Principal Program Manager

Saab Sensis Corp.

East Syracuse, NY

Job Description:

Saab is seeking a Principal Program Manager (PM) to be responsible for the profitable oversight and execution of Development Programs within the Naval Systems segment.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in the design, development and fielding of large scale, complex military systems, and an in-depth knowledge of military or commercial aerospace systems, markets, and technologies through several years of working in this domain.

Reporting to the Director of Naval Systems, the PM will lead a team of program managers to successfully execute development programs within Naval Systems, supporting and shaping the business execution and growth of the Naval Systems segment. As a leader in program management within Naval Systems, the PM will have oversight over the program management functional discipline for their direct reports.

The PM will be responsible for the cross-functional coordination and execution of programs in Naval Systems, establishing, codifying, and maintaining the necessary relationships with the Surveillance and Operations functions required for the successful execution of Development Programs. Key functions include Engineering, Supply Chain, Integrated Logistics Support, Contracts, and Finance.

The PM will be an active member of the Naval Systems management team supporting the Naval Systems Director’s strategic objectives listed below:

  • Developing and maintaining strategic input for the growth of the business.

  • Working with the Saab Inc Marketing and Sales team to maintain customer relationships and support capture activities.

  • Maintain connectivity and business rhythms to Saab, Inc. functions to ensure successful Naval Systems execution.

Additional responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Specifically accountable for cost, schedule, and technical performance of assigned program portfolios.

  • Establish and control program budgets that are aligned with program needs.

  • Ensure all projects within assigned program are managed and executed within approved program management processes.

  • Make personnel recommendations in support of business objectives.

  • Work with engineering and operations leaders to ensure resource needs are visible and as predictable as possible in a shared resource environment.

  • Drive Earned Value Management principles and initiatives within the business and use EVMS to report program status internally and externally.

  • Projecting direct project costs for all revenue-generating contracts including the associated contract margin for each customer project. Plan for margin adjustments when changes to program baselines are necessary on Firm Fixed-Price programs.

  • Plan and oversee R&D that aligns with development activities.

  • Introduce best practices specific to program management of development activities.

Provide functional management and leadership to a team of program managers to ensure effective and efficient execution of development programs.

  • Monitor and guide junior PMs to achieve delivery of distinctively high-quality products and services; to include performance, reliability, cost and on-time delivery.

  • Contribute to the development and retention of program management talent.

Compensation Range: $154,300-$204,500

The compensation range provided is a general guideline. When extending an offer, Saab, Inc. considers factors including (but not limited to) the role and associated responsibilities, location, and market and business considerations, as well as the candidate's work experience, key skills, and education/training.

Skills and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or related discipline is required.

  • 20 or more years of significant experience in an Engineering development environment, with preference for aerospace and defense experience

  • 5 or more years of people management experience, directly or indirectly leading teams of 10 or more individuals.

  • Experience successfully negotiating multi-million dollar agreements with aerospace and US Department of Defense customers.

  • Demonstrated track record leading large scale aerospace and defense business capture efforts.

  • Must possess advanced knowledge of program management standards and best practices (scheduling, cost accounting, EVMS, Risk/Opportunity management).

  • Ability to contribute to the development strategy and lead strategic initiatives in support of functional and business objectives.

  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills.

  • Willingness to travel up to 25% in support of program and business development efforts.

  • Must be capable of obtaining a Secret level clearance.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 19,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in eight U.S. locations.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.