bb7 is looking for a Program Manager to join our client in the aerospace industry. This is a direct-hire opportunity with our client in Rockford, IL.

This position is highly dynamic and requires significant multi-tasking and exceptional communication skills across all aspects of the business. The Program Manager is responsible for the product planning and execution throughout the product lifecycle, including gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision, and working closely with engineering, sales, operations, as well as assembly and test and other support areas to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met. The Program Manager’s job also includes ensuring that the product supports the company’s overall strategy and goals. 
The Program Manager will be collaboratively and cooperatively engaged with design, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, our partners, and our customers. The candidate must be honest, of the highest integrity and be an empowered leader within the company. The successful candidate must be able to manage in both good and difficult situations with many programs running concurrently in varied phases including bid and proposal. It is critical that the successful candidate be customer focused, schedule driven and have a powerful drive toward successfully accomplishing tasks and jobs on time and in budget, while maintaining a positive and collaborative working relationship with all areas inside and outside of the company. The successful candidate must be able to earn the respect of the organization and customers and positively motivate/drive groups toward end objectives. 
This role includes both new product development and sustaining program management activities. This role is driven by contracted customer demand for specific product development, qualification, certification, production, and aftermarket support. 
Design and Engineering:
The Program Manager is the conduit of the customer’s contract and specification requirements to the design team. A thorough up-front review and verification that all technical and contractual requirements are properly communicated to the design group and periodic reviews ensuring compliance to the requirements is required. This is an integral part of our gated process. Typical programs require timely and accurate reporting to the customer on design status, submission of analysis reports, percent complete on design and others which are communicated by the Program Manager. 
Nearly all programs have design reviews with the customer present. The Program Manager will take a leadership role regarding coordination, completion, preparation, assignment, and presentation of these meetings. Developing the actual presentation materials from assigned support people and putting a cohesive presentation together. The Program Manager typically facilitates the design reviews (proposal, kick-off meetings, SRR, PDR, CDR, TIM’s, TRR, PRR, ETC.) with various disciplines providing support and presenting their materials. 
Production and Subcontractors:
The Program Manager collaborates with the operations group to assure the customer’s contract and statement of work requirements are properly incorporated into existing procedures. Scheduling and participating in such activities as internal design reviews, production readiness reviews, testing, qualification, planning and coordination of customer visits if needed. 
If a major subcontractor is being used for a portion of the design, the program manager will interact with that company in a similar fashion as to the internal design and production team. Flowing down contract requirements and specifications, and verifying compliance in design reviews. These relationships are critical to program success and typically the major subcontractor is known to our customer and participates in design reviews, presenting their own material. 
The Program Manager is one of the key faces to the customer from the proposal phase through delivery of the first qualified flight unit. The Program Manager will track and assure timely execution on all contract deliverables generated internally and by our major subcontractors. This individual should be a people person and thrive in the responsibility of being the face of the company to our most important clients. 
While most projects are external, the Program Manager is also an important internal resource and may be called upon for special internal projects as well (capital equipment, acquisition, research and development, and subcontractor development are a few recent examples). 
Sales and Marketing:
The Program Manager will work interactively with sales and marketing to complete proposals, secure new business, negotiate contracts, and grow our internal revenue streams, product offerings, and profit. The Program Manager is expected to have a high degree of knowledge and expertise in our industry and detailed understanding about our competitive landscape. The Program Manager will also strive to grow sales within existing accounts and focus on upselling during application execution. 
The ideal candidate will be a Program Management expert with both analytical and intuitive skills that can delve deeper into all aspects of a project, work with customers, suppliers and technical staff to formulate and execute specific plans and strategies while understanding the implications of those strategies on schedule and the bottom line. All of the efforts of this position require crisp focus and excellent multi-disciplined communication skills. 
Other Specific Duties:
  • Cooperatively and collaboratively align multidiscipline teams which include engineering, sales, manufacturing, suppliers, and customers.
  • Be responsible for the full product lifecycle for each product application.
  • The candidate must also be ready to support internal projects including capital equipment, research and development projects, and integration of new product lines.   


  • B.S. in Engineering, or non-technical degree with equivalent experience
  • Program Management or equivalent experience of 5 years in aerospace-based programs
  • Aerospace experience of 10 years minimum
  • Demonstrated leadership skills by example, mentoring and running multifaceted teams
  • Demonstrated success in sales, engineering, product development, and contracts
  • Exceptional problem solving and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Extensive skills in Microsoft Project, program planning and estimate to complete
  • Ability to read drawings and an understanding of multi-level BOM’s
  • Detailed understanding of ITAR and import/export compliance
  • Knowledge and experience in cross-cultural/international sales
  • U.S. citizen, capable of obtaining a secret clearance

Potential Backgrounds:

Experience in small to mid-sized military, aerospace and space companies which operate in a low volume, high mix environment are preferred. The candidate needs to be extremely versatile and able to multitask.

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