Director of Flight Sciences
About Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic is transforming air travel with Overture, the world’s fastest airliner — optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability. Serving both civil and government markets, Overture will fly at twice the speed of today’s airliners and is designed to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Boom’s vision is to bring families, businesses, and cultures closer together through supersonic travel and make the world dramatically more accessible.
Are you passionate about building the supersonic future? Come join the team and help us make aviation history!
The Flight Sciences organization is dedicated to the science of aircraft behavior and motion in flight. As Director of Flight Sciences, you’ll guide a team of hardworking and accomplished specialists within Boom’s Engineering team and report directly to the Vice President of Engineering.
You’ill coordinate the deployment of your team across diverse business units and program(s). This will include adapting to their changing needs and resolving sophisticated issues that arise from contending priorities. Additionally, you’ll be responsible for handling overall performance of the team including technical capabilities, certification activities, identifying and filling skill gaps, budget planning, conducting performance and merit and promotion assessments. You will help guide the advancement of team members careers through mentoring and the alignment of work assignments with team member goals. Additionally, you will ensure their work products meet quality standards of the company.
You will share in the team's impact of development activities as we help business units achieve their mission! This position will directly impact the history of aerospace by bringing back supersonic flight to civilians. It will require your dedicated and detailed attention towards safe supersonic flight.
On any given day you might:
- Direct efforts and oversee the internal teams related to Aerodynamics, Stability & Control, Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C), or Flight Operations
- Provide subject matter expert level technical leadership, mentoring and guidance on both practical and theoretical aspects
- Provide direction on validation and verification of systems requirements
- Ensure timely and accurate delivery of system level certification and documentation
- Oversee and direct a team, monitoring tasks and ensuring on schedule delivery
- Facilitate communication, discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution
- Manage the scheduling, budget, resources and suppliers
- Report status to ensure milestones are met in support of the overall program schedule
- Support the annual planning process including working with business unit customers to forecast the flight sciences demand across the company
- Provide tools, process and resources required to meet the different flight sciences needs for the different programs and business units
- Leverages advanced principles, theories, and concepts of complex technical subjects to provide direction for employees
- Own and Manage shared Hardware-in-the-loop and control law development laboratory spaces (demand, allocation, budget)
- Ensures proper identification and management of risks, opportunities, assumptions and dependencies on supported projects
- Development of technical capabilities roadmaps, technology roadmaps and other forward thinking strategic artifacts for the flight sciences team
- Develop the directorate’s vision/aspiration, objectives, goals, and metrics
- Author job descriptions and lead all aspects of the hiring process to achieve the demands of your internal customers within the constraints of the business. This includes both direct hire and contingent labor
- Manage director reports including performance evaluations, facilitate career growth opportunities and handle the compensation/promotion process
- Embody, promote, and mentor the Boom leadership principles and culture
Required Education, Skills and Abilities
- Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree in engineering with 15 or more years of experience in aerospace or an equivalent combination of technical education and aerospace experience
- Demonstrated experience managing technical teams and/or leading functional groups, with responsibility for technical quality of work delivered and career management of employees
- Experience in system formulation, development, and/or operations with technical experience in one or more of the following subject areas: Aerodynamics, Performance, Stability & Control, Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C), or Flight Operations
- Previous project leadership or engineering management experience
- Ability to maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to building a positive culture of inclusion and diversity
- Familiarity with CFR Part 23 / Part 25 aircraft certification programs
Preferred Education, Skills and Abilities
- M.S. degree in Engineering or equivalent
- FAA Designated Engineering Representative
- Control Law development
- In-depth and current knowledge of Part 25 regulatory requirements
- Strong/proven problem-solving skills across multi-disciplinary skill sets
- Strategic leader with very strong decision making and communication skills
The Base Salary Range for this position is $187,000 - $253,000. Actual salaries will vary based on factors including but not limited to location, experience, and performance. The range listed is just one component of Boom’s total rewards package for employees. Other rewards may include performance bonuses, long term incentives/equity, an open PTO policy, and many other progressive benefits.
To conform to U.S. Government aerospace technology export regulations (ITAR and EAR), applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.
Boom is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.