Calspan Corporation

Senior Program Manager, Flight Operations

Job Locations US-CA-Edwards AFB
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Calspan’s Flight Research center is home to a fleet of experimental aircraft that include Learjets, Gulfstream G-III’s, and a Premier. Additionally, we support the VISTA X-62A at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (USAF TPS) at Edwards AFB, CA.  These aircraft are used to conduct a variety of experimental flight test programs for our private and government customers.  We are looking for a motivated Senior Program Manager who will be responsible for managing all activities associated with a program including driving internal execution, delivering on time, managing/controlling program cost/budget, interfacing with customers and subcontractors, supporting proposals with estimated costs and schedules at the USAF TPS. 



  • Lead program teams to achieve key program objectives (financial performance, on time delivery, technical performance, configuration management and customer satisfaction), while managing risks and opportunity. Monitor and control project progress to ensure timely resolution of project issues, scope management and delivery within the contractual period of performance.
  • Successfully manage program budget to ensure profitability is achieved or exceeded. Ensure milestone payments are invoiced on time. Report financial and technical status to management team as required.
  • Drive cross-functional teams to ensure overall project coordination. Serve as the communication focal point for external customers, internal teams, Flight management, suppliers and subcontractors for each assigned project. Verify that all contractual deliverables are understood, coordinated and delivered on time.
  • Establish a project plan for fulfillment of customer requirements, resource management, cost, and project risk using the customer PO, contract and company proposal.
  • Understand and clarify contract requirements, negotiate changes, achieve contractual acceptance / completion.


Preferred Education / Experience:

  • Bachelors in Engineering, or related technical discipline; MBA preferred
  • 11+ years of Program Management experience or related discipline
  • 5+ years Flight Test Experience; or
  • a combination of education and experience equivalent to above

Preferred Knowledge / Ability:

  • Managed developmental aerospace or defense industry programs/projects.
  • PMP Certification.
  • Leadership of engineering, program management, maintenance or other technical teams.
  • Experience in the aerospace and defense industry.
  • Exceptional financial acumen and technical understanding.
  • Must be organized and able to meet assigned deadlines.
  • Ability to develop quick rapport with current and prospective clients.
  • Motivated self- starter with the ability to work well in a team setting.
  • Ability to quickly adapt and change priorities while professionally managing interruptions.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Program management experience with direct customer interface skilled at conflict resolution and program execution.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Benefits Package: Our goal is to provide Calspan employees and their families with a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. Our benefits include: Health Insurance, Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance/Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short-Term/Long-Term Disability, 401(k) company match on first 4%, Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance, Hospital Indemnity Insurance, Universal Life Insurance Policy, Paid-Time Off, Company-paid Holidays, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty, Military Leave, Employee Assistance Program and Educational Assistance Reimbursement.


Calspan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Calspan supports safe and drug free workplace through pre-employment background checks and drug testing.


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