DRS Technologies Inc. Program Manager in Saint Louis, Missouri

Leonardo DRS

Leonardo DRS is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. Focused on defense technology, we develop, manufacture and support a broad range of systems for mission critical and military sustainment requirements, as well as homeland security. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo SpA which employs more than 45,000 people worldwide. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture which rewards performance. For additional information on DRS, please visit our website atwww.leonardodrs.com.

DRS Sustainment Systems Inc.

DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. (DRS-SSI) is a Leonardo DRS Line of Business (LOB) headquartered in St. Louis, MO. It is a full service supplier of diversified defense systems, products and support for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and other international defense customers. From conceptual design through manufacturing to integrated logistics support, DRS-SSI has a more than 50-year tradition of providing quality systems and products while meeting customer’s demands for innovation, efficiency and quality. The business unit also includes a 100-acre heavy equipment manufacturing facility in West Plains, MO. The performance of DRS-SSI’s St. Louis operation has been recognized by the Government and industrial customers with numerous awards including: Preferred Supplier Certification, Medallion of Service Award, Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Certification of Recognition, and Blue Ribbon Awards. We operate on a 9/80 work schedule.

Job Location– Saint Louis, MO

Position Summary

DRS Sustainment Systems is seeking a Full Time Program Manager. This candidate will manage and direct the daily execution of internal research and development (IRAD) 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 IRAD activities. Responsibilities are conducted under the guidance of senior level management (Vice President of Programs, Director of Programs, or LOB Lead).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and direct the daily execution of IRAD 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 IRAD 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 IRADs/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 IRAD life cycle. Obtains management approval prior to making decisions that will cause deterioration of established IRAD, 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 company leadership on all matters involving IRAD execution. Coordinate with other departments on resolution of contractual problems with the customer. Coordinate with

  • Administration on issues pertaining to IRAD requirements, changes, and interpretations.

  • Assure that conduct of IRAD 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 IRADs 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

  • Support, communicate, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience and 5 years of experience

  • Engineering or business degree preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Knowledge of program management tools and procedures

  • Solid leadership and management skills, particularly “influence management” and “conflict resolution”

  • Experience throughout the program lifecycle from development through sustainment to include: proposal development, requirements decomposition, generation of system and subsystem statements of work and subcontracts, risk management, and continuous improvement efforts including implementation cost reduction and performance improvement efforts

  • Experience with earned value cost accounting and reporting; experience with metrics for assessing and reporting program progress, productivity and variance analysis

  • Experience in finance, contracting, export regulations, engineering, logistics, manufacturing and supply chain management

  • Excellent customer interface skills

  • Solid problem solving skills

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Demonstrated success in managing manpower planning, project reviews, scheduling and budget control

  • Successful track record in managing complex programs as a prime or sub- contractor to a domestic or foreign military organization

  • Excellent leadership and oral and written communication skills

  • Must have a portfolio of programs in which financial objectives (profit, cash flow, revenue, bookings) were achieved

  • Program Management preferred (i.e. PMP or DAU level 3)

  • Prefer experience with turnaround programs in which recovery was successful

  • Ability to obtain Secret Clearance

Leonardo DRS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. #BM