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Lead Program Manager - Aerospace & Defense

COMPANY:  Aerostar Technical Solutions

Arlington, VA, US, 22202

STATUS:  Exempt
REQ ID:  25843

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.


The Lead Program Manager will be responsible for program success.  This position will be 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
• 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.
• 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. Masters preferred.
  • DOD or Gov’t experience preferred (prior military or civilian experience).
  • 8 years related experience with minimum 4 years’ experience managing DOD technology programs.
  • Program Management Professional (PMP) qualification required.
  • Experience with EVMS reporting.
  • 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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