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Associate Manager, Project Engineering

Anaheim, California

Job ID IMS20220408-88166
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On the L3Harris team, your job is to secure the world. We don’t work here just for the advanced technology and equipment: We work here because we know what – and who – we’re protecting. From families to the intelligence community, and from our climate to our men and women in uniform – we’re making the world a safer place. Working with the L3Harris's engineering team, you'll join our team of qualified, diverse individuals and work in a fast-paced environment with high expectations, global scope, and a collaborative team setting.

  • Full Time
  • Level: Experienced
  • Location: On Site
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L3Harris Work Perks

  • Health

    • Medical with a High Deductible and traditional PPO plan options, as well as, vision and a full array of supplemental health benefits
    • A doctors' service to help with referrals and second opinions for you, your family, and parents

  • Family

    • 4 weeks of paid parental leave for moms and dads
    • Fertility treatment
    • Subsidized backup childcare and eldercare
    • Adoption assistance - $5,000 per adoption/$15,000 per employee
    • Pet insurance

  • Well-Being

    • No cap to your PTO time (for exempt employees)
    • Dress for your day - wear what works for you at work
    • Legal plan for you, your family, and parents
    • Discount platform
    • 9/80 work schedule available for most U.S. employees, effective October 24, 2022.

Job Description

L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Associate Manager, Project Engineering

Job Code: IMS20220408-88166

Job Location: Anaheim, CA

Job Description:

This position is responsible for managing the Project Engineering (PE) team to facilitate the technical success of the project output within the constraints of the allocated budget and schedule. This position’s role specifically is the management and coordination of Project Engineering resources to achieve compliance with the customer technical requirements in the field of AC and DC Power Conversion and protection products. Product maturity ranges from refreshes of fielded systems to new product introduction.

The position operates primarily as a leader of large teams with occasional assignments as an individual contributor. Additionally, the Associate Manager, Project Engineering reports to the Manager, Project Engineering and is responsible for supporting them in continually introducing and institutionalizing improvements to the engineering department.

Typical day to day responsibilities would be overseeing the PE’s in the creation, review, and submittal of project artifacts such as plans, procedures, reports, design documents, and technical manuals. All major reviews are owned by this position. This position will work intimately with Project Engineers to provide real-time support and guidance with respect to design, testing, system requirements, and/or project planning, execution, and control. To perform effectively, it is expected that this position be knowledgeable of system operations and understand end user needs. This position requires a person that is highly detailed oriented, structured, well-organized, and can effectively communicate large amounts of data.

Essential Functions:

  • Engineering Development
    • Develop and drive good development processes and engineering best practices
    • Develop and Implement methodologies and tools provided to improve engineering excellence
  • Proposal Development
    • Lead the proposal process for technical WBS definition, cost estimation, risk estimation, and technical schedule creation
    • Interpret RFP requirements and lead the creation of proposal technical approach and content
  • Project Management
    • Guide PE’s in detailed technical WBS definition, cost estimation, risk estimation, and technical schedule creation
    • Manage PE’s in their day to day technical aspects of the project, including cross-functional decision making, task/schedule management, issue resolution/escalation, communication, requirements management, and risk management activities. Activities overseen include software, digital, electrical power, mechanical, configuration management, and systems engineering.
    • Review the outputs of activities to define system architecture and associated technical requirements
    • Chair, or co-chair with other engineering functional managers, design reviews to ensure that product elements meet requirements
    • Review the definition of technical development plans (e.g., HW Development Plan, SW Development Plan, Integration Test Plan)
    • Guide PE’s in their efforts for unit testing, integration testing, verification testing, and pre-production (qualification) testing including efforts for defect tracking and correction
    • Support PE’s in technical efforts for customer upgrade requests and change management for released products
    • Work with functional management to obtain and manage proper engineering staffing
    • Manage engineering budget and evaluate engineering Estimate to Complete. Identify to the General Manager any cost growth and reasons for growth. Guide PE’s in Control Account Management techniques and best practices to mitigate growths.
    • Coordinate hand off to Operations and Field Support efforts (in/out of house).
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.


  • Bachelor's degree (in related Engineering or technical degree preferred) and 6 years of related technical experience; or Master’s degree and 4 years of related technical experience.
  • Previous experience in leadership and personnel management.
  • Broad based technical knowledge and experience in order to understand and evaluate design and development activity across the engineering functions. Preferred emphasis in Electrical Power Conversion Engineering and Systems Engineering experience highly desired.
  • Experience in the full life cycle of hardware/software products from concept to production including system architecture, design implementation, integration, and verification/validation.
  • Experience in leading integrated product teams.

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Specific experience in electronic power conversion equipment development.
  • Lead good development engineering processes such as lean product development, Design for X (DFX), Six Sigma concepts, product life cycle management, and systems engineering
  • Ability to analyze the assigned project, break down work into functional disciplines and plan out a means for the work to be accomplished.
  • Prior experience with the military/defense contracting environment.
  • Outstanding written communication skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills for internal and customer presentations.
  • Excellent practical organization, facilitation and arbitration skills.

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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