Senior Project Manager

Marion, VA, USA
Program/Project Management
Required Clearance
No clearance
Employment Type
Full Time
Remote Option
Hybrid (Part-Time Remote), On-Site Full-Time
Hiring Company
General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.

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 a Senior Project 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.

Composite Solutions (CS) is a Business Segment of the Airborne Composites and Structures (ACS) area. CS is a proven developer, designer and manufacturer of high quality, lightweight composite components for customers in the aerospace and defense markets. Key product areas include aircraft radomes, engine components, control surfaces, fairings, landing gear and weapons bay doors and tactical military shelter systems. Customers include prime contractors and services across the DoD. CS offers a full spectrum of advanced composites fabrication, including resin transfer molding, hand lay-up, precision fiber impregnation, precision machining, large panel bonding, filament winding, automated oven and autoclave curing, assembly, test and integration. The highly-skilled Composite Solutions team is committed to continuous improvement and consistently strives to be the standard to which others are compared.

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.


• Develops & implements product strategies and roadmaps for a specific target product
• Analyzes markets and drives/maintains product acceptance in the market by integrating the work of research and development, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and service functions to solve market problems to meet corporate business objectives relating to revenue, margin, quality, and time-to-market to meet corporate business objectives relating to revenue, margin, quality, and time-to-market
• Interfaces with customer to gain and maintain market specific knowledge and understanding of product use in the field to formulate their requirements in a Market / Product Requirements Document
• Works with marketing team in activities related to the products including competitive analysis and pricing, product requirements, development of marketing materials, and analysis of market trends
• Provides guidance and assistance to sales in selling the product
• Responsible for product configurations and data sheets
• Uses proposal plans and strategies to develop, define, and implement cohesive, integrated program, subcontractor, and material plans that achieve overall current and long term objectives of the program, business unit, and division
• Develops WBS and WBS dictionary as baseline for scope definition and effective integrated cost/schedule management of the project
• Authorizes the work, organizes interdepartmental activities, and tracks work accomplished to baseline plans to ensure rate of work completion is sufficient to meet schedules
• Conducts reviews to drill down into issues on products/projects, identify risks, develop corrective actions, and communicate issues, impacts and corrective actions to project teams
• Works with the engineering and operations team to ensure appropriate alignment of resources to attain product/project goals
• Forecasts product/project completion as required based on performance trends
• Supports customers on technical questions regarding the project/product(s)
• Leads team to identify and quantify risks and opportunities; leads risk mitigation / opportunity capture activities
• Balances product/project plans, risks, and opportunities with executable strategies to meet technical requirements and budgets General Dynamics Proprietary Information
• Identifies scope changes and develops product/project positions for equitable cost and schedule adjustments
• Responsible for the profit and loss of products/projects
• Develops and executes proposal plans and strategies
• Develops customer relationships and develops new business within the market/project
• Develops negotiation plans
• Leads customer negotiations for products/projects


• Ability to negotiate win-win solutions
• Proficient knowledge of company products, competitive products and services
• Proficient knowledge of target customer markets
• Outstanding relationship management and marketing skills
• Ability to perform product demonstrations and training for sales
• Ability to develop marketing material for the product
• Technical understanding of product(s)
• Proficient knowledge of work estimating, allocation, scheduling, and authorization
• Ability to use proposal plans and strategies to implement executable, cohesive program plans
• Ability to develop and implement a product oriented WBS and WBS Dictionary
• Proficient understanding of basic philosophy of program schedules, risk areas, slack time, and critical path
• Proficient ability to generate cohesive project plans
• Proficient ability to track work accomplished to baseline plans to ensure rate of work completion is sufficient to meet schedules
• Proficient ability to identify issues, track progress, and follow through on effective corrective actions based on data analysis and trends
• Proficient ability to understand and analyze project financial data
• Ability to evaluate quality of work product to ensure satisfaction of customer requirements
• Proficient understanding of the fundamentals of risk and opportunity management and ability to apply them to projects
• Proficient ability to lead teams in matrix organization to achieve schedule, cost, and technical performance objectives
• Ability to communicate clearly, both written and verbal
• Ability to make sound, proactive decisions
• Ability to develop and execute proposal plans and strategies
• Proficient understanding of value propositions and ability to make effective trades within project trade spaces
• Skilled in the development and implementation of product/project strategy and tactics
• Proficient in MS Project, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
• May be required to travel


Target salary range: USD $102,500.00/Yr. - USD $110,900.00/Yr. This estimate represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors (geographic location, etc.). Actual pay may vary.

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 12,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!

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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