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AMB21 VP Business Development & Strategy 

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RUAG Space is part of RUAG International. The company focuses on the aerospace industry and employs around 6’000 employees. RUAG Space is the leading supplier of products for the space industry in Europe. Three product groups, six countries, one team: Electronics, Spacecraft and Launchers are part of our product portfolio. In addition to Switzerland - which is RUAG Space's headquarters - we are also represented in Sweden, Austria, Finland, Germany and the USA. We develop, produce and test subsystems and equipment for use in space. Experience, outstanding reliability, customer focus and a comprehensive, clearly structured product portfolio all make RUAG Space the partner of choice for manufacturers of satellites and launchers across the globe. We set trends and stand for innovation - embodied by numerous projects in the production of individual and sophisticated structures, mechanisms and launch vehicles.


We are looking for a candidate that will ensure the long term profitability, competitiveness, efficiency, development, delivery and customer success of RUAG Space.  By leading the Business Development & Strategy function, this individual will develop and drive company strategy, and contribute as an accountable member of the RUAG Space management team. 


Main Tasks:

  • Actively and accountably contributes to the RUAG Space management team and to the definition of the company strategy
  • Actively contributes to and facilitates the continuous development of the RUAG Space business and organisation as a whole to secure the fulfilment of the overall company objectives
  • Leads and directs the Business Development team function with 6 people
  • Owns, secures the implementation of and follows up the top level strategy for the efforts and outcome within the Business Development functions
  • Is accountable for
    • Creating and implement new market opportunities globally, with focus on US (DOD, Civil and Commercial)
    • Positioning RUAG in winning industrial teams for large US Govt and EU Govt Programs
    • Penetrating Supply Chain of large US primes & EU Primes
    • Building up new customers among Start-ups & New Space companies,supported by the Key Account & Sales, Project Management and Engineering functions.
  • Responsible for preparing and approving  budgets within the business development function, in line with to the RUAG delegation matrix
  • Proactively communicates and aligns with the EVP and adjacent top management within RUAG Space for best practice and synergies between functions
  • Takes the managerial responsibility towards the direct reports, owning the people processes such as competence planning, recruitment, performance management, development etc.
  • Leads according to the RUAG Space’s Values and Code of Conduct, and drives the people & leadership development within the function


Requirements/Skill Set:

  • Education in Engineering, M.Sc. level
  • Management track record of leading leaders
  • Extensive network with key decision makers at US National Space and Aeronautics Agency, Space Procurement offices under the US Dept of Defense, and other US Space procurement agencies
  • Additional experience in die European Space industry is a candidate differentiator.
  • Proven track record in growing business in the Space industry, including successful Mergers & Acquisition transactions. Solid background in a project-based industry
  • Excellent communication skills, strategic mind-set with holistic view and good analytical skills
  • Top Secret Clearance preferred


Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).


RUAG Space USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law.

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Huntsville, AL, US

Job Experience Level:  Professionals
Job Category/Job Family:  Marketing / Communication

RUAG International is a Swiss technology group focusing on the aerospace industry. Based in Zurich (Switzerland) and with production sites in 14 countries, the company is divided into four divisions: Space, Aerostructures, MRO International and Ammotec. With its strategic focus on the Aerospace business unit, the company will consist of the two divisions Aerostructures and Space in the medium term. RUAG Space is Europe's leading supplier of products used in the aerospace industry. RUAG Aerostructures is a global first-tier supplier in aircraft structure construction. RUAG International employs around 6’000 people, two thirds of whom work abroad. 

Nearest Major Market: Huntsville

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