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Program Manager II



Simi Valley, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

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Job Description


The Program Manager (PM) II is responsible for the execution of company programs including cost, schedule, and technical performance. The PM oversees program life-cycle and manages all activities necessary to meet business goals and objectives. Acting as the central focal point and 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

  • Management of the program throughout the program's life-cycle
  • Ensures customer alignment and manage overall customer satisfaction
  • Definition, implementation, and management of program controls and success criteria
  • Identify, analyze, and manage all program-level risk
  • Coordinates and aligns project teams and their inter-dependencies
  • Establishes, communicates, and manages program priorities
  • Aligns and informs stakeholders of program's status and health
  • Leads program meetings and program reviews with the customer and executive staff
  • Develop and maintain program plans including budget, Estimate at Completion (EAC), resource allocation, and communications
  • Support the creation and maintenance of product requirements
  • Manages potential changes in program scope and advise leadership and customer of potential impact
  • Actively support the Business Development team in bidding and capturing 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 Business or Engineering related field is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Minimum 5 - 8 years of experience in Program Management
  • Proven track record of running multiple, successful projects
  • Managing firm fixed price programs and developing risk management & mitigation plans
  • Experience in a highly technical environment
  • Deep knowledge of Project Management methods, tools and processes
  • Must be able to interface effectively with internal teams as well as government and commercial customers
  • Basic familiarity with use and application of export licenses for the export of military products to foreign countries
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Project)
  • Some travel required (up to 20%)

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • PMI (or equivalent) certification is preferred
  • Experience with Unmanned Aircraft Systems is preferred
  • Managing of International (ex-US) programs is desired
  • Active Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance strongly desired
  • Ability to work independently and interface with cross-functional disciplines
  • A strong communicator able to articulate vision/mission to team
  • Courageous and a risk taker. A mover and shaker yet collaborative and inclusive of a team approach to results
  • 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; very 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
  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance 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)

The salary range for this role is:

$102,708 - $145,530

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:

We also encourage you to review our company website at 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.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/veterans. AeroVironment, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Qualified applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic data, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status.


U.S. Citizenship required