Engineering Project Manager

Southern Research Institute Birmingham , AL 35202

Posted 3 days ago


U.S. CITIZENS ONLY! Due to the nature of our research and the necessity to obtain security clearance, the Engineering division of Southern Research is only permitted to consider and hire U.S. Citizens for this position. Permanent Residents and Visa-holders are not eligible for employment. Please keep these restrictions in mind when reviewing our engineering opportunities.

General Summary

The Southern Research Project Management Office (SR PMO) is a specialized department responsible for the centralized, coordinated management of projects and activities conducted b various departments within SR's Engineering Division. The PMO supports the division's business strategy by handling management duties, including scheduling, reporting and budget monitoring, as well as coordination, communication, resource management, and process improvement. The PM is intended to work directly with the technical leadership to facilitate their ability to maximize their research and testing effectiveness while providing transparency to the technical team and client at ever project stage. The PM will report to the Director of Project Management and require limited supervision of their day-to-day tasks.

Key Responsibilities

Others may be added

  • Work closely, communicate, and meet with Technical Project Leaders and/or Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from project setup to project closure; facilitate regular discussions about project status, issues that may have an impact on the schedule, and financial matters.

  • Ability and willingness to build knowledge and awareness of various SR ENG specific disciplines to better anticipate project challenges and opportunities and to integrate with Technical Leaders.

  • Possess a complete understanding of contractual and financial commitments related to assigned projects; be knowledgeable about project scope, deliverable dates, billing, milestones, invoicing, and terms.

  • Knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Acquisitions and experience with compliance with the Dept. of State's International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the Dept. of Commerce's Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

  • Identify and document areas for process improvement within the department.

Position Specific

  • Understanding of various government and commercial funding pathways and task contract vehicles.

  • Assist and lead proposal preparation with technical team including requirements review and analysis, technical writing, man-power estimates, material estimates and final document review.

  • Assist with project scheduling and prioritizing projects; adept at using Microsoft Project to create Gantt charts, as well as demonstrate expertise with other scheduling tools and methods.

  • Adept at Microsoft Excel and demonstrate ability to create detailed cost estimating and financial models without the assistance of outside tools and software.

  • Alert management of project overruns, missed deadlines, and any challenges that could have an impact on timelines and deliverable quality.

  • Ensure that forecasting, revenue, milestone payments, and invoicing are completed in a timely manner for processing.

  • Responsible for management all aspects of project performance (technical oversite, contractual, administrative and financial) for all phases of program including: design, development, manufacture, assembly, test and operation.

  • Provides high-level technical and financial reports in order to show progress to corporate management and customers.

  • Works as primary point of contact to customers and stakeholders to ensure system will meet or exceed all expectations.

  • Monitor current and future technology trends and capabilities to identify how new technology can be integrated to better support project goals.

  • Possess superior analytical and problem-solving skills, the ability to gain internal support, operate independently with limited supervision and feedback, and the ability to establish a solid working relationship with technical staff, division managers, and peers in government areas.

  • Prepare detailed reports for internal and external customers. Manage contract modifications and task orders.

  • Analyze and review governmental budgeting processes of governmental agencies/entities.

  • Provide regular updates and reports to senior leadership and other management teams.

Minimum Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizen with ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.

  • Bachelor's degree in technical or scientific field

  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in the project/project management in government contracting positions.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and/or coursework

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA or Master's Degree in Engineering or Physics

Organizational Core Values

  • Ethics We adhere to a code of sound ethical behavior that builds trust and confidence in all we do. We clearly communicate expectations and provide reliable results and candid feedback to our employees, customers and stakeholders.

Safety and environment We are an environmentally conscious, safety first organization. We value our employees and our planet and conduct our business consistent with that priority.

  • Excellence We understand and consistently meet or exceed our internal and external customer's expectations. We are accountable for timelines, quality and cost.

  • Individual and community focused We promote an open, collaborative and supportive environment by respecting the rights and contributions of every individual. We openly communicate information and ideas to our stakeholders; customers; employees; and the larger community.

  • Innovation We explore ideas and create solutions to global needs. We use science and engineering to solve the world's most difficult problems.

Job Specific Behaviors

  • Attention to Detail
  • Ensures details of assigned tasks are followed.
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements or cultures.
  • Quality Orientation
  • Accomplishes tasks by considering all areas involved; no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes, procedures and tasks; being watchful over a period of time
  • Planning and Organization
  • Systematically identifies issues to be addressed and plans a course of action for self to ensure the accomplishment of specific objectives.
  • Technical Expertise
  • Applies functional knowledge, skills, experience and judgment to accomplish a result, serve customers better and contribute to the organization's intellectual capital.

Work Environment & Conditions

This position is required to work in an office setting using a computer for extended periods of time. Some lifting (+/- 25lbs) may be required.


Occasional travel up to 30%.

Certifications, Licenses & Registrations

None required.

Career Progression

Promotions are tied to demonstrated competencies, job performance, and position availability.

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