Self Defense Weapons Assistant Program Manager

    • Laurel, MD

AP2 is seeking a forward thinking, innovative leader ready to assist in the expanding vision for the Self Defense Weapons program, reaffirming APL's technical role within the program and with the sponsor. The Self Defense Weapons program is comprised of diverse missile (ESSM), launcher (Mk 29) and radar (Mk 9) projects.

The ideal candidate will be a recognized leader who can bring technical expertise to one or more of these projects. The candidate will assist the program manager in managing all the self-defense weapon projects and help lead the Laboratory's efforts in systems engineering, strategic planning, concept development, systems integration and test for self-defense weapon systems. The candidate will work closely with APL technical staff and PEO IWS 12 leadership to successfully maintain, develop and evolve the missiles, radar and launcher systems that are part of the IWS 12 portfolio. The Self Defense Weapons Assistant Program Manger will also work collaboratively across programs at APL to facilitate integration of the self-defense weapons products.

Mission Effectiveness (35%) - Develop program plans and strategies. Lead program development, new initiatives and expand contributions of current efforts. Provide day-to-day management of the APL tasks, working closely with the lead engineers to ensure critical needs of the program are met within schedule and cost constraints. Work with other laboratories, Government organizations and industry partners to achieve coordinated, effective and efficient execution of sponsor needs. Ensure that quality products are delivered on time and within budget, while providing leadership and guidance to APL technical and program staff to ensure that sponsors current and future requirements are met.

Functional Responsibilities (35%) - Oversee the management and execution of the project including planning and management of critical resources, coordinating tasking with Group Supervisors, leading risk management and quality assurance processes. Coordinate efforts with other field activities, missile and combat system design agents. Build multi-institutional teams that can address the challenges of developing integrated kill chains that will meet the emerging threats.



Organizational Competencies and Staff Development (20%) - Identify organizational competencies needed to fulfill plans and achieve strategic goals. Partner with Group Supervisors and other Programs in developing and executing project plans to ensure availability of needed technical competencies and expertise to meet current and future needs. Coordinate with APL technical leadership to build and lead the technical teams, participating in the development of system concepts, combat systems studies and other systems engineering activities. Enable the growth and development of technical and management staff to meet current and future program needs.

Resources (10%) - Work with technical and support staff to ensure facilities and security infrastructure necessary to execute the program are available and ready to meet the contractual requirements.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Systems Engineering or equivalent, with at least 7 years experience with DoD weapon systems development.
  • Demonstrated project management experience. Programmatic and technical knowledge and experience working with missile and/or combat systems.
  • Demonstrated ability working with senior Government sponsors and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and a willingness and ability to work with government sponsors, and external organizations to build effective and collaborative engineering teams.
  • Frequent CONUS and International Travel will be necessary.
  • Active TOP SECRET clearance.



Desired Qualification:

  • MS in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Systems Engineering or equivalent.
  • 5 years of management experience.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with surface Navy ships and combat systems.
  • Experience working with IWS 12 sponsors, IWS 12 products and/or international customers.


Special Requirements (off-site #days, clearance, etc.):

Position will require periodic (~20%) domestic and international travel and local travel to sponsor (Crystal City). Frequent (1-2 trips per week) travel to sponsor location in DC metropolitan area. Regular (5-6 trips annually) to contractor and field activity locations. Regular (semi-annual) foreign travel.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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