Sr. Program Manager

AEVEX Aerospace
Tampa, FL
Added: April 26, 2024
AEVEX Aerospace is seeking a Senior Program Manager to manage the design, development, testing and fielding of a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with kinetic capabilities to meet DoD and commercial customers requirements. This person will oversee all aspects of a project, from planning and design to execution, delivery and logistics support.

Essential Functions

  • Provide expertise exhibiting a depth of knowledge across operations to include operational, engineering, maintenance, system test and technical management disciplines for which they are assigned.
  • Work directly with the customer to determine project requirements, develop a work plan, execute the work.
  • Act as the hiring manager for assigned projects/programs; supervise the screening, selection, and hiring of all candidates.
  • Ensure projects/programs are executed to the highest level of safety and compliance.
  • Ensure all personnel meet/exceed professional standards and embrace the AEVEX culture.
  • Effectively communicate expectations and develop innovative strategies to enhance organizational capabilities that support operational priorities and requirements.
  • Advise senior executives on all programs, policies, and functions to include operations, readiness, training, recruiting, and management of technical employees.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with peers, subordinates, and customers while providing leadership and technical advice to strategic and operational business planning.
  • Be an agile and adaptive leader who consistently meets challenges head-on and ensures organizational success by building effective professional relationships with senior executives and peers.
  • Facilitate alignment and achievement of strategy objectives and performance goals across the company.
  • Manage all aspects of assigned programs to include costs, schedules, and performance.
  • Integrate industry best practices and meet or exceed program financial goals.
  • Work with Vice President of Programs and the Growth Team to identify future opportunities for existing customers and support capture and solutioning for new efforts to new customers.
  • Develop processes for identifying, assessing, monitoring and mitigating risk throughout the program life cycle.
  • Assist the Growth Team as subject matter expert to develop technical solutions during the proposal process. May be responsible for managing a team of SME's during the development of the technical volume.
  • Develops and maintains strong working relationships both internally and externally, and positively represents the organization.

Standard Essential Functions

  • Regular and reliable attendance on a full time basis [or in accordance with posted schedule].
  • Responsible for exhibiting professional behavior with both internal and external business associates that reflects positively on the company and is consistent with the company's policies and practices.
  • Embodies AEVEX's cultural values and aligns daily actions with department goals and company culture.


  • Demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Office suite including Microsoft Project
  • Experience developing and managing an integrated master schedule (IMS) for assigned programs to include resource loading and performance monitoring.
  • Experience with DoD contract types (Fixed Price, Cost, Time & Materials) and allowed indirect costs, DoD program terminology, program risk management, Contract Data Requirement List (CDRLs), Data Item Descriptions (DIDs) as they relate to development of CDRL responses, application of DoD Work Breakdown Structures (WBS), development of compliant Basis of Estimates (BOEs), and managing
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to interface with customers and technical professionals at all levels.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to assess technical and programmatic issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment; able to manage project tasks, scope change, and schedules to keep projects on-track.
  • Self-starter demonstrating solid judgment; understands when to seek guidance but has strong ability to think and act independently under limited oversight and direction.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and possess a strong work ethic.
  • Experience managing and leading teams to execute projects on-time and budget, while delivering a high degree of customer satisfaction
  • Experience working with subcontractors and vendors, developing statements of work and associated requirements, negotiating terms and conditions, and managing subcontractor/vendor performance.
  • Demonstrated leader that shows a passion for teamwork.

Leadership Competencies

  • Directs and provides expert knowledge in the day-to-day function of the department.
  • Identifies, recruits, and retains top-notch talent.
  • Champions AEVEX's culture and empowers employees to take responsibility for their jobs and goals.
  • Coaches, mentors, engage and develop the team, including overseeing new employee onboarding and providing career development planning and learning opportunities.
  • Sets performance standards and encourages employee engagement and results through delegation, continuous feedback, goal setting, and performance management.
  • Maintains transparent communication. Appropriately communicates organization information through department meetings, one-on-one meetings, and appropriate email, and regular interpersonal communication.
  • Provides oversight and direction to the employees in accordance with AEVEX's policies and procedures.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited University (MS or MBA preferred).
  • Program Management Professional (PMP) Certification or DAWIA Level 3.


  • 15 or more years Program/Project Management experience.
  • 5 or more years experience directly managing a DoD development program/project.

Physical Requirements

  • Frequently required to sit, and to reach to use computers and other office equipment

Security Clearance

  • Ability to obtain/maintain a Secret DoD clearance, U.S. Citizenship required.

AEVEX provides a full suite of comprehensive benefits, including a 401(k)-retirement plan, comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability and Life insurance group coverage with a portion of the premiums paid by the company, professional development funds, and an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) with counseling, legal help, child and elder care support, among other benefits.

About AEVEX Aerospace

AEVEX Aerospace, headquartered in Solana Beach, California, supports the U.S. national security mission and partner nation needs around the world by providing full-spectrum aviation, remote sensing, and analysis solutions. The company's capabilities include custom design and engineering; rapid prototyping; sensor integration and sustainment; aircraft modification and certification; flight test instrumentation and support; mission operations service; advanced intelligence data processing, exploitation, and dissemination solutions; and tailored hardware and software mission-system tools. AEVEX uses agile and customized approaches to rapidly define, develop, and deliver specialized solutions for airborne special mission needs for the U.S. Government, partner nations, and commercial businesses. AEVEX has major offices in California, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AEVEX Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex (including pregnancy, breast feeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, military and veteran status, marital status, age, protected medical condition, genetic information, physical disability, mental disability, or any other protected status in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

Applicants who are offered employment from AEVEX Aerospace, LLC ("AEVEX") will be subject to a background check by a third party. Prior to the background check being conducted, the applicant will be required to complete disclosure and authorization forms authorizing AEVEX to conduct a background check. The authorization is made in electronic form and will only be shared with individuals who have a business need to review the information to make employment decisions. During the background process, applicants will verify personal information such as the below. An applicant who provides incomplete information will be disqualified from employment at AEVEX.

  • Criminal Convictions (misdemeanor and felony).
  • Prior Employment History
  • Educational History

AEVEX reserves the right to disqualify a candidate based on the results of the background investigation.