Program Manager – Landing Systems

Crane Co.

Burbank, CA

Crane Aerospace and Electronics has an exciting opportunity for a Program Manager III at our Burbank, CA location.

About Crane:

Crane Aerospace & Electronics supplies critical systems and components to the aerospace and defense markets. You’ll find Crane Aerospace & Electronics in some of the toughest environments: from engines to landing gear; from satellites to medical implants and from missiles to unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Every 1.2 seconds, product built at our Crane Aerospace & Electronics Burbank facility is stopping aircraft – delivering passengers and military personnel safely to their destination. Home to our Landing & Cabin Systems team, Crane A&E’s brake control systems and premium cabin actuation solutions are flying on tens of thousands of aircraft throughout the world. You’ll join a business with a long track record of engineering excellence, set in the wonderful town of Burbank filled with great community atmosphere, schools, weather and no shortage of entertainment. Start the next chapter of your career with Crane Aerospace & Electronics!

Job Summary:

Program Managers provide leadership and management of cross functional business, technical, and operations teams while assuming accountability for overall success of assigned product development programs. Program management responsibilities extend from customer proposal to program inception, through the successful transition to production processing after completion of qualification testing / certification compliance and production readiness reviews. Program success is measured by customer satisfaction of the development process and technical solution, accomplishment of schedule milestones, and adherence to recurring and non-recurring cost targets.

Essential Functions: 

  • Proposal Review 
    • Review and evaluate technical and business aspects of customer requests for proposals and / or change requests.
    • Support and lead elements of customer bid packages and internal project appropriation requests including coordination and review of statement of work, technical proposal requirements compliance, engineering cost estimates, and program schedules.
  • Program Planning 
    • Create, monitor, and update program plans in sufficient detail which define the required processes / activities of various functional groups to achieve customer defined milestones / deliverables within Crane process guidelines.
  • IPT Leadership 
    • Lead, manage, and motivate Integrated Product Teams (IPT) through effective utilization of personnel assigned to the project from all functional groups within the company.
    • Coordinate sufficient in-house product reviews with various functional groups to ensure product designs are manufacturable and meet cost targets while satisfying customer specifications.
    • Develop and ensure adherence to standard processes and procedures throughout all phases of the program.
    • Coordinate with supply chain and operations team members to facilitate the new product introduction process and ensure program hardware delivery requirements meet customer and program needs.
  • Customer Coordination 
    • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with customers through frequent oral and written communication.
    • Coordinate customer required technical and program progress reviews.
  • Scope Management
    • Proactively manage project scope to ensure only what was agreed to is delivered.
    • Ensure changes in scope are thoroughly documented and approved through a standardized change management process.
  • Cost Management
    • Monitor and control program costs associated with non-recurring engineering activities during the Design and Development phases of the program.
    • Maintain project team focus on the initial business model and design to cost targets related to recurring product cost.
  • Schedule Management 
    • Develop and maintain a detailed resource loaded program schedule.
    • Ensure all stakeholders understand the program schedule.
    • Prioritize resources and tasks to drive key milestone adherence.
  • Issue / Risk Management 
    • Identify, track, manage, and assist in resolving program issues.
    • Identify, manage, and assist in mitigation of program risks (technical, schedule, and cost) through a standardized risk management process.
  • Transition To Production 
    • Facilitate a complete and orderly transition of the product from the program’s engineering design and development phase to full scale production through a standardized production readiness review process.
  • Metrics & Progress Reviews 
    • Proactively disseminate project information to stake holders (core team, leadership team, and customers) by defining, collecting data for, and presenting program metrics in a standardized program review / audit process. Metrics should be centered around program schedule, costs, and completion of program deliverables.
  • Mentor Program Managers as needed on above responsibilities.
  • Any other task assigned by supervisor or management.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Experience: 10 + years’ experience in Program Management or related project management type position.
  • Knowledge: Expert in Program Management philosophies and processes. Possess sufficient technical aptitude to understand design and production processes relate to Crane A&E products.
  • Skills/Abilities: Excellent Leadership Skills, Results Focus, Customer Service Orientation, Action Orientation, Planning & Organizing, Teamwork & Cooperation, Business Acumen, Decision-Making Skills; Proficiency in Microsoft Project and other PC based office tools.
  • Education/Certification: BS degree in Engineering or technical discipline.
  • Eligibility Requirement: This position may require access to Controlled Data or Information. Where the position requires such access only US Persons will be considered. As a US Department of Defense contractor, we are bound by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some experience in a technical field preferred, preferably aerospace
  • MBA or comparable advanced management degree
  • Formal training in Program and / or Systems Management (PMI or equivalent)
  • Experience in engineering product development and certification processes
  • Experience in Aerospace product development and certification processes

Working Conditions:

  • Standard office environment
  • Work requires substantial visual concentration on detail.
  • Working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment.
  • Manufacturing operations may require the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to: eye safety glasses, gowning, masks, hearing protectors, heel/wrist straps and any other required PPE.
  • May be exposed to unusual environmental conditions such as loud noises, cold temperatures, confined spaces, dust or fumes.
  • Travel up to 10%

Top Benefits:

Salary range: $124,529 to $186,555. Several factors contribute to actual salary, including experience in a similar role or performing comparable job responsibilities, skills, training, and other qualifications. Some roles may be eligible for participation in performance-based bonus programs. 

As a team member at Crane Aerospace and Electronics, you’ll enjoy:

  • Benefits: Health care, dental or life insurance starting the first day of the month
  • Time Off: 15 days of paid time off that start accruing your first day at Crane and 12 paid holidays per year.
  • 401k Retirement Plan: 401k plan with company match
  • Education Reimbursement: eligible after 90 days of employment
  • Flexible work schedule: This position is eligible for our Crane Flex Hybrid schedule which allows for the option of up to 2 days/week of work-from-home. Some conditions apply which will be discussed during the interview process. Full policy to be provided after hire.

You can see a list of our benefits at or visit our website at for more information on our company and great opportunities.

We are committed to operational excellence and world class processes.  We employ Lean manufacturing techniques to optimize manufacturing efficiency and accuracy on all product lines. Our products are known for their technical strength, proven reliability and overall value.

In our efforts to maintain a safe and drug-free workplace, Crane Aerospace & Electronics requires that candidates complete a satisfactory background check.  FAA sensitive positions require employees to participate in a random drug test pool.

This description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Crane Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or applicable local law.