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Principal Project Engineering Manager

Company: Elbit Systems of America
Location: Roanoke
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the defense, homeland security, commercial aviation, and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT), a global high technology company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications. For additional information, visit: www.elbitsystems-us.com or follow us on Twitter.

Elbit Systems of America - Night Vision is a world leader in night vision technology, with more than two million Generation 3 image intensifier tubes produced and providing integrated solutions that meet customers' evolving challenges. During our 60-year production legacy, the company has secured more than 90-night vision related patents and supplies nearly 100 allied countries with their products. The company has more than 500 talented employees and operates in Roanoke, Virginia.

Job Description

Scope: The Project Engineering Manager (PEM) will provide direct project and technical leadership to a cross-functional Integrated Product Team (IPT) tasked with new product development, research, or product improvement. The PEM is responsible for the planning, execution, monitoring and control, and overall cost, schedule and technical performance of the project's engineering effort. New product development includes projects that are solely designed in-house as well as those that are co-developed using other Elbit Systems companies or external suppliers and contractors. The PEM is not only the engineering project leader but he/she is also the liaison between business units and the engineering team. The PEM is expected to demonstrate effective leadership, drive execution and timely decision making, and communicate effectively with team members at all levels and across the full IPT.

As IPT Leadership is by nature a cross-discipline activity, this position requires a highly collaborative and engaged leader. The PEM is required to build a strong project team as well as develop and maintain robust relationships with the business unit product line managers, program managers, engineering functional managers, supplier/partner team members, and customer team members. Strong communications and interpersonal skills coupled with an appreciation and interest in growing the Warfighter Systems market is required. The PEM's responsibility includes cross-functional collaborative work with Quality, Product Transition, Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain, Program Management, and Finance to qualify new products and transition them into production.

Project Planning And Leadership Responsibilities

Bids and Proposals

Support PLM and BD in the development of bids and proposals to include:

  • Partner with Product Line Managers (PLMs), Engineering, and Business Development (BD) to provide innovative technical solutions to fit within budget and schedule constraints while meeting customer needs
  • Execution baselines (technical, scope, cost, schedule, risk, opportunities)
  • Project WBS, IMS, work packages, staffing estimates, risk analysis/mitigation - all IAW company standards
    Project Planning
    • Develop/refine project WBS, IAW company standards tailored as appropriate to meet specific project requirements
    • Clearly define and document project scope and deliverables
    • Coordinate and integrate the different functional inputs into a coherent executable project plan
    • Establish, negotiate and allocate budgets to the CAMs (PEM may act as CAM for smaller projects)
    • Coordinate the development of the engineering portion of the resource loaded IMS
    • Coordinate the development of the initial risk and opportunity register
    • Communicate staffing requirements to functional management in support of the engineering resource planning process
    • Continually seek ways to improve efficiency and performance
    • Partner with functional management to establish process tailoring
    • Identify risks associated with tailored tasks.
      Project Execution
      • Lead engineering project execution to include the cost, schedule and technical baselines for all engineering activities
      • Mediate and Adjudicate conflicts that arise within the engineering team and between engineering and the program manager
      • Partner with PM's, Engineering Functional Managers, and Functional CAMs (or Finance as appropriate) to ensure the project is being staffed and executed to plan
      • Manage project scope ensuring budget/schedule changes are made with corresponding scope changes
      • Establish relationships with technical and project manager peers, customers, and key suppliers to provide a direct line of communication for opportunity identification and problem resolution
      • Utilize EVMS (scaled as appropriate) to monitor and control engineering cost and schedule performance
      • Ensure IMS is kept up to date
      • Work with team to develop work arounds to incurred cost and schedule variances
      • Coordinate/document variance reporting
      • Update WBS as required
      • Update risk and opportunities - elevate new risks immediately and work to mitigate
      • Conduct project reviews as required, reporting project status to senior management
      • Mentor/coach project team members to help achieve efficient and effective project execution
        Resource Management
        • Develop and maintain staffing requirements (by skill and time phased) - ideally through a resource loaded schedule
        • Negotiate staffing requirements with Engineering Functional leadership
        • Enter and maintain staffing requirements into workforce planning tool
        • Support functional staffing analysis for future work
        • Partner with functional management in employee performance assessment, development, and corrective action
        • Identify and report variances between staffing levels vs plan
          People/Relationships
          • Establish and maintain business unit partnerships
          • Establish and maintain key Elbit, customer, supplier/partner and engineering functional management relationships
          • Establish and maintain relationships with Product Line Management team
            Qualifications
            • BSME, BSEE, BSCS, or equivalent discipline
            • 10+ years relevant product development experience (Military products preferred)
            • Demonstrated successful experience in leading an engineering team or large IPT
            • Strong written and verbal communication skills
            • CAM experience preferred
            • PMP certification preferred
              Additional Information

              This position requires close collaboration across the engineering leadership team in Roanoke, VA as well as direction, coaching, and problem solving for the local engineering department. May also be collaboration with other business units. As such, it is preferred to be an onsite, full time position at the Roanoke, VA facility. Hybrid/remote applicants may be considered with appropriate experience in leading remote teams of this type.

              All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Keywords: Elbit Systems of America, Roanoke , Principal Project Engineering Manager, Executive , Roanoke, Virginia

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