Program Director

    • Job Tracking ID: 85347-342242
    • Job Location: Orlando, FL
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 05/20/2022
    • Years of Experience: 10 - 15 Years
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Job Description

The Program Director leads the execution of advanced simulation systems developed through analysis, requirements, design, manufacture, integration, test, delivery, and sustainment phases. The Program Director may lead one or more Program Managers and/or teams of associated technical specialists in concept formulation, planning, design, production, testing, fielding and sustainment of simulation products and services.  Lead and execute assigned programs within the DoD Acquisition Framework including management of cost, schedule, and performance attributes of major complex projects.  Responsible to develop and manage approved program plans that include work break down structures, integrated master schedules, manpower plans, baseline budgets & Estimate at Completes (EACs), Key Performance Indictors to include Earned Value Management, resource management & task assignments, and risk & opportunity management.  Responsible for intercompany planning of quality control, configuration management, manufacturing/production, and life cycle support/logistics elements of assigned projects.  Support Corporate, Division, and Business Unit Leadership with development and implementation of corporate policies and procedures.  Responsible for leading a team of multi-disciplinary people to accomplish business objectives within scheduled time constraints while meeting all the customer requirements.  Strong customer relationship and customer expectation management skills are a must.



  • Provides expertise and support to executive management team while leading the integrated product team (IPT) to achieve Technical, Financial, contractual, management, and customer relations objectives of the business.
  • Superior interpersonal communication skills with all levels of management within Kratos and its customers
  • Experience interfacing directly with government and/or commercial customer representatives
  • Working knowledge to evaluate engineering analysis of problems and processes in system development in areas of training/mechanical/electrical engineering
  • Perform recurring and adhoc program analysis/assessments including technical, financial, and schedule performance for development, production, and integration of training products
  • Develop and maintain current, accurate, and complete program schedules, financial projections, forward looking staffing profiles, and Risk/Opportunity status  
  • Make decisive decisions to achieve business objectives using outcome of collaborative analysis/assessments of technical, schedule, financial, and customer relations.   
  • Owns all deliverables IAW approved plans to meet contractual requirements on time and within approved budgets.  
  • Lead for program reviews with executive management and the integrated product team


Other Job Functions

  • Other duties may be assigned


  • This position may supervise subordinates 


Experience and Skills




  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of management i.e. subordinates through the Division President and/or CEO
  • Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary
  • Ability to adhere to workplace rules
  • Must have working knowledge of Department of Defense Acquisition/ Frame- work and associated design milestones.
  • Must have working knowledge of Earned Value Management.
  • Must be adept in Microsoft Office Suite including working knowledge of MS Project.
  • Demonstrates experience in problem solving for complex, multi skill required issues.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally when needed.
  • Ability to obtain a Security Clearance



  • Technical ability to understand technical engineering drawings and top- level design work products
  • Working knowledge of Software CMMI principles and practices.
  • Masters Degree in a Technical Area or MBA
  • Ability to get along with diverse personalities, tactful, and flexible
  • PMP and/or DAWIA Level 3 Certification in Program Management




  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification or ability to obtain a PMP within one year of hire.
  • Excellent project/program management and leadership skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Project
  • B.S. Degree in Engineering or related field
  • 14 Years minimum experience or a combination of education and job- related experience
  • Experience as Program Manager or a Deputy Program Manager
  • Experience managing prime and/or subcontractor teams



  • Office environment
  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion (keyboarding, 10-key, phones)
  • Ability to lift  up to 15 pounds

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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