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Spirit AeroSystems R&D Program Manager in Wichita, Kansas


It’s an exciting time to join Spirit AeroSystems and contribute to current and future enterprise growth aligned to national security requirements. Spirit 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 metals manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.

The R&D Program Manager will be responsible for overall performance, successful technical execution and management of Contract Research and Development (CRAD) projects with US Government customers.

R&D Program Manager


• Coordinate across a team of indirect reports and subcontractors to deliver program objectives, including external partners, subcontractors, R&D, internal contracts, finance, and Defense business unit. • Maintain strong relationships with US Government (Department of Defense and/or Department of Energy) customers. • Responsible for the technical, cost, schedule, quality, and delivery performance of the program. • Major responsibilities include managing customer interface and relationships, maintaining program schedules, managing program cost, chairing program risk and change control boards, overall program performance and governance, affordability targets and budget allocation, and implementing program standards and best practices. • Provide comprehensive technical and business leadership including oversight of Integrated Product Teams necessary to plan, execute, and control program performance. • Apply knowledge of company processes, infrastructure, policies, business strategies, and products to plan, commit, and control the deployment of resources. • Ability to direct, develop, align, integrate, implement and manage program plans, strategies, and processes. • Ensure disciplined program control, including effectively evaluating and managing major and minor program and process changes and customer requests.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Financial Acumen, including analysis, Business Acumen, Political Acumen, Managing with Influence, Interpersonal relationships and communication, Teambuilding, Continuous improvement

Work Experiences: • Research and Development, Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Composites, High Temperature Composites, and/or Hypersonics • External Customer Interface • Risk Management, Affordability Management • Development programs, Earned Value Management, Developing Proposals and Estimating (contracts) • Integrated Program Planning and Scheduling, Managing program scope, Cross-functional project management, Experience leading Integrated Product Teams (IPT's) • Experience with US Department of Defense R&D. AFRL, ONR, or ARL experience desired.


Required Qualifications & Skills: • U.S. citizen • Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace, Composites, Materials, Mechanical Engineering, or Engineering Technology or other related course of study from an ABET accredited University • Must have the ability to travel • Experience managing subcontractors in a program management role • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Desired Qualifications & Skills: • Active DoD Secret Clearance or ability to obtain • Experience working with R&D programs, contracts, and cooperative agreements • Demonstrated experience successfully managing US Government R&D

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 2021-6350

Posted Date 1 week ago (4/8/2021 2:00 PM)

Category Other