Apply your leadership skills and aircraft expertise to manage a team of maintenance professionals for Koch Industries, Inc., one of the largest private companies in the world. Koch companies share a strong demand for reliable aviation to support a diverse range of growing businesses that have invested more than $45 billion during the past decade.
The Director of Aviation Maintenance collaborates with the compliance and operations groups as well as company pilots to optimize safety, processes, training, records, budgets, scheduling and more.
The position is primarily management-focused—developing and communicating the team vision, and motivating each maintenance technician to advance the group’s standards for timely and dependable service. Responsibilities also include directly performing aircraft maintenance approximately 25 percent of the time.
This role is based in Wichita, Kansas but includes coordination and planning with an additional aviation maintenance team in Atlanta, Georgia. Travel is limited. In recent years, Wichita has been named one of the top ten “Best Big Cities” by
magazine, and “The Best Place to Live the Good Life Affordably” by
The advantages of Koch companies include:
Roles and Responsibilities
- A culture that places top priority on integrity and compliance
- Encouragement to challenge the status quo
- A collaborative environment for sharing and seeking knowledge
- Responsibilities and rewards based on contributions rather than seniority
Ensure that Company aircraft are maintained in a safe and airworthy condition that meets or exceeds all applicable standards and regulations.
Optimize aircraft dispatch reliability and operational availability.
Responsible for the administration of the maintenance program for a 7 aircraft fleet.
Assist with preparation of the annual operating budget
Manage maintenance programs, planning, and provide oversight of inspections, repairs, and modifications.
Ensure continued airworthiness as defined by FAA by effectively managing permanent records, maintenance tracking program, and regulatory and manufacturer’s technical data for assigned aircraft.
Ensure compliance with all internal Company policies and procedures.
Lead and develop aviation maintenance programs to deliver on safety, quality, reliability, and customer service using industry best practices such as IS-BAO and Safety Management Systems.
Provide leadership and development of the aviation maintenance team through continuous improvement initiatives and employee development plans.
Ensure that all planned staffing activities occur, including hiring, promotion, development, and succession.
Perform maintenance, preventive maintenance and inspections that conform to the standards established by the Company, regulations, and industry best practices to achieve the highest reliability goals.
Ensure timely scheduling of maintenance with the least impact on flight schedules and optimal aircraft availability and dispatch reliability.
Obtain vendor proposals and maintain business relationships.
Work Experience/Skills & Education REQUIRED
Minimum of ten years’ experience in direct aircraft maintenance repair, inspection and modification.
3 + years supervision of aircraft maintenance technicians.
Hold a current Airframe & Powerplant certificate and an Inspection Authorization (IA).
Have broad knowledge of and experience with the maintenance of corporate aircraft.
High School diploma.
Valid Driver’s license.
Demonstrated ability to lead and develop teams.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organization skills.
Proven analytical and problem solving ability.
Strong business acumen, collaborative leadership style, and project management skills.
Able to create and change documents and information in Microsoft: Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point.
Work Experience/Skills & Education PR
Have broad knowledge of and experience with the maintenance of Challenger 300 and Learjet 45 aircraft.
A&P Technical School Education
Physical Demands/Unusual Working Conditions
Lift a minimum of 50 pounds
Climb ladders and stands
Work in hot and cold environments
Travel approximately 2-4 weeks/year
Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America according to Forbes magazine. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining and chemicals; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; minerals; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; commodity trading and services; forest and consumer products; and ranching. Koch companies have a presence in nearly 60 countries and employ about 60,000 people. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested more than $45 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures.
We are an equal opportunity employer. M/F/D/V
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.
Skilled Crafts & Trades/Maintenance
Koch Industries, Inc.
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