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This is a Full-time position in Fort Collins, CO posted July 25, 2021.

Position Purpose:

The Program Manager is accountable for the planning, directing, and execution of local and/or global projects. The Program Manager is responsible for managing projects and project team activities in the development and launch of new products or derivatives. 
Program Manager will direct and influence the project team to achieve project deliverables including contractual and
business objectives while ensuring customer satisfaction and Woodward business objectives are met.
The particular focus for this role will be leading the development and production launch of Woodward?s industrial controls
products.  These products require flawless integration of world leading control technologies for the most complex industrial
equipment in the world. 

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate/lead multiple projects of med-high complexity and risk or projects with multiple sub-projects. Manages predominantly CAT 2 projects or assists more advanced Program Managers in Category 3 projects.
  • Drive relevant project and project status communications; Monitor progress through project management reviews.
  • Manage and work through project launch teams to ensure that the project scope and outcome is achieved. 
  • Execute, monitor and control the schedule, cost deliverables, risk management and scope to meet or exceed stakeholder and customer expectations. 
  • Responsible for allocating resources and management of the project team. Proactively manages potential conflict and resource constraints.
  • Leverage the use of the Woodward PLC (Product-Life-Cycle) process to support product development.
  • Works across business to resolve elevated issues internally and with the customer, ensuring barriers that could impede program progress are removed.
  • Coordinates with Customer Account Manager to act as the primary point of customer contact for the project.
  • Presents and represents project status to customer and Woodward senior leadership.
  • Participate in strategic planning/profit planning processes
  • Accountable for scope change management within the project. Responsible for orchestrating response to customer scope changes in collaboration with the Customer Account Manager and the project team.
  • Evaluate and implement continuous improvement in the product development process.  May include authoring documents and standards.
  • Provide guidance and support to lower level program managers.
  • Participate in and support new business development (proposals).

Other Functions:

  • Assure customer development and production product forecasting and Sales Order demand is maintained
  • Leverage all engineering groups to minimize total investment
  • Collaborate with Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain to assure high quality, competitively priced supplier designed components. Able to assist in overall supplier business assessments (quality, technology, delivery, capacity, etc.)
  • May participate in product portfolio management
  • Evaluate and drive implementation and maintenance of appropriate project management tools.

Job Requirements:


  • Strong knowledge of project management tools
  • Strong knowledge of the product life cycle
  • Strong leadership skills including the building of effective teams, an ability to manage conflict, the effective setting of priorities in the team and an ability to clearly define roles, responsibilities and objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to moderate and lead projects and drive technical decisions
  • Ability to prepare technical and strategic issues for management decisions
  • Effective strategic, long-term and planning thought processes
  • Strong communication and presentation skills to customers and Woodward leadership
  • Strong business sense, enterprise negotiation
  • Strong financial acumen and advanced use of analysis tools
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and mitigate project risks
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of the Material Requirements Planning (MRPII) process
  • Demonstrated ability of how to get things done within the organization while considering their value and motivation
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Quality, specifically 6 Sigma, Lean and continuous improvement
  • Focused on customer needs, builds and maintains trust in relationship
  • Solid knowledge of business systems
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally, as required

Education or Formal Training:

  • Bachelors Degree required. Program management or technical field preferred 
  • Green Belt certification required within 1 year of appointment
  • MBA or International equivalent desired
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) certification required or agreed plan to achieve PMP certification.

Experience Required:

  • 4 years experience in PLC environment and 4 years in project management.
  • Prefer experience leading projects which include embedded software and/or electronic controls development 

Materials and Equipment Used:

  • Personal computer

Working Environment / Physical Activities:

  • Work is generally performed in a normal office environment: however, the job will take them in various areas of the plant where there is a possible exposure to noise, chemicals, dust and temperature variations. 

Woodward offers an extensive Total Reward package for this position, including:

Estimated pay:  $102,000-$128,000

Sick Time / Short Term Disability / Bereavement / Adoption Assistance / Vacation / 401(k) Match

Stock Contribution after 2 years  / Tuition Reimbursement / Employee Assistance Program

Long Term Disability / Member Life & AD&D / Family and Medical Leave / Member Optional Life

Spouse/Child Optional Life / Optional AD&D / Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending

Home Auto Insurance / Whole Life Insurance / Critical Illness Insurance / Legal Plan / Military Leave

Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance / Pandemic Leave / Variable Incentive Plan / Vacation Buy-up

This information is provided in compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and is the company’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the compensation range and benefits offered for this position.  The compensation offered to the successful applicant may vary based on factors including experience, skills, education, location, and other job-related reasons. 

Woodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets. Our aerospace systems and components optimize the performance of fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms in commercial, business and military aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment. Our energy-related systems and components enhance the performance of industrial gas and steam turbines, reciprocating engines, compressors, wind turbines, electrical grids and other energy-related industrial equipment. The company?s innovative fluid energy, combustion control, electrical energy, and motion control systems help customers offer cleaner, more reliable and more efficient equipment. Our customers include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products.

Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer

EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans