• Business Area Director, Space & Avionics Encryption Programs

    Job Location USA-AZ-Scottsdale
    Posted Date 2 months ago(3/19/2018 11:05 AM)
    Job ID
    Required Clearance
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    The Business Area Director position requires a Bachelor's degree in a technical or business related discipline with a minimum of 15 years of demonstrated leadership. Product Management or PMP Certification is a plus.


    TS/SCI clearance required at time of hire. Polygraph is preferred. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.


    Required knowledge and experience in the following areas: 

    • Experience in the development of space-borne or avionics encryption products.
    • Demonstrable product management experience in the military or commercial space market.
    • Demonstrated go-to-market experience with resulting product sales.
    • Candidate must have a vision and be able to clearly share that vision with others
    • Candidate must possess strong leadership skills in people management, program execution, team building, and customer relationship management and business development.
    • Demonstrable change management skills, able to lead an organization through change.
    • Proven skills identifying and growing new business and developing long-term strategic plans for growth.
    • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, communications and negotiation skills for a wide variety of technical and non-technical audiences including senior stakeholders.
    • Strong knowledge of financial reports, business and operational metrics to ensure maximum business impact to drive optimal decision-making.
    • Candidate must have a proven track record of developing trusted customer relationships

    Responsibilities for this Position

    Overview: General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS), Cyber Electronic Warfare Systems is a market leader in military-grade encryption products. Our teams are inventing the future with cutting-edge technology that is making a difference in our country’s most sensitive networks, on the battlefield and in the world. We are driven to give customers confidence in their digital world. We have a diverse portfolio of market- leading encryption products that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains.  We are seeking leaders who can inspire and lead small entrepreneurial teams that will generate exceptional products, rapidly address the market, innovate in everything, empower teams that think, and act like startups. The leaders we seek inspire their employees, ignite passion, and empower teams to succeed, embrace failing forward, and reward employees for outstanding accomplishments. We work in a highly collaborative environment focused on a market perspective to create products that meet customer’s unmet needs. We partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense, intelligence and Fed/Civ markets.  Given the nature of our work and who we are we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  If you are interested in inventing the future, making a difference in the world and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!



    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS), a market leader and technology innovator, is seeking talented leaders to deliver cutting edge space and avionics encryption products to our customers. Leaders are expected to operate at the speed of the market, develop innovative business solutions, create sustained accretive growth, share new ideas all focused on meeting the market needs of big significant problems.  


    The Cyber and Electronic Warfare Systems (CEWS) Line of Business of General Dynamics Mission Systems is seeking a Business Area Director to lead all aspects of its Space and Avionics Encryption Programs business. As an integral part of the leadership team the Business Area Director must be able to lead and inspire their team, responsible for continued growth of a $70M+ portfolio comprised of several critical, leading edge encryption programs, innovative products and a highly skilled team supporting IC and other customers in the space and avionics markets. They should expect and inspire high levels of performance by the team. This person should have experience leading the deployment of capabilities to support mission critical systems worldwide for our national assets and should be knowledgeable of the space, avionics and related Cyber Security markets. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience in product management and production programs. Proven experience in the broad military and commercial space and avionics markets is critical. We seek proven leaders, capable of coalescing a team to execute short and long-term plans for the organization. Demonstrable skills in product management,  program management, strategy development and execution, and business development, customer relations, financial management are required. The Business Area Director is responsible for ensuring successful program execution, business area growth through the development of new products, award of new contracts, and achievement of operating targets, with a high-level of proficiency in applicable technical concepts. This individual will have at least 15 years of demonstrated leadership, preferably including defense contracting, and successful management of at least $50 million a year in sales.



    Desired skills/experience/leadership traits:

    • Established working relationships within the IC and DoD
    • Collaborative and inclusive leader of small entrepreneurial teams.
    • Empower teams that think and act like startups.
    • Candidates must  be comfortable delegating responsibility, but must be accountable
    • Seeks input, engages in debate, and pushes back
    • A credible leader with the energy, drive and passion to lead/build a business.
    • A strong, visible leader who sets the tone for the organization, is forward leaning/thinking.
    • Embrace failing forward
    • Able to engage, inspire, energize, and motivate staff.
    • Able to influence thinking and actions of others.
    • Strategic thinker who also pays attention to the details.

    Company Overview

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


    General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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