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Senior Program Manager - T

Senior Program Manager - T

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Program Management - All
Experience (Years) 
Erin Cresswell
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Thales Visionix, Inc. (TVI) a leading innovator in helmet mounted display technology has an opening for an experienced Senior Program Manager (PM) which will be located in our Aurora, IL office. This position will be responsible for the programs to support development of the display technology for the commercial avionics market.


The position reports to the Director of Program Management, Thales Visionix and requires close coordination with other departments including Engineering, Production, Quality Assurance, Finance, Business Development, and Contracts, and includes presentation of program health and status to Senior Management at both Thales Visionix and Thales Defense and Security, Inc. Coordination with Thales Group in France and other countries is also required to successfully execute joint programs.



  • Management of multiple assigned programs, to achieve contractual and financial objectives through the program life-cycle
  • Provision of timely reporting to senior leadership with details on program status and performance
  • Conduct regular cross-functional meetings to review status towards objectives and identify issues early in the program
  • Responsible for customer communication and satisfaction, including follow-on business quotes and proposals
  • Ensure compliance with all TVI program management processes and procedures, including development of program plans, task definitions, schedules, budgets, resource requirements and risk management on all assigned programs
  • Responsible for ensuring significant risks of all TVI Program (i.e. meeting the schedule, cost overrun, etc.) are communicated to management with identified mitigation and contingency plans
  • As identified, responsible as capture lead for specific proposal efforts and supporting other proposal efforts with budget and schedule information
  • Responsible for ensuring coordination of activities with subcontractors, vendors and suppliers as necessary to support assigned programs
  • Responsible for ensuring effective TVI scope directions from the customer and suppliers are appropriately processed through the contract
  • Identify contract requirements and coordinate activities of internal organizations and individual program team members assigned to the contract
  • Coordinate and foster proper communication between the customer and the program team
  • Identify and acquire additional scope on ongoing programs
  • Maintain and monitor progress against monthly revenue forecasts
  • By example sets the standards that embody the TDSI Core Values & Thales Leadership Model
  • Maintain a high ethical standard of practice, including compliance with all company procedures



  • US Citizenship required
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering or related technical field or equivalent industry experience
  • The candidate will have 5-10+ years’ experience in managing programs in the commercial avionics and/or defense aerospace sector
  • Experience with avionics modification programs for either fixed and/or rotary wing is desired.
  • Experience on FAA or EASA certified programs desired
  • Experience and understanding of aerospace standards for design, DO-178 and DO-254
  • Experience in managing development programs for complex systems including management of requirement uncertainty and development risks
  • EVMS experience strongly desired
  • PMP certification desired.
  • Management of technical and financial risks and conduct of technical reviews.
  • Basic accounting and financial knowledge and profit-oriented business sense as well as effective negotiating skills
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and interact with employees in all departments and functions.
  • Excellent organizational skills and work ethic
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment a plus
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Ability to work in a team environment and interact with employees in all departments and functions
  • Computer proficiency required and experience with Microsoft Project or equivalent
  • Understanding of civil aviation standards including FAA and EASA certification processes desired
  • Qualified candidates must have excellent written and verbal communications skills with experience managing small teams, working effectively in a matrix team structure, setting business growth objectives and achieving results
  • Strong technical background with good understanding of marketing, strategic planning, business and market development, customer and product marketing
  • This position involves some domestic and international travel


We offer a competitive salary and benefit package that includes 401(k), paid vacation and holidays. Relocation assistance available for qualified candidates.


Thales Defense & Security, Inc. participates in the United States Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify program. 


Thales Defense & Security, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity /Minorities/ Females/ Vet/ Disabled affirmative action employer.


We welcome and encourage diversity in our workforce.


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