Business Manager

    • Job Tracking ID: KDRSS-333547
    • Job Location: Wallops Island, VA
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 04/14/2022
    • Years of Experience: 5+
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Job Description

The Kratos Space & Missile Defense Systems (KDRSS) Business Manager is a manager within the company who has a minimum of ten (10) years experience, including five (5) years of demonstrated management experience or project level management in major systems.

The Business Manager ensures that programs meet the customer schedule and budgeted profit.  The Business Manager performs non-technical project completion using an internal customer perspective, typically from initiation through delivery. This individual will coordinate cross-functional teams through meetings and progress measurement activities which bring distinct, specific projects to completion both on time and within budget.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Lead program team in generating work breakdown structures (WBS), program scheduling, monitoring and analyzing program cost, coordinating and summarizing estimates at completion (EAC) data, preparing cost and performance management reports for internal and external customers, coordinating manpower projection activity, preparing internal cost of sales/profit projections, measuring, analyzing and reporting performance against planned financial metrics, determining and monitoring program funding requirements, supporting customer and internal program reviews.

The Business Manager responsibilities also include supporting effective project execution relative to cost performance, delivery performance and effective program resource planning. This position will need to ensure that their programs adhere to proper Earned Value Management System (EVMS) management practices, providing leadership and guidance to team EVMS analysts, program managers and Cost Account Managers (CAMs) supporting the programs through startup, execution, and closeout.

The Business Manager will also perform functional management responsibilities for the staff required to execute the work described.


  • Manage and develop Program Analyst (PA) & Scheduler staff
  • Manage the financial and schedule scope and personnel for the assigned Sounding Rocket Program(s) and Project(s) within the Earned Value Management System (EVMS) constraints of the program
  • Lead all aspects of program execution objectives on assigned programs
  • Solicit, analyze and proactively challenge baseline and schedule inputs/updates as well as recommend workarounds to team leads
  • Program resource management, including cost estimation, allocation, tracking, and analysis
  • Estimate-at-Complete (EAC) preparation and review
  • Prepare and present financial data to internal and external customers, including variance analysis and forecasts
  • Compliance and financial reporting
  • On-going collaboration with the customer and functional teams
  • Review of contractual documents
  • Assistance with contract negotiations
  • Support of pricing and proposal activities
  • Close monitoring and analysis of Funding availability, Milestone Billings and Cash collections
  • Forecasting awards, sales, profit, cash for programs within assigned Sounding Rocket Program(s) and Project(s)
  • Management of Program Earned Value reporting
  • Performs final job review and resolves ongoing technical contractual job requirements (schedule, technical requirements, and budget)
  • Responsible for program budget, schedule, monitoring, and completion of goals and milestones in accordance with approved plans
  • Establishes Program organization and structure and priorities (resource management, scheduling, staff)
  • Maintains on-going communication with customer to accomplish program goals
  • Reviews and approves waivers, deviations prior to submittal to customer
  • Reviews PDR/CDR presentations
  • Creates sub-contract work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Creates master milestone schedule
  • Communicates program status to rest of organization
  • Work consists of complex activities requiring the development of new concepts, approaches, and techniques to solve program problems based on analysis and evaluation
  • Act as a team leader on large or complex projects

Other Job Functions

  • Other duties may be assigned


  • May supervise up to four (4) employees 


This position is contingent upon contract award which is expected early 2022.


Questions and correspondence related to this opportunity should be directed to:



Experience and Skills


  • Experience leading a program, project and personnel
  • Experience in proposal preparation, Basis of Estimate (BOE) preparation and evaluations
  • Thorough and demonstrated understanding of Earned Value Management System (EVMS) analysis
  • Past experience in establishing a program baseline
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite including PowerPoint, Excel to include Excel Pivot tables
  • Knowledge of automated scheduling software tools, such as MS Project, and cost integration with industry tools, such as Cobra, SAP and COGNOS
  • Experience preparing and presenting financial analysis to team and/or management
  • May require up to 25% travel to support technical meetings, design reviews, other reviews & meetings and launch operations


  • Experience with Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) deliveries
  • Experience with government program budgeting and forecasting, as well as Annual Operating Plan development
  • Understanding of DoD & NASA contracts, government Cost Accounting Standards, and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)


  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or related discipline with a minimum of five (5) years of industry related experience in finance, accounting, or program control.
  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree and/or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification are preferred
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years demonstrated experience or project level management in major systems
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • DoD Secret clearance or ability to obtain



The employee will likely be placed in an office.  The work environment characteristics are representative of those of an employee encounters while performing essential functions of the job in a typical office/workstation situation.  Able to work sitting or standing at desk and operate a computer via standard input devices such as using a keyboard and reading information on a monitor.

Job Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
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