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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Travel Program Manager

Laurel, MD


Do you consider yourself a self-starter with an inner curiosity that drives innovation?

Are you passionate about the future and bringing people together to translate a vision into reality?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a self-motivated and enthusiastic professional that is well-versed in government travel regulations to lead APL's Travel Program. As the program manager, you will work closely with the travel group, APL leadership, suppliers, and traveler community to elevate the team's impact to the organization and build and sustain a culture of excellence and cross-enterprise collaboration. You will develop and lead the implementation of operational transformation activities that aligns with the program vision for a seamless and adaptable travel experience in a dynamic government contracting environment.

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We are looking for someone with a focus on partnering, who is detail oriented with a continuous process improvement approach and excellent organizational, prioritization and interpersonal skills. Success is maintaining accuracy in a fast-paced environment.

As a Travel Program Manager...

  • Your primary responsibility will be to drive a strategy for the travel program that focuses on enhancing user experiences, promotes cost efficacy, and ensures effectiveness of risk management activities. Your industry experience, talent for building successful relationships, solution-centric approach, and flexibility will be instrumental in offering ideas to improve travel practices, maximize use of suppliers' services and features, and adapt as requirements change and/or evolve. Your knowledge of user needs and government requirements is instrumental to advancing efficiencies through practice improvement and technical innovation.
  • As the primary point of contact for the team, we expect you to identify, assess, interpret, and present operational performance information, economic trends and market changes, new and evolving regulations and requirements, travel risk areas, and peer benchmarking data that enables realization of the strategy. You will also evaluate and resolve escalated travel program concerns/issues.
  • Using your strong interpersonal and communication skills, you will work collaboratively across APL to foster a partnering approach that elevates the team's impact to the organization, identifies emerging opportunities, and expertly guides travelers through the intricacies of government regulations.
  • You will perform other travel program duties as assigned, including Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) audit requests


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Possess a BS in Accounting or Business Administration or equivalent years of travel industry experience
  • Have 10 years of travel industry professional experience with 5 or more years performing in a Travel Manager role
  • Have experience in a Department of Defense (DoD) or government contracting environment and sound working knowledge of government travel regulations (IRS, FAR, FTR, and JTR)
  • Have a background with travel and expense solutions for government contractors
  • Demonstrate the ability to think strategically and lead valuable change in a useful and sustainable manner
  • Proven ability to be a self-starter, show a high level of initiative, and can analyze and resolve challenges independently and in a team-based setting
  • Are able to collaboratively perform in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Exhibit strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to form and sustain trusted relationships across all levels of staff and vendors
  • Have a strong desire to learn and can easily adapt to changing environments
  • Are excellent at multitasking, extracting data needs, prioritizing assignments, communicating progress, and meeting deadlines
  • Exhibit outstanding attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Show a proficiency with business and office applications including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Adobe

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have experience working with Concur and Oracle Internet Expense

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. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at


About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

Client-provided location(s): Laurel, MD, USA
Job ID: hopkins-6941_55077
Employment Type: Other