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UAS Flight Manager (Remote)

Thales USA, Inc. (ATM)
Bismarck, ND 58501 Work Remotely
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Location: North Dakota_Remote_Worker, United States of America

Thales people architect solutions that are relied upon to deliver operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defensive systems for land, sea, and air. From early warning, to threat neutralisation, our platforms cover all levels from very short-range systems, to extended protection across the entire battle-space including Airspace Mobility Solutions, Vehicles and Tactical Systems and Missile Defence, Optronics, and Radar.

The Manager, UAS Flight Operations (Remote) for North Dakota is responsible for growing and developing the UAS operations activities including the use of UAS to support ongoing and future programs as well as providing drone-as-a-service (DaaS). You will oversee UAS flight operations technicians and data analysts supporting these initiatives. You will provide expertise of UAS operations, payload evaluation and selection, testing, planning/operating the mission and servicing of vehicles/electronics for projects where services are being offered to potential customers such as airports and the Federal Aviation Administration. The UAS Flight Operations Manager will also have organizational responsibilities to track performance to budgets, document policy/ procedures and collect technical data/requirements. This position will serve as Thaless primary UAS flight operations Subject Matter Expert.

As an established leader, the UAS Flight Operations Manager strengthens the company by applying their knowledge of the safety and risk management (SRM) process, UAS platforms (e.g.- the aircraft), avionics, ground control systems, telemetry and mechanical systems background into the companys UAS integration initiatives as well as supporting UAS operations and subsequent data collection.

The UAS Flight Operations Manager will perform duties including overseeing configurations of aircraft equipment, providing inputs on payloads and aircraft performance specifications to improve capabilities, implement process and policies for DaaS operations, compile aircraft manual material and content for training, review standards and policies from relevant safety organizations and technical policy groups, report safety-related issues to ensure regulatory requirements and safety concerns are addressed. You will also represent Thales to industry and regulatory organizations including the FAA, DOT, ICAO, Transport Canada, NAVCANADA, etc.

A successful Flight Operations Manager is the company focal point for achieving customer satisfaction and flight operation objectives including supervising, scheduling, logistics, quality checks, cost analysis, and repeatable, scalable operations. This person must pe passionate about aviation technology in the unmanned systems space and be able to perform well in a highly energized, multi-cultural, distributed team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and grow the flight operations team and capabilities

  • Working knowledge of ground-based communication, navigation and surveillance systems and associated flight check procedures

  • Establish process, procedures and SRM process for the UAS operations

  • Identify potential customers and participate in business development activities

  • Plan and coordinate preflight activities

  • Obtain flight waivers and clearances with the proper competent authority (FAA, airport)

  • Work effectively with technical directorate / engineering teams to integrate payloads in preparation for flight

  • Conduct flight readiness and safety reviews

  • Conduct post flight reviews and complete documentation

  • Document customer requirements

  • Forecast and update ongoing project costing and deliveries

  • Develop budgets for capital expenditures with appropriate cost justifications

  • Develop and maintain project budgets and schedules

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 15+ years of aviation experience in either unmanned or manned flight operations.

  • Experience supervising and managing others.

  • Experience in a Test and Evaluation environment in either developing or executing programs.

  • Hold a current Remote Pilot Certificate (Part 107).

  • B.S. Aeronautical Engineering.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Familiarity with FAA Safety Risk Management Process.

  • Extensive knowledge of aircraft systems, manuals, and aircraft manufacturer manuals.

  • Strong communications skills and the ability to represent Thales at meetings with internal and external customers.

  • A strong understanding of flight operations, ground-based communication, navigation and surveillance system flight check procedures, and passion for evaluating and implementing technical solutions (payloads, etc.) is preferred.

  • Masters Degree in Aeronautics or similar.


  • Flexible schedule.

  • Physical Environment: Remote with options for office location as desired.

  • Travel: 30-50% Domestic Travel, when available, occasional international travel as required.

This position will require successfully completing a post-offer background check. Qualified candidates with (a) criminal history will be considered and are not automatically disqualified, consistent with federal law, state law, and local ordinances.

Successful applicant must comply with federal contractor vaccine mandate requirements.

Thales champions inclusion and we believe diversity strengthens the fabric of our culture. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law

If you need an accommodation or assistance in order to apply for a position with Thales, please contact us at talentacquisition@us.thalesgroup.com.

Posted: 2021-11-21 Expires: 2021-12-20
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