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Ensign-Bickford Aerospace and Defense Program Manager III in Longmont, Colorado

Join Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. (EBI) and you’ll be part of a team that leads science, innovation, and technology on different industry fronts. Working here will provide you with an exciting and motivating career full of development and growth opportunities throughout our businesses. We are a global company that prides itself on having passionate, diverse and dedicated employees who work together to achieve uncommon results.

This opportunity is located within our Honeybee Robotics business, an R&D engineering company that creates unique solutions for our customers’ challenges, on Earth and in space.Click here ( to learn more.

Job Description

This position will support all aspects of program management to include cost, schedule and risk management as well as working with the Honeybee internal organizations and suppliers to deliver quality hardware, on time. Responsible for technical as well as non-technical management of multiple aerospace projects. Plans, organizes, directs, and controls all activities of a program to satisfy contractual requirements and meet financial commitments to the company, while ensuring good employee and customer relations.


  • Develop project plans – responsible for overall program leadership including appropriate planning, direction, guidance, and budget.

  • Manage technical and project level risks, stay on top of scope changes and contractual modifications and identify and communicate corrective actions

  • Review and evaluate the program status on a continuing basis and work unplanned program issues to a best solution, including development of plans-forward, escalation and increased resources, as required

  • Compile and present project status, schedule and budgetary EVM statistics to customers or company management, as required

  • Lead smaller projects independently and larger projects together with Systems Engineer for teams consisting of Design, Electrical, Software, Manufacturing Engineers, as well as Technicians

  • Lead team meetings, assign and/or record action items in project management tools and assure follow through

  • Ensure that program requirements, purposes, objectives, and expectations are communicated and flowed down to the internal team and suppliers

  • Identify and ensure required compliance with the government and company regulation, policies/procedures and guidelines; negotiate acceptance/approval of all program plans with internal interfaces and the customer

  • Lead change proposal efforts for program including pre-coordination with customer to establish expectations

  • Organize and lead customer milestone reviews such as PDRs and CDRs and assign action items, as required

  • Employ proactive risk and opportunity management processes and practices to mitigate or capture potential program issues and improvements

  • Ensure that all business is conducted using the highest ethical standards and in compliance with all applicable laws, statutes, and regulations

  • Resolve conflicts, demands and priorities on assigned programs

  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule

Required Experience, Skills and Education

  • US Person (US Citizen or Permanent Resident)

  • B.S. in an aerospace, mechanical, or systems engineering-related field (or equivalent experience)

  • 8 years related experience in program management with relevant experience in complex aerospace products

  • Proven ability to build relationships with customers and other external stakeholders

  • NASA, DOD or commercial spaceflight or aerospace project experience with working experience in all phases of a typical project life-cycle phases is required; this experience is preferably gained through technical or programmatic leadership roles while working at one of these agencies, a prime contractor or lower tier supplier.

  • Familiarity with government contractor cost accounting requirements and industry standard project/program accounting practices and methods such creating Work Breakdown Structures, earned value assessments as well as cost estimate to complete tasks and projects (ETC/EAC’s)

  • Comfortable working in a fast paced, dynamic work environment and ability to travel in support of the program, customer and employee activities

  • PMP certification preferred but not required

  • NASA Flight Project Experience including NASA Life-Cycle Phases preferred but not required

Honeybee Robotics, Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.

Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. is a diversified company with businesses in a myriad of industries including Aerospace & Defense, Space Robotics, Life Sciences, and Pet Food Flavorings, with our headquarters located in Denver, CO. We have been called "The industry leader"​, "The people to follow"​, "The safety, quality and reliability experts"​. Our technologies allow us to be first to market with next-generation products for all of our focus markets. Our businesses include:

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Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company

EnviroLogix Inc. (

Honeybee Robotics, Ltd.

Each of our companies, as varied as they are, have a great deal in common. Each is a leader in its field. Each ​shares a dedication to innovation, continuous improvement, a commitment to research and technological expertise and an unmatched level of services and support. The simple truth is: When you are a part of our team, you stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.