Program Director

Herndon, VA
Work Type: Remote
  • Job Category: Program & Project Management
  • Travel: Yes, 25% of the time
  • Clearance: SECRET
  • Req ID: 2024-3312

Overview

Job Summary:

The Program Director will provide strategic oversight and support to a project management team in the DoD Space & Mission Solutions Division within the Mission Systems Engineering & Technology (MSET) Operating Group. The Program Director will set metrics for his/her team within the portfolio, evaluate performance, and provide assistance and guidance to the project management team across a wide range of technical programs. This position requires a senior-level manager who has extensive experience in project management within the federal contracting realm, customer growth and business development techniques, solid understanding of contract financials, and strong leadership and organizational skills. This position reports to the Operating Company General Manager.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic oversight and support to a project management team in the DoD Space & Mission Solutions Division within the Mission Systems Engineering & Technology (MSET) Operating Group.

  • Set metrics for his/her team within the portfolio, evaluate performance, and provide assistance and guidance to the project management team across a wide range of technical programs.

  • This position requires a senior-level manager who has extensive experience in project management within the federal contracting realm, customer growth and business development techniques, solid understanding of contract financials, and strong leadership and organizational skills. This position reports to the Operating Company General Manager.

  • Responsible for the delivery and overall success of each program within the portfolio, ensuring each adds the highest possible value to Akima.

  • Provide mentorship and professional development of project managers (PMs) within technical, management, and leadership skillsets.

  • Directs and manages external and internal business growth and development activities in close coordination and collaboration with Operations and Growth/Business Development Staff to achieve corporate growth objectives

  • Discover and implement ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of procedures and people within the portfolio.

  • Apply change, risk, and resource management principles when needed.

  • Guide and monitor PMs’ performance to ensure they are meeting specific project metrics including, but not limited to, CPARS, CDRLS, Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), Employee Turnover, Gross Margin, and Safety.

  • Extensive experience in contract financials required, including:

  • Revenue and margin analysis.

  • Cost, Quality, and Schedule variances.

  • EACs and forecast development.

  • AP/AR, billing, and DSO management.

  • Provide expertise and individual contribution toward organic growth on current and future projects.

  • Work closely with business development in the capture and proposal processes within the organization; responsible for growth in the portfolio.

  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) within the portfolio and backup to the PM(s), as needed.

  • Work closely with the executive and operations leadership teams within Akima.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in portfolio or project management with at least five years in the federal contracting managing multiple, simultaneous projects.

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.

  • Self-directed leader with exceptional communication skills (verbal, written, presentation) across all levels of the organization; Proficient with executive presentations and communication.

  • Proven strategic planning and budgeting experience required.

  • Demonstrated ability to meet objectives driven by firm deliverable deadlines.

  • Demonstrated application and use of standard program/project management processes and tools.

  • Excellent time management, decision-making, presentation, human relations, and organization skills.

  • Excellent writing, editing, communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Promotes best practice standards and techniques from PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, Project, Visio).

  • Active Secret Clearance required.

  • Travel may be required up to 25%.

Desired Qualifications:

  • PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

  • Advanced Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) or Business discipline

  • Active SCI clearance; or Active Top Secret clearance with recent SSBI

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with US SPACECOM / US SPACE FORCE

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in Space Domain Awareness and/or Space C2 including at least in at least one of the following mission areas: Satellite Control Network (SCN) Operations; Commercial Satellite Networks, Military SATCOM, Digital Signal Processing

  • Knowledge of the DoD acquisition processes and access to customer organizations (US Space Force, MDA, IC) for relationship-building.

Job: Program & Project Management

Travel: Yes, 25% of the time

Organization: Five Rivers Services

Clearance: SECRET

Work Type: Remote

Remote: Yes

ReqID: 2024-3312