Aerospace Executive Development Academy

Many engineering, technical, and business professionals in aerospace companies demonstrate desirable skills and qualities, that identify them as candidates for high level leadership positions. Leveraging SAE’s longstanding reputation in aerospace standards and lifelong learning programs, an executive development program has been designed for high-potential leaders in the aerospace industry.

This nine-day, two (non-consecutive) week program combines established leadership content with highly relevant aerospace industry experiences including interactions with some of industry’s top executives and agency leaders, case studies, and a real-world team project. Our team of experts includes Steve Bouley, the former Vice President of the Space Launch Systems Business Unit for Aerojet Rocketdyne and other finance, management, and leadership instructors.

The first Academy week is held in Washington, DC. Following a six-week break, the second Academy week will be held in Newport Beach, California where students will be exposed to a panel of guest speakers from the aerospace and space industries. Class hours each day are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Attendees are also expected to devote minimal time during evening hours to work on the team project.

The course fee includes all instruction and course materials along with daily meals including light breakfast, and lunch. Dinners, lodging, and airfare expense is on your own.

What Will You Learn

By attending this Academy, you will be able to:
  • Articulate the fundamental skill sets necessary to lead, plan and manage strategically
  • Effectively manage complex decision and policy making situations
  • Analyze and formulate effective business strategies
  • Plan and implement organizational change
  • Demonstrate awareness of core financial management skills
  • Evaluate several enterprise financial and functional decision processes
  • Analyze business situations with a strategic big-picture think-like-an-owner perspective
  • Explain the government and regulatory considerations in leading aerospace companies
  • Consider global aerospace market dynamics
  • Develop and make high impact presentations
  • Leverage a new and ongoing network of peers and executive contacts

Is This Course For You

This Academy is designed specifically for future leaders in aerospace-related companies who have shown high potential to grow into upper management and executive level positions. Typical current job titles may include Senior Manager, Director, Group Leader.

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DAY ONE - Monday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Welcome, Orientation—Steve Bouley
  • Program overview
  • Ice-breaker activity
  • Group project introduction/overview
  • Group project team assignments
High Impact Presentations—Jan Ferri-Reed
  • Key parts of successful presentations—introductions, transitions, conclusions
  • Using your strengths to your advantage
  • Understanding and persuading your audience
  • Tips for visuals
  • Tips for effective remote presentation (web-ex, etc)
  • Preparation and practice
DAY TWO - Tuesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Principles of Economics and Finance-James Masiak

  • Organizational Processes and Responsibilities for Determining Cost
  • Economics, Finance and Cost Principles
  • Macroeconomics and Growth
  • Microeconomics, Supply & Demand, Pricing
  • Comparative Advantage & Benchmarking
  • Finance & Accounting Principles & Managerial Accounting
DAY THREE - Tuesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Principles of Economics and; Finance-James Masiak

Finance and Financial Condition Analysis (Thinking Like an Owner)

  • Corporate SEC Form Filings
  • Financial Statements & GAAP
  • Financial Analysis & Ratios, Case Analysis
  • Capital Sources & Allocation
  • SEC documents (10-Ks)
Time Value of Money and Decision Making
  • Interest: simple and compounded
  • Inflation
  • Worth: present and future values
Decision Making
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Net Present Value
  • Internal Rate of Return, Payback Period
  • Case Analysis, including cost impact of regulatory changes
DAY FOUR – Wednesday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Principles of Economics and Finance-James Masiak

Cost Impact on the Enterprise

  • Cost of capital, cost of equity and debt, WACC, Case Analysis
  • Cost of Ownership, Depreciation; Accelerated cost recovery; Depletion
  • Tax obligations and Corporate Rates
Alternative Financial Decisions Using Case Analysis
  • Make-Buy
  • Buy-Lease
  • Repair-Replace
  • Investments of Unequal Life
Sensitivity & Scenario Analysis Matrix Priority Rating Systems – Balancing new technologies and current products using cross-functional business disciplines

(Week Two)
Overview - Steve Bouley

  • Strategic Leadership in Aerospace
    • Human Behavior
    • Organizational Culture
    • Leadership vs. Management
    • Decision making and problem solving
    • Strategy development
    • Managing change and strategic change
  • Program and Project Leadership
    • Organizational Structures in Aerospace
    • Program/Project management tools
    • Proposals
    • Contract structures
    • Financial Management
    • Systems engineering and tools
  • Career perspectives and examples
Strategic Leadership in Aerospace
  • Theories of human behavior
  • Human motivational factors
  • Organizational culture
    • What is culture?
    • Influencing culture
    • Defining, establishing, and implementing norms
    • Tribal behavior implications
    • Diversity
  • Systems
    • What are systems?
    • Systems implications in aerospace organizations
  • Geographical diversity
    • Colocation vs. virtual organizational implications
    • Domestic vs. international implications
  • Group project Q&A/Assistance
  • Leadership vs. Management– Steve Bouley
    • Types of Leaders
    • Authority & Power
    • Establishing Mission & Vision
    • Management/Leadership Styles
    • Barriers to Leadership
  • Decision Making & Problem Solving
    • What are Decisions?
    • How are They Made?
    • Decisions vs. Problems
    • Decision Making Tools
    • Problem Solving Tools
  • Strategy Development
    • What is Strategy?
    • Why is it Needed?
    • How Do We Create it?
  • Group Project Q&A/Assistance
  • Managing Change & Strategic Change - Steve Bouley
    • Defining Change vs. Strategic Change
    • Change Management
    • Strategic Change
  • Program & Project Leadership
    • Organizational Structures in Aerospace
      • Product, Functional, & Matrix Structures
      • Which Type is Best?
    • Program/Project Management Tools
      • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
      • Resource Loaded Scheduling
    • Proposals
      • Commercial vs. Government Proposal Creation
      • Proposal Teams & Training
    • Contract Structures
      • Commercial vs. Government
      • Typical Contract Types
  • Group Project Q&A/Assistance
  • Program and Project Leadership (Cont.) - Steve Bouley
    • Financial Management
      • Earned Value Management
    • Systems Engineering & Tools
      • Model Based Product Definition
  • Customers
    • Internal Customers
      • Who are Internal Customers?
      • Internal Customer Interactions
    • External Customers
      • External Customer Relationships
  • Career Perspectives & Examples
    • Early Career
    • Mid Career
    • Late Career
  • Group Project Q&A/Assistance
  • Group Project Finalization (Morning) - Steve Bouley
  • Group Project Presentations (Afternoon)