Thales Defense & Security, Inc.

Program Manager

Location US-MD-Clarksburg
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(4/6/2021 3:48 PM)
Job ID
Program Management - All
Experience (Years)
Erin Cresswell
Minimum Degree


Thales Defense & Security, Inc. is a global company serving the defense, federal, and commercial markets with innovative solutions for the ground tactical, airborne and avionics, naval/maritime, and public safety and security domains. In addition to mission-critical communication systems, the company provides helmet-mounted displays and motion tracking technologies; SATCOM terminals; advanced sonar systems; air traffic management navigation, surveillance, and simulation; and data protection solutions. Furthermore, the company serves as a gateway for technology, leveraging Thales-wide solutions—such as combat management systems; naval, airborne, and ground ISR; and electronic warfare—to address U.S. requirements. 


We seek a Program Manager with responsibility for programs that leverage global Thales-wide solutions to address U.S. requirements.    This position will be located in our Clarksburg, MD Campus and reports to the Director of Program Management, System Solutions.  This role operates in a matrix organization and interacts on a regular basis with inter/intra-company disciplines including business development, contracts, program management, manufacturing and customer service.   This role also frequently interacts with our overseas affiliates, customers, and suppliers.



Top Benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • Yearly Incentive Bonus Program
  • Generous 401(k) program  - up to 7% company contribution and 100% immediate vesting
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid wellness, vacation, and holiday leave
  • Paid maternity, paternity, and parental leave
  • 9/80 Work Schedule (every other Friday off)


  • Effective management for assigned programs. Accountable for all aspects of assigned development or production programs including execution (cost, schedule, technical performance, quality, inventory management, and customer engagement) and ensuring program commitments are met, having the authority to make cogent and timely decisions related to the project.
  • Collaborate with business stakeholders, operations and engineering to ensure product development issues, coordinating resources, managing design activities, production line stand-up, and equipment are delivered on-time.
  • Review, analyze, and interpret the technical and administrative requirements contained in requests for proposal (RFP), requests for quotation (RFQ), requests for information (RFI), information for bid (IFB), etc., to support or lead preparation of formal bids and proposals.
  • Identifies opportunities to maximize revenue and assesses risks problem areas while supporting development of mitigation and recovery plans with least impact to business and customer objectives.
  • Regular interface with customers and partners for expectation management.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • U.S. Citizenship required. - Ability to obtain and maintain US Secret Level Security Clearance upon hire
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical or business-related discipline.
  • 5+ years program management experience in the DoD market.
  • 5+ years managing in an operations environment.
  • Must have experience working with Naval radars, combat systems, ISR, cyber security, sensor correlation, integrated air & missile defense, electronic warfare or communications capabilities
  • Ability to operate at a high ethical standard of practice including compliance with all company procedures.
  • Ability to bring program teams together to drive business operations and integration, in alignment of longer-term strategic growth vision; outcome and results focused
  • Ability to understand and interpret international customers' needs and requirements, and relate them back to capture and campaign strategies.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Bid/proposal management experience. Able to navigate and define the “grey” in customer requirements.
  • Meet tight timelines. Adapt bids across multiple design/build prime and subcontract structures.
  • Able to communicate value to customer in either competitive or sole/single-source DoD environment.
  • Familiarity working with ITAR and pull through technologies from other countries into the US.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with experience presenting to senior leaders  and customers
  • Ability to travel 25% of the time domestically and internationally.
  • Ability to comply with all Company guidelines, policies, procedures and embrace Company Core Values.

For specific questions about this job posting, candidates may contact the recruiter at


Thales champions inclusion and we believe diversity strengthens the fabric of our culture. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer/AA/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled. Thales is an E-Verify employer.


Thales is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age or any other characteristic protected by law.


If you need an accommodation or assistance in order to apply for a position with Thales, please call Human Resources at 240-864-7630.

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