Job Description

Associate Operations Program Manager (OPM)

Contract 9-12 months, 40 hours weekly, OT is authorized at 1.5X

US Citizen with Active Secret Clearance, Position is combination of on site and remote


Specific dimensions of the temporary assignment… 


  • Must have an active DOD security clearance
  • The assignment is intended to be for a 50% workload (based on interest consideration could be made for a 100% workload, in which case additional NPI work would be assigned)
  • Duration of the assignment is for 9 to 12 months
  • An expectation to work on-site as needed to effectively meet program objectives. Based on past experience, this is estimated to be 2 days/week on average
  • OT will be required as needed to meet program objectives
  • The assignment accountabilities include direct day-to-day coordination of Operations personnel to set work assignments and provide necessary support for success.

The primary responsibility to ensure the high-quality and timely delivery of hardware for a major New Product Introduction (NPI) program. You are directly accountable to the respective program office as the key individual to integrate cross-functional hardware activities, monitor hardware progress, secure any necessary measures to address hardware challenges, and effectively communicate on hardware matters with customers and suppliers.

Will directly report to an Operations group-level director as the key individual for a major program to lead hardware delivery progress, highlight impact on site resources and inventory, and address pending hardware challenges. You must ensure effective collaboration and coordination with respective key program personnel located at other sites as related to hardware readiness and delivery. Travel to customers, suppliers or other sites will be limited to essential visits to maintain program hardware objectives.

  • Produce and maintain a delivery plan that meets customer and internal commitments for hardware quality and delivery using right-to-left planning. The plan should include the need dates for key readiness deliverables, such as drawings, op sheets, work instructions, supplier prove-outs, and first article inspections.
  • Lead the communication, performance and monitoring necessary to successfully meet the hardware delivery plan. Integrate the hardware-related activities for functions such as Program Management, Contracts, Engineering, Product Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain, Quality, Planning and Operations.
  • Chair regularly held cross-functional hardware delivery meetings to review status and identify any blocking issues to progress. Record and post progress updates and executive summaries.
  • Coordinate the resolution of blocking issues to hardware delivery progress, including using significant influence as necessary. Ensure the timely escalation of blocking issues to the program office, site management and functional management.
  • Practice and contribute improvement ideas for common processes, tools and visual workflow management within the APQP framework for NPI and EIS hardware production. Actively participate as a member of a global team focused on consistent methods and approaches for hardware readiness and delivery.
  • Provide effective communication for customers and internal personnel on hardware readiness and delivery matters.


Minimum Qualifications to be considered… 


  • Bachelors Degree in technical or business field
  • 7 years, minimum, of experience in the function of program/project management, engineering, product engineering, manufacturing engineering, supply chain, quality engineering, or operations.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and lean principles is highly desired.


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