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Job #: R-00028063
Location: Manassas, VA
Category: Proj and Prog Management
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes
Clearance Required: Top Secret/SCI
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

The Defense Group, Airborne Solutions Operation, Aviation Maintenance and Integration Division has an opening for a Director of Program Execution. The Division Portfolio that will be supported includes US Army Programs of Record, Army Quick Reaction Capability programs, and a fully operational FAA Part 145 Repair Station and Aviation Operations and Maintenance support for a broad range of customers. The Division is focused on the aircraft supply, integration, maintenance, and operation segments of the airborne market.

Job Description

The Director of Program Execution will be responsible for managing the execution of a broad range of programs in the Division portfolio ranging from Aircraft Integration, to Heavy Maintenance, to Fielding and Operations programs. The Director will execute this by managing a cadre of program and project managers, collaborating with other Division key staff such as Director of Engineering, Director of Logistics, Division Finance and Business Operations Manager and Repair Station General Manager.

Leadership and Management

      The Director of Program Execution will be responsible for hiring, training, directing, oversight, and mentoring a cadre of managers ranging from entry level project managers to senior program managers. The Director will be expected to evaluate customer requirements and assign staff commiserate with the level of complexity and responsibility to ensure on schedule, on budget execution. The Director will be expected to and graded on their ability to professionally develop their staff of program managers.

Profit and Loss Responsibilities

        The Director of Program management will be expected to develop cost proposals and plans that execute the customer requirements while at the same time allowing the Division realize increase margins. The Director will work with the Division Manager and Division Finance and Business Operations Manager to develop business cases for internal investment to grow the airborne business and maximize return on investment. The Director will be graded on their team’s ability to deliver customer requirements while achieving double digit margins, and on their ability to develop internal capabilities for the lowest cost feasible.


         The Director of Program Execution will be required to collaborate with other Division key staff in order to meet their program objectives. Division key staff includes the Division Business Manager, Division Finance and Business Operations Manager, Director of Engineering, Director of Logistics, and the Repair Station General Manager. All of these positions will have roles and responsibilities that support the execution of division programs and it will be incumbent on the Director of Program Execution and their staff to coordinate closely with these staffs to ensure efficient program execution. The Director of Program Execution will also be required to report Division program status to include schedule and cost details to the Operation and Group Program Execution Leads. The Director will also be responsible for collaborating with other segments across the corporation to enhance the airborne offering or support those segments in enhancing their offerings.

Process, Procedure and Quality Management

         The Director will be responsible for developing and recommending policies and procedures applying to Division program execution by building off of the standard Leidos policies and procedures and tailoring them to meet the specific needs of the aviation business in accordance with the AS9100 standards. Once the policies and procedures are created it will be the Directors responsibility to ensure their staff is fully trained on and operates to those procedures. They will work with the various elements of the Quality Assurance group to ensure compliance with those policies. These policies and procedures will be used to measure compliance of the director and their team through independent internal and external audits on a regular basis.

Business Development

          The Director will be expected to work closely with the Business Development Leadership to support and grow the aviation line of business. They will do this by using their team to gain business intelligence on upcoming requirements, competition, and contract opportunities as well as by providing SMEs to the BD team for development of strategy and BD products including but not limited to whitepapers, marketing briefings, and proposal documents. The Director and their team will be expected to attend various BD meetings, customer engagements, and conferences as needed to represent the Division.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree required and a minimum of eight (8) years of experience in the Aviation industry with at least half of that time on DOD Airborne ISR specific programs
  • Program management experience with a minimum of $150M in revenue responsibility
  • Direct experience in dealing with DCMA 8210 program requirements
  • Direct experience working with service level Airworthiness requirements
  • Experience on programs modifying Special Mission Aircraft
  • Experience with and understanding of AS9100/AS9110 certifications  
  • Must have a Top Secret SCI clearance and be able to maintain the clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prefer fifteen (15) years of experience in the Aviation industry with at least half of that time on DOD Airborne ISR specific programs
  • Advanced Degree in a related discipline (Aviation or Business Management)
  • Experience with and understanding of FAA Part 145 repair stations
  • Demonstrated experience with OCONUS operations
  • Experience with Aviation Engineering efforts


External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:

Top Secret/SCI


Yes, 25% of the time

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Proj and Prog Management


Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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