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AeroVironment Manager, Software Engineering in Remote, Minnesota

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For over 50 years, AeroVironment has been a leader in advanced technologies and diverse innovations that have redefined how the world drives, flies, and connects.

If you thrive on a culture of relentless problem-solving and invention, and want to work for a global front-runner where you tackle real-world challenges, then AeroVironment is the place for you.

Come join our group of innovative thinkers and discover how collaborative efforts produce extraordinary products that touch lives around the world. You can be a part of the team that developed these firsts: a controlled human-powered aircraft, the modern consumer electric car, a tiny hummingbird-like drone and a helicopter that flew on Mars. We also set flight records in near-space with our solar-powered aircraft and we re-shaped the battlefield with portable, hand-held, tactical drones and loitering munitions. We have cemented our reputation around the world and in record books as unrivaled technological pioneers, including seven innovative vehicles in the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

While engineering for the future is what we do, we are ever-mindful of our strong commitment to purpose — to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. The products and solutions we provide our customers help to save lives and contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Join us to help push beyond the realm of the possible with such future-defining technologies as robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to generate ever-more meaningful actionable intelligence for our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.


The primary role of Manager, Software Engineering, for the LEAP (Learning & Active Perception) team is to serve as functional manager for a group of approximately forty engineers. LEAP is part of AV’s MacCready Works (MW) business unit and is focused on customer-funded research & development of computer vision, perception, autonomy, and related technologies; a majority of the team has backgrounds in computer science & engineering but also includes aerospace, mechanical, electrical, and related engineering disciplines. The Engineering Manager will work with Program Managers, Directors, MW Leadership, and other stakeholders across the company to support resource planning, budget management, and team development.

Position Responsibilities

  • Manages a team of engineers including budget and staff planning, training, performance evaluation, and career development

  • Attracts and maintains high-caliber talent, providing appropriate mentorship and growth opportunities

  • Functional management duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborates with Program Managers to creates and periodically review resource plans

  • Reviews timecards, expense reports, service tickets, and other requests requiring manager approval

  • Coordinates the goal setting and performance review process, gathers feedback from employees’ project leads and/or peers as required, and addresses any performance issues

  • Works with human resources and other partners to support employees in personal matters (e.g., benefits, parental leave, bereavement)

  • Collaborates with Program Managers to support the planning, coordination, and execution of engineering development projects

  • Regularly interacts with project leads, customers, and/or functional peer group managers, normally involving matters between functional areas

  • Establishes and assures adherence to budgets, schedules, and staffing plans; interacts with senior management as required

  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • BS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related discipline required, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • 5+ years of experience as individual contributor to software engineering projects

  • 2+ years in a supervisory role and successfully managing a technical team, preferably in software engineering or closely related discipline

  • 2+ years of experience managing projects, whether as technical leader or in a project management role

  • Must be a US Citizen, willing to work on government contracts, and have the ability to hold at minimum a DoD Secret security clearance

  • Experience with MS Office tools required, experience with other productivity and/or project management tools is a plus

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Advanced degree or certifications are a plus but not required

  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; competency in communicating technically and effectively with engineering groups and cross-functional teams

  • Skilled at identifying, communicating, and mitigating technical risks and issues

  • Exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results

  • Uses vision to think beyond the immediate situation, explore multiple potential paths, and adapt decision-making style based on the situational circumstances

  • Inspires, motivates, and empowers people to deliver organizational goals, while also delivering value back to employees

  • Champions the process of change and promotes a culture of quick adaptation while helping others deal with the effects of change

  • Demonstrates the ability to develop and maintain internal and external trusting, professional relationships

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and production environment (Constant)

  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard (Frequent)

  • May be required to travel within the Continental U.S. (Occasional)

COVID Vaccine Statement

AeroVironment is a U.S. government contractor, and is therefore subject to the September 9, 2021 Presidential Executive Order requiring COVID-19 vaccines for federal contractors. Consistent with AeroVironment’s commitment to health, safety, and national security, all U.S.-based AeroVironment employees must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19; this means that all new hires located in the United States must provide proof of being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before their start date. At this time, the vaccination requirement applies only to U.S.-based employees; non-U.S. locations will have their own vaccination policies in accordance with applicable law of the non-U.S. jurisdiction.

ITAR Requirement:

This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: .

We also encourage you to review our company website at to learn more about us.

Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

Who We Are

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


U.S. Citizenship required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.


At AeroVironment, our purpose is to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. Our solutions give our customers a fresh vantage point, positioning them to see the world with new eyes and extending their reach beyond the line of sight. That is the power of our breakthrough unmanned aircraft systems, perfected and refined over a half century.

Whether they are warfighters searching for an enemy, border patrol agents searching for people in need of assistance, or telecom providers linking millions to the digital economy, our customers choose AeroVironment because our systems generate actionable intelligence reliably, creating a path to goals that would otherwise be unattainable.