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Bombardier Manager, Program Management - Bombardier Defense in Wichita, Kansas


Bombardier Defense proudly unites expertise, innovation, and unwavering dedication to forge the future of military aviation. We are dedicated to forging the future of military aviation by enabling persistent airborne solutions for our special missions’ customers.


Our employees are expected to bring their authentic selves to work because we firmly believe our people are at the heart of our success. We are mindful of our employees’ well-being and are consistently working to improve upon our benefits package:

  • Competitive salary and short-term incentive based on company performance.

  • Flexible Hybrid Work Schedule.

  • 10 personal and sick days (up to 130 days cumulative).

  • Flexible group insurance program (Supplementary maternity benefits, medical, dental, travel, life, short- & long-term disability).

  • Flex Dollars Allocation (Wellness, Health, and Group RRSP).

  • Tele-health program.

  • Share Purchase and Pension Plan.

  • Learning opportunities through the Bombardier Academy of Learning.

What are your contributions to the team?

  • Lead a team of program managers to drive the execution of key multi-million/multi-year BSA programs:

  • Track program requirements, scope, budget

  • Track the detailed program schedules and milestones

  • Perform continuous risk management

  • Act as the face of the organization to external customers for escalation issues;

  • Holds P&L oversight for assigned programs and is accountable for overall customer satisfaction and building strong external business relationships;

  • Provides direct oversight during the negotiation, proposal and commercial impact phases for contractual change management throughout the program execution;

  • Direct work to achieve milestones per committed schedule and budget – ensuring proactive risk assessment and contingency management;

  • Has intimate knowledge of contractual requirements for assigned programs and ensures timely execution and administration of programs to remain in compliance with such requirements;

  • Establish a strong governance for weekly Program reviews; including internal executive reviews and external customer reviews;

  • Coordinate with internal resources/stakeholders such as engineering, contracts, finance and logistics during Program execution to remove roadblocks;

  • The position has responsibility for leadership and building a strong and inclusive team and helping each team members develop professionally;

  • Establishes balanced customer-focused and business focused performance indices and directs work to achieved these targets

How to thrive in this role? Skills, knowledge & experience:

  • You hold a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (or equivalent);

  • You have a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in program management; or equivalent experience;

  • Demonstrated responsibility in program management and execution; team leadership is an asset;

  • You are team player with initiative and excellent communication skills;

  • Strong customer-facing skills and experience are required;

  • You have the ability to effectively negotiate in-line with business objectives;

  • Demonstrated ability to build strong business relationships and credibility and interact with key internal stakeholders and external customers;

  • You are able to manage time and prioritize tasks effectively while working toward aggressive deadlines;

  • You have a strong working knowledge of Bombardier's policies and processes;

  • You have a strong technical knowledge of aircraft, aircraft systems and special mission equipment;

  • You have knowledge of ITAR and previous experience in government and military flight operations exposure would be considered an asset;

  • You may be required to travel;

  • You are eligible to view and handle ITAR material as well as be able to obtain a NATO Secret security clearance (as required).


If you aren’t sure you have all the skills, knowledge, and experience for this role, you are encouraged to apply. At Bombardier, we aren’t looking for the perfect candidate. We are looking for great talent with an optimistic attitude that wants to get the job done.

Now that you can see yourself as a manager, program management at Bombardier Defense, apply and let’s chat!

Bombardier is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals of all races, religions, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, immigration statuses, disabilities, or other legally protected characteristics to apply.