US-New Hampshire-Exeter
Date Posted
15 Feb 2019

A career with CAES is more than just a job; it is the pathway to a bright future.

Are you searching for a career with a company that offers challenging, diverse projects and opportunities?  Are you looking for a position with a company that is growing and able to offer long-term professional advancement?   Searching for a company that values a friendly work environment and that values YOU? Then look no further!!  Consider Cobham.  #peoplefocusedmissiondriven #everymissionmatters

We are Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES), a technologically advanced electronics company employing more than 3,600 talented makers, thinkers, innovators, and doers nationwide. We build things that solve challenging problems from deep space to the depths of the ocean. We serve customers in spanning defense, aerospace, security, medical, and industrial markets.

Cobham is seeking a Program Manager to lead and direct all phases of programs/projects from inception through completion, and participate in the negotiation of contract and contract changes. The Program Manager will act as primary customer contact for program activities, leading program review sessions with customers in coordination with internal team members to discuss cost, schedule, and technical issues.   The program manager will manage multiple projects to deliver the agreed scope within planned quality, time and cost parameters to satisfy the specified requirements and drive for customer and stakeholder satisfaction.  The position is located in Exeter, N.H.

As the Program Manager your key responsibilities will involve:
  • Defines the objectives and strategies of the program or projects, to include strategic and company objectives consistent with customer and contractual requirements.
  • Develops and implements effective customer communications plans to provide timely communications, represent the voice of customer, build customer relationships, define customer objectives, and manage customer satisfaction.
  • Controls the timely start and completion of program tasks to assure fulfillment of program cost and schedule objectives.
  • Coordinates the program activities with cognizant support functions.
  • Assures the optimum utilization of manpower and program resources.
  • Assures effective management of subcontracts and execution of the program material plan.
  • Conducts regular reviews of program performance, evaluating the current and projected status against the approved plan.
  • Develops and Implements a proactive risk management plan in coordination with program/project teams.
  • Assures regular team identification, mitigation planning and review of program risks, both during the program-planning phase and regularly during program execution.
  • Assures regular team identification, action planning, closure and review of program issues.
  • Establishes an objective roadmap for creating new business opportunities from the present program.
  • Manages customer satisfaction to assure a high rate of repeated business.
  • Ensure effective and open communication throughout the program team and with stakeholders.
  • Set up and operate the governance for the program within life-cycle management framework.
  • Advanced MS Project, PowerPoint and Excel proficiency, basic Word proficiency
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic and high-velocity environment.
  • Strong understanding of business finance and business case development.
  • Travel, 10 – 15%.
Minimum Experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree and 5+ years’ work experience in a related discipline within the DoD industry or a Master's Degree with 3+ years’ experience
  • Experience managing $500,000+  development and production programs.
  • Program Management experience directing production programs/projects from inception through completion.
  • Experience leading proposal teams and developing proposals, participating in negotiations of contract and contract changes, and developing/managing business plans for assigned programs.
  • Strong knowledge of DoD Program Management standards and operating procedures.
  • Drive, enthusiasm, initiative and a willingness to develop program management excellence.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (communication, motivation, persuasion).
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for a DoD Security Clearance
Preferred Experience:
  • Familiarity with information / business management systems and data science.
  • Experience managing $500,000+ US Defense related development and production programs.
  • 5+ years as a Program Manager on RF/Microwave production programs within the DoD industry.
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Business discipline.
  • CAPM (certified associate in program management) or PMI/PMP Certification
  • Experience leading/managing projects over $1M in scope
  • Proven success of on-time/on-budget project delivery.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Goal orientation balancing task, team and individual needs to achieve the right outcomes.
  • Good facilitator/mediator able to resolve conflict.
  • Experience with Lean and Continuous Improvement tools and processes
  • Commercially and contractually aware.
  • Active DoD clearance
About Us:
Founded in 1934 by aviation innovator Sir Alan Cobham, our values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us to become a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. It's the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you!

If you are authorized to work in the United States, then we encourage you to apply.  We are unable to sponsor work visas.  U.S. Citizenship required for positions requiring a Security Clearance.

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.

Employment Transparency:
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.

The EEO is the Law poster is available here and the poster supplement is available here.
The Pay Transparency Policy is available here.

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (703) 842-2971 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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Job Category
Project Management
Primary Location
US-New Hampshire-Exeter
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