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Program Manager II - Aerospace & Defense

COMPANY:  Aerostar Technical Solutions

Arlington, VA, US, 22202

STATUS:  Exempt
REQ ID:  25673

For 60 years, Raven has developed, marketed, and produced technical solutions to great challenges. Utilizing our strength in engineering, manufacturing, and technological innovation, Raven today is a leader in precision agriculture, high performance specialty films, and situational awareness markets. Our purpose to Solve Great Challenges is bold and authentic; it keeps us grounded in markets that have meaning, provide profitable growth, and align with our values.

Raven Aerostar is a world leader in lighter-than-air, stratospheric, and situational awareness technology. Committed to rapid innovation of highly technical and groundbreaking technology, we design and manufacture niche products that enhance security and connect the world. We are working on a number of exciting projects — and looking for extraordinary talent to join our team.

Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Raven was established in 1956. Today, Raven is publicly traded on NASDAQ (RAVN) and has earned an international reputation for innovation, product quality, high performance, and unmatched service. Employing approximately 1,300 team members, Raven is represented by three business segments, each with unique customers, products, and markets served:

  • Raven Applied Technology is dedicated to helping feed the world through precision agriculture equipment.
  • Raven Aerostar is dedicated to connecting, protecting and saving lives through lighter-than-air, stratospheric, situational awareness, and radar sensor technology.
  • Raven Engineered Films is dedicated to providing high-quality polymer films and sheeting that protect Earth’s resources and preserve asset value.


Raven aggressively competes on four Dimensions of Competition: Quality, Service, Innovation, and Peak Performance. Deeply connected to our culture and values, Raven’s four Dimensions of Competition are the foundation on which we separate our company from our competition. Quality, Service, Innovation, and Peak Performance are woven into how we do business, shaping Raven’s culture and setting us apart. These are not initiatives that come and go; they are enduring values — and a testament to our commitment to continual improvement.


Raven Aerostar is a world leader in lighter-than-air, stratospheric, situational awareness, and radar sensor technology. Committed to rapid innovation of highly technical and groundbreaking technology, we design and manufacture niche products that connect, protect, and save lives. We are working on a number of exciting projects and are looking for extraordinary talent to join our team in our Arlington, Virginia office.


Raven Aerostar is seeking a Defense & Aerospace Community-focused Senior Program Manager. The successful candidate for this position will have experience with the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Federal Acquisition Regulations.  The Senior Program Manager represents the face of Raven Aerostar to the customer who is responsible for Radar program/contract execution and the customer experience. 


Summary Responsible for program success. Is the primary interface with customers and internal management. Integrates and aligns the technical, operations, business, and contract teams for all Stratospheric Balloon and Radar products and related flight/field services.

Essential Functions


  • Develop and manage spend and tasking plans
  • Develop and deliver on monthly revenue forecasts
  • Responsible for on-time and quality program/contract execution and customer experience 

• Coordinate with other PM II’s to provide forecasting and scheduling of customer deliveries, customer installations, customer campaigns, IRAD and Demo flights to the operations group.


• Provide monthly invoicing for all product deliveries and coordinate with Accounting to ensure that revenue is recognized as forecasted.
• Provide analysis of schedule and production changes to ensure all stakeholders are aligned and coordinated and status is clearly communicated.
• Coordinate and ensure that the materials supply chain is adequate to meet delivery schedules. Work closely with operations to coordinate procurement of long-lead time items.
• Coordinate with Engineering to understand the impact of all design changes to production. Develop new supply sources and work with purchasing to utilize most cost-effective suppliers.
• Support Bid and Proposal activity and catalog pricing to ensure accurate costs and delivery schedules are proposed.
• Participate in sub-system Build or Buy decisions and provide analysis impacts as appropriate.
• Analyze strategies for cost effectiveness and schedule savings.
• Responsible for adherence to contracts, meeting the requirements, and flowing down specific requirements to subcontractors/suppliers.
• Utilize Production & Operations tools to check inventory levels, lead-times, etc.
• Act as customer interface for named Program.
• Ensures projects are completed on time and within budget.
• Acts as advisor to program team regarding projects, tasks, and operations. • Prepares proposals to win new programs.
• Demonstrates the Dimensions of Competition and Raven Team Member Values in their daily actions and encourages their teams to do the same.
• May be called upon to perform comparable duties of a similar or related nature and/or assist in other areas as needed.
• Learning, understanding, continuously improving, and promoting the division’s quality management system in accordance with ISO standards.
• Provide support to PM I and management as directed.
• Manage risks and controls change at levels appropriate for the program and management.
• Manages larger/key accounts, or specialized/target markets.

• Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, or related field.
• 8 years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Demonstrated leadership abilities.
• Ability to motivate team members.
• Knowledge of the business and contributes to strategic decisions.
• Understanding of US Government acquisition life cycle phases (requirements, market research, RFP, source selection, pre-award, post-award and execution.)
• Knowledge of US Department of Defense and Intelligence Community (IC) processes, policies and guidance, including a working knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFARS).



We are a manufacturer covered by ITAR 22 CFR 120-130 and all team members must be a United States Person.

Raven is an EO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled.

Nearest Major Market: Arlington Virginia
Nearest Secondary Market: Washington DC

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