VP Programs


Johnstown, PA, US, 15904 Largo, FL, US, 33773

Job ID: 109475 


The Leonardo DRS Naval Electronics business provides leading naval computing infrastructure, network and data distribution and middleware enterprise services, as well as world-class manufacturing and support capabilities.

Job Summary

The VP Programs leads the Naval Electronics' Program Management Office (PMO), serves as the senior program management advisor to the SVP/GM, and oversees the program process, discipline and directives for the Naval Electronics Business Unit. The Naval Electronics business is made up of 6 lines of business that will report into this position.

Job Responsibilities

  • As the Naval Electronics' PMO lead, this position is also responsible for leading monthly program reviews across the business unit
  • Actively partner with functional areas (i.e., engineering, manufacturing, advanced programs and business development)
  • Responsible for program management professional development strategy
  • Responsible for establishing methodologies for managing inventory
  • Ensure proper methods are being followed to track programs cost, schedules and performance across LOB and/or Company
  • Review internal practices and compare external bench mark best practices
  • Advise senior management on program concerns and issues
  • Audit program reviews across segment; monitor yellow and red programs
  • Develop and implement recovery plans for yellow and red programs (e.g., schedule, technical performance)
  • As needed, assist in developing turn around strategies in order to meet short and long term customer schedules
  • Mentor, coach and develop program managers across the Naval Electronics Business Unit
  • Attend business segment reviews (QBR)
  • Develop and maintain customer relationships
  • Provide input into the business forecast
  • May lead negotiations and discussions with potential and existing customers and partners
  • 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 within the Naval Electronics Business Unit
  • Support, communication, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization


  • Engineering or business degree required. Master’s degree highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience
  • Certification in Program Management highly preferred (i.e., PMP or DAU level 3)
  • Expert knowledge of program management tools and procedures
  • Expert 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
  • Significant Program Management developmental program experience
  • 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 in order to manage those functions within a program
  • Experience with profit and loss (P&L) management
  • Excellent customer interface skills; problem solving skills; presentation skills
  • Demonstrated success in managing manpower planning, project reviews, scheduling and budget control
  • Must have a successful track record in managing complex aerospace/defense programs such as a prime or sub contractor to a domestic or foreign military organization
  • Must have excellent leadership and oral and written communication skills
  • Must have 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

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U.S. Citizenship required. This position requires an active DOD security clearance or the ability to obtain such clearance within a reasonable time after commencement of employment.

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.

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. 

For additional information on  Leonardo DRS, please visit our website at www.leonardodrs.com

Nearest Major Market: Johnstown