Program Manager II

Zodiac Aerospace - Gainesville, FL (30+ days ago)3.2

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Primary point of contact for external customers responsible for the execution of complex programs from sales transition handover through delivery of the final aircraft and closure of any open items. Understand customer technical, schedule and programmatic requirements, as well as the technology and product development necessary to carry out the program to meet customer expectations.

The Program Manager II is responsible for contribution margin of the production phase. Must keep the program in scope or to properly negotiate time and money when the scope increases or to refuse the scope increase if it is not practical.


A)Prepare Proposals
1. The Program Manager II is fully responsible for implementing a product matching 100% to the one used for the cost base in the bid and to make him/her self knowledgeable of all elements of the bid including the cost base.

2. Clarify RFQ scope of work expected by the customer with sales people and/or customer.

3. Coordinate with estimator on pricing package assumptions.

4. Coordinate with engineering for drawing and technical proposal support.

5. Follow up proposal submission with customer and/or salesperson.

B)Program Administration
Kick off new programs, establish expectations, identify pacing items.
Assign line resources to project teams as required to meet performance criteria.
Manage the project scope, budget, timeline and risks
Lead program status meetings and work bottlenecks.
Communicate program status to Airframes customers, salespeople, and line management.
Setting expectations and facilitating clear and open lines of communication both internally and externally
Monitor all open action items to customer to ensure timely closure.
Monitor the submission of required data items required by the customer.
Coordinate resources between divisions for programs involving multiple locations.
Monitor budget status on all programs with Senior Management.
Coordinate the resolution of field service issues for new products delivered.

C) Contracts

Participate in contract negotiations as required.
Team with Estimating Manager and/or salesperson on developing and presenting positions.
Communicate results of negotiating sessions to senior management.
Monitor the scope of work and initiate formal changes when necessary to obtain
proper concessions on prices, weights and lead times, where appropriate.

D)Profit and Loss
Track, manage and report non-recurring expenses to operate within budget limits.
Track, manage and report recurring costs at standard to operate within the quotation parameters and achieve the bid contribution margins.
Develop a strategic use of customer request for changes to increase contribution margins of the program, both for the non-recurring and recurring portions.
The Program Manager II is not accountable for the absolute amount of the non-recurring expenses and this for the following reasons: the initial NRC quote does not have the level of integrity we achieve in the recurring cost area; the cost is mostly in the hands of engineering and certification; tooling is normally a function of the quote and cannot be helped although it must be purchased well.
Must be fully accountable and properly present to management a good estimate to compete for the completion of the NRC phase of the program. In particular, after the expense on the program has reached 25% to 35% of the initial quote, sufficient knowledge of the program must have been gained for the program manager to be able to display the ultimate etc with an error margin of no more than plus or minus 15%.

Knowledge and skills: Demonstrated effective leadership and communication skills. In-depth knowledge of program management and relationships between line functions.

B)Education and/or Experience: A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field is required; plus a minimum of five (5) years related experience.
Certifications, License, Registrations: PMP Certification preferred.
C)Education and/or Experience: A Master’s degree in business management or related field is required; plus a minimum of four (4) years related experience.
Certifications, License, Registrations: PMP Certification preferred.