Sr. Program Manager and Group Lead for Program Management

Job Description

As the Group Lead (GL) for ATA Program Managers (PM), responsibilities include designing, coordinating, and improving the internal and external processes to efficiently and effectively execute technical programs. This is a management role with supervisory responsibilities and requirements to support the pursuit of corporate strategic goals including technical capability expansion, business development, and profitability. As GL in a semi-matrixed organization, communications with other all other groups, business development campaign managers, project control, contracts/subcontracts, purchasing, finance, fabrication staff, and the executive staff is required.

The GL will work to provide right-sized standardization of approaches and processes across the corporation’s suite of programs. “Best Practices” should be applied in a manager that achieves corporate objectives while retaining the culture of a “small to mid-sized company”. Other responsibilities include; oversight of all ATA Programs, assessing performance on all ATA Programs, deconflicting resources when necessary, assessing PM performance, mentoring PMs, hiring PMs, and determining the training needs of the PM Group and individual PMs.

As a Senior Program Manager (Sr. PM), responsibilities in program execution per contractual requirements ensuring deliverables are on-time or early and with-in or under cost. The PM must manage a program in such a way as to reduce risk while maximizing profit. This position requires proposal input, requirements decomposition, program planning, program tracking, making necessary program adjustments, leading a team drawn from ATA’s matrixed technical groups, close interface with customers and communicating with corporate staff as to program status.

PM Group Lead Duties: 

  • - Grow and incubate program management talent that can function as program managers/deputy
      program managers to help position ATA to capture and execute additional programs

  • - Mentor and coach ATA PM’s and perform supervisor duties to include performance assessments

  • - Oversee the execution of ATA’s suite of programs for cost, schedule, and technical execution

  • - Plan and guide a capabilities build-up of program management domain knowledge: Initiating,
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  • - Guide the use of tools to analyze and execute performance-based program management

  • - Partner with Directors, Business Unit Managers, Campaign Managers, and the Chief Engineer
      ensuring use of corporate resources are aligned with corporate vision. This includes
      deconflicting resources when necessary.

  • - Lead training, tailoring, execution, maintenance, and improvement of program management

  • - Ensure compliance with management policies, processes, and procedures

  • - Coordinate and lead Program Reviews for ATA’s portfolio of active programs

  • - Cooperate with the human resource department and participate in the employee acquisition
      (recruitment, hiring, on-boarding, and mentoring) processes

Senior PM Duties: 

  • - As PM on technical programs, manage the program to comply with contractual requirements
      while maximizing profits

  • - Participate in program pursuit, provide proposal input, plan program execution, manage
      to plan, measure performance, assess program risk, adjust program tasking as needed
      to ensure successful execution, work closely with customers to achieve high levels
      of customer satisfaction, and provide program close-out support

  • - Work with other Group Leads to access the necessary talent for program execution

  • - Work closely with Project Control staff for financial performance data necessary to manage
      the program

  • - Work closely with BD Campaign Managers to maintain total awareness of related programs
      that are with the same customer or related customers

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


The Sr. PM and GL for Program Management is expected to possess excellent supervising skills with a high degree of program management domain knowledge to include, but not be limited to, the following:  

  • - Excellent communication skills useful for interacting with ATA staff, clients, and customers

  • - Domain Knowledge about management

  • -- Initiating program/project efforts

  • -- Planning

  • -- Executing

  • -- Monitoring and Control

  • -- Close-out

  • - Expert organizational skills

  • - Expert in prioritizing and planning work

  • - Expert in time management and completing work in time

  • - Expert interacting skills

  • - Ability to make clear and concise decisions

  • - Action oriented

  • - Skilled in “right sizing” processes and procedures to best fit company needs and culture

  • - A “TEAM PLAYER” who is able to maintain focus on overall corporate objective while executing
      specific programs


  • - Bachelor’s degree in a technical field with business acumen: 10+ years engineering experience
      with 7-10 years technical program management experience

  • - Demonstrated knowledge for effective functioning of processes

  • - Must be a U.S. citizen


  • - Master’s in Business Administration coupled with a technical degree: 5-7 years of engineering
      working experience with 7-10 years engineering management

  • - Three+ years in Technical Recruiting

  • - Current U.S. DoD Secret security clearance

Travel: Yes, with a high degree of variability depending on program requirements

ATA is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.  You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them to  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET No. ATA20180928.

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