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Quest Defense is an organization at the forefront of innovation and one of the world’s fastest growing engineering services firms with deep domain knowledge and recognized expertise in the top OEMs across seven industries. We are part of a twenty-five-year-old company on a journey to becoming a centenary one, driven by aspiration, hunger and humility.

We are looking for humble geniuses, who believe that engineering has the potential to make the impossible, possible; innovators, who are not only inspired by technology and innovation, but also perpetually driven to design, develop, and test as a trusted partner for Fortune 500 customers.

As a team of remarkably diverse engineers, we recognize that what we are really engineering is a brighter future for us all. If you want to contribute to meaningful work and be part of an organization that truly believes when you win, we all win, and when you fail, we all learn, then we’re eager to hear from you.

The achievers and courageous challenge-crushers we seek have the following characteristics and skills:

Join Our Dynamic Team as Chief Design Engineer! Ignite Your Aerospace Design Passion!

Are you ready to take your career to new heights? Exciting opportunities await you as the Chief Design Engineer at Quest Defense, where you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our aerospace engineering endeavors.

About the Role:

As the Chief Design Engineer, you will be at the forefront of innovation, collaborating with senior internal leaders and external customers to strategically grow and nurture a high-performing team of design and structural engineers. This role isn’t just about managing projects; it’s about owning the success of our design engineering discipline, ensuring impeccable quality of deliverables, and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in aerospace design.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Strategic Leadership: Lead the charge in developing and executing business development growth strategies, with a focus on expanding our mechanical design service offering.
  • Team Empowerment: Coach and provide training to elevate the capability of our core engineering team, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and technical excellence.
  • Customer Collaboration: Collaborate with our valued customers to identify opportunities, win exciting engineering projects, and strengthen our partnerships.
  • Innovative Thinking: Leverage your technical expertise to network and win new work, support proposal generation, and have signature authority on engineering analyses.
  • Talent Development: Assess the skills of our existing team, identify knowledge gaps, and create tailored plans to close these gaps. Work with team members to craft Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for continued technical growth.
  • Technical Excellence: Ensure compliance with a rigorous technical review process for engineering deliverables, generating technical deliverable review checklists as needed for consistently successful outcomes.

Qualifications That Excite Us:

We’re eager to talk to you if you bring:

  • Passion and Experience: Over 20 years of hands-on experience in mechanical design of aerospace hardware, coupled with at least 8 years in a leadership or technical approver role.
  • Educational Foundation: A minimum of a BS degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering (MS preferred) and direct familiarity with Aerospace engineering processes.
  • Leadership Prowess: Proven ability to expand and scale up a technical program or team, showcasing strong leadership skills with a knack for strategy development and implementation.
  • Customer-Centric Mindset: Experience working directly with customers, displaying executive presence, and inspiring confidence.
  • Technical Toolbox: Proficiency in CAD engineering tools (especially NX Unigraphics), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools (including Teamcenter), and finite element analysis (FEA) tools (primarily ANSYS and Nastran/Patran).
  • Tech-Savvy: Comfort and proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, especially Excel and PowerPoint.

Why Quest Defense?

Join a company where your passion for aerospace design meets a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous growth. We believe in pushing boundaries, and as our Chief Design Engineer, you’ll be at the forefront of driving cutting-edge solutions that redefine aerospace engineering.

If you’re ready for an exhilarating journey in aerospace design, apply now and let’s soar to new heights together!#cj

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