Program Manager

Aurora, CO | Management | Full-Time

$100,000 - $120,000

General Position Summary

We are seeking a results driven individual for our Aurora facility who thrives in a fast-paced environment. The Program Manager will be accountable for the planning, directing, and executing multiple projects while engaging the enterprise to deliver high levels of customer satisfaction. . The Project Manager will utilize indirect leadership skills to continuously monitor and improve project deliverables including contractual and business objectives (project scheduling and product costs) while ensuring safety, quality and on-time delivery. Project Manager routinely interacts with sales, advanced design, engineering, operations, finance, and customers to achieve overall project objectives. The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills, project management and manufacturing, construction or operations experience, and a strong technical background (experience in telecommunication structures is a plus). The candidate will be engaged as an agile member of a multi-disciplined product development team and will be responsible for the coordination of work, resource loading and project performance.

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
  • Drive relevant status communications, monitor progress through management reviews, escalate program issues and ensure a high degree of customer satisfaction
  • Prioritize projects and resources, assess complexity against workload and capability of team members, recommend resource allocations, and ensure all functions staff teams accordingly
  • Develop and approve overall project delivery schedule, requirements/spec compliance and risk mitigation strategies, required to achieve the customer’s committed delivery schedule
  • Coordinate closely with the market development manager to provide back-office support as required during project development and delivery
  • Develop, maintain and improve a highly effective and well skilled team to carry out actions and complete planned objectives
  • Ensure scope of work and associated document management and storage are adhered to throughout the process 
  • Coordinate, track, and ensure completion of design engineering activities on time and within budget and scope
  • Ensure new product designs are transitioned to the production team in a timely manner 
  • Communicate external customer priorities to team members to keep on schedule and budget.
  • Identify critical path and key issues and work with team to resolve
  • Approve invoices to customer and their timely release in accordance with the contract documents  
  • Pro-actively manage budget variances and work with finance to provide analysis of cost overruns
  • Accountable for scope change management and orchestrating response to customer scope changes in collaboration with sales
  • Effectively negotiate timely change orders with customers when applicable 
  • Manage team meetings to ensure projects are on track and within budget
  • Manage and maintain project tracking, including any tracking reports
  • Represent project and/or department during client and project management meetings 
  • Utilize enterprise-wide team to improve the customer perceived value of programs through use of sophisticated analytical methods, lean implementation, formal problem solving, and other means
  • Assist in collection of project closeout documentation and conduct lessons learned discussions to drive continuous improvements
  • Mentor lower-level project managers and project coordinators
  • Assist in ISO 9001:2015 conformance for all projects and engineering efforts

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong program management, organizational, and problem-solving skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Ability to collaborate and coordinate with engineers and others 
  • Ability to engender trust, communicate, coach, empower, and motivate
  • Ability to plan, schedule, track, and manage projects (including budgets) 
  • Ability to drive continuous improvement (take initiative in an ongoing effort to improve products, services or processes to deliver optimum results)
  • Able to use logical, systematic processes to prioritize and achieve goals
  • Knowledge of cost estimating and scheduling 
  • Strong skills/knowledge of computer-based scheduling, project management, and MS Office products
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including internal communication skills working with managers and team members 
  • Strong client relations skills
  • ISO 9001:2015 or equivalent quality management system competency
  • Knowledge of ERP programs as related to project management is a plus
  • Knowledge of project budget, contracts, production, and engineering management principles

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Project Management, Engineering, Business, or related field or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

  • PMP certification or equivalent professional certificate in project management (if undergraduate degree is in field other than Project Management)