shared sense of vision or purpose
  • Proven long-term and strategic perspective that extends beyond the immediate initiatives; visualizes and articulates a clear direction
  • Team oriented with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Background in the Aerospace and Defense Industry, the US Department of Defense (Civilian), NASA/Civil or commercial space and/or US Military, with an understanding of defense, aerospace, intelligence, and adjacent markets

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (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.


This position requires current/active Top Secret with SCI eligibility U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-U.S. Citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance. The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.

Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. 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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