Group Manager, Vehicle Systems

    • Job Tracking ID: 85347-333798
    • Job Location: Roseville, CA
      Arlington, TX
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 04/05/2022
    • Years of Experience: 8+
    • Radford Job Code: 02363
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Job Description

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY:  Come work on the latest advancements in unmanned aircraft.  Get to work on groundbreaking designs that will be the future of tactical aviation.  Lead a team of vehicle systems engineers in a fast-paced growing market segment that is rapidly pushing the edges of unmanned tactical aviation.  Come join Kratos to lead the team designing the electrical, flight control hardware and communication systems for all of our unmanned tactical aircraft and target drones.


Responsible for supervising personnel of assigned engineering disciplines in the execution of Integration and Test projects across company of products and program platforms. 



  • Supervises and directs the effort of engineering personnel to ensure successful overall project and organizational performance.

  • Ensures maximum productivity and cost-efficiency of assigned team.

  • Monitors and evaluates progress and results.

  • Coordinates with program teams to identify resources and skills required to accomplish planned tasks and assigns personnel to programs as required. 

  • Develops and implements improvements in procedures and standards to ensure that output is high quality, accurate, on-time, and within budget.

  • Ensures applicable project metrics (key performance indicators) are maintained and results are achieved.

  • Understands and mitigates risks of technical approaches to meet customer requirements and company objectives.

  • Makes recommendations for the tools and resources, including performing cost analysis, necessary for the team’s success.

  • Assists in identifying organizational team’s skills and abilities and skill gaps, making recommendations to management. 

  • Plans and supervises the development and mentoring of technical personnel.

  • Accomplishes human resource strategies by communicating and enforcing values, policies, and procedures; implementing orientation, training, coaching, counseling, and disciplinary actions; planning, monitoring, appraising, and reviewing job contributions.

  • Fosters ethical conduct and personal integrity to ensure KUAS attracts and retains employees and customers in a highly competitive environment.

  • Fosters a “center of excellence” attitude within the assigned group and engineering area of expertise.  Individual will champion discussions within the group on challenging technical issues, the latest breakthroughs in that particular discipline, new customer desires or verification techniques in related area and tools to support design.

  • May act as the face of the Company to customers ensuring that team’s products and services are meeting internal and external customer requirements, goals, and expectations.

  • Reports progress in meeting external/internal customer requirements, goals, and expectations.

  • Supervises the effort of professional and technical personnelin support of design reviews and technical interchange meetings with suppliers and external/internal customers.

  • Assigns and oversees the efforts of professional and technical personnel in preparation of quotes and proposals.

  • Follows safety precautions and ensures reporting personnel are trained and adhere to safety procedures/policies.

  • Ensures that the work areas and equipment are kept clean.

  • Complies with QMS procedures.


Other Job Functions:

  • Frequent outside contact with customers and suppliers.

  • Other duties as assigned.





Experience and Skills


  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards.

  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors.

  • Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary.

  • Ability to adhere to workplace rules.

  • Ability to effectively communicate professionally in writing or verbally with all levels of personnel.



  • Requires Bachelor’s degree in Engineering

  • US Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance of the appropriate level.

  • 8+ years related technical supervisory/team/project leadership experience.

  • Significant, practical experience in the specific engineering subject matter.

  • Experience with engineering development processes.

  • Experience related to engineering configuration management and change management.

  • Experience monitoring and enforcing engineering budgets.

  • Experience related to change management within the engineering development.

  • Familiarization with engineering development risk management process.

  • Demonstrated passion for management of people and projects.

  • Demonstrated passion for customer satisfaction.

  • Demonstrated strong communication skills; including strong interpersonal and writing skills.

  • Ability to travel as necessary to perform job duties.

  • May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship). 



  • Master degree in Business Administration.

  • Experience related to engineering technical publications.

  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally to meet program requirements.

  • Engineering supervisory experience in the aerospace industry.



  • Office and/or manufacturing environment.

  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time.

  • Ability to perform repetitive motion (keyboarding, 10-key, phones).

  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.May work extended hours or weekends



  • Up to 5% - May be required between other KUAS locations and customer sites.



Job Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
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