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SUAS Program Manager

Aurora seeks a passionate, experienced small unmanned aerial system (SUAS) Program Manager to manage the development of small unmanned aerial vehicles and other autonomous robotics systems. The right candidate will enjoy working in, building, and inspiring teams of incredibly smart people to solve challenging, mission critical problems with high-tech solutions and strive to build great products.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Managing the development of small UAS vehicles, systems, and associated technologies
  • Managing the development of autopilots and embedded processors, and interfacing sensors
  • Managing the development of technical plans, work breakdown structure, assignments, schedule, and budget
  • Managing the relationship and the engagement of the customer
  • Developing proposals, and assisting with or serving as the technical lead during the capture process
  • Developing product roadmaps, specifications, and requirements, and conceptualizing products from R&D activities
  • Making important decisions with respect to product features, complexity, and cost
  • Maintaining an inclusive, diverse, creative environment that fosters big ideas and innovation
  • Employing iterative, incremental, spiral, and/or agile development models
  • Field testing autonomous robotic systems, with attention to regulatory and safety concerns
  • Ability to identify remarkable talent, then building and scaling successful teams


Required Skills:

  • MS degree or higher with a focus on Computer Science or Engineering
  • Practical experience managing and leading multi-disciplinary teams of engineers
  • Practical experience managing customers and to contracts
  • Practical experience planning and executing complex technical programs
  • High-level technical writing skills and the ability to communicate complex ideas to technically savvy non-experts
  • Practical experience writing winning technical proposals in
  • Able to maintain a security clearance


Recommended Skills:

  • Extensive experience with the SUAS and/or aerospace industry
  • Experience developing products for production
  • Experience deploying computer vision and artificial intelligence technologies

Aurora Flight Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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An Insider's view of Aurora Flight Sciences

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I look forward to coming into work every day, because the office is abuzz with excitement and innovation. Everyone is working on new things and pushing the boundaries of aerospace. The hallway chatter ranges from topics in advanced aerodynamics to when the next rock-climbing meet-up will be. I imagine this is how NASA felt during the space race.


Aircraft Conceptual Designer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Aurora is committed to solving challenging technical problems across the aerospace industry. Our team is focused on providing core functions that enable certifiable autonomy in practice, from autonomous threat detection/mitigation to planning, estimation, and control of optionally piloted aircraft in unstructured environments.


Autonomy Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

To be successful one has to be an optimist and take initiative. We are working on projects that have not been done before so every new idea or approach needs to be welcomed with creativity and an open mind. Learning is endless here, but it is up to the individual to ask questions and take ownership of their work.

Destiny Mora

Embedded Systems Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

At Aurora creativity is a necessity. Most of our projects are at the cutting edge of what’s possible and require solving one or more engineering problems that have never before been solved before. It’s in our DNA and we encourage this from Day 1.


Senior Vice President of Programs

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

This is where you get to work with the smartest people, across every discipline, on a multitude of trailblazing products. This is where your voice will always be heard. This is where you will be encouraged to try everything. This is where you want to be.


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What are Aurora Flight Sciences Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
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Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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