Program Manager II

AeroVironment, Inc. - Simi Valley, CA (30+ days ago)2.9

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.

We are currently seeking a Program Manager II to join our team.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Include, but are not limited to;

Coordinate with and manage daily activities of cross-functional team for successful execution of assigned projects or programs.
Establishes baseline time, cost and performance objectives to meet overall program scope.
Creates and controls program documentation such as program plans, tollgate authorizations, decision records, etc.
Works with external customers on an on-going basis during the complete lifecycle of the program.
Ensure program and product requirements are established and controlled consistent with AV's processes.
Assess program risk and opportunities, establishes mitigation and capture plans.
Establish, track and analyze program performance metrics and take action to address issues and/or opportunities.
Understands program lifecycles and can manage efforts through the various program phases.
Works closely with planning team to ensure suppliers meet requirements & performance expectations.
Comprehend, communicate, and manage programs in alignment with business unit priorities.
Make sound/data-driven decisions to ensure program cost, schedule and performance targets are met.
Motivate, mentor, delegate and communicate clear & timely direction.
Identify and manage program resources and/or organizational conflicts.
Comprehend and execute programs in accordance with AV's quality management system.
Maintain objectivity and composure under pressure.
Lead with rapid agility to deal with shifting priorities, demands, and timelines.
Required Qualifications & Background

General Knowledge and Experience: Experienced in advanced Project or Program Management concepts and has a minimum of 8 years of demonstrated experience in applying Project/Program Management principles and processes in a technology development environment. Must have experience successfully developing and managing programs in a fast paced deadline driven environment. Experience in taking projects/programs from development into production is a plus. Experience interfacing directly with customers. Must have experience in developing risk management and mitigation plans. Must have managed developmental programs with minimal guidance demonstrating an ability to successfully handle program issues and escalating appropriately. Ability to understand financial data and make program decisions to maintain margins and budgets. Experience managing program variances or program performance indices. Understanding of government defense acquisition processes is a plus. Duties include but are not limited to the Qualifications and Background requirements identified below.

Excellent verbal and written skills
Good organization skills
Experience in managing programs which also use outside resources; i.e. contract manufacturers, design houses, etc.
BS degree in Engineering required, MS Desirable
Understanding of ISO9001 and/or AS9100 standards is a plus

Other Qualifications/Responsibilities:
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/or past work projects

Is committed to learning from mistakes, driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company

Can work independently with minimal supervision

Responsible for completing assigned tasks within program schedule and budget

Good written and verbal communication skills and able to clearly communicate with a diversified audience

Able to articulate concepts and ideas from technical staff to program staff

Good interpersonal skills and able to work well with others across disciplines

Good presentation skills for internal reviews

Familiarity with engineering development processes and operations qualification processes

Has respect for profit and strives to meet program schedules and budget

Makes decisions that have impact on program costs and schedule

Shares ideas and experiences with others

Able to develop solutions to solve problems, and clearly articulate assumptions and requirements

Able to make complex program plan decisions to meet stated requirements

Strong knowledge of appropriate program management tools and practices to meet contractual requirements

Additional Requirement: This position requires you have access to data and technology that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access. To meet this qualification you must be a current U.S. Person and provide documentation as such. Some positions due to contracts will require current U.S. Citizenship.

Benefits: AV offers a great benefits package, 401K with company matching, 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.

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 hand-launched UAS 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 apply.