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Program Chief Engineer

Anaheim, CA 92805
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Job Title: Program Chief Engineer

Job Code: 20201902-41620

Job Location: Anaheim, CA.

Job Description:

The Program Chief Engineer (PCE) reports directly to the Director of Engineering and acts as the senior technical representative on the team and collaborates with the PM in the execution of the program. The PCE interacts with the Business Development and Engineering teams to ensure projects and work output is consistent with business needs and compliant with development practices.  The PCE is also recognized as an internal expert and thought leader in area of expertise across multiple job areas.  The PCE works under consultative direction against annual goals to manage large, complex project initiatives of strategic importance to the organization.  Communicates within and outside of the organization to influence leadership to accept new practices, approaches, and concepts.  Develops or champions new systems, concepts, or technologies.  Recommends tactics and strategies that directly impact the achievement of overall business or functional results.

Nature of supervision:

Works under consultative direction against annual goals and objectives.  Responsible for establishing educational and training goals for area of expertise and ensuring those goals are achieved.  Provides guidance, coaching and training to other employees across the Company within area of expertise.  Responsible for managing large, complex project initiatives (that may include major subcontractors)  of strategic importance to the organization, involving large cross-functional teams.   The PCE will interface with the Program Manager (PM) and the customer community to ensure proper execution to achieve the defined technical program objectives of the task while managing and controlling the schedule and cost goals. The role will require technical leadership to propose, analyze, design, develop and test complex systems to ensure proper integration of all components of the Integrated Product Team (IPT) design.  The effective PCE will be able to quickly perform cost, schedule and technical trades to foster program execution in the event of unforeseen problems. 

Additional responsibilities include formulating operational concepts, cost trades and risk analysis, selecting overall system architecture, and preparing specifications for systems to ensure designs meet applicable performance and security specifications. The PCE documents and presents papers of the team’s work products that allow others to leverage the work in other business areas. These may include internal presentations to programs and business units to foster collaborative development or external teams fostering new business relationships. The PCE must work through the functional organizations to properly staff and project future staffing requirements based on the current program work and future business opportunities that are being pursued. From the lessons learned derived from program execution, drive process changes into the organization to improve overall effectiveness on future developments.

Communication & Influence:

Communicates within and outside the organization which includes larger customers or vendors.  Works to influence others to accept team’s view/practices and agree/accept new concepts, practices, and approaches.  Requires ability to influence senior leadership regarding matters of strategic importance to the function or organization.  Recognized as external and internal expert and thought leader with deep and substantive technical expertise as well as advanced business knowledge and leadership capabilities.

Innovation & Complexity:

Responsible for improving upon existing processes or establishing new systems using significant conceptualization, reasoning and interpretation.  Develops or champions new concepts or technologies.  Opportunities for problem solving and innovation are often complex, requiring broad-based consideration of variables that impact multiple functions and/or businesses.  Extensively analyzes problems to seek understanding of the root cause of the problem.  The PCE should provide recommendations on IRAD investments as well as other investments to improve operational efficiencies in the engineering organization. The PCE is responsible for knowledge of intellectual property (IP) use on their program, for identifying potential IP created during program execution and for collaborating with Business Development (BD) and the Director of Engineering regarding opportunities to align strategic and programmatic needs. 

Organization Impact:

Recommends tactics and strategies that will directly impact the achievement of overall business or functional results.  Establishes tactics for group with short – to mid-term impact on results (e.g. 1-2 years).  Recommends new products, processes, policies, standards or operating plans in support of job function strategy.  The PCE will mentor and train IPT leads as potential PCE candidates.


Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 12 years of prior relevant experience.  Graduate Degree and a minimum of 10 years of prior related experience.

Experience must include project and/or program leadership experience in a technical capacity that demonstrate technical depth and breadth in order for the individual to act as the senior technical representative on the program. The experience should include the full program lifecycle with inter-disciplinary system understanding.

Requires mastery level knowledge within a specific technical area or multiple job areas typically obtained through advanced education combined with experience.  Viewed as an expert and/or resource within the field by peers in and outside the organization.   

Special Requirements:  Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet and maintain eligibility requirements for access to DoD classified information.


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Posted: 2020-05-18 Expires: 2020-06-17

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