L3 Technologies Vice President, Engineering in Northampton, Massachusetts

Vice President, Engineering


The Company

L3 Technologies is a prime contractor in Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems market and a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on both military and commercial platforms. Our customers include the U.S. Department of Defense and its prime contractors, U.S. Government intelligence agencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, allied foreign governments, domestic and foreign commercial customers and select other U.S. federal, state and local government agencies.

Organized into four segments – Aerospace Systems, Electronic Systems, Communications Systems and Sensor Systems – L3 employs over 38,000 people worldwide with reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion.

About L3 Maritime Sensor Systems

L3’s Maritime Sensor Systems is a newly formed sector within L3 Technologies brings together a broad collection of L3 divisions that offer a diverse portfolio of high-precision sensor technologies and various submarine handling systems across the entire span of global maritime domains.

Based in Northampton MA with current revenues of approximately $325 million, L3 Maritime Sensor Systems is a global leader in the development and production of integrated imaging solutions, maritime handling systems, broad spectrum undersea sensors and most recently - rapid disruptors of unmanned maritime systems.

The Role

The Vice President of Engineering is accountable for the performance of all Engineering related activities within MSS by providing strategic technical leadership, establishing and directing all aspects of the sector’s engineering policies, objectives and initiatives based on long-term product and profitability goals.

The Engineering leader’s primary responsibility is to lead a team to cultivate innovative product solutions, develop ideas for new products or product enhancements, advance critical technology enablers, and execute product development projects that serve the Government/DoD, International and Commercial markets for the Sector.

This position is also responsible for supplying and maintaining adequate resources for all engineering functions in the pursuit of the sector’s strategic goals and operational plans. Collaborate with MSS level Business Development and Business Area VP/GMs and in the identification and capture of new business.

The position requires flexibility to manage multiple customer requirements and geographically disperse staff seamlessly while using analytical and strategic skills to successfully win business and transition products into production. The VP of Engineering must be able to interact with Sector peers, Segment and Corporate technical leaders and diverse customers. The successful candidate is an experienced technical and business professional who is able to focus simultaneously on near and long term objectives.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership to the sector Engineering functions. Monitor and track all Engineering Initiatives throughout MSS to ensure a chain of accountability that runs through the division leads to the department managers and to the individual Engineers.

  • Planning and execution of product development, from product definition through production transition, across all markets to meet sector goals and objectives.

  • Manage the IRAD and Engineering department budgets and allocations.

  • Champion the New Product Introduction process

  • Drive technical excellence in the performance of Engineering tasks, which includes adherence to the schedule and budget allocated to these tasks.

  • Develop relationships within the larger L3T organization to define, develop and leverage L3T core competencies to meet critical business needs.

  • Build and lead the cross functional engineering organization dedicated to the ongoing advancement of the Engineering team and Sector product roadmaps.Be the voice of the Engineering function to articulate and advocate for the positions advanced by Engineering staff to other functions within the MSS organization.

  • Work with the Engineering Management Team to conduct ongoing skills assessment and proactively address potential skills gaps. Lead and mentor the engineering management team to continue to develop strong technical leaders.

  • Act as objective decision maker for high level / high impact engineering issues within the sector.

  • Advise MSS President on all technical matters including problem resolution to complex issues.

  • Provide technical reviews of key strategic proposals.

  • Provide supporting analysis to sector leadership for potential merger and acquisition candidates.

  • Working in conjunction with the Sector leadership, co-develop the organization’s growth and product strategy.

  • Develop and support a culture of continuous improvement and best practices within the department and across the Sector.

  • Develops a climate within the department to foster a high level of employee motivation, performance, and commitment. Oversees staffing plans and reviews work plans and schedules for each phase of a project in accordance with time limitations and funding.

  • Represents organization with major customers and stakeholders.

  • Write technical white papers to educate Engineering talent.

  • Provides summaries to complex technical problems to a non-technical audience that includes customer and government senior leadership.

  • Attends trade shows, conferences, and exhibitions that are aligned with sector growth strategy.

  • All other duties as assigned



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Competencies, Abilities, Qualifications and Experience

  • BS of Science –Engineering, Science, Mathematics, or equivalent, Master’s Degree Preferred in Science, Engineering Management or MBA

  • Must have 15 years’ work experience in a similar role or equivalent.

  • Program/Project Management:Ability to coordinate and administer programs, activities and protocols. Ability to manage resources, monitor activities and assess environmental risk, safety, and quality control associated with the program.

  • Professional Knowledge: Advanced level of technical engineering skill/knowledge and the ability to keep up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.

  • Must have a current Security Clearance or be able to obtain a Security Clearance

Leadership –Demonstrated skills and abilities needed to coordinate, facilitate, and participate in a collaborative approach to the completion of tasks or assignments. Leadership of cross functional teams within an R&D or equivalent dynamic environment is preferred.

Analytical– synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures.

Problem Solving– identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyses information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Communication– expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods.

Innovation– displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas.

Change Management– develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance’ prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.

Teamwork– exhibits objectivity and openness to others; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of organization above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

Strategic Thinking –develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; understands organization’s strengths and weaknesses; analyzes market and competition; adapts strategy to changing conditions.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minorities / females / veterans / individuals with disabilities / sexual orientation / gender identify.

Job Strategy / Planning

Primary Location USA-Massachusetts-Northampton

Other Locations USA-Maryland-Millersville, USA-Virginia-Crystal City

US Security Clearance Required: Secret

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day - 1st

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Organization: Division - KEO-20000056

Job Level: Executive

Job Posting: Oct 11, 2017, 9:05:48 PM

Req ID: 091729