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Lead, Program Manager

Santa Rosa, California

Job ID IMS20211210-70821
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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.

  • Full Time
  • Level: Experienced
  • Location: On Site
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  • Collaborative
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Influential
  • Organized
  • 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

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 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: Lead, Program Manager

Job Code: IMS20211210-70821

Job Location: Santa Rosa, CA

About Sonoma EO

L3Harris Sonoma EO, located in Santa Rosa, CA is an established leader in Electro-optical systems for security and defense applications. A trailblazer in designing and developing highly engineered, innovative solutions, L3Harris Sonoma EO is world renowned for its expertise in the areas of Electro Optical / Infrared (EO/IR) stabilized imaging systems. Sonoma EO is engaged in the design, development, and manufacture of highly-sophisticated systems. We offer competitive benefits, an alternative 9/80 work schedule, and the opportunity to work with a talented and diverse group of professionals.

Job Description:

Lead, Program Manager:

We are seeking a dynamic Program Manager to join our L3Harris team in Santa Rosa, California. The PM is responsible for the overall financial, schedule, and performance of a project or program, ensuring contractual commitments and company objectives are met. The PM will provide the necessary leadership, decision-making, and thorough oversight throughout the program, to include

  • Reporting financial, schedule, technical and overall performance metrics as required, to both external and internal stakeholders and executive management, to include Earned value data.
  • Working with Engineering, Operations and other functional partners to plan how the team will accomplish its objectives
  • Ensuring compliance to customer and company policies and procedures
  • Partnering with functional leads to ensure staffing needs are met
  • Establishing the vision, objectives & goals, ensuring all personnel and stakeholders have a clear and accurate understanding of the status of the program
  • Meeting the program’s deliverables within the contracted cost, schedule, and performance metrics
  • Ensuring all documentation is up to date and available.


The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

  • Ensures fulfillment of contract commitments including the direction of Subcontracts, Manufacturing, Quality, and Logistics.
  • Communication and Reporting
    • Communicates program issues and status to the Director of Programs and Senior Team for discussion and/or resolution
      • Conducts formal Program Reviews
      • Facilitates and supports Design and Production Readiness Reviews (Process Hole)
  • Communicates clearly and consistently with the customer, addressing challenges and difficult issues tactfully and in a timely manner.
  • Is accountable for all status reporting, including tracking schedule and cost performance using earned value management (EVMS) techniques, understanding cost and schedule variances, and driving development of recovery plans as necessary to ensure budget goals for the area of responsibility are achieved.
  • Responsible for developing, maintaining and communicating the Program Plan.
  • Provides an after-action review at project end to summarize cost and scope to enhance our Actual Cost Database
  • Cost, Schedule, and Performance Management:
    • Develops, integrates, and maintains the program master schedule.
    • Is accountable for profit/loss for programs
    • Budget flow down to CAM’s
    • Ensures quality product is delivered on cost, schedule and technical performance
    • Controls/coordinates Program Scope change
    • Resource Management
      • Directs the activities of the core program team accountable, including technical, manufacturing, finance, contracts, procurement,and planningresources to ensure objectives are met.
      • Proposal Support:
        • Supports proposal development
          • Authors Program Management section
          • Develops Program Plan to include risk management
          • Reviews/approves/is primary stakeholder in proposal pricing and scope
  • Participates in the negotiation of contract and contract changes
  • Risk Management
    • Establishes a risk management program

Basic Qualifications:

  • US Citizen with ability to gain a collateral secret clearance.
  • Education – B.S. degree in applicable engineering discipline, business or equivalent.
  • Experience – 10 years prior related program management experience with multi-million dollar US Government contracts, to include cost plus and firm fixed price contracts
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and MS Project; Excellent verbal and written communication experience for internal and external audiences
  • Demonstrated leadership and team-building skills
  • Experience establishing program performance baselines and monitoring adherence to program plans and schedules, and devlopeing customer relationships to drive long term success
  • Experience in Earned Value Management
  • Ability to overcome unexpected issues/roadblocks
  • Proven competence in managing contracts and contracted activities,
  • Experience in analyzing and mitigating program risks
  • Proven ability to build and maintain effective customer/stakeholder relationships
  • Experience in building and managing customer relationships to seek out and identify new business opportunities
  • Knowledge of ITAR and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) desired
  • Willing to travel as required.
  • Pre-employment federal level drug screening and background checks are standard.
  • L3Harris is an e-Verify Employer.

ADA Requirements:

  • Able to work at a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Able to hear and speak.
  • May be required to lift up to 10 pounds, with assistance.
    • Typical office environment.
    • Able to work additional hours as needed to ensure responsibilities are met.

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.

L3Harris Technologies is an E-Verify Employer. Please click here for the E-Verify Poster in English or Spanish. For information regarding your Right To Work, please click here for English or Spanish.

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