Rockwell Collins Principal Program Manager - Fighters & Trainers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Requisition ID: 10550

Want to work with some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet? Do you value relationships, commitment, innovation and integrity? Want to be a part of a company that has been named numerous times as America's Best Employer in Aerospace and Defense by Forbes magazine?

Then Rockwell Collins is the place for you. Join our team and build a rewarding career while helping to deliver the most trusted source of aviation and high-integrity solutions in the world.

We are currently searching for a Principal Program Manager - Fighters & Trainers to join our team in Cedar Rapids, IA (1000). A comprehensive relocation package is available for qualified candidates. Employing some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet is not by chance. People from all over the globe choose Rockwell Collins as the place to build a rewarding career, while helping create and deliver communications, integration, and engineering solutions that our global customers demand so that our world keeps moving and stays connected. It's an exciting time to become a part of our team. Join us and discover how high your career can soar at Rockwell Collins.

Job Summary

This position supports the Airborne Solutions Fighter and Trainer business unit. Aircraft in this market include F-35, F-22, F/A-18, EA-18G, F-16, F-15, T-45, and T-38, with domestic and international customers. General knowledge and awareness of US DOD acquisition processes and the fighter operator community would be beneficial. Individual is responsible for business pursuit and capture, product development, transition to production, customer delivery and support, and transition out of production for a wide range of fighter and trainer aircraft. Some product line manager responsibilities are also included in this position. Qualified candidates should have a strong technical background in avionics products and systems, with experience leading and managing complex product or system developments. The position provides cross-functional leadership in coordinating activities across the Rockwell Collins team to include Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales, and Service. Individual travel varies from program to program, but could include up to 25% of your time.

Job Responsibilities

This position requires the successful candidate to:

  • Provide order capture and program execution expertise for a range of domestic and international systems integration programs on the Fighter and Trainer Solutions team

  • Lead in the areas of planning, organization and coordination of all functional departments necessary to support upgrade pursuits and programs

  • Provide support to the Business Development organization in ensuring pursuit activities are consistent with the overall business strategy

  • Ensure adherence to program baselines and serve as the primary customer point of contact in communication of program status

  • Maintain responsibility for schedule, performance, cost attainment, sales, and order forecasts, and present proposals, status reports and customer status to leadership

  • Exercise technical acuity and an understanding of avionics equipment, production methods, development processes and support methodologies

  • Demonstrate leadership skills across the organization and with customers to meet objectives and satisfy customer requirements

  • Build strong and extensive working relationships internally and externally - external customer contacts are typically mid-level program management, engineering, maintenance and procurement agents

  • Works closely with all those involved in LCVS to ensure that orders, sales, and profit are forecasted correctly and that goals are met and leads proposal preparation and bid activities for the product line.

  • Execution responsibilities include cost, schedule, technical performance, risk management, product support, manufacturing, and quality of all assigned product lines.

  • Manage supplier relationships in coordination with Subcontracts Management, and manage obsolescence to ensure continued production of products.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in appropriate discipline, or in the absence of a degree, six years of related experience

Must be US Citizen

Must have ability to obtain an active US DoD Security Clearance

Preferred skills and experience

  • Established proficiency to identify and execute upon opportunities to work seamlessly with other functions, portfolios, and geographic locations.

  • Proven leadership in strategic thought, appropriate analysis, well-prepared contributions, and sound, timely decision-making.

  • Demonstrated embodiment of a positive, passionate sense of urgency and ability to instill it in teammates and co-workers.

  • Exhibited capability to foster an environment which enables application of lean philosophy, novel thinking, and fresh ideas to business challenges resulting in creative and competitive solutions.

  • Disciplined aptitude with baseline scope control, financial management, and earned value

  • Familiarity with Rockwell Collins Government Systems business and management practices, including the Management Authorization Process (RC-MAP), Integrated Performance Management (RC-IPM), and Technical Consistent Process (RC-TCP) is desired but not required.

  • Execution experience with development and manufacturing programs.

At Rockwell Collins, we believe a solid work-life balance creates a healthy lifestyle and inspires creativity and innovation. We value our people and invest in their development, growth and success at our company by providing development opportunities through Rockwell Collins University, networking, mentoring, and tuition reimbursement.

And that's just for starters.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

  • Company-paid winter holiday shutdown for most locations

  • Generous 401(k) plan that matches 62.5 percent of the first 8 percent of eligible compensation you contribute (or 5 percent if you save 8 percent)

  • An Incentive Pay Plan based upon company performance

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • And more

Interested yet? Apply now and embark on your next worthwhile adventure!

Rockwell Collins is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.