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Senior Advanced & Special Programs Development Leader

  • GE Aviation
  • Experienced
  • Posted 9/10/2017 8:49:24 PM
  • 2974144
  • Job Function: Product Management
  • Business Segment: Aviation Avionics & Digital Systems
Location(s): United States; Michigan; Grand Rapids

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Role Summary:

Join our growing Advanced & Special programs team where we're developing cutting edge technical capabilities centered on unmanned systems, autonomous operations, cyber, advanced processing and a variety of future high technology solutions.

You will be part of a dynamic, entrepreneurial, nimble team focused on meeting the needs of our unique customer base while advancing technologies and solutions to meet tomorrows challenges.

Essential Responsibilities:

Being part of the GE family you will have access to world class leadership and skills training as well as unlimited career opportunities within GE

Located in the heart of America’s best Midwest town, and on our country’s “third coast”, Grand Rapids offers a thriving community that is renowned for its cultural, economic and entertainment options.

In this senior leadership position, you will lead customer growth initiatives and develop capabilities, concepts and solutions that solve challenging customer needs and promote advanced technology and avionics systems solutions.

In particular, you will ...

  • Generate new business opportunities and manage projects within the A&SP customer base, which includes:

    • Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works)
    • Boeing Phantom Works
    • Northrop Grumman Advanced Programs
    • AFRL
    • ONR
    • SOCOM
    • ARL
    • DARPA
    • DIUx
    • and other US Government organizations

  • Generate business strategies and capture plans
  • Generate and lead proposal efforts
  • Establish financial projections and forecasts
  • Make strategic recommendations to business leaders and to our customers on creative solutions that you conceive
  • Develop leading edge solutions for complex customer problems in the military market
  • Grow the business via robust customer engagement strategies and the uncovering of new opportunities for current and future products, markets and capabilities
  • Work closely with GE’s Global Research Centers and the broader GE enterprise
  • Lead complex planning and negotiations requiring involvement of many stakeholders both internal and externally
  • Manage customer-focused projects from the pursuit through initial execution phases

    This position requires senior level experience and a track record of successes in creatively driving business growth and performing business development / relationship management with aircraft OEMs, partner organizations and US Government R&D Labs within the aerospace and defense industry.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in a technical field of study
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in business development capturing DoD aircraft / weapon system and technology development programs (including a minimum of 1 year of project management experience)


  • Active DoD Secret security clearance with the ability to be cleared to higher levels in a timely manner as required
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically up to 50%
  • This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment

    Desired Characteristics:

    To truly excel in this role, you'll need :

  • An entrepreneurial mindset with a proven ability to be agile and operate in a highly dynamic and fast paced team environment
  • Experience working DoD classified programs
  • Critical thinking skills to resolve and manage complex issues
  • A track record of documented accomplishments in generating and leading capture campaigns
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams to successful outcomes in a matrixed organization
  • A track record of documented accomplishments in doing business with and established relationships within advanced technology organizations, such as Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works), Boeing Phantom Works, Northrop Grumman Advanced Programs and US Government S&T organizations

    Also preferred:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems experience as an operator or in a program office function is highly desirable
  • Master's degree from an accredited university or college
  • DoD acquisition (as a DoD employee) and / or military operational flight experience

    Why join one great company when you can join many? We are more than 280,000 people with jobs that range from biochemist to finance specialist to wind energy engineer. We’re passionate about making life better with new ideas and technologies. We’re diverse, supporting our communities in more than 140 countries. Experience personal growth and competency development as part of the GE team. Around the world, we are helping build the healthcare, transportation and aviation of the new century.

    At GE Aviation, we are imagination at work. Whether we’re manufacturing components for our GEnx engines or driving innovation in fuel and noise reduction, the GE Aviation teams are dedicated to turning imaginative ideas into advances in aviation that solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Join us and you’ll find yourself in a dynamic environment where our ongoing, substantial investment in research and development keeps us moving forward and looking ahead. Here you’ll work collaboratively and across functions with the highest caliber talent, utilizing cutting-edge technology and processes. Whether it’s the next generation of ecomagination products or the future of aircraft engines, we’ve got the state-of-the-art resources to make those innovations a reality. If you’re passionate about aviation and looking for a career rich with challenges and unlimited opportunities for growth and advancement, then join GE in reengineering the sky through aviation innovations that will impact the globe for generations to come.

    Locations: United States; Michigan; Grand Rapids

    GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation.  GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

    GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion​ of a background investigation and drug screen.

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