Chief of Test - Army & Air Force Programs

Lockheed Martin

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Stratford, CT
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Job Overview:

Job Description

At Lockheed Martin, we are passionate about innovation and integrity. We believe that by applying the highest standards of business ethics and forward-thinking, everything is within our capacity – and yours as a Lockheed Martin employee. Lockheed Martin values your skills, training, education and background.

The Army & Air Force Programs Chief of Test (COT) reports directly to the Chief of Test Manager with matrix reporting to the Chief Engineers on the Army & Air Force programs such as HH-60W CRH. The candidate will be directly involved in the definition and execution of all Flight and Ground test activities related to each assigned Army & Air Force program. Responsibilities include technical, schedule, and financial management of all test related activities as well as Test Engineering CAM ownership.

The COT will also be responsible for the following, but not limited to:
• Detailed ground and flight test planning and tracking utilizing Earned Value Management System tools.
• Working with engineering design and test functional team organizations to establish test requirements, budgets and execution plans.
• Direct management and support of test engineering proposal preparation, Statement of Work (SOW) development and budget negotiations.
• Along with functional peers, ensure needed staffing is in place.
• Lead all aspects of company tests at Sikorsky or remote test facilities and using earned value to meet or exceed cost and schedule targets, contractual obligations and company objectives.
• Coordination of all test activities and documentation required to achieve qualification and certification with the appropriate airworthiness authorities and Sikorsky Engineering.
• Establishing oneself as the direct interface with the internal and external customer as the single Sikorsky Test Engineering representative. Ensure clear and regular communication between the Test Engineering Team and the internal/external customers.
• Strong interpersonal skills are crucial to influence management team and customer on the role of Test Engineering and establish alignment among the stakeholders.
• Ensure SOW compliance as well as compliance with safety practices and company policies.

To promote the sharing of ideas, we at Lockheed Martin champion an inclusive work environment that supports differences and big-picture thinking.

You have opportunities to play an active role in strengthening the quality of life where we live and work by volunteering more than 850,000 hours annually.

Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy:
• Medical
• Dental
• 401k
• Paid time off
• Work/life balance
• Career development
• Mentorship opportunities

Basic Qualifications

B.S. (required) in Engineering.

Preferred candidate will have 9 years of experience in Aerospace Engineering disciplines with 7 years in rotorcraft development and Flight Test, or similar industry experience.

Desired skills

M.S. (preferred) in Engineering.

Thorough understanding of both the technical and business aspects of rotorcraft industry and test engineering, as well as certification / procurement processes. Preferred candidate will also have excellent communication and presentation skills (written and oral) to support substantial customer interface needs and negotiation activities. Familiarity with military rotorcraft flight operations is desired. Military background is helpful. Skills in analytical thinking and problem solving are also required. Familiarity with avionics system test is a plus.

Additional Comments: The test efforts are conducted in Stratford CT, Jupiter, FL and at various suppliers. The candidate must be flexible and willing to travel as necessary to support customer requirements and testing at various locations. Travel will vary based on need from ~5% during test planning/preparations phases and may increase to 25% during flight test execution phase when necessary.

The job involves significant teamwork and coordination with a variety of engineering disciplines and customer representatives. Personal commitment and flexibility are required to support potentially unusual working hours and travel.

An MBA or other business background is strongly desired.

Current DoD security clearance is desirable.


Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.


Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. They’re dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin’s vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers’ toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.

Other Important Information

By applying to this job, you are expressing interest in this position and could be considered for other career opportunities where similar skills and requirements have been identified as a match. Should this match be identified you may be contacted for this and future openings.

Ability to work remotely

Part-time Remote Telework: The employee selected for this position will work part of their work schedule remotely and part of their work schedule at a designated Lockheed Martin facility. The specific weekly schedule will be discussed during the hiring process.

Work Schedule Information

Lockheed Martin supports a variety of alternate work schedules that provide additional flexibility to our employees. Schedules range from standard 40 hours over a five day work week while others may be condensed. These condensed schedules provide employees with additional time away from the office and are in addition to our Paid Time off benefits.

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COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, Lockheed Martin is taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 variants pose in the workplace and ensuring we meet our commitments to national security.

To uphold safety for all employees, we will continue to request vaccination status for all Lockheed Martin employees including new hires. All current and newly hired employees are required to follow onsite safety measures based upon the COVID-19 Community Level at the specific work location.