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Director, Research & Technology

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Businesses Collins Aerospace Job ID 01420758 Most Recent Date Posted 03/10/2021 City Chula Vista State California Country United States

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United States of America


HCA21: Aerostructures - Chula Vista 850 Lagoon Blvd, Chula Vista, CA, 91910 USA

Collins Aerospace is looking for a Director, Research & Technology who will have the responsibility to lead all advanced technology projects as well set the vision and define the strategic enablers for the business. You will have technical / budget responsibility and will manage all the activities related to the emerging technologies, technology progression, research projects and support of demonstrators. In addition, you will be the key interface to the internal and external customers as it pertains to communicating the company’s vision of the future and supporting business growth through innovation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Leads the Research and Technology (R&T) team for Aerostructures and ensure key differentiating technologies are developed to the right maturity level on time to support the business

  • Accountable for R&T budget (approximately $30M/year and 100 resources) including OH and capex plans

  • Responsible for technology prototype labs and providing support to production

  • Responsible for creating the Aerostructures annual technology development plan, including technology roadmaps and support RTX CEO and CTO Technology reviews, Business Development technology fairs and trade shows

  • Responsible for supporting the capture of new programs in collaboration with Advanced Design and Business Development

  • Responsible for developing a sustainability technology plan (e.g., noise, environment, emissions, fuel burn)

  • Responsible for capturing CR&T (e.g., FAA, NASA, DOE, DARPA, etc.) aligned with strategic plan

  • Active representative for Aerostructures on the Collins Technology Steering Council and RTX-wide strategic technology roadmaps with focus on advanced structures and specialized materials.

  • Responsible for organizing education outreach with local universities and organizations as well as defining and supporting roadmaps for universities such as UCSD, SDSU, ERAU, VT, and U of M. 

  • Leads development of research and IP license agreements (e.g., cross-BU, universities, suppliers, government, companies) and supports patent applications

  • Fosters innovation within engineering and R&T (3P brainstorming, creates a culture of innovation, training, identification of new technologies, license agreements)

  • Actively attracts key talent, develops employees, prepares leadership and fellows successors, creates a learning environment, and promotes diversity and inclusion

Basic Qualifications:

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in the appropriate discipline and 12 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 10 years of relevant experience.  In the absence of a degree, 16 years of relevant experience is required.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Advanced composites expertise

  • Experience in engineering technologies and advanced manufacturing

  • Must be able to communicate and make presentations to executives and Sr. Leadership.

  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 20% of the time

  • Must have or be capable of obtaining a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance.  Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation/reinstatement and must meet eligibility requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Technical Degree

  • Experience with aircraft propulsion system and aircraft structures

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

Collins Aerospace’s Aerostructures business is a world leader in the design, manufacture, integration and support of nacelles -- the aerodynamic structures which house aircraft engines. Our nacelle technologies improve fuel efficiency, reduce engine noise and supply critical stopping power when an airplane lands. Today, our innovative nacelle systems are featured on many of the world’s newest and most game-changing commercial, regional and business jet platforms. And we’re not stopping there: we’re working hard to create the next generation of nacelles that are greener, quieter and more efficient. In addition, our Engineered Polymer Products division is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced, high-performance composite and elastomeric structures and products for marine applications. Whether in the air or underwater, we’re pushing the limits of innovation. Want to join us on this important journey?

Collins Aerospace Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.


Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

  • Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Life insurance and disability coverage

  • Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal

  • Ovia Health, fertility and family planning

  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions

  • Redbrick - Incentives for a Healthy You

  • Autism Benefit

  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Best Doctors, second opinion program

  •  And more! 

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.


  • Background check and drug screen required (every external new hire in the U.S.)

  • Drug Screen only performed on re-hires who have been gone for more than 1 year

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.

Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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