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Battelle Memorial Institute Program Manager: System Development, Modernization, and Prototyping in Dayton, Ohio

Battelle delivers when others can’t. We conduct research and development, manage laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients—whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.


Battelle’s Advanced Mission Solutions (AMS) Business Line is seeking a Program Manager: System Development, Modernization and Prototyping to build, shape, and lead hardware/system/product design, development, fabrication, production and sustainment and to manage a product portfolio of sensors, avionics, and other military hardware.

The PM will direct day-to-day execution of program activities, including management of matrixed project teams spread across multiple business lines. The PM will build upon current programs to secure new projects, maintain an executable technology roadmap to guide internal investment, orchestrate market engagements, and build the program infrastructure to grow into larger markets. The PM will develop recognizable, thematic product lines with emphasis on operationalizing emerging technologies for military and commercial markets.


  • Managing comprehensive projects/programs in hardware/system/product life cycle development, and managing a product portfolio of sensors, avionics, and other military hardware. Leads conceptual design, detailed design, prototyping, fabrication, and testing of technologies and products.

  • Leads the program team with ultimate responsibility for meeting cost, schedule, quality, and technical/contractual performance across a portfolio of programs. Leads development and refinement of the program Work Breakdown Structure to a level sufficient to identify all the work required for successful project completion.

  • Primary point of contact for Customer and voice of the organization to Customer on existing and follow-on programs.

  • Collaborates across internal organization with multi-disciplined engineering teams to develop and execute projects/programs. Continuously assesses strength of team and makes changes as required.

  • Prepares and presents presentations to internal management and to internal and/or external customers to provide reviews and updates on technical aspects, cost, and schedule. This includes periodic program reviews (monthly & quarterly).

  • Interacts with senior leadership to make decisions, manage risk, and influence investment activities that affect the long-term viability of the business.

  • Develops and manages a business plan that includes short/mid/long-term goals tied to revenue, products, projects, features, and markets.

  • Assists the Business Development Team in development and execution of the sales and marketing plans.

  • Executes as a leader on proposal efforts. Collaborates with the Business Development staff to establish overall proposal strategies and themes which clearly differentiates Battelle from other potential providers of service. Generates documentation (white papers, proposals) required to secure new business.

  • Impacts contract negotiation activities and has a strong working knowledge of contractual issues relative to the project being managed relevant to scope of the work and scheduling and subcontracts.

  • Assists in developing an Intellectual Property portfolio that protects novel ideas, generates long-term revenue, and establishes technology differentiators.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering program with ABET-accreditation.

  • Direct program management experience managing multiple hardware/system/product design, development, fabrication, production, and sustainment for varying complexity.

  • At least 5 years of project/program management experience with DoD programs.

  • At least 10 years of experience with hardware/system/product design, development, fabrication, and production.

  • Experience generating proposals, plans, procedures, and reports.

  • Proficiency in planning and tracking projects using Program Management software.

  • Must be a US Citizen with the willingness/ability to obtain a DoD clearance.

  • Must be willing to travel up to 20% as required.


  • Master’s Degree in an engineering program with ABET-accreditation

  • Experience and/or familiarity with the US Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVCS) and AFRL

  • 15+ years of total experience with hardware/system/product design, development, fabrication, and production.

  • Current Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

  • Familiarity with Configuration Control and Configuration Management

  • Experience with Risk Management tools and processes

  • Experience with sensors, avionics, unmanned platforms, and infrastructure

  • Experience with EVMS practices


The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle’s Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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