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Senior Specialist, Program Management

Senior Specialist, Program Management

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Program/Project Management

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and


We are seeking a Senior Program Manager to join our Redmond, WA office. In this role, you will support the electric propulsion business.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

80% - Manages customer relationships; acts as primary customer interface and decision authority for assigned programs or portfolio. Accountable for scope, cost, schedule, risk/ opportunity management, including earned value management, of assigned fixed price or cost reimbursable electric propulsion programs. Leads program team definition; work package definition and detailed program planning; incorporation of lessons learned; and program execution including direction, control, achievement of customer requirements and closeout. Leads cross-functional teams to establish program baselines and ensure contract performance. Implements technical and product strategy to meet customer needs.


20% - Provides inputs as needed to the Director of Programs for development of the business growth strategy for the electric propulsion product area. Leads or provides inputs to proposals, contract negotiations, statement of work (SOW) reviews and implementation of program management best practices. Provides award and sales forecasts for assigned programs and customers.


SECONDARY JOB FUNCTIONS: Other duties as assigned.


Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science or Mathematics and at least 14 years of experience with management of multiple concurrent programs for components through complex systems for space programs (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).

  • Experience with program detailed planning, IMS development and management, risk and opportunity analysis, contract change management, control account management, work package development, earned value management (EVM) and program execution for cost reimbursable and fixed price programs for U.S. Government or commercial space missions.
  • Demonstrated success in leadership and management of both development and production programs in a dynamic, matrixed environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, motivate and appraise subordinates.
  • Prior P&L responsibility for programs or business areas.

US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (U.S. Citizenship required). Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Engineering, Science, Mathematics or Business.
  • Working knowledge of Hall current thruster design, production and performance.
  • Innovative thinking abilities; experience with change leadership.
  • Proven ability to utilize excellent oral and written communication skills to build successful teams; presentation skills appropriate for executive-level briefings.
  • Program Management certification.
  • Active DoD Security Clearance.


Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit or stand and maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; to occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require occasional walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, as well as hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.


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