Phoenix, Arizona

Innovate to solve the world's most important challenges

Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) invents and manufactures technologies that address some of the world’s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity, and global urbanization. They are uniquely positioned to blend physical products with software to support connected systems that improve buildings, factories, utilities, and aircraft, and that enable a safer, more comfortable and more productive world.  Honeywell's solutions enhance the quality of life for people around the globe and create new markets and even new industries.

As a Fortune 100 company with approximately $33B in revenue in 2019 and 140% total share-owner return over the last five years, Honeywell has established a track record of strong financial performance over time.

Honeywell operates through four business segments.  This role specifically supports the Aerospace business.

Honeywell Aerospace innovates and integrates thousands of products, software, and services to advance and more easily deliver safe, efficient, productive, and comfortable transportation experiences worldwide.  Their offerings are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. 2019 revenues for Aerospace are around 12B.

The Role
Reporting to the VP ­Aero Technology Strategy and Innovation, this position is responsible for leading the academic and scientific engagement and partnership strategy that will strengthen our technology capabilities and accelerate our innovation process at the Aerospace level. 

Role Location
The role will be based in Phoenix, AZ or Minneapolis, MN.

Candidate Profile
Our ideal candidate is a senior level strategist with business, technology and strategy experience. 
S/he will:

  • Have strong organizational understanding of the Aerospace industry
  • Be an internal and external networker with government agencies, universities, and internal stakeholders
  • Have strong understanding of venture capital, start-up operations, Intellectual property frameworks
  • Be a globally focused, creative, out of the box thinker

This leader will need to drive results and have excellent collaboration and influencing skills to work within Honeywell’s matrixed organization. S/he should be effective at working across business units, functions and at various levels and in a global environment. S/he should thrive in an intense, results oriented environment.

The successful candidate will possess strong bias for action, high energy level, and ability to build interpersonal relationship across Honeywell. This candidate will lead by example, maintain a positive attitude and big picture perspective, and drive personal accountability. This leader will build trust and operate with high integrity, display personal courage and commitment, and empower others.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the Aerospace Sr. Director Academic & Scientific Partnerships include:

  • Build and maintain relationships with universities, national laboratories, and research institutes
  • Support technology strategy development process with advanced technology and business units
  • Develop and own scientific engagements strategy and roadmap
  • Drive regular innovation workshops with scientific partners
  • Execute monthly and quarterly program reviews with partners on joint programs
  • Support public funding acquisition on joint programs
  • Represent Honeywell Aerospace in public and government technology events


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Mechanical, Electrical / Aviation or Aerospace
  • 15+ years of experience in Applied and/or New Product or Technology Development
  • 5+ relevant years of experience in Avionics (Electronics & Mechanical Subsystems) technology AND/OR materials technology development
  • 5+ years of Technology & Product Development experience
  • 5+ years of domain experience & exposure in the Aerospace industry (Avionics, Mechanical & Connectivity), including standards and regulations
  • 5+ years of experience with Hardware, Firmware, and Software experience plus Physical products connectivity to the Cloud
  • 5+ years of experience and understanding of regulatory agencies (FAA), standards, mandates, and environments
  • Highly networked in academic and national lab environments in the Aerospace industry
  • Experienced in technology transfer from academic institutions to a commercial entity


  • An Advanced degree in Engineering – Masters / PhD
  • Experience working with an Engineering organization with a global footprint AND/OR experience managing RDE spend >100M
  • Experience working with globally distributed teams serving both global OEM’s, After Market and Airlines
  • Strong Engineering Product Development Practices, Processes and Tools
  • Experience leading product strategy transformation and acted as evangelist for change
  • Experienced in setting up, managing industrial advisory boards, incubation spaces
  • International experience
  • Strong organizational understanding of the Aerospace industry
  • Being an internal and external networker with government agencies, universities, and internal stakeholders
  • Have strong understanding of venture capital, start-up operations, and Intellectual property frameworks
  • Being able to focus globally and be strategic with methods

Additional Information

  • JOB ID: HRD127971
  • Category: Business Development
  • Location: 1944 E Sky Harbor Circle,Phoenix,Arizona,85034,United States
  • Exempt
  • Must be a US Citizen due to contractual requirements.
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Honeywell is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status.

Phoenix, Arizona

Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (HTSI) offers world-class competencies in management, space systems and services, engineering, logistics, information technology and testing and calibration. We provide value, expertise, competitive pricing and the highest quality standards available. Our customers can expect proven leadership processes, technical excellence and cost management. We offer more than just connections…we offer solutions.

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