Calspan Corporation

Senior Manager, Programs

Job Locations US-NY-Niagara Falls
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Headquartered in Niagara Falls, New York, Calspan’s Flight Research Center is home to a fleet of experimental aircraft that include four Learjets, two Gulfstream G-IIIs, and a Premier 1A. Calspan also operates the VISTA X-62A aircraft for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, CA.  These aircraft are modified and used to conduct a variety of flight control, airborne sensor and system testing, and other flight research projects and demonstrations for commercial and government organizations around the world, including at the U.S. Air Force and Naval Test Pilot Schools.  We are seeking a Senior Manager, Programs to join our Team. This individual will be responsibile for managing all activities associated with Programs including writing proposals, estimating cost and schedule, tracking program costs and status, interfacing  with customers and subcontractors.


This is a great opportunity to be part of a well-established and growing organization that prides itself on its Be Calspan Values. If you think you have what it takes to Be Calspan we encourage you to apply. 


  • Manage in alignment with our Company Values. Lead with the intent to create a respectful and healthy work culture that embraces inclusion. Create awareness in others of their abilities; involve others and share authority in planning and decision-making; challenge the Team and provide support by allowing them to take appropriate risks. Create an environment in which others feel ownership for results and feel comfortable taking action to achieve desired results. Provide timely, constructive feedback regarding performance with a commitment to motivate, train, and develop. Manage administrative responsibilities and assume full responsibility for accomplishments of department functions.
  • Manage materials definition and configuration by managing support from product engineering, process engineering, and configuration management.
  • Manage the program activities involving department or cross-functional teams. Focuses on delivery within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.  Manage cost for program materials in support of program requirements. 

  • Ensure program budget, materials availability, quality and technical performance are met by managing and directing the activities of team members.  Maintain project and technical documentation.

  • Works closely with the Director of Flight Operations to provide scheduling support related to the Calspan aircraft and required maintenance activities. Manage and resolve priority conflicts with the aircraft maintenance team regarding projects, tasks, and maintenance operations. 


Preferred Education / Experience:

  • Bachelors/Masters Degree in related discipline
  • Experience in similar industry
  • Project Management Certification
  • Previous experience in management position or;
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to above

Preferred Knowledge / Ability:

  • Financial procedures and systems preferably in the Aerospace industry
  • Thorough understanding of program phases and related analysis and reporting
  • Strong understanding of program financial analysis and reporting
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Why join Calspan?


Be Calspan Culture

At Calspan, we promote an environment that empowers employees and encourages innovation. Our management team enables a strong sense of teamwork with each endeavor, where successes are shared and lessons are learned. The company’s talent brand, “Be Calspan”, incorporates our company values to Be Inclusive, Accountable, and Innovative and our commitment to drive every individual to - Be Developed, Be Balanced, Be Connected, Be Community and Be Recognized. Our culture promotes a positive atmosphere and competitive can-do method of action.


Great Benefits= Happy, Committed Employees 

Retaining great talent is as important as finding it, so at Calspan, we take our employee value proposition of Be Calspan quite seriously. To us, that means offering competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, recognition programs and promotional opportunities. 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), 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, Educational Assistance Reimbursement , and Pet Insurance.


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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