Program Manager

3 weeks ago
Required Clearance
Secret, obtainable within 24 months
Program/Project Management
Employment Type
Full Time
Hiring Company
GDMS - Legacy GDAIS Rate Structure

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience to meet managerial expectations.


Department of Defense Secret security clearance is preferred at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Program Manager within our Strategic Systems business area.  The program manager will be responsible for the Nuclear Weapon Systems waterfront security program portfolio. The position provides an opportunity to enhance the performance and profitability of an organization that supports some of our nation’s fundamental defense services.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.



  • Develop, define, and implement cohesive, integrated program/product, subcontractor, material plans, and business plans that achieve overall current and long term objectives of the program/product, business unit, and division
  • Identifies needed resources for projects, defines and assigns major program roles
  • Leads the establishment of and sets integrated WBS-based budget and schedule baselines including management reserve for programs/products that are complex in nature, high value, with a new customer, or in a new market area
  • Monitors work accomplished to baseline plans to ensure rate of work completion is sufficient to meet program/product schedules
  • Balances program risks and opportunities with executable strategies to meet technical requirements and budgets
  • Conducts reviews to drill down into issues on products/programs, identify issues, develop corrective actions, and communicate issues, impacts and corrective actions to program teams
  • Responsible for maximizing profit and cash flow of products/programs
  • Ability to understand and analyze program financial data, financial reports, business measurements, and operational metrics
  • Develops short, medium and long term financial forecasts
  • Leads team to identify and quantify risks and opportunities and risk mitigation / opportunity capture activities
  • Prepares and presents program/product status to leadership and external customers
  • Interfaces with customers on technical matters regarding program/products
  • Identifies potential subcontractors for program elements
  • Identifies scope changes and develops product/program positions for equitable cost and schedule adjustments
  • Develops customer relationships and develops new business within the market/program
  • Follows processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
  • Recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect immediate organization(s)



  • Ability to generate cohesive program plans
  • Must be able to establish and assure adherence to budgets, schedules, work plans, and performance requirements
  • Ability to develop and implement a product-oriented WBS and WBS Dictionary
  • Ability to track work accomplished to baseline plans and identify issues, track progress, and follow through on effective corrective actions based on data analysis and trends
  • Skilled in proactively communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions on programs to internal and external representatives
  • Ability to understand and communicate technical information
  • Ability to understand and analyze program financial data
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to evaluate quality of work product to ensure satisfaction of customer requirements
  • Excellent understanding of advanced of risk and opportunity management techniques and ability to apply them to programs
  • Ability to lead teams in matrix organization
  • Ability to lead others in team building, conflict resolution, motivation, leadership and advanced risk management
  • Ability to execute company policies that affect immediate operations
  • Working Knowledge of MS Project, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • May be required to travel

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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