Program Manager

Date: Sep 25, 2023

Location: Broken Arrow, OK, US, 74012

Company: FlightSafety International

About FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides training for pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators and award-winning maintenance training at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom.

Purpose of Position

The Defense Program Manager is a Customer based Program focused on management and execution of DoD programs. The Program Manager is responsible for the overall financial performance and contractual execution of the Defense programs. The Program Manager will lead multi-functional teams (PMO, Operations, Engineering, Contracts, Procurement, Quality, etc) in a matrixed organization. The Program Manager will coordinate across multiple business units including FSI Defense (FSID), FlightSaftey Simulation Systems (FSS) and Corporate FlightSafety Intl (FSI). The Program Manger will manage:

  • The customer relationship
  • All program budgets and costs including labor hours/cost, material cost and supplier costs
  • Program schedule including the baseline, actual, and variances
  • Program risks, opportunities and mitigations

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Direct all phases of the program from (pre-award if applicable) award through completion
  • Acts as primary customer contact for program activities, leading program review sessions to raise cost, schedule, technical performance, risk and mitigation awareness
  • Internal Comms
  • Lead multi-functional teams in a matrixed organization
  • Understand customer and compliance requirements and program commitments
  • Ensure contractual and compliance requirements and program commitments are met
  • Establish resource requirements, budgets, and schedules
  • Evaluate performance against plans, budgets, and milestones
  • Develop, direct, and execute mitigation actions as required
  • Strengthen customer relationships though open communication and keeping commitments
  • Participates in the negotiation of contract modifications
  • Support the FSID Growth Team in developing and winning new and follow-on business
  • Ensures the preparation of proposals, work statements, specifications, operating budgets and financial terms/conditions of a contract are executable and achievable

Minimum Education

  • Bachelor's Degree with at least 10 or more years of program management or related experience
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication, both written and verbal, as well as formal presentation skills, including the ability to interface at all levels of management and customer organizations both locally and virtually
  • Knowledge of Earned Value Management System (EVMS) and associated monthly business rhythms
  • Experience with the production MRP system
  • Proficient with Microsoft office tools, including Microsoft Project, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Highly organized, prompt and with a proclivity for detail
  • Full Spectrum Leadership characteristics
  • Must be able to obtain a clearance

Minimum Experience

  • Self-starter with proven leadership ability, as well as demonstrated success working with limited supervision while coordinating activities with engineering, operations, finance, quality, and other program execution functions
  • A team player that can work with diverse disciplines in multi-functional teams at all levels of the organization
  • Proficiency in Earned Value Management
  • Knowledge of Risk Management and a demonstrated understanding of the value of identifying and managing program risks, formulating risk burn down plans, and ensuring incorporation into project/program plans and schedules
  • Experience in the development of SOWs, contract modifications, engineering change proposals, and schedule integration
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments while meeting customer requirements and leveraging proven configuration control practices
  • Experience with new business capture milestones, proposals and the cost estimating process
  • Experience transitioning developmental technology into production
  • Experience with simulation device design and build is beneficial, but is not required
  • Aerospace & Defense Industry experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Consistent with FSI Defense obligations under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), some Program Manager positions may require the selected individual to be a “U.S. Person” under applicable law. A U.S. Person is a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e. Green Card holder), or a person with certain refugee or asylee statuses under federal law.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

FlightSafety provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform their essential job functions. Subject to reasonable accommodations that may be provided, this position involves the following physical demands:


Routine use of hands to finger, handle, or feel/reach with hands and arms (including typing, instrument operation, and use of touchscreen devices); and communicate verbally and in writing (typically by email or other written communication). Range of body motion to deliver or observe training activities, including:

  • Reach, exert pressure and manipulate the rudder controls and/or anti-torque with both feet in simulator training devices.
  • Reach and manipulate numerous controls within the simulator device from the instructor’s chair.
  • Enter and exit the simulator device by going up and down stairs and using the provided ramp.
  • Vision abilities including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus; in each case, as applied to viewing monitors, technical documents, diagrams, and reference materials.

The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate.

FlightSafety is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Nearest Major Market: Tulsa
Nearest Secondary Market: Oklahoma