• Program Performance Management Specialist

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    Job Location
    USA-NJ-Florham Park
    Required Clearance
    TS/SCI, obtainable with Polygraph within 24 months
    Program/Project Management
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • 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.

    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, to include Excel, Word and PowerPoint
    • Advanced user in EVMS and/or scheduling tools and principles. Experience in coordination of program requirements across planning stages with several subcontractors across distinct product lines
    • Strong experience with DCMA audits
    • Domain knowledge in program and/or product life cycle, material management, financial processes, and contracting structure
    • Strong experience in defense or federal contracting
    • Strong experience working with program teams across multiple geographic locations

    Ability to obtain Department of Defense TS/SCI with Polygraph security clearance is required. 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 Performance Management Specialist.  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.



    • This position is responsible for utilizing required experiences with an integrated performance management, schedule management, or subject matter expert focus
    • Leads a team in contract/program cost and/or schedule development and management/analysis for developing engineering programs for critical major components, or production or logistics programs for a large custom subsystems or small total systems
    • Scope is programs with contract value typically at $20-50M per year, with total program value of $50-300M
    • The analyst will lead the development of the program cost and/or schedule baselines within the contract parameters, the analysis of program performance (historical and predictive), the monitoring of the contract/program Estimate at Complete and schedule completion date, and reviewing results with and making recommendations to program teams
    • Mentors and trains team members
    • Serves as a subject matter expert in the guidance and mentoring of program teams and Program Performance Management (PPM) staff in program management tools and processes
    • Leads a team in the development of the time-phased budget integrated with the IMS to meet all contract and program objectives
    • Manages and analyzes full program performance data, prepare historical and predictive measures, and drives program teams to make proactive decisions
    • Leads a team of analysts or manage mid-size project(s)
    • Integrates subcontractor and material cost and schedules data into program data
    • Advanced analysis in the contract/program Estimate At Complete (EAC), Management Reserve, risk and opportunity management
    • Prepares and presents accurate and timely program review documents to senior leadership
    • Partners with other functions in the integration of contract/program risk/opportunity, Management Reserve, and Estimated at Complete for business financial commitment analysis and reporting
    • Updates program time-phased budget and/or schedule and required documents associated with internal and contract changes
    • Reconciles program data with latest contract modifications
    • Applies key areas of the Program Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) to develop executable processes for supported programs and lead program teams in their implementation
    • Defines requirements to solve common business problems
    • Fosters an environment of trust and teamwork: build collaborative relationships, internally and externally
    • Interfaces with multiple IPT leads and PMs across multiple geographic locations
    • Demonstrates EVMS compliance through audits
    • Recognized as subject matter expert in program performance management skills
    • Communicates professionally and effectively with team members and customers
    • Supports other programs with expertise during critical time frames
    • Works on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
    • Responsible for coordination and accuracy of timely program deliverables
    • Acts as change agent, challenge the status quo
    • Leads the development of the detailed IMP and IMS to meet all contract and program objectives and supports the integration of cost and schedule data
    • Ensures advanced schedule techniques (health and quality checks, resource loading, critical path analysis, and risk analysis) are applied effectively to drive proactive decisions
    • Ensures major projects and program schedules are horizontally and vertically integrated and resolves network logic conflicts
    • Creates and analyzes program milestone charts
    • Creates and manages WBS, IMP, and IMS for proposals
    • Mentors and trains employees in planning and scheduling best practices
    • Leads efforts to automate processes to solve common business problems
    • Leads the design of tests to evaluate new EVMS and/or schedule tools, analyze test results, and makes recommendations to support operational improvement
    • Leads the incorporation of new EVMS and/or schedule tools
    • Leads tool re-design to improve performance
    • Trains analysts in the EVMS and schedule tools
    • Serves as a senior resource to other analysts in developing solutions that meet complex business requirements
    • Leads process changes to improve overall efficiency of program performance management function


    • Strong organizational, analysis, and time management skills, attention to detail and accuracy, and ability to multi-task high priorities
    • Identifies and set priorities for a team
    • Creative problem solving
    • Effective team leader and team builder
    • Leads proposal activities (WBS Development, IMP/IMS development)
    • Demonstrates strong professional written and oral communications
    • Strong interpersonal skills and a professional demeanor in interacting with a wide variety of people
    • Coordinates a geographically dispersed and frequently virtual team
    • Thrives in an environment of ambiguity
    • In addition, 3 years of demonstrated leadership of teams
    • Interfaces with internal leadership to include Program Management and Business Unit leaders, Finance, Contracts, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, and Manufacturing
    • Regular interaction with external customers and vendors

    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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