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AeroVironment Director of Engineering, Shared Services in Wilmington, Massachusetts

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For over 50 years, AeroVironment has been a leader in advanced technologies and diverse innovations that have redefined how the world drives, flies, and connects.

If you thrive on a culture of relentless problem-solving and invention and want to work for a global front-runner where you tackle real-world challenges, then AeroVironment is the place for you.

Come join our group of innovative thinkers and discover how collaborative efforts produce extraordinary products that touch lives around the world. You can be a part of the team that developed these firsts: a controlled human-powered aircraft, the modern consumer electric car, a tiny hummingbird-like drone and a helicopter that flew on Mars. We also set flight records in near-space with our solar-powered aircraft, and we re-shaped the battlefield with portable, hand-held, tactical drones and loitering munitions. We have cemented our reputation around the world and in record books as unrivaled technological pioneers, including seven innovative vehicles in the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

While engineering for the future is what we do, we are ever-mindful of our strong commitment to purpose — to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. The products and solutions we provide our customers help to save lives and contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Join us to help push beyond the realm of the possible with such future-defining technologies as robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to generate ever-more meaningful actionable intelligence for our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.


The Director of Engineering, Shared Services will be responsible for developing the plan, direction, and coordination for shared engineering services activities cross-functionally, ensuring the development and implementation of efficient operations and cost-effective solutions to meet current and future customer and company needs.


  • As a solution provider, works across business segments to generate new business into the company. This will require the ability to generate statement of works, proposals, review contracts, track business-related invoices, etc.

  • Conducts high-level industry research to develop effective sales solutions.

  • Interacts with and promotes the site’s capabilities and solutions to prospective customers and responds to customer inquiries.

  • Participates in collaborative engagement across business segments to update key stakeholders and executives.

  • Frequent customer collaboration to develop relationship buy-in, execute site strategy and solution roadmap that effectively meet customer needs, grow business, and yield a positive return on investment and customer ratings.

  • Attracts, hires, develops, supports, motivates, and retains, world class employees across multiple engineering disciplines.

  • Leads a highly innovative, enterprise wide, multi-discipline organization, which develops world class solutions, within a defined fast paced R&D development process, with highest levels of safety, reliability, innovation, and lowest cost for multiple applications and across multiple business areas that, in addition to other capabilities, the organization is capable of:

  • Fast & effective design and prototyping to production of projects/programs to effectively meet customer needs.

  • Provide world-class engineering services.

  • Collaborates with stakeholders to develop, implement, and continuously improve engineering tools, best practices and processes, capabilities, and capacity to effectively support Commercial & Defense businesses within AV in global and emerging markets.

  • Effectively plans, develops, and manages engineering budgets and financial objectives consistent with the site’s strategic plan & Annual Operating Plan (AOP), and manages the resources and staffing level consistent with the plans. Uses financial techniques to improve sales revenue.

  • Manages prioritization and trade-offs among projects to effectively lead the site’s customer solution portfolio, achieve a balance of solutions, and address resource needs.

  • Evaluates addressable markets, risks, opportunities, and competitors to support current and future business pursuits. Anticipates world events and develops solutions, or mitigations, to address possible scenarios.

  • Establishes, tracks, and analyzes site performance and sales metrics to ensure site targets are being met and takes action to address issues and/or opportunities.

  • Develops and maintain unified site culture of delivering world-class excellence in customer service and create/promote an environment where our employees can grow professionally to become the BEST at what they do.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 12+ years of successful engineering experience including 8+ years in leading matrix Engineering organizations, managing an engineering team across multiple "Business Area" construct.

  • Proven & successful experience managing & leading a multi-disciplined organization.

  • Experience in customer service, marketing, or a sales-related field, and managing profit and loss in a company.

  • Strong knowledge of business and sales growth techniques in the field of engineering design services

  • Exceptional project management skills

  • Proven track record of developing and implementing engineering processes, tools, and best practices

  • Experience running a line of business as engineering leader, including but not limited to, executing to roadmap within budget, and on time, creating budget projections, run rates, headcount, and infrastructure resource requests, driving hiring strategy, utilizing onshore and offshore resources etc.

  • Experience partnering with Product organization and other cross-functional partners in co-creating executable product vision and roadmaps.

  • Extensive knowledge of engineering principles and procedures.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or technical/scientific discipline required.

  • Graduate and post-graduate degrees in related discipline is highly preferred.

Additional Requirements

  • Active listener who can effectively communicate with internal and external customers

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including sharp negotiation and networking skills

  • Excellent time management, analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Must be a proven leader who has demonstrated people development skills

  • Must have excellent communication and collaboration skills with employees, peers, and customers

  • Able to perform in a rapidly growing organization with rapidly changing requirements

  • Strong understanding of budget and schedule process and able to track and forecast using business analysis techniques

  • Uses vision to think beyond the immediate situation, explore multiple potential paths, and adapt decision-making style based on the situational circumstances

  • Inspires, motivates, and empowers people to deliver organizational goals, while also delivering value back to employees

  • Brings organizational values to life using personality, uniqueness, and the creation of a shared vision

  • Champions the process of change and promotes a culture of quick adaptation while helping others deal with the effects of change

The salary range for this role is:

$160,000 - $272,000

AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, education/training, and key skills.

ITAR Requirement:

This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: .

We also encourage you to review our company website at to learn more about us.

Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

Who We Are

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


U.S. Citizenship required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.


At AeroVironment, our purpose is to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. Our solutions give our customers a fresh vantage point, positioning them to see the world with new eyes and extending their reach beyond the line of sight. That is the power of our breakthrough unmanned aircraft systems, perfected and refined over a half century.

Whether they are warfighters searching for an enemy, border patrol agents searching for people in need of assistance, or telecom providers linking millions to the digital economy, our customers choose AeroVironment because our systems generate actionable intelligence reliably, creating a path to goals that would otherwise be unattainable.