Director Programs (Dulles, VA)Opportunity SummaryPerforms the duties of Deputy of the Program Management Office (PMO) reporting to the Senior Director. Responsible for implementing PMO policies and procedures and for the allocation of program management resources to support new business capture effo
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Director Programs

DRS Technologies • 
Dulles, Virginia, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:

Director Programs (Dulles, VA)

Opportunity Summary

Performs the duties of Deputy of the Program Management Office (PMO) reporting to the Senior Director. Responsible for implementing PMO policies and procedures and for the allocation of program management resources to support new business capture efforts and to ensure the successful execution of programs.


Responsible for leading the Line of Business (LOB) and/or Company (CO) program management function. This includes full life cycle management (development, production, and sustainment) of the LOB and/or CO. Ensure proper methods are followed to track program cost, schedules and performance across LOB and/or CO. This position will function at a medium level of complexity and independence.


Primary & Essential Accountabilities

Leads the day-to-day operation of the central Program Management Office (PMO) to include the following functions:

  • Supports development of Program Management Office (PMO) policies and procedures and ensures the program teams apply them properly

  • Allocates program management resources to support successful execution of programs under the various Lines of Business (LOB) and to support new business capture efforts

  • Oversees the Business Unit (BU) level of program reporting (Monthly Program Management Review (PMR)); reviews all PMRs submitted, generates PMO-level status reporting, and leads meetings

  • Leads periodic review of programs to identify areas to improve/optimize

  • Performs duties of IDIQ Program Manager; managing requirements at the IDIQ level and delegating tasks to PMO staff

  • Primary interface to the Line of Business Directors of Operations (Deputies) and functional unit Directors


  • Track all program cost, schedules and performance against established program milestones; reporting the status to management stakeholders on a regular basis

  • Develop and implement recovery plans for yellow and red programs (i.e., schedule, technical performance)

  • Ensure program methodologies for the LOB and/or CO and the program management directives are followed

  • Work closely with existing customers and obtain feedback on the company’s performance

  • Work closely with business development, marketing and sales to enhance the business portfolio

  • May lead all meetings and the integrated product team (kick-off through project close)

  • Manage inventory effectively

  • Manage internal research and development programs within LOB and/or CO

  • Develop internal relationships with management stakeholders

  • Manage program management development to include coaching, teaching, retaining, attracting, and mentoring

  • Lead monthly program reviews for the Company or LOB

  • Conduct program reviews that identify root cause and corrective action as well as continuous improvement and financial performance

  • Work closely with Business Development to provide future opportunities for existing customers and solutions for new customers

  • Understand and implement lean and process improvement principles (i.e., Lean Six Sigma)

  • Understand and develop methodologies that allow Program Managers to apply leading verses lagging indicators

  • Develop processes for identifying, assessing, monitoring and mitigating risk throughout the program life cycle

  • Support, communicate and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization


Job Requirements:

Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Engineering or business degree required. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Minimum of ten years relevant experience

  • Certification in Program Management (i.e., PMP or DAU level 3)

  • Advanced knowledge of program management tools and procedures

  • Leadership and management skills, particularly “influence management” and “conflict resolution”

  • Significant experience throughout the program lifecycle from development through sustainment to include proposal development, requirements decomposition, generation of system and subsystem statements of work and subcontracts, risk management, and continuous improvement efforts including implementation for cost reduction and performance improvement efforts

  • Experience with earned value cost accounting and reporting; experience with metrics for assessing and reporting program progress, productivity and variance analysis

  • Experience in finance, contracting, export regulations, engineering, logistics, manufacturing and supply chain management

  • Excellent customer interface skills

  • Advanced problem solving skills

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Demonstrated success in managing manpower planning, project reviews, scheduling and budget control


  • Highly skilled at process development and implementation

  • Successful track record in managing complex aerospace/defense, and/or U.S Federal/Civil programs

  • Excellent leadership and oral and written communication skills

  • Experience having a portfolio of programs in which financial objectives (profit, cash flow, revenue, bookings) were achieved


  • Active U.S. Government Department of Defense (DoD) Secret level security clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain top secret level


Qualification Preferences

  • Experience in leading telecommunications (terrestrial, satellite, hybrid, etc.) and/or Enterprise Information Technology (IT) programs

  • Experience with turnaround programs in which recovery was successful


Leonardo DRS, Inc.

Leonardo DRS is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. Focused on defense technology, we develop, manufacture and support a broad range of systems for mission critical and military sustainment requirements, as well as homeland security.

Headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A. which employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture which rewards performance. For additional information on Leonardo DRS, please visit our website at

Company Overview

DRS Global Enterprise Solutions, Inc. successfully delivers quality systems and services to CONUS and overseas units. Our systems solutions encompass broad data distribution networks and complex telecommunications systems for data, voice and video applications over integrated satellite, terrestrial, and wireless networks. Our proven service history of engineering, installing, operating and maintaining innovative, low-risk, and cost-effective communications resources illustrates our commitment to supporting military, commercial, and relief efforts at home and around the globe.


Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #CA #CS #MM

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