Project Manager I

    • Job Tracking ID: 85347-343134
    • Job Location: Birmingham, AL
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 06/13/2022
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Travel Requirement: Domestic
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Job Description

General Summary

The KSRE Project Management Office (KSRE PMO) is a specialized department responsible for the centralized, coordinated management of projects and activities conducted by various departments within KSRE. The PMO supports the division's business strategy by handling management duties, including scheduling, reporting and budget monitoring, as well as coordination, communication, resource management, and process improvement. This position work directly with the technical leadership to facilitate their ability to maximize their research and testing effectiveness while providing transparency to the technical team and client at ever project stage. The PM will report to the Program Management Manager and require limited supervision of their day-to-day tasks.

Key Responsibilities
Others may be added

  • Work closely, communicate, and meet with Technical Project Leaders and/or Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from project setup to project closure; facilitate regular discussions about project status, issues that may have an impact on the schedule, and financial matters.
  • Ability and willingness to build knowledge and awareness of various KSRE specific disciplines to better anticipate project challenges and opportunities and to integrate with Technical Leaders.
  • Possess a complete understanding of contractual and financial commitments related to assigned projects; be knowledgeable about project scope, deliverable dates, billing, milestones, invoicing, and terms.
  • Knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Acquisitions and experience with compliance with the Dept. of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the Dept. of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
  • Identify and document areas for process improvement within the department.

Position Specific

  • Understanding of various government and commercial funding pathways and task contract vehicles.
  • Assist and lead proposal preparation with technical team including requirements review and analysis, technical writing, man-power estimates, material estimates and final document review.
  • Assist with project scheduling and prioritizing projects; adept at using Microsoft Project to create Gantt charts, as well as demonstrate expertise with other scheduling tools and methods.
  • Adept at Microsoft Excel and demonstrate ability to create detailed cost estimating and financial models without the assistance of outside tools and software.
  • Alert management of project overruns, missed deadlines, and any challenges that could have an impact on timelines and deliverable quality.
  • Ensure that forecasting, revenue, milestone payments, and invoicing are completed in a timely manner for processing.
  • Responsible for management all aspects of project performance (technical oversite, contractual, administrative and financial) for all phases of program including: design, development, manufacture, assembly, test and operation.
  • Provides high-level technical and financial reports in order to show progress to corporate management and customers.
  • Works as primary point of contact to customers and stakeholders to ensure system will meet or exceed all expectations.
  • Monitor current and future technology trends and capabilities to identify how new technology can be integrated to better support project goals.
  • Possess superior analytical and problem-solving skills, the ability to gain internal support, operate independently with limited supervision and feedback, and the ability to establish a solid working relationship with technical staff, division managers, and peers in government areas.
  • Prepare detailed reports for internal and external customers. Manage contract modifications and task orders.
  • Analyze and review governmental budgeting processes of governmental agencies/entities.
  • Provide regular updates and reports to senior leadership and other management teams.
  • Performs other duties as required by supervisor.

Experience and Skills

Required Experience:

Candidates who display strong work ethic, quality workmanship, problem solving, and time management are highly valued.  This workplace is a secured facility and U.S. citizenship, a background check, and drug test are required. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • US Citizenship required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain security clearance at a level equivalent to Department of Defense (DOD) SECRET
  • Bachelor’s degree in technical or scientific field
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in project management including contracting/proposal/negotiation experience.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA or Master’s Degree in Engineering or Physics
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and/or coursework
  • Government contracting experience

Job Specific Behaviors

  • Attention to Detail - Ensures details of assigned tasks are followed.
  • Stress Tolerance - Maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements or cultures.
  • Quality Orientation - Accomplishes tasks by considering all areas involved; no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes, procedures and tasks; being watchful over a period of time
  • Planning and Organization - Systematically identifies issues to be addressed and plans a course of action for self to ensure the accomplishment of specific objectives.
  • Technical Expertise - Applies functional knowledge, skills, experience and judgment to accomplish a result, serve customers better and contribute to the organization’s intellectual capital.

Work Environment & Conditions

This position involves work in an office and laboratory environment and could require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including:

  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection (varies based on tasks)
  • Shoe covers

Physical Demands
In performing the work for this position, the engineer must be able to:

  • Perform work utilizing a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Sit for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.
  • Climb ladders and stairs in performing the work.

Travel
Moderate travel up to 20%, domestic and international, required.

Job Benefits

 

What We Can Offer You
Rest and Relaxation - Generous vacation to start plus company paid holidays.
Comprehensive Health Benefits –Medical (BCBS & Cigna), Dental, Vision, Health Savings Accounts, and Wellness
Prepare for the Future - 401(k) with generous company match
Professional Development - Tuition assistance program, Employee recognition program, and Leadership development program
Employee Resource Groups - Local and Enterprise employee-led volunteer groups to create community, awareness, impact, and to support a culture where everyone belongs.

Relocation:  - This position offers relocation based on candidate eligibility.

 

A Piece of the Company: 

Kratos offers an Employee Stock Purchase Program with 15% discount and look back feature.

Kratos Defense is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. EOE, Minorities, Females, Vet, Disabled, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or any other protected class.
All qualified job seekers are encouraged to apply. Kratos Defense is committed to America's veterans by providing opportunities for them to continue contributing after service to our nation. We also work to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.

EEO Is The Law

Disability Accessibility Accommodation

If you require an accommodation to navigate or apply to our careers site, please send your request to HRAccessibility@kratosdefense.com or call 858-964-2916. Any inquires not related to requesting an accommodation will be discarded.

Pay Transparency
The company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

Job Applicant Privacy Notice
For applicants in the EU and California residents, please review our privacy notice.

  • 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
Kratos Defense is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. EOE, Minorities, Females, Vet, Disabled, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or any other protected class.
All qualified job seekers are encouraged to apply. Kratos Defense is committed to America's veterans by providing opportunities for them to continue contributing after service to our nation. We also work to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.
EEO Is The Law

Disability Accessibility Accommodation
If you require an accommodation to navigate or apply to our careers site, please send your request to HRAccessibility@kratosdefense.com or call 858-964-2916. Any inquires not related to requesting an accommodation will be discarded.

Pay Transparency
The company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

Job Applicant Privacy Notice
For applicants in the EU and California residents, please review our privacy notice.