Director, Technical


Position Director, Technical

Company AVITAS, Inc.

Location Chantilly, VA

Reporting Relationship The Director reports to Tim Scott, SVP Technical



AVITAS is the aviation industry’s most trusted senior advisor with regards to the world’s leading airlines, financial institutions, maintenance facilities, manufacturers, government agencies and law firms. As a full-service aviation consulting firm, AVITAS is comprised of senior staff that have comprehensive, hands-on expertise from all facets of the aviation industry.

AVITAS offers 3 broad lines of expertise:

Aircraft Technical & Maintenance Consulting

  • Asset Management including Lease Technical Management
  • Aircraft inspections and maintenance documentation audits
  • Pre-lease/purchase inspections and maintenance documentation audits
  • Redelivery/repossessionmanagement
  • Return condition compliance analysis
  • Storage management
  • Fleet condition analysis
  • Lease return condition and technical language negotiations
  • On-site technical representation during aircraft maintenance and repair
  • Air carrier regulatory and lease compliance audits
  • Regulatory authority liaison with operational, maintenance and engineering matters
  • Technical department organizational and functional review
  • Spare parts inventory verification, supply/demand analysis and appraisal
  • Management and organizational reviews
  • Start-up airline assistance
  • Maintenance facility capabilities, supply and demand
  • Aircraft and engine maintenance cost forecasts and analysis
  • Expert witness advice and testimonyAVITAS, Inc.


  • Fair market/fair rental valuations and future value forecasts for new and used aviation assets including:
    • Jetliner, commuter and business aircraft
    • Engines
    • Spare parts
    • Ground support equipment
    • Slots and gates
    • Airport properties and facilities
    • Value-in-use, replacement cost appraisals
    • Market condition advisories and forecasts
    • Historical and prospective value studies
  • Lease/loan documents negotiation, review, and advice
  • Expert witness advice and testimony

Business Planning/Forecasting

  • Route and schedule planning
  • Business plan development / review
  • Yield analysis
  • Fleet planning
  • Operating and marketing plans
  • City pair opportunity analysis
  • Airline and airport economic issues
  • Financial planning
  • Traffic and revenue forecasting
  • Competitor analysis
  • Competitive strategy formulation
  • Code sharing opportunities analysis
  • City pair traffic analysis
  • Strategic plans for airline restructuring
  • New product/services research
  • Expert witness advice and testimony

The AVITAS offices are located in Chantilly, VA; New York, NY; and London, UK.

The Director, Technical position is located in Chantilly, VA


AVITAS is recruiting an outstanding new Director, Technical. The role will report into Tim Scott, SVP Technical. The successful candidate will have a management style and technical competence that generates confidence and respect internally and externally, with the ability to translate complex technical matters into business issues. AVITAS is a highly respected and well-known aviation consulting business and the successful candidate will also have the ability to be involved with both technical and AVITAS’s broader offerings.

In detail, the Director, Technical will be responsible for:

  • Managing pre-lease/purchase inspections and maintenance documentation audits
  • Building and maintaining customer relationships
  • Developing and executing maintenance reserve management, as well as aircraft acquisition and redelivery assistance
  • Effectively organizing and managing the use of technical consultants who are working on various projects
  • Managing large and complex aircraft fleet technical programs
  • Being a spokesperson and representative for the company at conferences, events, and industry organizations
  • Negotiating aircraft leases including maintenance reserves and delivery/return conditions
  • Preparing work scopes and negotiating contracts for heavy airframe and engine maintenance
  • Preparing monthly asset management status reports and approving disbursements from maintenance reserve accounts
  • Managing contract technical personnel to ensure aircraft and records meet contract standards


Success in Year One will be measured by the achievement of these goals:

  • Gains a good understanding/lives the values of the AVITAS culture and learns how to operate successfully in the environment
  • Gains the respect of senior management and the technical team through exceptional work product and delivering on goals
  • Gains a thorough understanding of AVITAS offerings and is able to cross sell the company’s services to existing and new clients


  • A minimum of 5 years of airline or leasing company experience directly related to the job function
  • A strong hands-on technical leadership background
  • A deep technical knowledge that earns the respect of both internal and external stakeholders (e.g. clients, service providers, competitors)
  • A team player who has the ability to fit into the collegial and family culture that AVITAS holds very important
  • Ability to manage large, complex technical projects
  • A&P license or equivalent preferred
  • Working knowledge of the aircraft and its systems, aircraft records, and federal aviation regulations
  • Knowledge of the technical provisions of a lease with the ability to draft, negotiate, interpret, and apply accordingly
  • Knowledge of aircraft maintenance programs with the ability to measure reasonableness of maintenance costs
  • Customer service focused with the ability to respond professionally, timely, and appropriately to customer requests
  • Ability to collaborate across multiple departments to meet customer needs
  • Ability to travel to customer as needed and manage multiple projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Will have a management style and technical competence that attracts and motivates top talent and generates confidence and respect from all levels of the company and its stakeholders
  • Well-versed in Microsoft Office software
  • Willingness to pursue ISTAT Certified Appraiser status is a plus


A Bachelor’s degree is required. An MBA or other graduate degree is desirable.


An attractive compensation package will be provided to attract outstanding candidates