Aerojet Rocketdyne Specialist, Materiel Program Management - Aerospace in Huntsville, Alabama


Aerojet Rocketdyne offers a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles ranging from missile defense to advanced hypersonic propulsion. These products have been used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the Space Shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, and High Altitude Defense Systems.

We are seeking a Materiel Program Management Specialist for our Huntsville, AL Location.

The Materiel Program Management Specialist will lead Supply Chain Materiel Management and cross functional teams to manage the Supply Chain in support of the Aerojet Rocketdyne Advanced Programs Business Segment. The successful individual will be responsible for Supply Chain cost, schedule and technical performance in support of the Advanced Programs Business Segment. Plan, manage, implement and execute development and production sub-contracts for Government and Prime Contractor programs. This position will officially report to the Supply Chain Directorate of the Defense Business Unit and be located in Huntsville, Alabama.

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

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each):

30% - Support the Supply Chain portion of development and production proposals being submitted to Government and Prime Contractor programs.

30% - Support negotiation of subcontracts and assist in the development of supplier baseline program plans including development of supplier budget and schedule baselines, using the Earned Value Management System (EVMS) where appropriate, consistent with program plans.

20% - Assemble and lead integrated cross functional team(s) within assigned program(s) while interacting with supplier(s), supply chain director, program managers, functional managers, and customers to achieve subcontract cost, schedule and technical objectives.

10% - Prepare presentations and lead teams in presentations to peers, customers, suppliers and managers.

10% - Lead or mentor less senior personnel in establishing priorities and coordinating program activities.


Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Supply Chain, Engineering, Engineering Technology or Manufacturing Technology or directly related field) from an accredited school and 10 or more years of experience in a supply chain, engineering, product development or manufacturing environment or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Knowledge of supply chain management, lean manufacturing, assembly and ATP processes required. Technical knowledge of solid rocket propulsion, explosive and pyrotechnic devices, electromechanical actuators and actuator control systems would be strongly preferred. Ability to use technical knowledge and experience to evaluate plans, processes and results of the supporting team is required.

This position requires good communication skills, self-motivation, strong leadership skills, and interpreting program management, engineering and supplier demands in a continuously changing environment with minimal guidance. This position requires working knowledge of project management methods within the defense acquisition environment including program planning, integrated master scheduling, budgeting and earned value management. Ability to implement product design and development stage gate process (reviews for design, build, and test) is required. Willingness to travel and flexibility to work extended hours are required.

Demonstrated abilities in team building, leadership and delegation skills to achieve project objectives are also required. The applicant must have experience in leading, encouraging, reviewing and critiquing work of supporting team members to maximize program success. The applicant must be capable of defining and negotiating task objectives, scope description and completion criteria for specific and broad activities as well. The applicant will be required to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously and to make real-time plan adjustments in response to problems and unexpected interim results.

The applicant must have working capability in the use of typical office computer programs for conduct of program management such as MS PowerPoint (presentations, logic diagrams), MS Project (basic scheduling), MS Excel (entering formulas, graphing, developing spreadsheets), and MS Word (tables, program plans).

The position is located in Huntsville, Alabama. During the initial couple of years, extensive travel will be required until the balance of the Advanced Program Business Segment relocates to Huntsville, Alabama. Thereafter, occasional travel to other Aerojet Rocketdyne facilities and suppliers across the country will be required.

This position requires U.S. Citizenship. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level.

Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

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.


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Job ID 11163

Location US - AL - Huntsville

Zip 35806

Category Program Planning - Material Planning