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Sr. Manager, Software Engineering - Virtual Avionics

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United States
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118k-246k USD

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United States of America


HIA32: Cedar Rapids, IA 400 Collins Rd NE , Cedar Rapids, IA, 52498-0505 USA

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The Simulation & Training Solutions (STS) Product Software Engineering department seeks a Senior Engineering Manager to head a team of software development engineers focused on Virtual Avionics Engineering (VAE). The VAE team in Cedar Rapids, IA is expanding due to increased demand for simulation training software that is derived from real-time aircraft operational flight programs and extended with ARINC-610 simulation standards and customer driven requirements. 

The retargeted simulation software models aircraft systems from low level data bus flows to high level peer to peer subsystem communication and is built on top of proprietary graphics drawing libraries and runtime executives.  Resulting in high fidelity solutions that are optimized to range in use from Windows Desktop to Virtual Reality to certified Full-Flight Simulator applications. 

The team supports training devices, software, and systems from moderate to high complexity while leveraging the latest in PC high-performance computing, gaming and display technologies for use in training and familiarizing Flight Crews and Ground Crews in the use of various Collins aircraft avionics systems from Commercial airspace to Military theaters.

The VAE team also builds lower-level training devices by integrating our rehosted avionics software with Collins proprietary simulation environments and COTS equipment, see following links for examples:

The manager will lead a group of 10-20 software engineers and provide direct technical support to projects.  The manager will coach in a fast-paced environment, drive teamwork continuous improvements.  This position requires ownership, attention to detail and teamwork for the development of a positive and productive work environment.  Development methodology is a hybrid of Spiral development and Agile planning and execution. The team works directly with our customers to integrate and support our software in their training systems.  Both domestic and international travel to customer sites and industry demonstrations may be needed. 

This position will be based onsite in Cedar Rapids, IA and reports directly to the Director of Software Products for STS. Eligible for relocation.

What you will do:

  • Head a team responsible for software development, testing, releases & delivery.

  • Hold the team accountable for meeting planned program milestones and activities.

  • Assess employee’s skills and identify training and development needs for the team.

  • Establish a strong team through recruiting, hiring, on-boarding and assimilation of new hires.

  • Interact with program management ensuring the scope is managed and staffing plans are achievable.

  • Actively manage staff loading ensuring firm and anticipated demand is accurate and appropriate staff levels are allocated.

  • Assist in tactical implementation of organization’s strategic goals.

  • Ensure all enterprise engineering, quality and business conduct process and policies are implemented and understood.

  • Assist with bid reviews and ensure cadences and product ownership is established for the team.

Education and experience:

  • Typically requires a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) unless prohibited by local laws/regulations and minimum 10 years prior relevant experience or an Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 7 years of experience or in absence of a degree, 14 years of relevant experience.

  • U.S. citizenship is required, as only U.S. citizens are authorized to access information under this program/contract.

Skills you must have:

  • Experience in software engineering development process from bids and proposals through verification and validation.

  • Strong technical leadership preferably of small to medium engineering teams.

  • Resource planning experience including staff, facilities, and equipment needed for successful project execution.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Skills we value:

  • Development background in Microsoft Windows Visual Studio & Eclipse with Ada, C/C++/C#, Python & Matlab Simulink.

  • Knowledge of Collins Pro Line 21 & Fusion Avionics, HUD & PFCC Simulation Software Modeling & Development using Collins VISTA.

  • Understanding of building and debugging - real-time, multi-threaded applications, endian interoperability, distributed data marshalling.

  • Experience troubleshooting - hardware-software systems integration, shared memory, Ethernet and Arinc communication.

  • Understanding of GPU technology development.

  • Experience and working knowledge of capture process and proposal development.

  • Strong acumen for earned value management.  Cost account management experience preferred.

  • Experience with Agile and DevSecOps development process.

  • Skilled in ALM tools such as Jira, Confluence, Jama, Bamboo, and Crucible.

  • Energetic and enthusiastic leadership.

  • Ability to develop powerful networks such as relationships between Engineering, Business Development and Program Management.

If you're looking for an opportunity to join a fast-paced team, with opportunities for growth this could be the perfect fit for you. The Product Software team will allow you the opportunity to experience all facets of Collins Aerospace STS software development and be closely aligned with various customers to bring the best possible experience to our simulation customers across the globe!

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 meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.


This role is also eligible for the Re-Empower Program. The Re-Empower Program helps support talented and committed professionals as they rebuild their capabilities, enhance leadership skills, and continue their professional journey. Over the course of the 14-week program, experienced professionals will gain paid, on-the-job experience, have an opportunity to participate in sessions with leadership, develop personalized plans for success and receive coaching to guide their return-to-work experience. Upon completion of the program, based on performance and contributions participants will be eligible for a career at RTX.

Minimum Program Qualifications

  • Be on a career break of one or more year at time of application

  • Have prior experience in functional area of interest

  • Have interest in returning in either a full-time or part-time position

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 possibilities. 


* Please consider the following role type definitions as you apply for this role.

Onsite: Employees who are working in Onsite roles will work primarily onsite. This includes all production and maintenance employees, as they are essential to the development of our products.

Regardless of your role type, collaboration and innovation are critical to our business and all employees will have access to digital tools so they can work with colleagues around the world – and access to Collins sites when their work requires in-person meetings.

Some of our competitive benefits package include: 

  • 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 contributions, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option. 

  • Tuition reimbursement program

  • Student Loan Repayment Program 

  • Life insurance and disability coverage 

  • Optional coverages you can buy: pet insurance, home and auto insurance, additional life and accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal, I.D. theft protection

  • Birth, adoption, parental leave benefits

  • Ovia Health, fertility, and family planning 

  • Adoption Assistance        

  • Autism Benefit 

  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 10 free counseling sessions 

  • Healthy You Incentives, wellness rewards program

  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits 

  • Bright Horizons, child and elder care services

  • Teladoc Medical Experts, second opinion program 

  • And more! 

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibilities. 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.

The salary range for this role is 118,000 USD - 246,000 USD. The salary range provided is a good faith estimate representative of all experience levels. RTX considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role, function and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.Hired applicants may be eligible for benefits, including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, flexible work schedules, employee assistance program, Employee Scholar Program, parental leave, paid time off, and holidays. Specific benefits are dependent upon the specific business unit as well as whether or not the position is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement.Hired applicants may be eligible for annual short-term and/or long-term incentive compensation programs depending on the level of the position and whether or not it is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Payments under these annual programs are not guaranteed and are dependent upon a variety of factors including, but not limited to, individual performance, business unit performance, and/or the company’s performance.This role is a U.S.-based role. If the successful candidate resides in a U.S. territory, the appropriate pay structure and benefits will apply.RTX anticipates the application window closing approximately 40 days from the date the notice was posted. However, factors such as candidate flow and business necessity may require RTX to shorten or extend the application window.

RTX 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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