30+ days ago


Canoga Park, CA



Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to our space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile and armaments customers. Aerojet Rocketdyne offers a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, and advanced hypersonic propulsion. Visit for more information on our company, our products and our mission.

We have an immediate need for a Program Management professional at our Canoga Park (LA Area) office.

This Program Manager position will lead development of new liquid propellant propulsion systems over a range of sizes and types for DOD applications. A strong system engineering, integration and test background with knowledge and experience about rocket propulsion, aerospace engineering and avionics will serve the candidate well to execute the programs envisioned.

The Program Manager will oversee mid-sized development programs or serve as a Deputy PM on a major acquisition program that includes management of engineering, quality, procurement, manufacturing, and hot-fire test resources in a tight-knit integrated product team.

This position will also support Business Development in marketing of new products, lead new product technical and cost proposal volumes and have significant direct contact with government and prime contractor customers to meet program objectives.

This current opening may be filled at this level as posted or at one level higher.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

70% - Manage integrated product team (IPT) and lead team activities while interacting with the Director of Programs, Lead PM or Deputy Program Managers, functional managers, and customers to achieve program objectives (cost, schedule, quality). Candidate must be capable of working within an EVMS environment to control the project scope and team efforts (including occasional evening and weekend work)

10% - Lead planning and proposals of key elements of a Program under general direction of the Director of Programs and Business Development.

5% - Prepare presentations and lead teams in presentations to peers, customers, and managers.

5% - Travel to customers and suppliers to support program objectives.

5% - Develop business case and oversee discretionary projects within the framework of the overall program.

5% - Performs other related duties as assigned by management.


A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate Engineering discipline and six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in a directly related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This position requires the ability to direct and control overall organizational resources.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Aerospace or defense development experience
  • Liquid Propellant propulsion and Avionics experience
  • Direct management experience of liquid rocket programs
  • PMP certification or Project Management certificate
  • Knowledge of project management within the framework of the Project Management Institute including Project Planning, Project Control (Earned Value), Project Execution, Communication, Procurement, and Quality
  • Demonstrated ability in team building and leadership skills to achieve project objectives
  • Demonstrated trustworthiness in accomplishing agreed upon objectives
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and coordinate various activities simultaneously
  • Ability to independently propose, plan, and then execute management of a project
  • Ability to communicate with teammates, managers, and customers in a courteous and professional manner
  • Demonstrated Ability to implement product design and development stage gate process (reviews for design, build, and test)
  • Proficient in the use of all the basic MS Office tools and therefore be proficient in computer operating systems, MS Outlook, MS Excel (entering formulas, graphing, developing spreadsheets), MS PowerPoint (presentations, storyboard development, logic diagrams), MS Visio (business diagrams and sketches), and MS Word (tables, program plans).
  • Proficiency to also include setting up Integrated Master Schedules using knowledge of MS Project or similar scheduling tool to create extensive project files for large-size projects
  • Experience in aligning MS Project schedules and Earned Value Control Account Plans

May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level. Must be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.


Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit or stand and maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require occasional walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.

About the Company

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Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne plays a key role in providing propulsion solutions that defend our homeland and support the space industry & communication, observation and exploration needs. We provide a wide array of products to the defense industry ranging from solid rocket motors and solid rocket propulsion systems to missile defense systems and warheads, as well as high efficiency electric propulsion, storable propellant engines, solid rocket motors, launch vehicle engine solutions to the space industry. Aerojet Rocketdyne is expanding our product offerings, opening new markets in high speed strike weapons and hypersonics, as well as deploying new technologies such as additive manufacturing. Take a look at our career opportunities and find out how Aerojet Rocketdyne can LIFT your career into a higher orbit! Aerojet Rocketdyne is expanding in several locations including Huntsville, Alabama! We are excited to announce that Huntsville is our new defense headquarters and we plan on hiring approximately 800 employees at that site over the next couple of years. With approximately 5,000 employees and locations across the USA, we have opportunities in the places you want to be: • Huntsville, Alabama • Canoga Park, California (Los Angeles area) • West Palm Beach, Florida • Redmond, Washington • Camden, Arkansas • Carlstadt, New Jersey • Culpeper, Virginia • Stennis Space Center, Mississippi In addition to medical/dental/vision insurance, our benefits include a 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, vacation, sick leave, year-end shut down and more. Aerojet Rocketdyne is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Company Size

5,000 to 9,999 employees


Aerospace and Defense