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Saab Global
Installation in HQ

Principal Program Manager

East Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Closing date: 30 June 2024

Job Description:

Saab is seeking a Principal Program Manager (PM) to be responsible for the profitable execution of development radar programs within the Radar Surveillance division. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in the design, development and fielding of large scale, complex ground based radar systems, and an in-depth knowledge of military or commercial radar systems, markets, and technologies through several years of working in this domain.

The PM will develop and implement a successful business growth strategy within assigned program segment(s), including the recommendation and execution of IRAD plans to support long term business objectives. Additional responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


Specifically accountable for cost, schedule and technical performance of assigned program portfolios.

  • Establish and control program budgets that are aligned with program needs.

  • Ensure all projects within assigned program are managed and executed within approved program management processes.

  • Make personnel recommendations in support of business objectives.

  • Drive Earned Value Management principles and initiatives within the business and use EVMS to report program status internally and externally.

Oversee profitable growth of the program segment.

  • Identify and pursue significant new business opportunities.

  • Work closely with Sales and Product Management personnel to maintain institutional knowledge of the competitive landscape in the assigned market segment.

  • Develop high quality competitive proposals that facilitate achievement of business segment objectives.

  • Collaborate with all functions to leverage program execution and capture strategies, and resources through the design and manufacturing phases of the programs in the portfolio.

  • Grow relationships in the customer community and with large industry primes to service existing programs, and find new and unique ways to deploy our technology to meet customer needs.

Provide consistent leadership to the program execution staff to ensure effective and efficient execution of assigned programs.

  • Monitor and guide junior PMs to achieve delivery of distinctively high quality products and services; to include performance, reliability, cost and on-time delivery.

  • Contribute to the development and retention of program management talent.


Compensation Range: $154,300-$204,500

The compensation range provided is a general guideline. When extending an offer, Saab, Inc. considers factors including (but not limited to) the role and associated responsibilities, location, and market and business considerations, as well as the candidate's work experience, key skills, and education/training.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering or related discipline is required, MBA is preferred.

  • 10+ years of Program Management experience, $50M – $100M+ program lifecycle.

  • 5+ years of People Management experience, directly or indirectly leading organizations of 10 or more individuals.

  • 10+ years of Defense/ Aerospace Industry experience in Engineering, Business or related position.

  • Extensive experience successfully negotiating multi-million dollar agreements with large Aerospace and Defense customers.

  • Demonstrated track record leading large scale aerospace and defense business capture efforts.

  • Must possess advanced knowledge of program management standards and best practices (scheduling, cost accounting, EVMS, Risk/Opportunity management).

  • Ability to contribute to the development strategy and lead strategic initiatives in support of functional and business objectives.

  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills.

  • Willingness to travel up to 25% in support of program and business development efforts.

  • Must be capable of obtaining a Secret level clearance.


Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to participate in a background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, education and employment verification.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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 19,000 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 eight 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.