Program Management Director

Aurora, CO | PMO | Full-Time

$150,000 - $180,000

General Position Summary

The Program Management Director is a highly visible, strategic position responsible for managing all aspects of the product development process that drive organic growth. The Director provides leadership to the Program Management Organization (PMO) and is responsible for the overall performance of programs and execution of the business plan for already captured programs as well as future opportunities. The Director promotes adherence to global program management philosophies and strategies across the enterprise including, but not limited to, risk management, requirements management, and lean principles. The Director has significant influence and provides direction and leadership to the Program/Project Managers and Project Coordinator direct report and other enterprise-wide functions, as appropriate, to meet business objectives.

Essential Job Functions

The following represents a representative sample of essential functions and responsibilities for the position. This list is not exhaustive, and additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required by the position and business
  • Accountable for resource planning, budgeting, monitoring, and control of the PMO, as applicable, and for programs
  • Ensure program profitability through cost and pricing management while attaining overall program objectives
  • Identify, incorporate and support project management best practices
  • Establish continuous improvement culture utilizing Six Sigma/Lean methodologies to improve tools, systems and business processes

  • Staff, train, coach, and develop a direct (typically program managers or other professionals) and indirect team utilizing leadership principles

  • Provide input for new business planning by providing long, mid-, and short-term project forecasting support, including all major program revenue and cost projections 

  • Define and implement the infrastructure to monitor performance through reporting and timely reviews with stakeholders

  • Create and effectively communicate a vision and strategy for an assigned team in alignment with company goal

  • Establish strong, cross-functional and cross-business relationships that encourage horizontal thinking and collaboration

  • Accountable for defining and achieving all aspects of program(s) launch and sustainability including, but not limited to:
      • Value stream development
      • Achievement of P&L targets
      • On-time delivery of fully validated solutions to customer commitments 
      • Early supplier involvement and supply chain readiness (internal and external)
      • Full-process capability
      • Manage customer and program associated risks including prioritization, escalation and resolution of identified risks 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional project and program management skills
  • Strong financial acumen and demonstrated ability to manage for profitability
  • Strong leadership skills including ability to engage and motivate teams representing multiple viewpoints to achieve business objectives
  • Ability to apply breakthrough thinking, creativity and innovation to solve complex problems
  • Strong change management skill: ability to formulate change management strategies and lead others to rapidly adapt to changing conditions or unexpected obstacles
  • Ability to respectfully represent a strong position without damaging long-term relationships

    Outstanding written and interpersonal communication including the presentation of complex programs to various customer and stakeholder groups at all levels

  • Ability to make timely decisions in the absence of complete information and under tight deadlines and pressure

    Ability to look ahead and anticipate future opportunities and challenges

  • Ability to influence across multiple business functions and organization levels

  • Ability to balance complex priorities and competing stakeholder needs with composure

  • Strong customer focus and commercial intuition

  • Develop and implement program measurements and metrics including, but not limited to earned value

  • Demonstrated ability to apply Six Sigma/Lean tools

  • Ability to quickly understand and navigate the organizational structure

  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally, as required

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; program management or technical field preferred 
  • Master’s degree in a technical field or Master of Business Administration highly desired
  • PMP certification or equivalent professional certificate in project management (if undergraduate degree is in field other than Project Management)