Program Director - Soldier & Platform Electronics

Job Description

BAE Systems Survivability, Targeting & Sensing Solutions (STS) is seeking to hire an energetic and entrepreneurial Program Director to lead and grow a portfolio of Soldier Sensor and Platform Electronics programs located in Austin TX.

As Program Director this individual shall:
• Make strategic decisions in a fast paced competitive environment
• Deal effectively with senior program level customers and partners
• Resolve customer issues of a complex nature
• Be accountable for an effective and efficient portfolio so that sales, profit, and sign-up objectives are achieved
• Be accountable for penetrating new markets and for the development of winning proposals
• Develop customer rapport and a collaborative environment where each customer believes the program team is committed to their success
• Ensure that programs within the portfolio receive the necessary support and services from the functional organizations to achieve program objectives
• Ensure the achievement of program objectives, budgets, and schedules by analyzing actuals and taking relevant corrective action as necessary
• Ensure an environment of teamwork within the program area based on a fundamental respect for each person's or organization's contribution to the team, open communication among team members, and a willingness to place the success of the team above personal self interest
• Ensure effective utilization of IR&D resources within the program area to achieve technical and competitive advantages in the marketplace
• Be accountable for defining requirements of the program area by disciplined manpower planning and forecasting and by obtaining required personnel either through the relevant functional organizations or outside hire as appropriate
• Ensures adherence of assigned programs to the Operation Framework and the attestation to compliance within the appropriate sections of the Operation Compliance Statement

Manages, coordinates, plans, organizes, controls, integrates, and executes a collection of projects. Ensures achievement of financial, schedule, technical, and new business performance objectives. Participates in the support of new business and in the development of financial plans for the company. Models and demonstrates strong leadership in ethics, safety and security. Direct people-management responsibility is required.

Typical Education & Experience

Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 12 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education

• Problem Solving Ability: Requires advanced conceptual thinking in complex and/or completely new situations
• Interpersonal Skills: Developed communication skills to exchange complex information
• Negotiation Skills: Ability to negotiate at a high level with internal and external customers and partners
• Project Management: Project Manager on large, complex projects or Program Manager on medium size programs ($25-$50MM in revenue) responsible for oversight of team and budget or Subcontracts Manager of a large, complex subcontract
• Risk and Opportunity management skills
• Potential to advance to the VP / GM level

Preferred Skills and Education

Program Profit & Loss responsibility with a diverse portfolio, including multiple contracts/customers/products/services/suppliers and geographic locations. Individual will have experienced this role through multiple business cycles.

Specific experience includes:
• Production Program experience, preferably high volume (>10,000 units)
• Lean 6 Sigma training, greenbelt or better preferred, with knowledge of defect elimination/quality, productivity/COPQ
• Design for Manufacturing experience on Design & Development programs
• Supply Chain Management experience
• Exemplary risk & opportunity management skills
• Leadership in Safety, Code of Conduct/ethics, diversity, and security
• Senior level customer interaction, with experience in relationship management
• Customer advocate with successful resolution of customer issues. Experience in industry networking, participating in relevant roles
• Ability to develop and execute an entrepreneurial strategy resulting in business growth. Experience in leading a capture activity
• Experiences in multiple Business Areas/product lines or sites
• Ability to successfully lead a team through a crisis, using change management skills
• Successful functional experience at level/Tier 4 Functional Management
• Ability to lead large groups of employees or teams and develop future leaders
• Evidence of successful international business experience

About BAE Systems Electronic Systems

BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services.
The Electronic Systems (ES) sector spans the commercial and defense electronics markets with a broad portfolio of mission-critical electronic systems, including flight and engine controls; electronic warfare and night vision systems; surveillance and reconnaissance sensors; secure networked communications equipment; geospatial imagery intelligence products and systems; mission management; and power-and energy-management systems. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, ES employs approximately 13,000 people globally, with engineering and manufacturing functions primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression

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