Program Manager

Marion, VA, USA
Program/Project Management
Required Clearance
Secret, obtainable within reasonable time based on requirements
Employment Type
Full Time
Remote Option
Hybrid (Part-Time Remote)
Hiring Company
General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 8 years relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years relevant experience to meet managerial expectations.


Department of Defense Secret security clearance is preferred at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for an ACS Program Manager. The position provides an opportunity to enhance the performance and profitability of an organization that supports some of our nation’s fundamental defense services.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.

As aspiring leaders, General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) believes there are several enabling behaviors which will influence your success. These behaviors will also serve as leading indicators of likely success (or difficulty), and will be used by your manager in evaluating your performance and growth as a leader, and will serve to build trust from your teams, your customer, and the organization. These behaviors are:

  • Develop yourself
  • Develop others
  • Be a team player
  • Communicate effectively
  • Develop and sustain the relationships you need to be successful
  • Shape culture and positively impact the morale, motivation, and engagement of those around you
  • Operate at the right level and deliver on your commitments
  • Think and act strategically
  • Confront reality
  • Take reasonable, managed risks

It is expected the successful candidate will utilize these tenets so they can build on their own essential skills and traits.


• Uses proposal plans and strategies to lead team in developing, defining, and implementing cohesive, integrated program/product, subcontractor, and material plans, and business plans that achieve overall current and long-term objectives of the program/product, business unit, and division
• Identifies needed resources for projects, defines and assigns major program roles
• Leads the establishment of and sets integrated WBS-based budget and schedule baselines including management reserve for programs/products that are complex in nature, high value, with a new customer, or in a new market area
• Monitors work accomplished to baseline plans to ensure rate of work completion is sufficient to meet program/product schedules
• Balances program risks and opportunities with executable strategies to meet technical requirements and budgets
• Manages people who lead cross-functional program teams in matrix organization that are focused on the delivery of a product or computer-based system from design to release for customers
• Creates an environment that fosters professional growth for team members
• Delegates assignments to others for developing solutions
• Conducts reviews to drill down into issues on products/programs, identify issues, develop corrective actions, and communicate issues, impacts and corrective actions to program teams
• Responsible for maximizing profit and cash flow of products/programs
• Leads team to identify and quantify risks and opportunities and risk mitigation / opportunity capture activities
• Decouples risk items from mainstream program to the greatest extent possible
• Prepares and presents program/product status to leadership and external customers
• Interfaces with customers on technical matters regarding program/products
• Identifies potential subcontractors for program elements
• Identifies scope changes and develops product/program positions for equitable cost and schedule adjustments
• Develops and executes proposal plans and strategies
• Develops customer relationships and develops new business within the market/program General Dynamics Proprietary Information
• Follows processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
• Recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect immediate organization(s)

• Strong knowledge of products and technologies including current and potential applications
• Strong knowledge of target customer markets
• Skilled in the development and implementation of product/program strategy and tactics
• Ability to generate cohesive program plans
• Must be able to establish and assure adherence to budgets, schedules, work plans, and performance requirements
• Ability to develop and implement a product oriented WBS and WBS Dictionary
• Ability to track work accomplished to baseline plans and identify issues, track progress, and follow through on effective corrective actions based on data analysis and trends
• Skilled in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions on programs to internal and external representatives
• Ability to understand and analyze program financial data
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to evaluate quality of work product to ensure satisfaction of customer requirements
• Strong understanding of advanced of risk and opportunity management techniques and ability to apply them to programs
• Ability to lead teams in matrix organization
• Strong knowledge of government contracting practices and regulations regarding acquisition
• Outstanding relationship management and marketing skills
• Needs ability to execute company policies that affect immediate operations
• Ability to develop and execute proposal plans and strategies
• Ability to lead program in customer negotiations and negotiate win-win solutions
• Erroneous decisions or recommendations or failure to complete assignments normally result in serious delays and considerable expenditure of additional time, human resources, and funds
• Will interact frequently with internal personnel and outside representatives at various levels
• Working Knowledge of MS Project, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
• May be required to travel


Target salary range: USD $145,400.00/Yr. - USD $157,300.00/Yr. This estimate represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors (geographic location, etc.). Actual pay may vary. This job posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Company Overview

At General Dynamics Mission Systems, we rise to the challenge each day to ensure the safety of those that lead, serve, and protect the world we live in. We do this by making the world’s most advanced defense platforms even smarter. Our engineers redefine what’s possible and our manufacturing team brings it to life, building the brains behind the brawn on submarines, ships, combat vehicles, aircraft, satellites, and other advanced systems.

We pride ourselves in being a great place to work with this shared sense of purpose, committed to a diverse and exciting employee experience that drives innovation and creates a community where all feel welcome and a part of something amazing.

We offer highly competitive benefits and a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. To see more about our benefits, visit

General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran

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