Program Manager III (LEAP)

March 25, 2023
Offerd Salary:$134,400 - $201,600
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Job Description

For over 50 years, AeroVironment has been a leader in advanced technologies and diverse innovations that have redefined how the world drives, flies, and connects.

We created MacCready Works Advanced Solutions, named for our founder, Dr. Paul B. MacCready, Jr., to ensure that creativity and long-term thinking remain at the core of our culture. With a focus on the future, this group of select, visionary scientists and engineers partner with our customers to explore breakthrough technologies that open new, more powerful ways to tackle difficult challenges. Together, they research and develop advanced technologies in robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to identify innovative solutions that push beyond the current applications. These revenue-generating projects significantly contribute to the growth of the company and stretch our imaginations to spawn new inventions.

Once conceptualized, we can apply these new technologies to other projects, keeping us and our customers at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation. We are currently working on tomorrow's solutions by creating highly autonomous, mission-centered products that operate jointly across multiple domains, and position our customers at the leading edge of interconnected systems.

We are here to tackle the impossible…without hesitation.


The Program Manager (PM) III for the LEAP (Learning & Active Perception) team is responsible for managing the execution of projects including staffing, cost, schedule, and technical progress. LEAP is part of AV's MacCready Works (MW) business unit and is focused on customer-funded research & development of computer vision, perception, autonomy, and related technologies. The PM oversees the complete program lifecycle from proposal preparation through contract negotiations, execution, and close-out, and manages all activities necessary to meet requirements, goals, and objectives. Acting as the central authority for one or more programs' execution, the PM provides a single point of contact for program activities to both internal and external customers.

Position Responsibilities

  • Manages one or more programs throughout their complete lifecycle

  • Works with the customer to gather requirements and define success criteria; ensures customer alignment and manages overall customer satisfaction

  • Establishes, communicates, and manages program priorities

  • Develops and maintains program plans including budget, estimate at completion (EAC), resource allocation, and communications

  • Coordinates with other PMs to align project teams and their inter- dependencies

  • Defines, implements, and manages program controls; identifies and manages risk

  • Aligns and informs stakeholders of program status and health

  • Leads program meetings and program reviews with the customer and technical team

  • Manages potential changes in program scope and advises leadership and customer of potential impacts

  • Actively supports growth of the program, including bidding and capturing new opportunities

  • Assists and/or coordinates the preparation of cost and technical proposals

  • Ensures adherence to Company policies and processes

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, business, or related field required, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • Minimum 8 + years of experience in program management

  • Proven track record of running multiple, successful projects

  • Experience managing CPFF, T&M, and FFP technical development programs

  • Experience developing risk management & mitigation plans

  • Experience in a highly technical and dynamic environment

  • Must be a US Citizen, willing to work on government contracts, and have the ability to hold at minimum a DoD Secret security clearance

  • Must be able to interface effectively with internal teams as well as government and/or commercial customers

  • Knowledge of project management methods, tools, and processes

  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Project)

  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Experience with software engineering is preferred; experience unmanned systems is a plus

  • Experience managing US DoD programs is desired

  • PMI (or equivalent) certification is a plus

  • Basic familiarity with contracts, non-disclosure agreements, teaming agreements, and other legal and contractual documents

  • Basic familiarity with use and application of export/import licenses for the export/import of ITAR military products to foreign countries

  • Ability to work independently and interface with cross-functional disciplines

  • Strong communication skills able to articulate vision / mission to team

  • Committed to AV Values (Trust & Teamwork, Customer Commitment, Ownership & Results, and Innovate & Simplify) and emulates these values in all actions

  • Other competencies: Strong verbal and written skills; analytical and strategic thinking ability; leadership skills; strong work ethic as well as honesty, trustworthiness and high integrity

  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties

  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives

  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products' committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve performance of oneself, others, and the company

  • Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office environment (Constant)

  • Required to sit and stand for long periods (Frequent); talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

  • May be required to travel (Up to 20%) mostly within the Continental U.S.

  • The salary range for this role is:

    $134,400 - $201,600

    AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

    ITAR Requirement:

    This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

    Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: https:// www.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. to learn more about us.

    Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

    Who We Are

    Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we've been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world's most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

    Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

    What We Do

    Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

    AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    U.S. Citizenship required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.

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