Program Manager 21-00452
Company: ESPO Corporation
Posted on: January 15, 2022
Title: Program Manager
Location: Rockford Area
Duration of Job: Direct Hire
U.S. Citizen (No Dual Citizenship)
In general, this position is highly dynamic and requires
significant multi-tasking and exceptional
communication skills across all aspects of the business. The
Program Manager is responsible for the product planning and
execution throughout the product life cycle, including gathering
and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the
product vision, and working closely with engineering, sales,
marketing, and support to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction
goals are met. The Program Manager's job also includes ensuring
that the product supports the company's overall strategy and
The Program Manager will be engaged with Design, Engineering,
Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Partners, and our Customers. The
candidate must be honest, of the highest integrity, and become,
over time, an empowered leader within the company. The successful
candidate must be able to manage in both good and difficult
situations with many programs running concurrently in varied phases
including bid and proposal. It is critical that the successful
candidate be customer-focused, schedule-driven, and have a powerful
drive toward successfully accomplishing tasks and jobs on time and
on budget. This person must be able to earn the respect of the
organization and motivate/drive groups toward end objectives
Design and Engineering: The Program Manager is the conduit of the
customer's contract and
specification requirements to the design team for all programs
assigned to them. A thorough up-front review and verification that
all technical and contractual requirements are properly
communicated to the design group and continual Verification and
Validation that the requirements are integrated into our existing
design practices is essential. Typical programs require timely and
accurate reporting to the customer on design status, submission of
analysis reports, percent complete on design, and others that are
communicated by the Program Manager.
Nearly all programs have design reviews with the customer present.
The Program Manager will have a significant role in these meetings
including coordination, completion, preparation, assignment, and in
presentation. Developing the actual presentation materials from all
required groups and putting a cohesive presentation together. The
Program Manager typically facilitates the design reviews (Proposal,
Kick-off Meetings, SRR, PDR, CDR, TIM's, TRR, PRR, ETC.) with
various disciplines providing support and presenting their
material. The Program Manager will be the application-specific
process owner of our internal gated process APDS (Aerospace Product
Development System) and will tailor it to work with our general
processes to align with the needs of the specific program being
Production and Subcontractors: The Program Manager collaborates
with the Operations Group to assure the customer's contract and
statement of work requirements are properly understood, documented,
incorporated, and comply with existing procedures. Scheduling and
participating in such activities as internal design reviews,
Production Readiness Reviews, Testing, Qualification, Planning, and
Coordination of customer visits if needed.
If a major subcontractor is being used for a portion of the design,
the Program Manager will interact with that company in a similar
fashion as to the internal design and production team. Flowing down
contract requirements and specifications and verifying compliance
in design reviews. These relationships are critical to program
success and typically the major subcontractor is known to customers
and participates in design reviews, presenting their own
Customers: The Program Manager is one of the key faces to the
customer from the proposal phase through the delivery of the first
qualified flight unit. The Program Manager will track and assure
timely execution of all contract deliverables generated internally
and by our major subcontractors. This individual should be a people
person and thriving in the responsibility of being the face of our
Company to our most important clients.
While most projects are external, the Program Manager is also an
important internal resource and may be called upon for special
internal projects as well (Capital Equipment, Acquisition, Research
and Development, and Subcontractor Development are a few recent
Sales and Marketing: The Program Manager will work interactively
with Sales and Marketing to
complete proposals, secure new business, negotiate contracts, and
grow our internal revenue
streams, product offerings, and profit. The Program Manager is
expected to have a high degree of knowledge and expertise in our
industry and a detailed understanding of our competitive landscape.
The Program Manager will also strive to grow sales within existing
accounts and focus on up-selling during application execution.
General: The ideal candidate will be a Program Management expert
with both analytical and intuitive skills that can delve deeper
into all aspects of a project, work with customers, suppliers, and
technical staff to formulate and execute specific plans and
strategies while understanding the implications of those strategies
on schedule and the bottom line. All the efforts of this position
require crisp focus and excellent multi-disciplined communication
OTHER SPECIFIC DUTIES
Cooperatively lead multi-discipline teams which include
Engineering, Sales, Manufacturing, Suppliers, and Customers.
Be responsible for the full product cycle for each product
The candidate must also be ready to support internal projects
including capital equipment, research and development projects, and
integration of new product lines.
B.S. in Engineering, or non-technical degree with equivalent
Senior Program Management or equivalent experience of (10) years in
Demonstrated leadership skills by example, mentoring and running
Demonstrated success in Sales, Engineering, Product Development and
Exceptional problem solving and organizational skills.
Excellent written and oral communications skills.
Extensive skills in Microsoft PowerPoint, Visio, and Excel.
Expert knowledge of Microsoft Project, Program Planning, and
Estimate to Complete.
The ability to read drawings and an understanding of multi-level
Detailed understanding of the requirements of AS9100.
Deep understanding of ITAR and Import/Export Compliance.
Knowledge and experience in cross-cultural/international sales.
U.S. Citizens only (no dual citizenship), capable of obtaining a
Small to mid-sized military, aerospace, and space companies that
operate in a low volume high mixed environment is likely to produce
this type of candidate.
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