Program Director; Saab Defense and Security

Vacancies 31 October 2017

At Saab, we constantly look ahead and push boundaries for what is considered technically possible. We collaborate with colleagues around the world who all share our challenge – to make the world a safer place.



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Syracuse, NY


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What you will be part of

Saab Sensor Systems is a rapidly growing business unit located in Syracuse, NY operating within Saab Defense and Security USA LLC. The Sensor Systems Division is focused on design, development, integration, test, deployment and whole life support of surveillance sensor systems primarily for aerospace and defense industry partners, and US Government agencies. Saab Defense and Security USA LLC provides an excellent working environment, offering advancement and professional growth opportunities, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. 

Your role

Saab Defense and Security USA LLC, Sensor Systems division is seeking a dynamic, results-oriented Program Management Director, responsible for the profitable execution of its Ground Based radar portfolio. Furthermore, this person will develop and implement a successful business growth strategy within their assigned segment(s) including the recommendation and execution of IRAD plans to support long term business objectives.

Responsibilities will include mentorship and leadership of the program execution staff within the assigned business area, identification and pursuit of significant new business opportunities, and interfacing across disciplines and departments to achieve business objectives. In addition, the candidate will have demonstrated experience in the design, development and fielding of large scale, complex ground-based radar systems. The preferred candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of military or commercial radar systems, markets, and technologies through several years of working in this domain.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for cost, schedule and technical performance of assigned Program portfolios.
    • Establish and control program budgets that are aligned with program needs.
    • Ensure all projects within assigned program are managed and executed within approved program management processes.
    • Make personnel recommendations in support of business objectives.
    • Drive Earned Value Management principles and initiatives within the business and use EVMS to report program status internally and externally.
  • Oversee profitable growth of the program segment.
    • Work closely with Sales and Product Management personnel to maintain institutional knowledge of the competitive landscape in the assigned market segment.
    • Develop high quality competitive proposals that facilitate achievement of business segment objectives.
    • Collaborate with all functions within Sensor Systems to leverage program execution and capture strategies and resources through the design and manufacturing phases of the programs in the portfolio.
    • Grow relationships in the customer community and with large industry primes to service existing programs and find new and unique ways to deploy our technology to meet customer needs.
  • Provide consistent leadership to the program execution staff to ensure effective and efficient execution of assigned programs.
    • Monitor and guide multiple junior program managers to achieve delivery of distinctively high quality products and services; to include performance, reliability, cost and on-time delivery.
    • Contribute to the development and retention of program management talent.

Your skills and experience

Required Education and Experience:

  • BS Degree in business or related engineering discipline (MBA preferred)
  • 10+ years of Defense/Aerospace Industry Experience in Engineering, Business or related discipline.
  • 15+ years Program Management experience, $50M – $100M+ program lifecycle.
  • 10+ years People Management experience, directly or indirectly leading organizations of 10 or more individuals.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated track record leading large scale aerospace and defense business capture efforts.
  • Possesses advanced knowledge of program management standards and best practices (scheduling, cost accounting, EVMS, Risk/Opportunity management)
  • Ability to contribute to the development strategy and lead strategic initiatives in support of functional and business objectives.
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills.
  • Extensive experience successfully negotiating multi-million dollar agreements with large Aerospace and Defense customers.
  • Willingness to travel up to 25% in support of program and business development efforts.
  • Capability of obtaining a Secret level clearance

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to participate in a background investigation and/or successfully demonstrate eligibility to receive applicable Government security clearance(s).

As a contractor for the United States Department of Defense, Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC is an E-Verify participant and applicants must be U.S. Citizens in order to be considered for employment.


Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 14,700 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, or disability status.

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