Director of Programs

Orolia - Lanham, MD (30+ days ago)


Orolia is an international high-tech company dedicated to improving the safety, compliance and efficiency of its global customers’ remote operations by providing them business solutions and services based on the most advanced positioning, navigation, timing, sensing, information, and communications technologies. At Orolia, we continuously look to go “Beyond the Frontier” in everything that we do. As an organization, we strive to be the market leader and look for employees who have the same passion for their personal careers. If working in a multicultural environment where being the best is encouraged, Orolia is the employer for you.

Orolia believes that success in the global marketplace requires a variety of perspectives and individual experiences. At Orolia we understand, appreciate and strive for new and different thoughts and ideas. A high degree of employee involvement, lifelong learning and diversity are permanent items on the agenda throughout the entire organization.

We are looking for high energy individuals who are strong team players and are willing to go the extra mile to help our company be successful. We are currently looking for a Director of Programs in our Lanham, MD / Washington DC office.

Position Summary:
Orolia is seeking a Director of Global programs to lead the International and domestic Government program / Project team and manage key programs. This is a critical leadership team position for our rapidly growing Systems and Solutions Line of Business. Orolia is based upon a matrix organization and hence the position’s day to day direction will come from the Systems Product Line Director and the position also has a functional reporting line to the Vice President of Operations. This position is responsible for all aspects of cost, technical and schedule performance of international and domestic programs and projects. The Program Director will work with the leadership team to develop key strategies for contract execution, growth and new opportunities. The candidate must successfully manage complex internal relationships across multiple functional areas to include Operations, R&D, Contracting, Quality, Service Support and Business Development, as well as external relationships including collaborating with our global government customers, partners or subcontractors and key organizations like Cospas-Sarsat, NASA and NOAA.

Leads the Systems and Solutions Program Management Team.

Develops organizational, business and technical strategies, goals, objectives and related metrics to ensure alignment with Company vision/strategy. Measures progress to plan. Holds program/project team accountable for achieving goals

Coaches, counsels, mentors and provides developmental opportunities and job assignments to enhance performance and expand capabilities of mid-level managers and others within the program team.

Creates a culture of continuous improvement by communicating/deploying enterprise best practices and employee engagement to improve cost, quality, delivery, employee job satisfaction and customer satisfaction

Builds organizational culture that values open and honest communication.

Communicates appropriate policies and directives to enhance employee awareness and clarify expectations.

Establishes partnerships and relationships with internal and external customers, stakeholders, peers, and direct reports. Builds strategic partnerships with external agencies and organizations to advance Orolia’s position on key issues

Manage teaming relationships with Orolia functional departments who are part of the day-to-day operations of Systems and solutions Line of Business

Proactively communicates with leadership team, peers (e.g., fellow senior managers) and customers. Keeps others informed by communicating business vision and strategies, program or project status, conducting and participating in leadership meetings, providing presentations and listening to employee concerns and suggestions

Supports Bid and Proposal preparation in collaboration with the Business Development, Sales, System engineering, R&D, Quality and the Product Management.

Establishes program milestones, develops and monitors delivery schedules to ensure compliance with all contract requirements

Responsible for development of the necessary control methodologies and reporting structures to accurately measure progress and identify problems and for the establishment of corrective action plans to ensure the meeting cost and schedule commitments

Works with Business Line leaders and Finance to comprehensively manage the program budgets and execution

Provides monthly program progress reviews to senior management

Acts as the primary customer contact on status and performance, and anticipates and fulfills customer needs to ensure satisfaction and continued business


Minimum Bachelor’s degree (Engineering or Technical preferred).

10 years relevant professional experience to include experience with program management or project management metrics and management tools or related experience

Master’s Degree preferred (MBA, Systems Engineer, or other Technical)

PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification or similar certification preferred

Experience working with the US and or international government organizations.

Experience successfully executing and completing technically complex turn key systems on time and within budget.

Experience in or affinity with Resilient PNT technology and or Search and Rescue Domain is a plus.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:
Experience developing MRP Schedules, Integrated Master Schedules (IMS) with a clear understanding of critical chain and risk management and their effects to the schedule

Strong relationship building skillset ensuring synergies throughout the Orolia (matrix) organization.

Demonstrated ability to contribute to key decisions in the procurement and build process such as dual sourcing, alternate part decisions and make/buy decisions

Demonstrated abilities to drive / manage high value Task Order driven programs

Demonstrated ability to translate strategic objectives to assigned programs to successful completion across a matrixed/cross functional team.

Demonstrated leadership skills, ability to work with teams, demonstrated initiative, ownership & accountability and experience with leading change management and team collaboration

Ability to lead effectively in a fast paced, dynamic environment using sound analytical reasoning and decision-making ability.

Demonstrated experience managing and communicating across complex internal and external relationships

Experience developing presentations for senior leadership using multiple toolsets (MS Office, MS Project, etc.) with concise and succinct messaging

Familiar with matrix organization structures and multi-sites / multi-cultural environments.

Experience working with estimates of completion

Experience leading and managing a project team

Experience developing and reviewing cost proposals

US DOD Security Clearance or ability to obtain a US DOD Security Clearance a plus but not required.

Experience working with U.S. and or International Governments

Ability to travel domestic and international 25-50% of time

Please note this description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Orolia Group is an equal opportunity employer who does not discriminate based on race, color, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status or any protected category. We encourage veterans and people with disabilities to apply.