Operations Program Manager

ViaSat   •  

Tempe, AZ

Industry: Telecommunications & Hardware


5 - 7 years

Posted 39 days ago

Job Responsibilities

The Operations Program Manager (OPM) leads cross-functional production program teams and is accountable to the Business Area to ensure timely delivery of products to both external and internal customers. By providing day-to-day direction to a cross functional team including representatives from New Product Introduction (NPI), test engineering, sourcing, manufacturing, production planning, and quality assurance, the OPM manages all aspects of production program requirements. During the development and prototype phases, the OPM works closely with the cross-functional team and Engineering to ensure the product is manufacturable and all critical processes and suppliers (including Contract Manufactures) are production ready and all key risk mitigation factors are identified and addressed. The OPM leads and directs regular core team meetings, attends and reports at program reviews, ensures product line forecasts are translated into a Build Plan, oversees change management, and plans/manages Manufacturing labor forecasting to Program. The OPM may also interface with external customers to present updates on Viasat manufacturing status.

The OPM position is a unique and rewarding position, combining aspects of manufacturing, product engineering, and program management. Opportunities exist in both the defense and commercial arenas. Qualified candidates who are results driven, good communicators, and work well in a team-oriented environment should apply.


  • 5+ years of experience in production start-up, electronics manufacturing and/or manufacturing engineering, or operations program/project management
  • Ability to drive and monitor continuous improvement by applying Lean Six Sigma tools and initiatives.
  • Ability to lead a complex project with Operations focus from new product development thru fulfillment of mature products.
  • Ability to comprehend production test strategies and drive optimization of test through Test Engineering resources.
  • Ability to analyze and act to mitigate risk.
  • Ability to implement, track, and manage cost controls to meet negotiated cost reduction objectives.
  • Ability to lead a matrixed, cross-functional team to achieve desired schedule, cost, and quality targets.
  • Excellent organization and communications skills are desired.
  • PC literacy with competency in MS Office, project management, product collaboration SW
  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field(hardware oriented EE, ME or IE)
  • US Government position. US citizenship required.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time during certain phases of the program lifecycle


  • 5+ years of experience with micro-electronics manufacturing
  • Experience supporting programs utilizing outsource manufacturing strategies to deliver high-reliability government communications hardware and/or space flight hardware.
  • Master's degree in Business or Technical discipline.
  • ERP software tools with strong preference for Oracle experience.