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Program Manager ISR Platforms



Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024


Skydweller Aero Inc. is a transatlantic cutting-edge aerospace company developing solar powered aircraft solutions capable of achieving perpetual flight with heavy, and powerful payload capacity. Utilizing technology based upon the longest continuous renewably powered flight program in history, this fast-growing startup is developing a new class of unmanned aircraft, providing the persistence of geosynchronous satellites with the powerful sensing capabilities and the flexibility of a large, airborne platform. Skydweller Aero Inc. has World and US headquarters in Oklahoma City and European offices headquartered in Spain.

Job Description:

Skydweller is looking for a Program Manager with a strong engineering background who will be supporting research and development of our Perpetual Flight Unmanned Aircraft. This position typically reports to executive management and is responsible for the planning, managing and technical performance of one or more established engineering program(s) contained at a single location.


  • Previous experience developing and transitioning mid-level TRL technologies, from concept inception through design, build, and verification testing
  • Leading both Internal Research & Design (IR&D) efforts or contracted programs
  • Experience as a supervisor of direct reports, clear understanding of project or systems engineer
  • Previous experience as a Chief Engineer and experience as an Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead on a development effort
  • Previous experience as voting member of a Change Control Board (CCB) or a Engineering Review Board (ERB) or as a signatory for engineering drawing release and/or change authorization
  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s, master’s or PhD in engineering, science, or a related technical field as well as 10 or more years of progressively complex program administration experience with at least 4 of those years managing programs
  • Typically requires six or more year’s prior experience as an engineer (e.g. EE, ME, SW, etc.)
  • Demonstrates extensive technical expertise and application of program management principles, concepts, and practice as well as comprehensive program management and leadership skills including organizing, planning, scheduling, and coordinating workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones
  • Must be able to develop solutions to complex problems that require coordination of technologies across program requirements
  • Strong communication, leadership, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required to enable an effective interface with other departments, all levels of management, professional and support staff, customers, potential customers, and government representatives
  • Customer focused, must be able to work on a self-initiated basis and in a team environment, and able to work extended hours and travel as required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain DoD security clearance is required


  • This position typically reports to a senior program manager and is responsible for the planning, managing and technical performance of one or more established engineering program(s) contained at a single location
  • Direct all phases of the program(s) from conceptualization through completion, including acquisition, planning, and managing technical performance to ensure quality, business, and financial objectives are attained
  • Develop and coordinate program plans or delivery methods which usually serve a single customer
  • Collaborate with technical staff and/or executive management to develop and implement current, annual, and long-term technical, schedule, quality, business, and financial objectives for the program(s)
  • Applies established technologies that require advanced principles, theories, concepts, and techniques to provide solutions to a variety of technical problems
  • Collaborate with engineering to establish design concepts, criteria, and engineering efforts for product research, development, testing, and integration
  • Interact with management and customer representatives regarding programs, operational decisions, scheduling requirements and contractual clarification
  • Act as primary contact for program issues
  • Influence, and coordinate the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budgets, and financial terms/conditions of contract(s)
  • Influence contract acquisitions, negotiations and modifications
  • Ensure technical leadership and excellence is maintained by directing and participating in the planning, attraction, selection, retention, and development of the required management, professional, and technical talent
  • Act as the primary customer contact for program activities and lead program review sessions with customers to discuss cost, schedule, and technical performance
  • Identify program issues and provide leadership in developing solutions such as re-allocation of resources or modifying contract specification
  • Lead the development of new business opportunities and expansion of existing business opportunities
  • Participate with executive management in pursuing business partnerships, alliances, and joint ventures that enhance the capabilities of the Company and may result in new products, programs and business opportunities
  • Direct the development of and ensure the security of proprietary technology and maintain the strict confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Other duties as assigned or required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain DoD security clearance is required.

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Company Benefits:

1. Health insurance: We offer health insurance to all FTEs, which can include medical, dental, and vision coverage.

2. Paid time off: This includes vacation time, sick leave, and personal days.

3. Flexible schedules: we offer flexible schedules; we help employees achieve a better work-life balance.

4. Professional development opportunities: we may offer training, educational opportunities, or tuition reimbursement programs to help employees develop their skills and advance their careers.

5. Wellness programs: we offer wellness programs that promote healthy living and can include things like gym memberships, nutrition counseling, or stress-management classes.

6. Stock options: all FTEs after one year of seniority may have the opportunity to receive options as part of their compensation package.

7. Bonuses: we offer bonuses or other forms of performance-based compensation to reward employees for their hard work and achievements.