Program Manager

Bryan, TX

About BlueForge Alliance (BFA) 

BlueForge Alliance is an agile program integrator positioned to meet the intense and urgent demand to build capacity for the defense industrial base. We are a unifying organization converging technology, manufacturing, economics, and state and federal government to provide a forward-facing, federated umbrella with national visibility. 

As a non-profit, neutral convener, BlueForge Alliance aligns strategy with execution to coordinate regional stakeholders, assess and propose high-value efforts, and rapidly establish and deploy U.S. Department of Defense investments. By streamlining competing priorities and viewpoints, we aim to increase manufacturing capacity and technology adoption, boost the number of available suppliers and diversify investment into the defense industrial base. 

Position Description 

As a Program Manager, you will provide strategic leadership and oversight for portfolios of projects within our organization. You will be responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of programs and projects, aligning with organizational goals and objectives. Your role will involve collaborating with cross-functional teams, managing resources, and fostering effective communication and collaboration across all levels. The Program Manager reports to the Managing Director and plays a crucial role in ensuring the successful delivery of programs and projects, driving organizational goals and objectives forward. In addition to the following details, by being a BlueForger, you will be expected to uphold and exemplify our values of Belonging, Selfless Service, Integrity, Leadership, Respect, and Excellence. We uphold these values upon a backbone of humility driven by a culture of safety, vulnerability, and purpose. In this role you will:  

  • Lead and manage portfolios of projects, ensuring their alignment with organizational strategies and goals
  • Develop and maintain program management plans, including scope, schedule, budget, and resource allocation
  • Oversee the planning, execution, and monitoring of programs and projects, ensuring adherence to established processes and best practices
  • Provide guidance and support to Project Managers and Coordinators, fostering their professional growth and development
  • Establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders at all levels both internally and externally
  • Drive effective communication and collaboration among project teams, stakeholders, and other relevant parties
  • Monitor program performance and progress, conducting regular reviews and assessments to identify areas for improvement and implement necessary corrective actions
  • Manage program risks and issues, developing and implementing mitigation strategies to ensure successful outcomes
  • Foster a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, and knowledge sharing within the team
  • Contribute to the development and enhancement of program management methodologies, processes, and tools
  • Provide regular updates and reports to the Managing Director and other key stakeholders on program status, achievements, and challenges
  • Supervise and provide guidance to Project Managers and/or Coordinators, ensuring their professional growth, development, and effective performance in delivering projects within their respective areas of responsibility
  • Stay aware and knowledgeable of industry trends, emerging practices, and technologies relevant to program management, incorporating them into program strategies and approaches

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in business, engineering, or a related field; Master’s degree (e.g. MBA, Engineering) and 8+ years of experience; or equivalent experience
  • Extensive experience in program management, overseeing portfolios of projects, preferably within the defense sector
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate cross-functional teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with stakeholders at all levels
  • Proven track record of successfully delivering complex programs and projects on time and within budget
  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, with a focus on driving innovation and continuous improvement
  • Proficiency in project management methodologies, tools, and software. Experience with specific tools (e.g. Deltek) is preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of industry best practices and standards related to program management
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt to changing circumstances in a dynamic environment
  • Professional certifications in program or project management (e.g., PMP) are highly desirable

Salary & Benefits

Expected Salary Range depending on role and qualifications.

BFA has a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • Health, dental, and vision plans
  • 401k matching program
  • Generous PTO package
  • And more

Note – This Program Manager position is part of a pooled application process and placement will be determined based on ever changing needs across our organization.

Other Details

BlueForge Alliance provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This position requires US Citizenship as a bona fide occupational qualification due to the specific security and contractual requirements associated with our work as a defense contractor.

All positions are security sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.