Project Manager R & D

  • Program Management & Business Development
  • Jackson, United States

Project Manager R & D

Job description

Project Manager (R&D)

SeaLandAire provides engineering services for data collection applications in difficult environments. We design, develop, and build products tailored to help our customers collect information from any environment, focusing on sensor systems and small unmanned vehicles. Our passion for engineering is evident in everything that leaves our doors!

We are looking for experienced Project Managers to work on our Research and Development Engineering projects.

We need someone who can manage projects from small proof of concept, up to large, multi-million-dollar development programs. You will be expected to work with top engineers, support personnel, and customers. The position is fast-paced, collaborative, and the key to our development and support teams.

PMs work closely with the Lead Project Engineer (PE) throughout the project to ensure that development strategies are appropriate for the funding and timeline. PM/PE’s will work together to present recommendations to the SLA team and customers. They set milestones and are expected to ensure resource needs are forecasted, and schedules and budgets are utilized in the most productive ways. Setting and maintaining metrics is necessary.

There are some Business Development components to the position. This role will be expected to do company-level forecasting and development strategies with the team and with customers in support of the needs of the company.

A Project Manager will be expected to understand and be able to explain the project goals as well as each member’s tasks, responsibilities, expectations, and feedback. Strong team-building and leadership skills and attention to detail, will be key to success in this position.

What is success?

A successful Project Manager at SLA will be able to build a cohesive and synergistic team to support all jobs/projects. We are looking for someone who can inspire a shared vision with all project team members including the customer. They will manage all budgets and communicate all concerns to the team, other departments, and management. They will be expected to understand and be able to explain the project goals as well as each member’s tasks, responsibilities, expectations, and feedback.

Communication is key to success in this position.

Essential Functions

  • Good organization skills and attention to detail
  • High proficiency with MS Office tools (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Leading team meetings to review progress and check in on tasks
  • Keeping team members, leadership, and customers informed.

  • Experience with managing resource loading, project schedules, and project budgets
  • Interest in solving problems with technology
  • Flexibility to handle small proof of concept projects up to large, multi-million-dollar development programs
  • Awareness and ability to build and maintain trust in key relationships during the course of a project’s life-cycle (internally w/ Project Engineer & externally with the customer)

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Core Competencies

Successful applicants should exhibit the following capabilities and traits:

  • Strong resource management skills
  • Complex problem solving, including root cause analysis
  • Time management skills and strategies
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Good communication skills including written and verbal
  • Comfortable working in multi-discipline teams
  • Willingness to follow existing standards, procedures, and guides

Other Experience

Experience with or interest in the following areas would be beneficial but not required:

  • Experience with establishing/managing a Project Management Department
  • Relevant hobby experience such as Radio Controlled (RC) vehicles, rocketry, amateur radio, marine/watersports, etc.

NOTE: Since a majority of SeaLandAire's business is funded by the US Department of Defense, applicants must be a "US Person" (US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident).

The employee will likely be required to pass background checks to obtain a government security clearance.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work This is a full-time position, with a minimum expectation of 40 - 45 hours per week. Hours are somewhat flexible and some late evenings or weekend work may be required.


Some travel is expected for field testing, vendor selections, conferences, and customer interface.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or extensive experience required.

A background in R&D Engineering is preferred. A Masters in Business Administration and/or Certification in Project Management highly appreciated.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear (sometimes in a noisy environment), sit, stand, walk, climb (occasionally), and do repetitive movements with hands.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as a complete list of all job duties performed by persons in the position.

Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time as the needs of the company and requirements of the job change.

SeaLandAire Technologies provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, SeaLandAire Technologies complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfers, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.