Director, Nuclear Programs


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Date posted 02/11/2021 Job ID 30926BR Company General Atomics Experience Level Executive Job Title Director, Nuclear Programs City San Diego State California Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary

Job Summary General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS’ expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.This position will report to the VP of Nuclear Technologies and Materials (NTM) Division and will direct current nuclear space programs and lead efforts to expand GA-EMS role in future NASA/DoD/DOE space nuclear and terrestrial programs. This position will have overall responsibility for the technical and business performance of space nuclear programs; creating new program initiatives; maintaining highly qualified staff; ensuring that necessary resources are made available and building positive relationships with key customer organizations necessary for program building.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for creating and implementing a technical/business plan to expand EMS role in space nuclear propulsion and power systems to include R&D and design leading to manufacturing and deployment.
  • Work with subordinate project managers and lead engineers to manage current space nuclear programs with a high level of both technical and business achievement.
  • Work with subordinates to acquire and maintain a highly qualified staff.
  • Work with NTM/EMS management to assure necessary resources and facilities for programs.
  • Inspire creation of new space nuclear technologies and concepts and apply for IR&D funding to perform sufficient work to secure IP.
  • Oversee preparation of winning proposals in response to new program opportunities from NASA/DoD/DOE.
  • Build working relationships with key personnel within customer and potential customer organizations. Coordinate with EMS Strategic Development in this endeavor.
  • Work with counterparts in NTM and other EMS organizations to ensure efficient use of staff, resources and facilities.
  • Specify application of appropriate EMS engineering procedures, quality assurance policy and other requirements for space nuclear projects.
  • Work with space nuclear project managers to prepare budgets, schedules and deliverables and to track progress.
  • Work with the space nuclear project managers to anticipate and resolve technical and programmatic problems.
  • Establish and enforce procedures to ensure a safe working environment.
  • Report status/progress on space nuclear programs to upper NTM and EMS management.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.

Job Qualifications:
  • Requires a minimum of a Master’s degree Nuclear, Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering plus fifteen or more years of nuclear, mechanical or aerospace engineering experience. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.
  • Broad knowledge of multidisciplinary engineering fields including nuclear, mechanical, control, electrical and systems analysis.
  • At least ten years of experience in taking projects from concept to manufacture.
  • Effective communication, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, and ability to direct technical teams.
  • Able to work extended hours as required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE or DoD Security Clearance is essential.
Travel Percentage Required 0 - 25 Relocation Assistance Provided Yes US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? No Apply Now

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