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Manager, Industrial Security



Petaluma, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

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Job Description

Manager, Industrial Security will provide leadership and onsite security management in Simi Valley, CA for all Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) security actions and serve as the primary Security liaison with US Government, DoD and IC counterparts. Primary duties will be that of a Security Manager overseeing a team of security professionals and contracted guard force tasked with ensuring physical security, technical security, and visitor and access management standards are maintained. This role will also require routine performance as an FSO and CSSO supporting multiple programs and customers.

Position Responsibilities

  • Lead the AV security team in Simi Valley including AV security employees and any contracted security service providers.
  • Manage physical security at AV facilities and be responsible for creating a secure environment for employees, suppliers, and company visitors
  • Create, manage and maintain documentation to include Standard Practice Procedures (SPP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Emergency Action Plans
  • Obtain rulings, interpretations, and acceptable deviations for compliance with regulations from government agencies
  • Manage and maintain Communications Security (COMSEC) equipment
  • Develop and implement security documentation including program protection plans, Special Access Program Facility (SAPF), Special Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF), and Closed area accreditation plans, and managed access plans
  • Perform access control responsibilities including managing badges and visit requests
  • Implement and maintain security plans, procedures and instructions
  • Develop and administer a comprehensive Security Awareness Training Education program
  • Partners with internal and external clients to identify and address escalated contractual, personnel, facility and information security issues in accordance with the NISPOM
  • Review and ensure maintenance of DD-254 forms and cleared resource security files
  • Submit adverse action reports to the Federal Government
  • Proactively develop and enhance processes as company and/or government guidance evolves​
  • Develops, implements and monitors special security policies and procedures; ensures compliance with all aspects of AV’s security program
  • Protects classified government information and manages personnel security clearance and processes. Conducts initial and on-going security training and education briefings ​
  • Provides support and guidance for all security functions in accordance with the NISPOM, DCID’s, ICD’s and other applicable government security directives associated with SAPF, SCI and other special security programs

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Certificate of Completion for FSO certification or SPED, and COMSEC certification
  • At least 9 years of experience as an FSO/CSSO to include experience as a cleared defense contractor working in corporate and government environments
  • 5 years management experience
  • Experience with the classification management process and classification guides associated with DoD and IC information; Experience with DCSA audits
  • Experienced in implementing security policy and procedures to ensure compliance with the National Industrial Security Program and other government security regulations
  • Experience adhering to and ensuring compliance with NISPOM, ICDs, Federal security regulations, and corporate security policies and procedures
  • Experience leading and conducting internal audits, participating in Government assessments and inspections, investigating and mitigating areas of risk or non-compliance, pre-employment vetting
  • Experience in creating and using Security Classification Guides; SAP experience

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Extensive knowledge of industrial security administration and government databases that include, but are not limited to: National Industrial Security System (NISS), Defense Industrial Security System (DISS), Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations (e-QIP), and Industrial Secure Facility Database (ISFD)
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) as it applies to the total security program
  • Effectively communicate verbally and in writing to internal and external customers with the ability to offer experienced guidance to executive staff and subcontractors.
  • Must have strong knowledge of NISPOM, ICD 704, ICD 705 and other DoD and IC security compliance documents
  • Excellent judgement, decision-making, and communications skills
  • Strong leadership attributes and ability to coach, mentor and lead teams
  • Must be able to be at AeroVironment UAS Facility within 60 minutes of notification of a security incident involving the facility
  • Familiarity with SIMS
  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties
  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products
  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company
  • Has effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and manufacturing environment (Constant)
  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Constant)

The salary range for this role is:

$108,275 - $153,615

AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, education/training, and key skills.

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.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/veterans. AeroVironment, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Qualified applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic data, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status.


U.S. Citizenship required