The most important thing we build is trust

US-California-San Diego
Date Posted
02 Nov 2017

Develop strategic and tactical responses to implement company business goals; provide leadership to the program managers; manage strategic and complex programs through the coordination of people, logistics and material; execute contractual responsibilities in a profitable manner; develop systems to improve productivity and uniformity in the practice of program management.




  • Develop strategic business plan for manageable expenses, capital and headcount growth; support business initiatives that meet company and customer contractual programs.

  • Oversee the supervision of personnel, which includes selection, work allocation, training, development and problem resolution; evaluate performance and make recommendations for personnel actions; motivate, coach and mentor employees to achieve peak productivity and performance; invest in employees welfare through interaction, social events and education growth; select and develop high quality team members.

  • Create and implement successful program plans which proactively address risk and provide a high degree of confidence supporting contract deliverable requirements.

  • Analyze cost and revenue performance of programs, providing revenue forecasts and ensuring projects are completed on time, within budget and profitability; prepare basis of cost estimates, provide pricing rationale and recommendations supporting quotations, proposals for follow-on contracts; monitor program schedule progress and profitability on a monthly basis; prepare monthly program financial reports for management review; manage Return Material Authorization (RMA) repair activity including coordination, cost and pricing.

  • Develop accurate presentations and reports to support internal management and customer reviews; manage and execute new development programs in accordance with budget, schedule and technical objectives; leverage relationship with existing customers to identify new business opportunities; provide cost proposals and SOW leadership to the proposal team.

  • Support production programs and serve as liaison, including directing company resources to meet contractual requirements.

  • Develop methods, procedures and work practices to systematize management practices across the program management group.

  • Participate in safety training and actively comply with safety policies and practices.

  • Ensure 5S is adhered to and sustained within work area.

  • Coordinate, schedule and facilitate as applicable Lean/Six Sigma activities for own work area as well as for other areas to enhance cross-functional problems solving; utilize Company tool champions as appropriate for more significant lean events.

  • Develop, track and report visual metrics, including KPI’s for area; react to metrics by identifying and solving problems, making improvements and advancing process control.

  • Develop and support teams that make suggestions, take initiative and actively implement improvements.

  • Collaborate in team meeting and activities, including SET team support as appropriate.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

  • Cobham Managers and Supervisors are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment.  They are expected to lead by example and to ensure proper safety behaviors are demonstrated by their direct reports.  They are expected to maintain a work area that is free from hazards and in which the equipment functions properly.  Manager and Supervisors are required to take action on any unsafe condition or safety violation of which they become aware.  Managers and Supervisors are dedicated to obtaining and maintaining the Cobham goal of zero accidents and injuries. 




  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible in a fast-pace manufacturing environment, including solid leadership with a RF/Microwave program management environment; proven success in managing projects through production material control/scheduling, engineering principles, manufacturing

  • Bachelor of Science or Arts degree in Business or related field, required; Master of Arts degree in Business Administration, a plus.

  • Leadership skills: ability to lead people, coach and mentor staff; ability to lead with integrity, honesty and trust; ability to deliver reliable, unique and leading edge solutions that exceed expectations; ability to act with energy, passion and responsibility; ability to collaborate to leverage and align all elements of the business; ability to inspire every employee to reach his or her full potential and achieve excellence;

  • Technical skills: ability to understand contracts, business law and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and apply the concepts and principles; knowledge of cost accounting principles and finance.

  • Communication skills: ability to receive messages by telephone, in person, electronically and in writing; ask questions and rephrase statements to clarify meaning; ability to read technical publications; communicate across organizational levels; practical interpretation and knowledge of US trade regulations and ITAR regulations; ability to communicate with quality, integrity and respect in a way that inspires others and encourages innovation and possibilities;

  • Computer skills:  advance knowledge working in a networked environment using a Windows and/or Windows like interface using Power Point, Excel, Word and Outlook software programs; ability to use Enterprise Resource Programs such as SAP, a plus;

  • Math & Analytical skills: basic to intermediate mathematical skills, including geometry; review and compare data to identify inconsistencies and determine priorities; ability to collect, analyze and summarize information to a general understanding; ability to think abstractly and separate complex ideas into simple elements; ability to produce financial analysis models;  working knowledge of cost accounting principles;

  • Time Management and Organizational skills: flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and assignments; ability to maintain confidentiality; work with the vast array of information gathered during elicitation and analysis and to cope with rapidly changing information;

  • Excellence Behaviors:   remain engaged, proactive and positive even in tough circumstances; own assignments and be fully accountable for their success; align actions, behaviors and conversations to what matters most; bring out the best in others and recognize the value in every person’s contributions; ability to work independently being proactive to resolve work issues or notify supervisor of resources needed; ability to coordinate with other employees and as part of a team.

  • Travel between 20% and 30%

  • Required to obtain and maintain a security clearance which requires US citizenship

Cobham's values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it’s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you.

Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.

Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.

Job ID
Job Category
Project Management
Primary Location
US-California-San Diego
Microelectronic Solutions
June Layng
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