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Job #: R-00101723
Location: Vista, CA
Category: Proj and Prog Management
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos is looking for a Program Manager (PM) who is excited to support our customers by leading program execution for complex security detection products. The PM proactively leads all execution, management, and coordination of all program activities associated with assigned product delivery contracts and related growth projects during the full lifecycle of program. The PM leads assigned customer and stakeholder communications as the primary company interface as well as cost/technical/schedule management ownership and overall program ownership.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage, maintain, and develop key stakeholder relationships, with a focus on the assigned product contract to enable effective program execution.
  • Manage cost, schedule, and technical performance of major programs in accordance with company and industry best practices for program management across the program lifecycle.
  • Plan, organize, and integrate company resources required to successfully manage a program and meet contractual obligations.
  • Develop and maintain strong internal partnerships across the operation and functional teams (e.g., Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Operations, Product Line Leads, Finance, Engineering, Service, Legal, and Quality)
  • Establish goals and objectives related to program support for the functional and program team members; obtain their commitment to those goals and track progress.
  • Program P&L ownership including developing and holding to financial goals.
  • Prepare and report program status to all stakeholders; prepare and present periodic status reports and monthly In Process Reviews (IPRs) with the Operation’s Leadership Team.
  • Monitor program readiness for achieving deliverables and make necessary adjustments to achieve deliverables that are compliant, on time, and in budget.
  • Drive a culture of precision-delivery, integrity, and high accountability for meeting plans.
  • Effectively lead program support personnel to achieve programmatic and organization goals.
  • Develop and implement strategic improvement initiatives for delivery programs

Basic Qualifications:

  •  BA degree with 4+ years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 2+ years of prior relevant experience. May consider addition years of experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Integrity: Proven experience in leading large projects with integrity, focused on doing what is right, treating others with respect, and candid, open communication.
  • Team: Proven ability to lead and manage cross-functional teams and relationships in a matrix environment; influence people outside of direct reporting relationships/levels; and communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Trust: Proven ability to build and maintain positive and effective customer relationships, representing Leidos as a trusted partner with a passion for honoring all commitments.
  • Must be able to travel on a regular basis to perform site surveys, civil works inspections and commissioning of systems.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required for effective interface with internal and external customers.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and to effectively present information and respond to questions from management and customers is critical.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft office applications. 
  • Working knowledge of financial concepts and measurements to program management, e.g., ROI, earned value management, net present value, and so on.
  • Experience in manufacturing or engineering environments with knowledge of MRP systems and Configuration Management principles.
  • Understanding of global business in a highly regulated market.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Highly prefer specific experience working with Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) Detection Products.  Other relevant industry experience considered.
  • PMP® Certification is preferred.  Relevant and successful Program/Project Management experience may be considered as an alternative.
  • Experience with development, installation, delivery, maintenance/warranty, and/or management of security detection & automation equipment.
  • Experience leading large, multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Experience working in a highly matrixed organization.
  • Bilingual – English/Spanish

Pay Range:

Pay Range $66,300.00 - $102,000.00 - $137,700.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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