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Program Manager II (Small Unmanned Aerial Systems)

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: November 22, 2022

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**Job Description**

For over 50 years, AeroVironment has been a leader in advanced technologies and diverse innovations that have redefined how the world drives, flies, and connects.

If you thrive on a culture of relentless problem-solving and invention, and want to work for a global front-runner where you tackle real-world challenges, then AeroVironment is the place for you.

Come join our group of innovative thinkers and discover how collaborative efforts produce extraordinary products that touch lives around the world. You can be a part of the team that developed these firsts: a controlled human-powered aircraft, the modern consumer electric car, a tiny hummingbird-like drone and a helicopter that flew on Mars. We also set flight records in near-space with our solar-powered aircraft and we re-shaped the battlefield with portable, hand-held, tactical drones and loitering munitions. We have cemented our reputation around the world and in record books as unrivaled technological pioneers, including seven innovative vehicles in the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

While engineering for the future is what we do, we are ever-mindful of our strong commitment to purpose - to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. The products and solutions we provide our customers help to save lives and contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Join us to help push beyond the realm of the possible with such future-defining technologies as robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to generate ever-more meaningful actionable intelligence for our customers so they can proceed with certainty - and succeed.


The **Program Manager (PM) II** for **Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS)** is responsible for the execution of company programs including cost, schedule, and technical performance. The PM oversees program life-cycle and manages all activities necessary to meet business goals and objectives. Acting as the central focal point and authority for one or more Programs' execution, the PM provides a single point of contact for program activities to both internal and external customers. This position will

**Position Responsibilities**

+ Management of the program throughout the program's life-cycle

+ 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

+ Coordinate and align project teams and their inter-dependencies

+ Establish, communicate, and manage program priorities

+ Align and inform stakeholders of program's status and health

+ 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

+ Support 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

+ Assists and/or coordinates the preparation of cost and technical proposals

+ Ensure adherence to Company policies and processes

+ Other duties as assigned

**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 5 - 8 years of experience in Program Management

+ Proven track record of running multiple, successful projects

+ Managing firm fixed price programs and developing risk management & mitigation plans

+ Experience with Unmanned Aircraft Systems is a plus

+ Managing of International programs is desired

+ Experience in a highly technical environment

+ Deep knowledge of Project Management methods, tools and processes

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

+ Basic familiarity with 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)

+ 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%), and international

**Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies**

+ PMI (or equivalent) certification is preferred

+ Experience with Unmanned Aircraft Systems is preferred

+ Managing of International (ex-US) programs is desired

+ Active Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance a plus

+ Ability to work independently and interface with cross-functional disciplines

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

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

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

+ 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

+ 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)

**COVID Vaccine Statement**

AeroVironment is a U.S. government contractor, and is therefore subject to the September 9, 2021 Presidential Executive Order requiring COVID-19 vaccines for federal contractors. Consistent with AeroVironment's commitment to health, safety, and national security, all U.S.-based AeroVironment employees must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19; this means that all new hires located in the United States must provide proof of being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before their start date. At this time, the vaccination requirement applies only to U.S.-based employees; non-U.S. locations will have their own vaccination policies in accordance with applicable law of the non-U.S. jurisdiction.

**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** : 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 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply._


U.S. Citizenship required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.

Keywords: AeroVironment, Simi Valley , Program Manager II (Small Unmanned Aerial Systems), Executive , Simi Valley, California

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