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AeroVironment Program Manager, Sr. in Simi Valley, California

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Program Manager, Sr.

Location Simi Valley, CA

Employment type Regular - Full Time

ID 1841

Summary

The Sr. Program Manager (PM) is oversees the execution of company programs including cost, schedule, and technical performance. The Senior PM manages program life-cycle and manages all activities necessary to meet business goals and objectives, and acts as mentor to other Program Managers. Acting as the central focal point and authority for multiple Programs’ execution, the Senior PM provides a single point of contact for program activities to both internal and external customers.

Position Responsibilities

  • Support or lead in the development of program planning and estimating for a complex Programs. Manages all aspects of planning multiple Program plans

  • Ensure customer alignment and manage overall customer satisfaction

  • Definition, implementation, and management of program controls and success criteria

  • Identify, analyze, and manage all program-level risk

  • Monitors data across multiple programs establishing correlation. Publishes data to support improvements in product development and customer relations

  • Establish, communicate, and manage program priorities

  • Creates, manages, or leads in the creation and management of multiple project schedules in the support of a multiple Programs

  • Lead program meetings and program reviews with the customer and executive staff

  • Develop and maintain program plans including budget, Estimate at Completion (EAC), resource allocation, and communications

  • Leads and supports the creation and maintenance of product requirements

  • Manage potential changes in program scope and advise leadership and customer of potential impact

  • Actively support the Business Development team in bidding and capturing opportunities

  • Oversee the preparation of cost and technical proposals and ensure adherence to Company policies and processes

  • Leads Project Manager to produce relevant Program reports

  • Other duties as assigned

Special Requirements

U.S. Citizenship, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Engineering related field is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • Minimum 12 - 15 years of experience in Program Management

  • Proven track record of leading multiple, concurrent programs

  • Experienced managing firm fixed price programs and developing risk management & mitigation plans

  • Strong knowledge of Project Management methods, tools and processes

  • Must be able to interface effectively with internal teams as well as government and commercial customers

  • Knowledge of use and application of export licenses for the export of military products to foreign countries

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Project)

  • A strong communicator able to articulate vision/mission to team

  • Other competencies: Strong verbal and written skills; analytical and strategic thinking ability; leadership skills; very strong work ethic as well as honesty, trustworthiness and high integrity

  • Some travel required (up to 20%)

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • PMI (or equivalent) certification is preferred

  • Active Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance strongly desired

  • Experience with Unmanned Aircraft Systems preferred

  • Managing of International (ex-US) programs preferred

  • Experience in a highly technical environment preferred

  • Courageous and a risk taker. A mover and shaker yet collaborative and inclusive of a team approach to results

  • Determines methods and procedures on new assignments and may coordinate activities of other personnel

  • Committed to AV Values (Trust & Teamwork, Customer Commitment, Ownership & Results, and Innovate & Simplify) and emulates these values in all actions

  • 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

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office environment (Constant)

  • Required to sit and stand for long periods (Frequent); talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

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 and Time Off:

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 to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may appy.

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