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Project Manager II - Lakota Programs

Company: Airbus Defense and Space
Location: Grand Prairie
Posted on: May 17, 2023

Job Description:

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc offers advanced solutions to meet the most complex U.S. defense, security, space, and intelligence requirements. Celebrating over 50 years in the US, we remain a trusted government partner, leveraging world-class satellite, laser communication, rotor and fixed wing solutions to help our national security, defense and space focused customers meet their missions.

Airbus U.S. looks to employ a commitment driven team, dedicated to enabling our customer's mission success. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment and a welcoming and engaging staff. With competitive compensation and superior employee benefits, as well as a commitment to fostering individual career growth, Airbus U.S. is the place where top talent wants to work.

Position Summary:

The Project Manager II will lead enterprise efforts to establish, implement and monitor activities associated with Engineering Services and Aircraft modifications in support of the Lakota Program. Coordinate activities of all involved departments, establish planning, provide risk assessment analysis, review budget, and participate to vendor selection/ management to ensure on-time completion of the Engineering Services, retrofit and line implementation.

Position Responsibilities:

Manage Lakota Modification and Upgrade Projects: 40%

The incumbent will carry business responsibility over projects to modify or upgrade Army aircraft. Such modification efforts consist of customer requested changes, company-initiated product improvements, compliance with changing regulations and life-cycle cost reduction programs.

Ensure requirements, milestones, timelines, and resources are clearly defined and identified for all assigned projects: 35%

Responsible for managing and coordinating Lakota projects as it relates to Engineering Services, Prototyping, Certification and Aircraft modification teams.

Responsible for managing other strategic Lakota Program projects as required.

Define project need as required by the US Army.

Define schedule and major milestones in support of the Engineering Services and Modifications.

Track successful on-time/ on-budget completion of all milestones.

Perform resolution and risk mitigation with Mississippi and Grand Prairie management personnel.

Provide Engineering and Technical Expertise for feasibility, design & certification of the equipment packages.

Capture cost and track budget expenditures.

Inform Program Director of technical problems, delays and/or critical shortages.

Participate and lead, as required, the Engineering weekly conference with GVT.

Maintain liaison across the organization to ensure project execution: 20%

Sustain full scale retrofit and prototype efforts to support in-house and field modification requirements.

Coordinate with all support functions to ensure on time, cost, and quality delivery.

Ensure compliance with FAA/ DCMA regulations and internal procedures accordingly.

Conduct regular reviews of performance indicators related to Modification activities and budgets.

Additional Responsibilities: 5%

This position is not intended to be all-inclusive, and the employee will also perform other tasks as assigned.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:


Bachelor's degree in Engineering or equivalent work experience required.

Master's degree in Engineering preferred.


10-15 years of experience in aerospace project management including modifications.

Experience with Department of Defense programs or equivalent commercial FAA related experience and either technical and/or business background in Aviation.

Fully knowledgeable on FAA/ DCMA regulations.

Must be proficient in Microsoft products.

Must have financial experience to be able to budget this activity.

Must be able to perform activity analysis, plan adjustment and financial control.

Must have technical knowledge to comprehend technical data packages.

Must have strong leadership skills and be proactive.


A&P license or A&P with Inspection Authorization is a plus, but not required

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

Must understand Department of Defense acquisition process and programmatics, government contracts, subcontracts, commercial helicopter production, logistics, and training.

Proven ability to ensure execution among a complex multi-company, multi-national team.

Must be able to multi-task efficiently to ensure desired outcomes.

A high level of integrity and an understanding of the importance of protecting the interest of the company while also assuring customer satisfaction is critical.

Communication Skills:

Excellent communication (both oral and written) and presentation skills required. Must present clear and concise briefings and reports to customers and executives.

Technical Systems Proficiency: Proficient in MS Office Suite with proficiency in Project desired.

Travel Required: 20% Domestic and International

Eligibility: US Citizenship

Decision Making, Complexity:

Requires ability to communicate effectively verbally and in written form. Ability to think analytically and should be a problem solver. Ability to gather and interpret relevant data and information. Ability to analyze and document complex business processes. Fundamental knowledge for FAR to ensure contractual and regulatory requirements

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

Oversee Engineering and Programmatically drive to completion successful modification projects up to but not limited to -$100M in value. Execute strategic plans that align with Customer and Company objectives.

Nature of Contacts: Involved Communication on a frequent Basis with internal and external parties

Physical Requirements:

Onsite: 80% When not on Travel

Vision: Daily - able to see and read computer screen and other electronic equipment with screens, able to read documents, reports and engineering drawings.

Hearing: Daily - able to hear to participate in conversations in person and via teleconference or phone and to hear sounds on production floor including safety warnings or alarms.

Speaking: Daily - able to speak in conversations and meetings, deliver information and participate in communications.

Equipment Operation (personal computer, telephone, copies, fax machine, and related office equipment and using electronic identification card to enter building floors and internal doors): Daily - able to operate most office and personal electronic equipment.

Carrying: Monthly - able to carry documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 20lbs/14kgs.

Lifting: Monthly - able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 20lbs/14kgs.

Sitting: Daily - able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on computer.

Squatting / Kneeling: Weekly - able to squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items stored on low shelving.

Standing: Monthly - able to stand for discussions in offices or on production floor.

Travel: Up to 20% - able to travel independently and at short notice.

Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents): Daily - able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces.

Personal Protective Equipment required: Required PPE includes, but is not limited to, Safety Shoes, Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection, Respirators/Masks, and/or Protective Gloves as required by site and/or customer site

Equal Opportunity: Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

As a leader in our field, Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

As a matter of policy, Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Employment with Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. is at will, meaning either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

Keywords: Airbus Defense and Space, Grand Prairie , Project Manager II - Lakota Programs, Executive , Grand Prairie, Texas

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