Program Manager

Coachella, CA
Full Time
CAO - Program Management
Program Manager, Armtec Defense Technologies

Armtec Defense Technologies (Armtec) welcomes people who share our determination and high standards to join us in our mission-critical work to support those US and allied war-fighters who serve us all by defending democracy and protecting freedom.  Armtec is comprised of three business units producing subcomponents for ordnance in Coachella, CA; decoy flares in Camden AR; and countermeasure chaff in Lillington NC. Armtec is headquartered in Coachella. This position is staffed in Coachella, at Armtec’s world-class, sole-source production facility for felted fiber nitrocellulose combustible cartridge cases for medium and large caliber military ammunition. 

Company Profile

Company: Armtec Defense Technologies is an operating unit of the TransDigm Group (NYSE: TDG).
Industry: Manufacturing Combustible Ordnance and Countermeasures

Job Overview

Title: Program Manager
Job Family: Manufacturing Management
Reports to: Business Unit Manager - Ordnance
Works with: Mid-level operations managers, engineers, supervisors, planners and employees; as well as significant direct interface with customers from the U.S. Dept. of Defense and major prime contractors.
Location: Coachella, California
Type:  Full-Time

Job Summary

The Armtec Defense Technologies (Armtec) Program Manager is responsible for one or more strategic growth programs from concept definition, through qualification and into production for defense related applications with both US Government and Prime Contractor customers.  The Program Manager is part of an internal integrated product team (IPT) of manufacturing, engineering, and support staff (QA, purchasing, etc.) The Program Manager ensures that the program goals align with the company’s objectives, then plans internal and external operations across the Armtec enterprise to achieve expected financial and operational results. This PM must be a seasoned, intelligent and strategic leader with a demonstrated track record of delivering flawless quality military products to US and allied customers, on time and within budget, every time.

The Program Manager has several key responsibilities:
  • Coordinate the activities of Armtec functional groups to deliver a qualified product in a timely manner and within a carefully controlled budget/schedule.
  • Work with Armtec Marketing, Business Development, Research & Development, and customer staff to identify and define specific opportunities for profitable new program growth suited to Armtec operational footprint and capabilities.
  • Prepare and manage productivity projects and capital expense projects to maximize program value to the customer and to the company.
  • Ensure all activities planned for the efficient execution of the program are performed to give a
    high-quality product, on time, and to established cost.
  • Develop detailed work breakdown structures associated with the activities needed for achieving the stated primary goal using PM tools such as Gantt charts, Failure Modes & Effects Analysis; FMEA, Cost and Schedule Performance Index (CPI/CPI), and Earned Value Management (EVM).
  • Identify program risks, and develop a risk-mitigation strategy for the program.
  • Liaison with customers and partners to create an efficient program plan and statement-of-work meeting Armtec financial requirements.
  • Ability to understand complex technical data packages and interpret the requirements as they apply to the manufacturing process, technical data packages include: product drawings, military and commercial item specifications, and customer statements of work.
  • Utilize internal and external resources effectively for program execution.
  • Provide mentoring of potential new program management staff and personnel.
  • Provide direction to the Production Team on priorities and schedule. Evaluate manpower needed to effectively perform production while meeting quality and on-time delivery requirements.
  • Evaluate pricing for accuracy and inclusion of all relevant costs, coordinate tooling estimates from Engineering.
  • Provide routine, accurate reports to senior management and program team members, as required, on program status, cost, schedule, risks, etc. – written and/or verbal reports as necessary.
  • Apply current and appropriate tools of Project Management to ensure on-time development and delivery, real-time technical and financial status, and launch of remedial actions, as needed
  • Maintain excellent customer relations, accurately assess competitive forces, and formulate timely and effective strategic approaches.

Primary Responsibilities
  • The top responsibility will be scheduling and completing large (7-figure) production programs on time and under budget, and compliant to all technical specifications and regulatory requirements.
  • Secondary responsibilities will be supporting the pursuit of profitable new growth by Armtec’s Business Development Team, supporting cost reduction through cost-of-poor-quality (COPQ) by Armtec’s quality team; and supporting materials cost improvement by Armtec’s supply chain team.
  • Effectively interface with internal and external customers at the senior management and military O-3 through O-6 level.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards, even when challenged with complex situations and multiple sometimes competing priorities.
  • Understand and live by Armtec’s ethics and business conduct policies.
  • Extensive working knowledge and experience in managing defense related programs.
  • Must be dependable, responsible, and accurate and have the ability to deal with people effectively.
  • Strong oral and written presentation skills and computer skills.
  • Good financial aptitude.
Armtec Behavioral Competencies

Armtec seeks senior leaders who demonstrate a positive outlook; sense of urgency, professionalism; cool under pressure; approachability, charismatic leadership, interpersonal savvy, motivational skills, conflict management, assessing people, organizing, planning, priority setting, building effective teams, managerial courage, fairness to direct reports and relentless drive for results.

Education/Previous Experience Requirements
  • 4-year degree from an accredited college or university is required. Candidates with a degree in Science, Engineering, Supply Chain Management or Business will be most competitive.  
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Engineering is preferred.
  • Certificate completion in a relevant discipline such as PMP from PMI; Defense Acquisition University (DAU); CQE from ASQC, or similar will differentiate applications. If not already completed, successful candidate is expected to pursue such formal certification within 24 months of starting.
  • 10 years Defense or aerospace industry is required, with 5 years of defense energetics experience in ammunition and/or pyrotechnic products strongly preferred.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • To conform to U.S. export control regulations, applicant should be eligible for any required authorization from the U.S. Government
  • Due to special regulatory requirements for defense ammunition manufacturing, successful applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment background check and undergo initial and periodic substance abuse testing (urinalysis).
  • Ability to obtain a U.S. Government classified security clearance at the SECRET level is not mandatory but is preferred.
Work Hours & Travel
  • 4X10 work week with occasional overtime on Fridays or weekends as necessary, to meet program objectives.
  • Up to 20% mostly US travel is required, normally a few multi-day trips per quarter.
To Apply
  • Please apply on-line on the Armtec Career Website,  
  • Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Protected Vet

Salary Range: $100,352 - $178,192/Annual


Health Savings Account (HSA) with generous company contribution
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA - Medical & Dependent Care)
Life and Accident Death and Dismemberment Insurance
Disability Insurance
Parent Leave Pay
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Sick Leave
Holidays (9 paid holiday including holiday shutdown weeks in July and December)
401(k) matching

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