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Spirit AeroSystems Defense Integrated Product Team – Senior Manager in Wichita, Kansas


Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia. The company's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world's premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.



Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide business leadership and guidance for an Integrated Product Team (IPT) and associated statement of work as delegated by the Program Manager

  • Responsible for the technical, cost, schedule, and quality performance of the Integrated Product Team end items and deliverables

  • Organizing and leading the IPT; establishing, executing, and maintaining IPT planning (including integration with the overall program execution plan) Planning elements in support of the program integrated master schedule

  • Conducting IPT-level change control and RIO boards and ensuring integration with the Program Change Control Board to control and update IPT technical and non-technical baselines; supporting the Program Manager in stakeholder needs management activity

  • Coordination on the identification, development, and validation of IPT allocated life cycle requirements (e.g., requirements, configuration, data, contract, etc.)

  • Defining build-to / buy-to-packages; ensuring affordability to allocated targets

  • Maintaining EVM status and associated budgets and schedules

  • Maintaining requirements compliance and product configuration (including design data delivery); validation, verification, and certification oversight for responsible end items

  • Coordination with SCM on supplier selection, integration, and oversight of SOW

  • Overseeing functional efforts to qualify materials, processes, and suppliers (inc. first part qualification)

  • Overall development and delivery of end items / products

  • Integration and utilization of standards and best practices (process and tool) within the IPT and in support of cross-IPT integration

  • Ability to direct, develop, align, integrate, implement, and manage IPT plans and processes

  • Ensure disciplined change control, including effectively evaluating and managing major and minor product and process changes and customer requests.



  • 5+ years’ experience in Aerospace

  • 5+ years’ experience in Project Management

  • 5+ years’ leadership/management experience

  • Leadership experience with cross-functional teams

  • Ability to work on an ITAR-classified program – must be U.S. Person

  • Intermediate Microsoft Office Skills

  • Experience presenting to senior leadership and/or customers

  • Bachelor's Degree in Design Engineering or related course of study

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • ABET-accredited degree

  • Experience in Defense programs

  • Knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in Financial Acumen, Business Acumen, Managing with Influence

  • Knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in Technical Acumen (development), Interpersonal relationships and communication

  • Strongly prefer experience in government bid & proposal

  • Some experience in the following:

  • Customer Interface

  • Change Management

  • Engineering

  • Manufacturing

  • Supply Chain

  • Risk Management

  • Affordability Management

  • Product Configuration Management

  • Development and/or sustaining programs

  • Earned Value Management

  • Developing Proposals and Estimating

  • Integrated Program Planning and Scheduling

  • Cross-functional project management

  • Experience leading Integrated Product Teams (IPT's)

  • Experience with Continuous Improvement/Lean/Six Sigma

    Spirit AeroSystems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

Job LocationsUS-KS-Wichita

Requisition ID 2021-6066

Posted Date 3 months ago (2/15/2021 7:59 PM)

Category Management