Program Manager

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Mission Systems
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United States of America
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Project/Program Management
Job Description: 

ID 2018-33446
Job Location USA-VA-Marion
Required Clearance Secret
Posted Date 2018-10-18
Category Program/Project Management
Employment Full Time

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience to meet managerial expectations.

Department of Defense Secret security clearance is required at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Successful completion of a background check and drug screen is required.

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Program Manager to join us in our Marion, VA location. The position provides an opportunity to enhance the performance and profitability of an organization that supports some of our nation's fundamental defense services. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.


  • Uses proposal plans and strategies to lead team in developing, defining, and implementing cohesive, integrated program/product, subcontractor, and material plans, and business plans that achieve overall current and long term objectives of the program/product, business unit, and division
  • Identifies needed resources for projects, defines and assigns major program roles
    Leads the establishment of and sets integrated WBS-based budget and schedule baselines including management reserve for programs/products that are complex in nature, high value, with a new customer, or in a new market area
  • Monitors work accomplished to baseline plans to ensure rate of work completion is sufficient to meet program/product schedules
  • Balances program risks and opportunities with executable strategies to meet technical requirements and budgets
  • Manages people who lead cross-functional program teams in matrix organization that are focused on the delivery of a product or computer-based system from design to release for customers
  • Creates an environment that fosters professional growth for team members
    Delegates assignments to others for developing solutions
  • Conducts reviews to drill down into issues on products/programs, identify issues, develop corrective actions, and communicate issues, impacts and corrective actions to program teams
    Responsible for maximizing profit and cash flow of products/programs
    Leads team to identify and quantify risks and opportunities and risk mitigation / opportunity capture activities
  • Decouples risk items from mainstream program to the greatest extent possible
    Prepares and presents program/product status to leadership and external customers
  • Interfaces with customers on technical matters regarding program/products
    Identifies potential subcontractors for program elements
  • Identifies scope changes and develops product/program positions for equitable cost and schedule adjustment
  • Develops and executes proposal plans and strategies
  • Develops customer relationships and develops new business within the market/program
    Follows processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions Recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect immediate organization(s)

  • Requires a majority of experience in a DoD-related contracting environment with 3-5 years minimum of this time in a program management role.
  • Experience in composite manufacturing and/or testing.Knowledge of Earned Value Management System (EVMS) is desired
  • Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft desktop software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project) is required
  • Very strong knowledge of products and technologies including current and potential applications
  • Very strong knowledge of target customer markets
  • Skilled in the development and implementation of product/program strategy and tactics
  • Ability to generate cohesive program plans
  • Must be able to establish and assure adherence to budgets, schedules, work plans, and performance requirements
  • Ability to develop and implement a product-oriented WBS and WBS Dictionary
  • Ability to track work accomplished to baseline plans and identify issues, track progress, and follow through on effective corrective actions based on data analysis and trends
  • Skilled in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions on programs to internal and external representatives
  • Ability to understand and analyze program financial data
  • Very strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to evaluate quality of work product to ensure satisfaction of customer requirements
  • Very strong understanding of advanced of risk and opportunity management techniques and ability to apply them to programs
  • Ability to lead teams in matrix organization
  • Ability to lead others in team building, conflict resolution, motivation, leadership and advanced risk management
  • Very strong knowledge of government contracting practices and regulations regarding acquisition
  • Outstanding relationship management and marketing skills
  • Needs ability to execute company policies that affect immediate operations
  • Ability to develop and execute proposal plans and strategies
  • Ability to lead program in customer negotiations and negotiate win-win solutions
  • Travel may be required

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!

General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran