Program Director at General Dynamics Mission Systems (Phoenix, AZ)

| Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale, AZ
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Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 15 years of demonstrated leadership; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 13 years of demonstrated leadership.

Department of Defense TS/SCI with Polygraph clearance is required at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Program Director. The position provides an opportunity to enhance the performance and profitability of an organization that supports some of our nation's fundamental defense services. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.

The Cyber Systems Line of Business of General Dynamics Mission Systems is seeking a Program Director to lead critical Programs and act as the Deputy Business Director in its Space and Avionics Programs business area. The Program Director is co-responsible for continued growth of a portfolio comprised of several programs and a highly skilled team delivering high-assurance cryptographic and security capabilities to national systems. This person should have experience managing the development and production of high-value solutions to support mission critical systems worldwide for our national assets and should be knowledgeable of Cryptographic solutions and high assurance certifications.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and proven experience in the development and production of space, embedded, or avionics solutions for our national systems. Candidates must be proven leaders, capable of coalescing a team to execute short- and long-term plans for the organization. Skills in program management, strategy development and execution, and business development, customer relations, financial management are required. As an integral part of the leadership team, a vital responsibility is growing the business, increasing customer satisfaction and delivering on program execution goals. The Program Director is responsible for ensuring successful program execution, business area growth through award of new contracts, achievement of operating targets, and is expected to have a high-level proficiency in applicable technical concepts. This individual will have at least 15 years of demonstrated leadership, preferably in defense contracting.

Required knowledge and experience in the following areas:
  • Proven experience to successful management complex high-value development and production programs.
  • Experience with high-assurance security solutions, and working with certification authorities
  • Candidate must possess strong leadership skills in people management, program execution, team building, and customer relationship management and business development.
  • Work collaboratively with peers, subordinates and business leaders.
  • Proven change management skills, able to lead an organization through change.
  • Candidate must have a vision and be able to clearly share that vision with others; delegate responsibility but must be accountable; and must be able to influence others by persuasion.
  • Proven skills identifying and growing new business and developing short term and long-term strategic plans for growth.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, communications and negotiation skills for a wide variety of audiences including senior stakeholders.
  • Balance process, speed and need, to deliver mutually beneficial results to customers and the company
  • Collaborate with partners (internal and external) to deliver best value
  • Identify, pursue, and capture adjacent/new opportunities
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Strong knowledge of financial reports, business measurements and operational metrics to ensure maximum business impact to drive optimal decision making.
  • Candidate must have a proven track record of developing trusted customer relationships.
  • Proven experience maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction based on excellent program performance across a Business Area or large program

Current/Active TS/SCI clearance with Poly is required at time of hire.


Desired skills/experience/leadership traits:
      • Established working relationships within the Space, Avionics, or IC communities
      • Experience working compartmented efforts.
      • Collaborative and inclusive leader/manager. Seeks input, engages in debate, and pushes back.
      • A credible leader with the energy, drive, and passion to build a business. Bias for action and results.
      • Experience with Agile development.
      • A strong, visible leader who sets the tone for the organization, is forward leaning/thinking.
      • Able to engage, energize, motivate, and develop staff.
      • Able to influence thinking and actions of others.
      • Experience running a business segment/area or highly complex programs
      • Strategic thinker who also pays attention to the details.
      • Ability to navigate volatile, uncertain complex and ambiguous environments while delivering results.
      • Significant experience navigating matrix organizations to ensure alignment and focus.

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 12,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!

General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran
More Information on General Dynamics Mission Systems
General Dynamics Mission Systems operates in the Aerospace industry. The company is located in Fairfax, VA, Hanover, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, Anapolis Junction, MD, Florham Park, NJ, Pittsfield, MA, Taunton, MA, Dedham, MA, Greensboro, NC, McLeansville, NC, Marion, VA, Orlando, FL, Huntsville, AL, Bloomington, MN, San Antonio, TX, Scottsdale, AZ, El Segundo, CA, San Jose, CA and Quincy, MA. General Dynamics Mission Systems was founded in 1952. It has 8438 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 213 open jobs at General Dynamics Mission Systems, click here.
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