Subcontracts Program Manager

Posted Date 1 week ago(11/16/2020 11:35 AM)
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Subcontracts Program Management (SPM)
Employment Type
Full Time - Regular

General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has a new opportunity for a Subcontracts Program Manager (SPM) to support defense acquisition and in-service support contracts that have either been awarded or are in the pre-contract award phase.  The Subcontract Program Manager reports to the Senior Director of Supply Chain and works closely with Capture Managers during the pre-contract pursuit phase and with Program Manager during the post contract award phase.


During the pre-contract award phase the SPM will be responsible for supporting the program Capture team with the development of Request For Proposals (RFPs) and model subcontracts.  Accountable to the specific Capture Manager, the SPM will develop program level relationships with selected suppliers and be responsible for establishing all subcontract work documentation needed to develop, negotiate and close subcontract agreements. Following award of contracts, the SPM will be accountable to the specific Program Manager for managing the performance of subcontractors to ensure the successful delivery of the subcontracted scope in accordance with the terms and conditions of the established contract. 

Typical Duties

  • Participate in an Integrated Product Team (IPT) environment to identify potential suppliers of goods and/or services required by the Program
  • Identify and establish relationships with company partners and/or subcontractors
  • Participate in an IPT to develop evaluation criteria with emphasis on PM aspects of the RFP process
  • Develop subcontract Statement of Work (SOW), ensuring alignment with the applicable Prime Contract
  • Upon receipt of bids, review and comment on appropriate sections of responses relative to Prime and Subcontract PM Requirements (e.g. WBS,
  • Project Management Plan, schedule and risk
  • Support fact-finding and negotiation with subcontractors and provide recommendations on preferred supplier/vendor(s).
  • Following selection of subcontractor, assume primary responsibility for all programmatic aspects of the subcontract (e.g. work execution, cost, schedule, performance, risk and scope management)
  • Address all subcontract risk issues with subcontractor, identify and execute appropriate risk mitigation plans, and coordinate with the Program Manager
  • Chair all Program Management Review meetings with the subcontractor
  • Attend internal review meetings, providing required reports and highlighting subcontract problem areas with emphasis on risk mitigation/management from a programmatic perspective
  • Review all subcontract amendments to ensure consistency with programmatic requirements of the Prime Contract
  • Review and comment on the applicability subcontract document deliverables
  • Provide estimate of effort to support subcontract PM tasks
  • Manage GD Canada personnel and infrastructure resources applicable to the execution of the subcontract within the allocated budget for the subcontract activity
  • Assume responsibility as Cost Account Manager (CAM) for all subcontractor cost accounts
  • Monitor and status subcontract progress and performance relative to the Prime Contract
  • Report subcontract status to the Program Manager
  • Liaise with the subcontractor Project Manager to ensure subcontract requirements are met and to resolve issues in a timely manner
  • Manage relationships with company partners and subcontractors.
  • Works with the Subcontractor IPT to manage the implementation if required of recovery plans by subcontractor to ensure sub-systems are delivered on time and technical performances are met at lowest cost to General Dynamics Canada.
  • Identify opportunities for and where approved manage the implementation of cost reduction activities for allocated sub-systems.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Law, Engineering or related field is preferable.
  • Program Management Training
  • Experience in Program Management (PM) or related subcontract management for defense programs is required to perform this job.
  • 5 years’ experience with managing subcontract or related contract and/or programmatic work within the defense industry.
  • Experience in the Program Management and Contract Management discipline for major contracts; including management of work, cost, schedule and performance elements of a program.
  • Experience working within an Earned Value Management system.
  • Experience in negotiating contracts at an executive level and working with both technical and non-technical resources to establish contracts.
  • Excellent understanding of financial management and performance indicators
  • Advanced customer service and negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of the defense business; understanding of the supplier base for the defense industry 

Must be able to obtain and maintain Canadian Security Clearance and a positive Controlled Goods Assessment. Eligibility to work in Canada either as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Our Company Benefits
Our contribution to our employees represents much more than just a pay check. We invest in our employees’ health and wellness, paid time off, retirement, income protection, work/life balance, talent development and more. As a General Dynamics employee, you can enjoy many of our benefits including:

  • Health and optional dental plan
  • Life insurance and retirement benefits
  • Vacation and flexible work environment
  • On-site fitness facilities
  • Free parking
  • Hockey and soccer leagues
  • Tickets and giveaways offered through our Recreation Association

About General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada
General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada is one of the country’s most innovative defence and security technology companies, providing advanced thinking, design expertise, and implementation know-how to equip military and first responders with leading-edge hardware, software and systems.

Our employees innovate on a daily basis. Part of General Dynamics Mission Systems, a global company with more than 13,000 employees across 100 facilities worldwide, our success stems from strong system engineering experience, ongoing investment in research and development, collaboration with commercial and military systems industry leaders, and a singular focus on customer service.

In Canada, we employ more than 1,300 people across three locations. Our business groups include: Land Communications, Airborne Mission Systems, Underwater Warfare and Cyber Solutions.

We believe in maintaining a diverse workplace – inclusive of beliefs, cultural background, job experiences, thoughts and ideas. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team! (Workplace accommodations are available).


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