Lexington Park, MD

Program Manager – Aerial Refueling

Founded in 2005, CTSi is one of Maryland's most innovative, fastest growing companies.Our expertise is focused on technical solutions for the Department of Defense,NASA, and our commercial customers. We're a Top Secret cleared facility known for innovative, rapid development and close working relationships with our customers.

Specifically, CTSi is involved in the development of several products and technologies being leveraged for the advancement of aerial refueling. CTSi is seeking a Program Manager with aerial refueling experience to lead these efforts from prototype to production. For this role, the candidate must be able to work well in a fast-paced team environment, communicate clearly, and have a consistent track record of delivering high-quality products. The candidate must either be willing to locate or commute to St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The candidate must either possess, or be able to obtain, a security clearance. 


  • Formulate,organize and monitor inter-connected aerial refueling products and projects.
  • Assign resources, manage personnel, manage risk, ensure performance quality, monitor overall program and contract performance.
  • Identify process gaps, measure progress, and balance engineering and program efficiency with process overhead.
  • Develop budgets and operating plans to guide work execution.
  • Oversee program scheduling; including the creation, maintenance, monitoring and negotiation of task schedules with the customer.
  • Lead delivery of program deliverable s in accordance with the agreed project schedules.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the customer across all program contracts.  
  • Lead diverse teams with varied technical and management expertise.
  • Work closely with engineering leads along with systems, RF, optics, software and mechanical engineers.
  • Understand and manage subcontractor and vendor relationships.
  • Provide people management and professional development for team members.
  • Identify opportunities for program growth; develop and execute capture strategies.
  • Lead and assist in developing proposals for existing and new customers. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Engineering.
  • Professional work experience in aerial refueling, specifically Navy-based probe-drogue refueling.
  • 8+years of program/project management and supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with customer interfacing and developing customer relationships.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Ability to obtain, at a minimum, a DoD SECRET level clearance.
  • Experience in a government contracting environment.
  • US Citizenship.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
  • Experience with system integration and flight testing.
  • Experience with relative navigation systems.
  • Experience with product development.

Candidate selected will be subject to a Government background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Candidate must have the ability to work in a team environment; provide constructive alternatives/approaches to solving issues; be flexible; have a strong sense of urgency for critical tasks; and must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously while effectively managing schedule and communicating process. 

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  

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