Program Scheduler, Principal

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Job Description

For over 50 years, AeroVironment has been a leader in advanced technologies and diverse innovations that have redefined how the world drives, flies, and connects.

We created MacCready Works Advanced Solutions, named for our founder, Dr. Paul B. MacCready, Jr., to ensure that creativity and long-term thinking remain at the core of our culture. With a focus on the future, this group of select, visionary scientists and engineers partner with our customers to explore breakthrough technologies that open new, more powerful ways to tackle difficult challenges. Together, they research and develop advanced technologies in robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to identify innovative solutions that push beyond the current applications. These revenue-generating projects significantly contribute to the growth of the company and stretch our imaginations to spawn new inventions.

Once conceptualized, we can apply these new technologies to other projects, keeping us and our customers at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation. We are currently working on tomorrow's solutions by creating highly autonomous, mission-centered products that operate jointly across multiple domains, and position our customers at the leading edge of interconnected systems.

We are here to tackle the impossible…without hesitation.

Summary The Principal Program Scheduler is responsible for leading, building and maintaining resource loaded Proposal and Integrated Master Schedules (IMS) in support of multiple product and business areas. This is an individual contributor role where one will work within a team environment comprised of Program Management, Finance, Technical and other supporting staff. The Principal Program Scheduler successfully integrates resources, task status and risk management in the schedule.

Position Responsibilities

  • Oversees schedule integrity including, but not limited to, proper schedule structure and cost alignment (MIL-STD-881 or similar program hierarchy) with proper network logic producing a realistic program critical path. Adherence to FAR & EVMS principles a plus

  • Oversees maintenance of the IMS, summary and detail schedules (vertical schedule integration), participates in project status meetings, maintains schedule metrics and performance reports

  • Identifies and tracks project risk activities, perform critical path analysis & support reporting of program performance against the plan

  • Manages scheduling configuration control, change management and schedule baseline control

  • Performs risk planning with program/project management using the schedule for identifying and recommending mitigation strategies for project risks to ensure cost & Schedule targets are achieved

  • Partners with Finance, Engineering and Program Management in the proper conduct of program execution resulting in the completion of program scope with budget

  • Works on significant and unique issues where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangibles

  • Exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results

  • Performs work independently to determine methods and procedures on new or special assignments. May supervise the activities of others

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Operations Management, Mathematics, Finance or related technical field of study is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • Minimum 12- 15 years of relevant experience

  • Experienced in Program Planning & Scheduling, Project Management and Program Controls

  • Experienced using Schedule Health Analysis and Schedule Risk Assessment tools

  • Experienced developing Work Breakdown Structures, utilizing cost-schedule baseline change controls and integrating cost and scheduling tools (Cobra & Pro Pricer for EVMS & Proposals, respectively)

  • Demonstrated expertise in planning and scheduling processes with IMP/IMS methodologies, EVM and Program Management metrics and reporting

  • Current expertise in: 1) MS Office Suite (Advanced MS Excel required), 2) MS Project)

  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Advanced degree highly preferred

  • Experience using MS Project, Project Web Applications (Project Server 2013/2016) is preferred

  • Demonstrates competency in prioritizing workload, deliverables and sense of organization

  • Works with a sense of timeliness, efficiency and high degree of accuracy

  • Demonstrates effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills

  • Consistently demonstrates leadership, teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests

  • Works effectively in building productive working relationships with other users, finance, planners and support staff in achieving results

  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties

  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives

  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products

  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company

  • Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office environment (Constant)

  • Required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

  • The salary range for this role is:

    $133,536 - $200,304

    AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

    ITAR Requirement:

    This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

    Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: https:// www.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. to learn more about us.

    Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

    Who We Are

    Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we've been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world's most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

    Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

    What We Do

    Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

    AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    U.S. Citizenship required

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    Program Scheduler, Principal




    United States


    June 11, 2024

    Application deadline

    September 15, 2023

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