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Lead, Program Management

Gardena, California

Job ID IMS20221810-92092
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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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  • Level: Experienced
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  • Strategic
  • Technical


My favorite part of working for L3Harris is knowing that the parts that I procure go into products that help save lives.

Lizzie, Procurement Associate, Rochester, NY

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: Lead, Program Management

Job Code: PMP5

Job Location: Gardena, CA


The Lead, Program Management function reports to either a Sr Manager / Director of Programs and will be responsible for the overall direction and management of major programs/projects leading integrated product teams consisting of cross-functional personnel ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, and effective communication with all stakeholders. This position is responsible for managing major programs in the execution of proposal preparation and negotiation; program planning to include budgets and scheduling; program performance status and presentations; coordination of resources; and stakeholder communications.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Ability to manage interdependent program objectives and interface with all customers (internal and external) effectively.
  2. Manages and directs, with full authority, subordinate program managers within their program.
  3. Leads portfolio proposal preparation and negotiation.
  4. Establishes and monitors the program plans (e.g., budgets, schedules and status reporting) for all programs/projects within the portfolio by leading the portfolio staff.
  5. Trains junior program managers on how to integrate and lead core teams, which may include: Purchasing, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Finance, and Administrative areas.
  6. Directs administration of contracts & communicates with the customer for all programs within their area of responsibility.
  7. Responsible for program P&L including but not limited to: Budgets; Actual Costs; Estimates to Complete; Invoicing; and Receivables.
  8. Instill a sense of accountability among staff members by modeling tight oversight of individual and organization performance standards. Perform monthly program Earned Value analysis including EAC, CPI/SPI, and negative variance.
  9. Developing program management plans (e.g. scope management plan, schedule management plan, budget, risk management plan, requirements, management plan, quality management plan, etc.) for all projects within an overarching program plan.
  10. Train and lead teams with proposal development; assisting in activities shown below:
  • Work breakdown structure definition, cost estimation, risk estimation, and high-level schedule creation.
  • Interpreting RFP requirements and lead the creation of proposal approach and content.
  • Managing any scope creep through contract amendments; manage any increases in scope for an existing project or the addition of a project within a larger program working all technical, financial and contractual changes.
  • Determining new project(s)/program baseline after contract changes, update resource loaded schedules and earned value.


Broad based technical knowledge and experience in order to lead staff in directing program management related activity across multiple engineering functions, including but not limited to power, controls, software, digital, and mechanical.

  1. Sound reasoning and decision-making ability; strong analytical skills.
  2. Inclusive management style: able to lead and motivate team members and be comfortable with raising issues in a timely manner.
  3. Must be able to interface with Engineering, Manufacturing, Contracts, Procurement, Quality, Administrative, and management personnel to make strategic decisions affecting the financials of the business.
  4. Familiarity with the military/defense contracting environment and ability to transfer this knowledge to staff members.
  5. Stellar communication skills including verbal, written and presentation skills for internal and external customers, and direct reports.
  6. Strong practical organization, facilitation, and arbitration skills.
  7. Ability to obtain a Secret Clearance, active clearance preferred.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required and 9 years of prior relevant experience.
  • Engineering discipline MS preferred.
  • Manufacturing engineering background highly desirable. MBA desirable
  • Minimum 10 years of leadership leading a technical organization or managing complex programs


  • Must be able to interface with managers in other functions such as engineering, manufacturing, contracts, procurement, and quality. Inclusive management style: able to lead and motivate team members and be comfortable with raising issues in a timely manner.

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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