Senior Program Manager 2 at Applied Research Associates (ARA) (Albuquerque, NM)

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Applied Research Associates, Inc is currently seeking a Senior Program Manager to work in our Concept Development Group (CDG), Southwest Division, based in Albuquerque, NM. The physical job location for this position will be either Niceville, FL or Albuquerque, NM. ARA's CDG is a recognized leader in weapons development, high fidelity shock response modeling, and hard target penetration mechanics. The group is at the forefront of providing digitally engineered solutions to challenging and nationally important weapons related problems. ARA's CDG is currently working multiple technologically challenging efforts, requiring an individual who is capable of immediate program contributions.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interface directly with high-level government clients and will have the responsibility to communicate his or her work to customers. This individual will work closely with engineers and scientists in a highly collaborative environment. The successful candidate will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information, including US citizenship.


  • Develop and execute strategies for solving complex and nationally important problems
  • Manage the daily cost, schedule, and performance for large, complex programs
  • Track deliverables and provide monthly status reports to appropriate government and contractual personnel
  • Assist contract representatives with ongoing strategic planning
  • Meet with Government customers and program team members on a regular basis to review program status and plan future actions
  • Conduct face-to-face meetings and prepare inputs for technical and cost proposals
  • Acquiring follow-on business associated with areas of responsibility and support new business development
  • Provide subject matter expertise in DoD acquisition process

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 10 years of experience work in DoD program management
  • Demonstrated business development success
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team of peers
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • US Citizenship
  • Ability to obtain a DoD Security Clearance

Desired Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Program Management
  • Defense Acquisition System training
  • Contracts administration experience

  • Broad knowledge of DoD program functions

  • Secret (or equivalent) clearance in the last 5 years

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1,500 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company's success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, "Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit" sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

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Applied Research Associates (ARA) operates in the Aerospace industry. The company is located in A;buquerque, NM and Vicksburg, MS. Applied Research Associates (ARA) was founded in 2022. It has 2729 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 117 open jobs at Applied Research Associates (ARA), click here.
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