Principal Program Manager


Huntsville, AL, US, 35808

Job ID: 108304 


The Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business provides C4I Network computing and integrated situational awareness, as well as state-of-the-art embedded diagnostics, vehicle power management and combat vehicle integration products and services.

Job Summary

The DRS Land Electronics Operational Energy Business Leader will lead a campaign within a line of business (LOB).  This includes full life cycle management of multiple "like" projects that could span the development, production, and sustainment phases.  Will work with matrixed and assigned project managers to ensure proper methods are followed to track program cost, schedules, and performance across the campaign.  Lead all meetings and the integrated product team (kick-off through project close). Provide interface, communication, and coordination with internal and external customers on matters pertaining to existing contracts and bid and proposal activities. Participate as a team leader on bid and proposal activities. Ensure that the requirements of the request for proposal are met in the preparation and documentation of bids and proposals.
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Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible as Campaign Manager and Program Manager in Operational Energy Market area which includes delivering capabilities such as smart power control/distribution, efficient, high-power generation, and system integration.
  • This position will be required to work closely with Business Development, Engineering, and Marketing and Sales to develop a campaign strategy to ensure growth of the campaign portfolio
  • When assigned as Program Manager, will ensure project execution via integrated product team approach (kickoff through project close)
  • When assigned supervisory responsibility over other project managers, manage their development to include coaching, teaching, retaining, and mentoring 
  • Prepare for and participate in contract/subcontract negotiations. While representing Company’s interests, assure that all government regulatory guidance is adhered to
  • Formally identifies, assesses, monitors, and mitigates risk throughout the program life cycle. Obtains management approval prior to making decisions that will cause deterioration of established program, cost, and schedule objectives
  • Develop and implement recovery plans for yellow and red programs (i.e., schedule, technical performance) and corrective action plans when deviations from budgets and/or schedules are evident
  • Perform variance analyses of schedule and cost on a formal and informal basis and present them to senior management (i.e.: earned value management system)
  • Serve as the primary interface with the customer on all matters involving contract execution. Coordinate with other departments on resolution of contractual problems with the customer. Coordinate with Contracts Administration on issues pertaining to contract requirements, changes, and interpretations.
  • Lead monthly Campaign/Program reviews for the campaign
  • Manage Internal Research and Development projects, when assigned
  • Understand cash flow management principles
  • Support, communicate, reinforce, and defend the mission, values, and culture of the organization


  • Engineering or business degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 10+ years of program management experience in aerospace/defense industry with a portfolio of projects that include power generation, smart power management, and power distribution development and production programs.
  • Candidate must have experience Full Life Cycle project/program management experience preferred.
  • PMP or DAU Level 3 certification is preferred, along with advanced knowledge of program management tools and procedures. 
  • Must have significant experience with proposal development, requirements decomposition, and generation of WBS’, WBS dictionaries, statements of work, subcontracts, risk management, and continuous process improvement methodologies.  Formal capture management experience and training is preferred.
  • Must have effective leadership and management skills, along with excellent presentation skills.  Experience with cost accounting, reporting, and metrics for assessing and reporting program progress, productivity and variance analysis is required.
  • Must possess excellent customer interface skills
  • Must have demonstrated success in managing manpower planning, project reviews, scheduling and budget control
  • Must have a history managing a portfolio of programs in which financial objectives (profit, cash flow, revenue, bookings) were achieved
  • Prefer experience with turnaround programs in which recovery was successful

Only candidates that meet the qualifications set forth above are eligible to be contacted for further information. We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.


Taking care of our people is a top priority at Leonardo DRS. We are proud to offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, a company contribution to a health savings account, telemedicine, life and disability insurance, legal insurance, and a 401(k) savings plan. We champion wellness programs that focus on physical, emotional, and financial well-being. We develop our talent by offering programs and activities to support career-growth, professional development, and skill enhancement. And we understand there is more to life than work, and the importance of offering flexible work schedules with our 9/80 program, competitive vacation, health/emergency leave, paid parental leave, and community service hours. 
*Some employees are eligible for limited benefits only


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, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #LEL

Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

The DRS culture is defined by our Core Values and Principles: 

- Integrity
- Agility
- Excellence
- Customer Focus
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Innovation

We strive to uphold them in all aspects of our business practices to inspire our employees and provide outstanding support for our customers.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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