Senior Program Manager

DRS Technologies Hauppauge , NY 11788

Posted 4 weeks ago

Advanced Acoustic Concepts, LLC, a joint venture between Leonardo DRS and Thales USA, is a technical leader in the fields of sonar systems, sonar signal processing, acoustic training systems, and open architecture system and software integration. The venture focuses on emerging areas in the undersea warfare domain where the customer has identified mission-critical needs. For additional information about Advanced Acoustic Concepts, please visit our website at

Title: Senior Program Manager

Job Location: Hauppauge, NY/Washington, DC/Columbia, MD

Job Summary

AAC is seeking a Senior Program Manager to support an advanced research and development program through development / test, production, and sustainment. This position is responsible for managing and directing the daily execution of a distributed development team to assure that cost, schedules and performance goals are met. Provide interface, communication and coordination with internal and external customers on matters pertaining to existing contracts and bid and proposal activities. Participate as a team leader on bid and proposal activities. Insure that the requirements of the request for proposal are met in the preparation and documentation of bids and proposals. This position will function at a high level of complexity and independence. Strong leadership skills are imperative.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for leading an extremely complex advanced research project through development and production

  • Responsible for leading / supervising an Integrated Product Team (IPT) of up to 8 engineers

  • Responsible for growing the LOB while collaborating with the Business Development team

  • Manage and direct the daily execution of multiple programs or large scale programs within contract requirements to assure that cost, schedules and performance goals are met

  • Lead all meetings and the integrated product team (kick-off through project close)

  • Provide interface, communication and coordination with internal and external customers on matters pertaining to existing contracts and bid and proposal activities

  • Participate as a team leader on bid and proposal activities. Insure that the requirements of the request for proposal are met in the preparation and documentation of bids and proposals.

  • Actively seek new business opportunities in coordination with Business Development

  • Represent management at program reviews, meetings, seminars, etc.

  • Prepare for and participate in contract/subcontract negotiations. While representing Company's interests, assure that all government regulatory guidance is adhered to

Additional Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement plans and schedules to execute contracts/subcontracts. Allocate and control contract budgets for labor, material, travel and purchased services. Report program status to senior management on a monthly basis

  • Formally identifies, assesses, monitors and mitigates risk throughout the program life cycle. Obtains management approval prior to making decisions that will cause deterioration of established program, cost and schedule objectives

  • Develop and implement corrective action plans when deviations from budgets and/or schedules are evident. Seek senior management assistance in resolving schedule and budget problems as they arise

  • Perform variance analyses of schedule and cost on a formal and informal basis and present them to senior management (i.e.: earned value management system)

  • Serve as the primary interface with the customer on all matters involving contract execution. Coordinate with other departments on resolution of contractual problems with the customer. Coordinate with Contracts Administration on issues pertaining to contract requirements, changes, and interpretations.

  • Responsible for indirectly managing engineering project team assigned to complex development

  • Assure a timely closeout of completed programs to ensure that all obligations are satisfied and program documentation is properly recorded


  • Engineering or business degree preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum 10 years of relevant experience.

  • Prior management of complex research and development projects required

  • Prior DoD experience required

  • Prior Naval experience preferred

  • Prior Unmanned Vehicles experience preferred

  • Prior DoD Weapons Certification experience preferred

  • Expert knowledge of program management tools and procedures

  • Experience throughout the program lifecycle from development through sustainment to include: proposal development, requirements decomposition, generation of system and subsystem statements of work and subcontracts, risk management, and continuous improvement efforts including implementation for cost reduction and performance improvement efforts

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience with earned value cost accounting and reporting; experience with metrics for assessing and reporting program progress, productivity and variance analysis

  • Experience in finance, contracting, export regulations, engineering, logistics manufacturing and supply chain management

  • Excellent customer interface skills

  • Excellent problem solving skills

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Demonstrated success in managing manpower planning, project reviews, scheduling and budget control

  • Successful track record in managing complex defense programs as a prime or sub-contractor to a domestic or foreign military organization

  • Excellent leadership and communication skills

  • Must have a portfolio of programs in which financial objectives (profit, cash flow, revenue, bookings) were achieved

Physical Requirements:

  • Lifting up to 20 lbs. up to 25% of the time

  • Sitting: up to 75% of the time

  • Walking: up to 25% of the time

  • Climbing, Bending, Standing, Stooping, Kneeling: up to 10% of the time

  • Must be willing to travel up to 25% of the time

AAC works on a 9/80 compressed work schedule, where employees work 80 hours in 2 weeks, and off every other Friday.

Advanced Acoustic Concepts, LLC; DRS Technologies, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #MCSS

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DRS Technologies