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AeroVironment Program Controls Manager in Simi Valley, California

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The Program Controls Manager will be responsible for oversight of both internal and external customer deliverables and all phases of Program financial implementation. The Manager, Program Controls is responsible for leading Program Financial Analysts and Program Scheduling teams while providing support to the Director of Finance. One must have a practical understanding of financial principles and demonstrate application through hands-on experience. In this role, one must ensure successful execution of the program through the application of Earned Value Management techniques (EVM) including: baseline generation, maintenance, Estimate at Complete (EAC) development, scheduling, in depth analysis, risk and opportunity assessment, and status reporting on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis.

Position Responsibilities

  • Take a lead in Estimate at Complete & Earned Value development processes for a specific division

  • Adheres to AV’s Earned Value Management System Description. Maintenance of policies and procedures to align with industries best practices for effective performance management

  • Provided guidance and detailed review of Program Estimate at Completes across the portfolio of a specific division area to ensure compliance to financial reporting & SOX compliance

  • Supervise the division area’s Finance division including the assigned Business / Program Control Managers, Program Schedulers and Program / Financial Analysts

  • Ownership & Maintenance of Division Program Control related systems (Oracle, Cobra, MS Project PWA)

  • Help to support the Division’s Director of Finance in the monthly close process to ensure accurate reporting of Financials and SOX Compliance

  • Provide support to audits of financial information by internal auditors, external auditors, DCAA and other agencies

  • Support new business initiatives and engineering change proposals (ECPs).

  • Works on issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of organizational objectives.

  • Regularly interacts with senior management or executive levels on matters concerning several functional areas, divisions, and/or customers

  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics related filed is required or 7+ years equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • Experience in Program Controls and/or Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A).

  • Advanced knowledge of Earned Value Management

  • Advanced knowledge of ASC-606 “Revenue from Contracts with Customers”

  • Advanced knowledge of Internal Audit Controls for SOX

  • Knowledge of Government Cost accounting principles and FAR

  • Strong analytical, presentation, business writing and problem solving skills

  • Ability to communicate information, both orally and in writing, to internal & external customers

  • Ability to manage multiple, critical projects simultaneously and enjoy working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

  • Should have current expertise in: 1) MS Office Suite, 2) EVMS System such as Cobra, MPM 3) ERP System such as Oracle EBS 4) MS Project including resource loaded schedules and Project Web Application (PWA)

  • Strong financial analysis and budget management skills with a focus on aerospace project funding structures.

  • Excellent organizational and multitasking abilities, specifically within the context of government project complexities.

  • Familiarity with project management tools and software used in the government sector.

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate across diverse teams.

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Advanced degree or certifications in aerospace project management a plus

  • Uses vision to think beyond the immediate situation, explore multiple potential paths, and adapt decision-making style based on the situational circumstances

  • Inspires, motivates, and empowers people to deliver organizational goals, while also delivering value back to employees

  • Brings organizational values to life using personality, uniqueness and the creation of a shared vision

  • Champions the process of change and promotes a culture of quick adaptation while helping others deal with the effects of change

  • Demonstrates the ability to develop and maintain internal and external trusting, professional relationships

  • Assesses the degree of risk and opportunity in plans or actions and takes appropriate action to mitigate them or makes plans to build on the opportunity

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office environment (Constant)

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

Special Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required.

  • Occasionally may be required to travel within the Continental U.S.

The salary range for this role is:

$122,387 - $183,581

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: http://www.avinc.com/myavbenefits .

We also encourage you to review our company website at http://www.avinc.com 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. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.