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Principal, Program Management

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Job ID SAS20211502-56633
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Our Business and Operations team has an unwavering focus on our commitment to excellence in everything we do. They’re the backbone of our ability to deliver mission solutions with speed, innovation and flawless execution.

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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 air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Principal, Program Management

Job Code: SAS20211502-56633

Job Location: Fort Wayne, IN

Job Description:

Recognized as an external and internal expert and thought leader with deep and substantive technical expertise as well as advanced business knowledge and leadership capabilities. Communicates with contacts inside and outside of the organization on matters of strategic importance to influence executive leadership on new concepts, practices, and approaches. Establishes overall direction for systems, solutions, and new processes. Recommends and implements strategies and develops operational plans/goals with direct impact to the achievement against functional strategies.

Responsible for establishing the direction for new systems, solutions, products, and processes, using significant conceptualization, reason, and interpretation. Solutions are innovative and often define best practice for the future. Opportunities for problem solving and innovation are regularly complex, requiring broad-based consideration of variables that impact multiple areas of the organization. Extensively analyzes implications of both near and long-term implications of solutions.

Owns and develops tactical and operational plans and goals for a business area or function. Recommends and operationalizes strategies that have a direct impact on mid- to long-term function or business area achievements. Requires a high degree of responsibility for resources, and ability to influence business decisions made by leadership. Recommends and implements new products, processes, policies, standards or operating plans in support of job function strategy.

Essential Functions:

  • Accountability to customer and L3Harris Spectral Sensor product line for overall program performance commitments to include:
    • Customer Satisfaction: Continually delighting our customers with our values, responsiveness, and overall mission performance
    • Financial: Orders, sales, operating income, investment, cash flow, and execution of program budget
    • Schedule: Timely, responsive, and successful completion of all program activities (informal) and deliverables (formal)
    • Quality: Program deliverables meet or exceed L3Harris and customer expectations
    • Ability to work between and bridge program and supplier performance with L3Harris business financial performance  
    • Ensure clear understanding and communication of program status, changes, and performance to the Customer and L3Harris leadership
    • Responsible for managing the cost, schedule, and technical performance requirements of a program through all lifecycle phases
    • Responsible for program change management, controlling program performance measurement baseline of cost, schedule, and performance
    • Responsible for high-level relationship management
    • Directs the preparation of program proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budget, and financial terms/conditions of contract
    • Ensures that all resources such as engineering, manpower, production, and facilities are available to support the program
    • Works with customers to align mission needs with new business opportunities
    • Solves highly complex problems with significant business impact
    • Development and management of financial forecasts
    • Identifies program risks and creates opportunities to manage the operational or market risks
    • Identifies opportunities to expand sales to existing customers or sell programs to new customers
  • Coordinates and monitors major subcontractor activities, deliverables, and finances
  • Develops, reviews, and approves plans, schedules, subcontract agreements, and other program documents
  • Prepares and provides required reports, briefings, and technical reviews to senior management as requested


  • Masters in STEM with 9 years of experience or Bachelors in STEM with minimum of 11 years of experience in development of spaceflight programs, infrared remote sensing, or meteorological phenomenology.  This experience will include:
    • Managing technology development program(s) with annual revenues of $10M+
    • Managing cross disciplined workforce of approximately 25+ 
    • Managing multiple subcontractors and suppliers in a performance-based environment
  • Experience in Earned Value Management

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification
  • Strong customer relations with NASA and/or NOAA customers
  • Experience in strategy development; aligning internal capabilities with external needs to capture new business opportunities

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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