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Saab Global
Installation in HQ

Manager, Projects

West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America
Closing date: 27 March 2023

Job Description:

As Saab is building a new operation in West Lafayette, IN, we are seeking a Project Manager to support our world-class production system and team.  Reporting to the General Manager, your position must demonstrate ability to contribute through the application of program management fundamentals and key practices at the project and program level in the areas of risk management, cost estimation, and proposal management, and apply them to programs of moderate complexity such as the existing T-7 contract or new and emerging opportunities. 

The ideal candidate has strong leadership skills, the ability to see opportunities and continuous improvement focus, with significant experience in managing small to medium complexity programs.

Responsibilities will include: 

  • Liaison with the program management offices in Sweden and the US – supporting the cost, schedule, and technical performance of the West Lafayette operation 
  • Monitors projects/programs from development through production and delivery as it relates to program performance and contractual milestones. 
  • Interfaces with internal and external customers and be effective interface with senior management with the ability to effectively present results/content in technical and program reviews.
  • Manages the communication across functional disciplines that results in successful project/program completion within defined schedule and budget constraints. 
  • Typically assigns and monitors work of technical personnel providing support to a project/program, as well as delivery of cross functional instruction. 
  • Executes identified knowledge, skills, and abilities in increasingly complex ways, and across functional levels, to meet increasingly complex project/program requirements with regards to cost, schedule, duration, headcount, resources and subcontract management.
  • Supports the resolution of minimally complex issues through the research, definition, and implementation of solutions utilizing internal and external resources.
  • Meets program needs/objectives within the complete project management cycle.
  • Other projects and tasks as assigned, to support the success of the operation.

Skills and Experience:

  • BA/BS degree in an engineering, business or related discipline
  • 8+ years’ project / program experience
  • International program management experience preferred
  • Aerospace and defense experience a plus
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification a plus
  • Proven ability to develop, manage, and maintain a master project schedule
  • Working knowledge of risk and opportunity management practices with a demonstrated ability to develop adequate risk mitigation and opportunity capture steps
  • Proficient knowledge of change management, and demonstrated understanding of contract changes
  • Proven effective development and management of program plans
  • Ability to develop and execute plans to meet technical requirements, schedule, and contract commitments
  • Ability to reconcile resources to meet project needs/objectives
  • Effective communication, demonstrating influence over team members to achieve desired results
  • Demonstrated application of financial practices to a project/program
  • Ability to identify and recommend continuous process improvement opportunities through program management practices such as CMMI and Six Sigma
  • Experience with developing and maintaining competitive proposals

      Citizenship Requirements:

      Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

      Drug-Free Workplaces:

      Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


      Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

      • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

      • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

      • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

      • Tuition assistance

      • Student loan assistance

      • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

      • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

      About Us:

      Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 18,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in seven U.S. locations.

      Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.