2023-61508 - Program Manager


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General Dynamics Mission Systems
100 Plastics Avenue
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Company Description:
Platforms: Smarter. At General Dynamics Mission Systems, we solve the toughest security and technology challenges facing our nation and its allies by building smarter mission-critical products and systems.We develop mission critical C4ISR solutions across the land, sea, air, space and cyber domains. As you might imagine, we can offer career paths that fit almost any area of expertise. Almost any background or interests. And almost any short- and long-term career goals. At our location in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, we develop advanced solutions to support the U.S. Navy's latest ships and combat systems.

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

Learn more about the Pittsfield facility here: www.gdmissionsystems.com/PittsfieldMA.
Additional Business Name: General Dynamics Mission Systems
2023-61508 - Program Manager
To Commensurate With Experience
Full Time
Bachelor's Degree

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) has an immediate opening for a Program Manager in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The selected candidate’s primary focus will be in support of Installation efforts for tactical and auxiliary systems for Shipboard programs used in our nation’s strategic deterrent and will work with other PMs and integrated product teams to direct all Installation phases of current programs. The selected candidate will also work directly with the Strategic Systems Program (SSP) Special Project 23 (SP23) Branch Program Managers to assure successful accomplishment of the SP23 mission and initiatives. The Program Manager will enhance his/her skill set by working with a talented and technically accomplished group of colleagues. The employee will enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.

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 tenants so they can build on their own essential skills and traits.


  • Develops & implements product strategies and roadmaps for a specific Installation programs
  • Plans, monitors, and controls assigned programs in accordance with current company policies, common processes, and contract terms and conditions, with the highest ethical standards
    • Executes contracts balancing technical objectives with cost and schedule while ensuring highest quality and meeting all contractual obligations
  • Identifies and supports advance concept efforts in support of Submarine business area strategic plans and objectives
    • 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
  • Maintain positive customer satisfaction with direct contact and day-to-day interactions
    • Interfaces with SSP customer to gain and maintain market specific knowledge and understanding of the Installation program products use in the field to formulate their requirements in a Market / Product Requirements Document
  • Works with marketing team in activities related to the Installation programs including competitive analysis and pricing, product requirements, development of marketing materials, and analysis of market trends
  • Uses Installation 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
    • Strive for commonality and efficiencies both within assigned programs and across the spectrum of other SSP programs
  • Authorizes the Installation work, organizes interdepartmental activities, and tracks work accomplished to baseline plans to ensure rate of work completion is sufficient to meet schedules
    • Develops WBS and WBS dictionary as baseline for scope definition and effective integrated cost/schedule management of the Installation programs
  • Conducts reviews to drill down into issues on Installation programs, identify risks, develop corrective actions, and communicate issues, impacts and corrective actions to Installation project teams
  • Works with the engineering and operations team to ensure appropriate alignment of resources to attain Installation programs goals
    • Collaborates with the functional organization to maximize use of resources across the GDMS business and maintain a stable work force
  • Supports customers on technical questions regarding the Installation programs
  • Leads team to identify and quantify risks and opportunities; leads risk mitigation / opportunity capture activities
  • Review management indicators (including program risks) and proactively indicate corrective action when data indicates that intervention is needed
    • Balances Installation programs plans, risks, and opportunities with executable strategies to meet technical requirements and budgets
  • Identifies scope changes and develops Installation programs positions for equitable cost and schedule adjustments
  • Responsible for the profit and loss of Installation programs
    • Provides expertise and leadership on Earned Value Management Organization, Planning, Scheduling, Budgeting, Analysis and Management Reports.
    • Provides detailed forecasts and result analysis involving SSP Financial Management Benchmarks.
    • Forecasts Installation programs completion as required based on performance trends
  • Support business development by developing accurate and complete Bid and Proposals that are responsive to customer requests and achieve business objective
    • Develops and executes proposal plans and strategies
    • Leads customer negotiations for Installation programs
    • Develops customer relationships and develops new business within Installation programs
  • Champion and support cost saving initiatives using Six Sigma processes.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience - required
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills – required
  • Submarine Systems Installation experience –preferred
  • Familiar with Nuclear Safety Requirements and processes – required

 Other Job Requirements: 

  • Demonstrated experience in a matrixed organization, motivating non-direct reports to meet program objective – preferred
  • Demonstrated experience communicating technical, schedule, and financial information to customers – preferred.
  • Ability to translate customer requirements into program planning, scheduling, and task allocations – required
  • Willingness to travel - required
  • Knowledge of GDMS business processes and program management tools - required
  • Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) relationship – preferred

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.

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