Freeport McMoRan Manager Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program - Phoenix, AZ in Phoenix Corporate Office, Arizona

Freeport-McMoRan is a premier U.S.-based natural resources company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. Freeport-McMoRan is the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially-responsible manner.

We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers for our employees. We encourage you to take some time to explore your career opportunities at Freeport-McMoRan.

Develop implement and oversee the Freeport Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program. Develops UAS Aviation Goals and Objectives with associated strategies that support UAS requirements at all mine sites and functional areas. Provide UAS operational and fiscal oversight of all UAS activities ranging from regulatory compliance to post processing data management.

  • UAS Program Strategic Goals and Objectives Development and Implementation

o Develops and implements long term UAS goals and objectives and act as the Program Manager and Coordinator for all Corporate efforts

o Primary coordinator and synchronizer of the UAS effort, ensures actions between the Aviation Team and the Technical Center UAS Team achieve organizational goals and objectives

o Develops and implements all sustainment requirements in support of global UAS operations

  • UAS Program Management

o Provides programmatic oversight of all UAS activities and initiatives

o Conducts the UAS Bi-weekly all call meetings and coordinates the UAS advisory board

o Responsible for the UAS task tracker and the development and oversight of all required work flows to ensure UAS Program success

  • UAS Safety, Standardization and Training

o Provides oversight of UAS safety, standardization and training programs

o Primary training integrator for site specific training as well as long term training requirements with the Mine Training Institute

o Provides oversight to the UAS pilot program through the administration and utilization of the Skyward UAS Software and ensures all required certifications and licensing are current

o Interfaces with the Health and Safety department to merge FAA and MSHA safety requirements

o Conducts UAS Safety and Accident investigations as required and maintains the UAS incident register

o Reviews UAS accident reports and directs the development of, and participates in the UAS accident prevention programs

  • Government Aviation Regulatory Agency (FAA, NTSB, DGCA, etc.) Coordination

o Confers with Federal, State, local or host Government officials on development, interpretation and revision of UAS rules and regulations applicable to UAS operations

o Corporate Lead to develop and submit all PART 107 waivers and exceptions

o Confers with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other international agencies regarding UAS accidents and Industry best practices

  • Performs other duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Administration, Business Administration, or closely related fieldandten (10) years of experience in the Aviation/UAS Management field;OR

  • High School diploma or GEDandfourteen (14) years of experience in the Aviation/UAS Management Field

  • Must meet FAA requirements to obtain a FAA PART 107 UAS License

  • Three (3) years of UAS operational experience

  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills

  • Must be an effective leader with the ability to teach, coach and mentor


  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or Aviation

  • More than five (5) years as a UAS Pilot or more than ten (10) years as an operational Pilot

  • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), Instructor Pilot or Aviation Safety Manager qualified


  • Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures given in English

  • Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures, and applicable safety standards

  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment

  • Position is in busy, non-smoking office located in downtown Phoenix, AZ

  • Location requires mobility in an office environment; each floor is accessible by elevator

  • Occasionally work will be performed in a mine, outdoor or manufacturing plant setting

  • Must be able to frequently sit, stand and walk

  • Must be able to frequently lift and carry up to ten (10) pounds

  • Position requires moderate (20-25%) international and domestic travel to remote locations

  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, manufacturing or plant environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required

  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as allowed by applicable State laws

Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others. Accordingly, the company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or

  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on company business or travel (for this purpose “motor vehicles” includes company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of company business or while on company travel); or

  • Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.

/Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability/

Job: *Aviation

Title: Manager Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program - Phoenix, AZ

Location: AZ-Phoenix Corporate Office

Requisition ID: 1900083