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PDS Tech Inc Manager, US Navy Fleet Operations (Contract) in Grand Prairie, Texas

Our Client in Grand Prairie, TX is looking for an experienced operations professional with extensive experience in the area of helicopter pilot training for the US Navy at Whiting Field NAS, Milton, Florida, including associated sustainment. This individual should have extensive knowledge of the US Navy's current helicopter training requirements at the above location and the specific operational training needs of the US Navy for both the TH-57 and FRS (Fleet Replacement Squadron). Preference would be a current or former pilot instructor or fleet operations director with a deep and recent understanding of US Navy training practices and operations. This position will support a large US Navy capture effort for the replacement of the TH-57 and associated support and services. He or she must have exceptional writing skills and be able to write detailed proposals, position papers, and memoranda that advocate the OEM support approach and business value of OEM training and support services for executive and US Navy decision-maker audiences. He or she must also be articulate and collaborative, and is expected to attend US Navy and other military industry conferences to represent our client as a subject matter expert on US Navy training fleet topics.

Primary Responsibilities:

Create Integrated Operational Plan: 40%

  • Develop integrated operational training approach for the US Navy that includes the client's best value win themes.

  • Understand and drive the US Navy's requirements to align with the client's best practices and worldwide helicopter training past performance and act as external client ambassador for US Navy helicopter pilot training.

  • Demonstrate deep understanding of the documentation, quality and aviation safety needs of the US Navy for the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program.

  • Develop briefings and white papers to support client's proposed training helicopter system for the US Navy at Whiting Field NAS, Milton, Florida.

Develop Proposal Content: 30%

  • Responsible for understanding Request for Information (RFI) & Request for Proposal (RFP) requirements with regards to the US Navy AHTS program and develop concepts and strategies so those requirements can be met.

  • Perform all operational analysis of proposal requirements and align client's responses to cover all requirements.

  • Create a detailed integrated operational plan to address all aspects of the US Navy AHTS requirements, including all US Navy training objectives and program performance success metrics.

  • Interact with multiple levels of the US Navy organizations procurement, end-user, and decision-makers to support proposal efforts on all US Navy AHTS training topics.

Develop and Manage Operational Implementation: 30%

  • Create a success oriented approach to establish the fleet size and sustainment needed to optimize program performance success metrics for client and all relevant supplier contracts.

  • Understand all US Navy standards, directives, and other US Navy generated training publications applicable to the US Navy AHTS program and implement a plan to ensure compliance.

  • Monitor performance of client's proposed training system upon award, identify and alert senior management to risks that impact operational success, and mitigate where required.

Additional Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:


  • Required High School graduate. Fluent in the English Language Required (Read, Write, Speak, Understand)

  • Preferred BS/BA degree in Business Administration or other aviation related field.


  • Required: Minimum of 7 years' experience in fleet operations, helicopter pilot training/instruction and/or maintenance management at least 2 of which must have been at Whiting Field Naval Air Station (NAS), Milton, Florida within the last 5 years

  • Preferred: US Navy experience in areas of pilot training, operations, maintenance preferred.


  • Preferred: Currently holding or have held a commercial helicopter pilots license and/or rating as a military pilot

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

  • Required: In depth knowledge of Whiting Field NAS current operations in areas of pilot training, fleet operations

  • Preferred: Recently held a leadership position overseeing Whiting Field operations in the areas stated above

Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):

  • Requires the ability to speak and hear clearly. Able to compose written documentation and to read and interpret various types of US Navy directives and publications.

Travel Required:

30% Domestic and International travel away from the facility.


US person under ITAR regulations

Decision Making, Complexity:

  • Ability to conceptualize, develop, write, edit and update advanced presentations and proposal content for the US Navy AHTS program.

  • Develop strategies and correlating business cases in order to recommend proposal content and action plans to executive leadership. Responsibility will influence outcomes of multi-million dollar proposal.

  • Manages supplier responsibilities and proposal content with regards to proposal requirements for multiple suppliers. Validates operational content of supplier proposals and plays a significant role in the down selection of multi-million dollar supplier contract awards.

Organizational information:

Reports to the Director, Lakota CLS

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

Responsible for developing and driving operational requirements in support of a billion dollar contract award. This role will work directly with both internal and external customers and suppliers at senior and executive levels.

Nature of Contacts:

Involved, negotation type Communication on a regular basis with internal and external parties

Physical Requirements:

  • Onsite: 70%

  • Vision: able to see and read computer screen and other electronic equipment with screens, able to read documents and reports. Requires the ability to understand the helicopter flight training requirements for the AHTS program and align client proposed training system. 100%

  • Hearing: able to hear to participate in conversations in person and via teleconference or phone and to hear sounds on production floor including safety warnings or alarms 100%

  • Speaking: able to speak in conversations and meetings, deliver information and participate in communications 100%

  • Equipment Operation (personal computer, telephone, copies, fax machine, and related office equipment and using electronic identification card to enter building floors and internal doors): able to operate most office and personal electronic equipment and some tools including production tools such as hydraulic lifts. Ability to use computer. 40%

  • Carrying: able to carry documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs 25%

  • Able to move about freely in the area of moving aircraft. 50%

  • Lifting: able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs. 25%

  • Pushing / Pulling: able to push and pull small office furniture and some equipment and tools. 20%

  • Sitting: able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on computer. 50%

  • Squatting / Kneeling: able to squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items stored on low shelving. 10%

  • Standing: able to stand for discussions in offices or on production floor 50%

  • Travel: able to travel independently and at short notice 20%

  • Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents): able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces. 25%

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.