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: Program Manager, Training Systems
Job Location: Lemont Furnace, PA (Uniontown Area)
Position Summary: Responsible for leadership and coordination of overall program and technical efforts for LCS Training Systems. The Program Manager, Training Systems will oversee the execution of all LCS Training System related programs and tasking and will focus on meeting all technical, schedule, and cost attributes of these programs to ensure and maintain customer satisfaction. The Program Manager, Training Systems will actively coordinate with functional areas (i.e. engineering, manufacturing, advanced programs, and business development) to ensure a common vision and cooperative execution in meeting customer requirements.
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Manage and direct the daily execution of 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 member or 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. * 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 identify, assess, monitor and mitigate 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 analysis 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. * Assure that conduct of contract requirements is executed in accordance with appropriate regulations and Company policies and procedures (i.e.: federal acquisition regulations) * Provide leadership to program team. Assures communication and cooperation among team members and resolves areas of conflict * Manage inventory effectively * Manage Internal Research and Development projects * Assure a timely closeout of completed programs to ensure that all obligations are satisfied and program documentation is properly recorded * Understand and develop leading verses lagging indicators * Develop and execute program corrective action strategies * Develop and understand principles of program planning (i.e.: developing a Bill of Materials and Basis of Estimate) * Understand lean and process improvement principles (i.e.: Lean Six Sigma) * Understand cash flow management principles * Overall leadership responsibility for LCS Training System program management functions for engineering development and production task activities * Provide first-line customer interface for various Navy training community stakeowners * Analyze contract documents and synthesize project requirements, delegate responsibilities to project leads, develop implementation plan to meet goals * Establish program integrated master schedule (IMS) and program management plan documents * Manage engineering, production & CM/QA efforts to accomplish program goals * Identify critical path; identify risks; develop contingency plans and mitigations/work-arounds * Track program execution status/Earned Value * Monitor and control budgets, internal team, subcontractors and project expenses * Report status to AAC management at periodic review meetings * Liaison with customers; represent AAC at off-site meetings; make presentations * Extended travel will be required occasionally * Lead/Contribute to proposal efforts for follow-on and/or new work
* Bachelors Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience * 5 years' experience in project engineering (hardware, software) * 5 years' experience managing training systems engineering development projects and personnel, production of trainers, installation, checkout, and integration including facility preparation and interface to external systems onsite * Career progression in management positions of increasing responsibility * Prior experience with government programs and personnel, preferably US Navy and training * Skilled in PC-based tools (e.g., MS Word, Project, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) * Possess excellent inter-personal communications and managerial skills * US government security clearance
Additional Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge:
* Demonstrated team building and leadership skills. * Ability to manage and execute diverse, simultaneous projects of varying complexities with a distributed team of internal personnel and subcontractors/team-members. * Strong relationship management, strategy development, project management, problem solving and change management skills. * Professional and positive approach, self-motivated, strong in building relationships, team player, dynamic, creative with the ability to work on own initiative. * Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills. * Strong customer relationship management, requirements management, and ability to manage expectations * Ability to develop and maintain strong business partnerships to strategically position AAC to meet customer technical, cost and schedule requirements
* Lifting up to 20 lbs up to 25% of the time * Climbing, Bending, Standing or Stooping up to 10% of the time * Walking up to 25% of the time * Sitting up to 75% 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