Rockwell Collins Principal Technical Project Manager - Rotary Wing Platform Systems in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Requisition ID: 10934

Want to work with some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet? Do you value relationships, commitment, innovation and integrity? Want to be a part of a company that has been named numerous times as America's Best Employer in Aerospace and Defense by Forbes magazine?

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We are currently searching for a Principal Technical Project Manager - Rotary Wing Platform Systems to join our team in Cedar Rapids, IA (1000). A comprehensive relocation package is available for qualified candidates. Employing some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet is not by chance. People from all over the globe choose Rockwell Collins as the place to build a rewarding career, while helping create and deliver communications, integration, and engineering solutions that our global customers demand so that our world keeps moving and stays connected. It's an exciting time to become a part of our team. Join us and discover how high your career can soar at Rockwell Collins.

Job Summary

The Technical Project Management (TPM) candidate position is to support the Rotary Wing Platform Systems (RWPS) Department in the Pursuit of new business in the Rotary Wing aircraft industry across the world. The RWPS TPM is expected to to be a self driven individual that will take the initiative to launch pursuit activities, being proactive in the relentless pursuit of new business for our company. This individual will also be expected to lead other highly skilled TPMs to ensure their pursuit activities are aligned with an overarching Rotary Wing Department Technology Roadmap. The RWPS department is complex, consisting of multiple customers and a variety of different aircraft. Through development and use of the RWPS Technology Roadmap, the RWPS TPM aligns our customers and products to ensure Rockwell Collins is making progress towards providing solutions that are best both for our customers, and for Rockwell Collins future.

In addition to the responsibilities described above, this position will also be expected to potentially execute major contracts upon award. The TPM position represents engineering as the Single Point of Contact, responsible for the project management of the technical development program within guidelines set by the Program Manager through Life Cycle Value Stream Management (LCVSM) and Customer. The ideal candidate provides program-wide focus for systems, subsystems and product development. The candidate position requires a thorough understanding of the engineering development process through all phases of the developmental process in order to develop an avionics system that satisfies customer expectations.

Job Responsibilities

Job responsibilities include:

  • Interfacing with customers and the executing team (both internal and external) during definition and implementation of avionic system installations.

  • Working with Program and Product Managers to ensure customer expectations are translated into an executable project plan.

  • Leading and coordinating program level cost estimates during the bid cycle.

  • Coordinating all technical and project execution aspects of bid and proposal activities.

  • Managing program technical execution and maintain performance metrics for management review and continuous improvement.

  • Effectively managing program-level scope and change management, working closely with other TPMs and LCVSM to ensure alignment.

  • Developing and managing the program-level schedule as well as the integrated intermediate level schedule. Ensuring critical path and key dependencies are effectively managed to ensure project success.

  • Reviewing detailed execution plans and schedules of the team/PEs (Project Engineers) to ensure adequacy, completeness, and harmonization with the program level plan and integrated intermediate level schedule. Leading teams to ensure critical dependencies are managed by the team at the appropriate system, subsystem, product, and component level.

  • Regular collaboration with other GS, Business, and Regional Systems TPMs to ensure consistency in project execution and sharing of best practices and lessons learned, actively identifying, driving, and leading continuous improvement within the program and organization.

  • Leading and coordinating program-level risk management in conjunction with the Program Office.

  • Takes all possible actions to avoid or minimize problem areas. Anticipates problems and if necessary, pro-actively revises project plans as permitted by policy and project requirements.

  • Conducting regular team meetings and Team Performance Reviews, reporting overall program engineering performance to plan as appropriate.

  • Effectively interact with Engineering Management, Engineering Developers, Program Management, Business Development, and Finance.

Basic Qualifications


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

  • Must possess or be eligible for obtaining and maintaining a U.S. DOD Secret Clearance.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline; identified skills and experience.

  • Prior project leadership of large multidiscipline engineering teams, and managing customer relationships.

Successful Candidate may possess:

  • Ability to represent engineering at internal and external customer meetings. Serve as liaison between functional discipline groups as well as internal and external customers.

  • Ability to obtain a passport and the ability to obtain required visas for potential international travel.

  • Ability to work in a very detail oriented environment, following pre-defined solution delivery processes.

  • Ability to receive little instruction on day to day work, working under general instructions on new assignments.

  • Ability to participate in determining objectives of assignment.

  • Experience planning, scheduling and arranging activities in accomplishing project objectives.

  • Promote leadership with a passion for managing projects / programs in a dynamic, growing environment.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and be a team player who strives for a solution.

  • Experience using Microsoft Office tool suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft Project)

Experience a plus:

Agile development, JAMA, ALM, DOORs, ClearQuest, Subversion, and PREP.

Knowledge and experience working with Avionics regulatory and certification requirements: TSO, DO-160, DO254, DO-178B, DO-210, TSO-129, TSO-145.

At Rockwell Collins, we believe a solid work-life balance creates a healthy lifestyle and inspires creativity and innovation. We value our people and invest in their development, growth and success at our company by providing development opportunities through Rockwell Collins University, networking, mentoring, and tuition reimbursement.

And that's just for starters.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

  • Company-paid winter holiday shutdown for most locations

  • Generous 401(k) plan that matches 62.5 percent of the first 8 percent of eligible compensation you contribute (or 5 percent if you save 8 percent)

  • An Incentive Pay Plan based upon company performance

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • And more

Interested yet? Apply now and embark on your next worthwhile adventure!

Rockwell Collins is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.