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Manager Program Management

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RUAG Space is part of RUAG International. The company focuses on the aerospace industry and employs around 6’000 employees. RUAG Space is the leading supplier of products for the space industry in Europe. Three product groups, six countries, one team: Electronics, Spacecraft and Launchers are part of our product portfolio. In addition to Switzerland - which is RUAG Space's headquarters - we are also represented in Sweden, Austria, Finland, Germany and the USA. We develop, produce and test subsystems and equipment for use in space. Experience, outstanding reliability, customer focus and a comprehensive, clearly structured product portfolio all make RUAG Space the partner of choice for manufacturers of satellites and launchers across the globe. We set trends and stand for innovation - embodied by numerous projects in the production of individual and sophisticated structures, mechanisms and launch vehicles.


We are seeking a Manager Program Management to lead The Program Management Team of the RUAG Large Scale Composite structures development and recurring deliveries from RUAG Space USA.  The position will ensure the successful negotiation, execution, and delivery with regards to quality, time, cost and customer satisfaction, for one-offs as well as development and series programs.


Job Responsibilities:


  • Owns the overall responsibility for all assigned project managers to programs (programmatic, financial, technical), within the framework agreed with the customer.
  • Guides assigned project managers through coaching and holding accountability with a programmatic point of view.
  • Takes the managerial responsibility towards the direct reports, performing the HR processes such as competence planning, recruitment, performance management, development etc.
  • Identifies and manages upselling and new business opportunities and acts upon these by involving internal stakeholders for information, support and advice where needed 
  • Supports the creation of technical proposals, including cost- and schedule estimates for future projects
  • Contributes to Technology-, Product- and Strategic roadmaps with existing business intelligence


  • Assists with input for negotiations with customers.
  • Supports price definition/contribution margin? project cost calculations during proposal phase and steers implementation after negotiation.
  • Follows offers within PROGRAM area.


Management responsibility:

  • Leads and coordinates the overall project planning within the domain, and responsible to ensure/secures execution according to project/program schedule
  • Leads project controlling with inputs from assigned Finance/Project controlling stakeholders.
  • Coordinates with Engineering, Operations and other applicable stakeholders to demand for resources.
  • Appoints Project or Program Managers for all Programs
  • Review resources skill evaluation, disciplinary actions, training needs, and required recruiting.
  • Job assignments, resource planning to meet the needs of Programs.


Leads a department with the responsibility to:

  • Lead project teams, targeting contract compliant execution of all relevant tasks and elaboration of all technical deliverables within the financial and timing boundary conditions
  • Secure team composition in line with project requirements and in agreement with the relevant line-managers from engineering and operations, coordinating the disciplines.
  • Identify and ensure the relevant communication flow within the team project-team and project management team, including periodic progress reporting to the Executive Team.
  • Ensure and manage achievement of milestones incl. customer deliverables, and milestone payments.  
  • Identify, categorize, estimate, document and mitigate risks
  • Coordinates the management of relevant project/program suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Act as escalation point for assigned project managers.
  • Drive improvements within projects, to create value both in the short and long term.



Job Requirements:

  • 5>7 years Education in Engineering, M.Sc. level or above.
  • Extensive Certified and/or deeply experienced within Project/Program Management
  • Experience from project execution in an international environment
  • Extensive managerial experience (>10yrs) and deep knowledge from the Space and related non-space business
  • Excellent communication and coordination skills
  • Holistic view, strategic orientation, and excellent analytical skills



  • Customer insight, experience from the customers’ business and organization
  • Technical understanding and know-how of related field of work and generalistic approach
  • Excellent leadership and coordination skills
  • Entrepreneurial thinking, solution driven, willing to make a difference, commercial mindset
  • Strong motivator with high energy level and persistence to overachieve goals
  • Open-minded, strong communicator and networker, willingly involves others and shares information
  • High stress resistance and perseverance, able to keep structured and prioritize in a complex environment
  • Change agent, innovator and open minded


Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).

RUAG Space USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law.

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Trinity, AL, US

Job Experience Level:  Professionals
Job Category/Job Family:  Project Management

RUAG International is a Swiss technology group focusing on the aerospace industry. Based in Zurich (Switzerland) and with production sites in 14 countries, the company is divided into four divisions: Space, Aerostructures, MRO International and Ammotec. With its strategic focus on the Aerospace business unit, the company will consist of the two divisions Aerostructures and Space in the medium term. RUAG Space is Europe's leading supplier of products used in the aerospace industry. RUAG Aerostructures is a global first-tier supplier in aircraft structure construction. RUAG International employs around 6’000 people, two thirds of whom work abroad. 

Nearest Major Market: Decatur

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