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Director, Project Management (Hybrid)

REQ: REQ-130320 Project Management

Panasonic Avionics Corporation
  • Irvine, CA, United States
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Our new global headquarters is conveniently located in Irvine, CA near John Wayne Airport in the Park Place development. For our onsite and hybrid employees you will be able to enjoy amenities such as access to many restaurants and shops, running trails, a fitness deck, outdoor seating, dry cleaning, car wash, free garage parking, car charging stations, shuttle service for train commuters, outdoor games like bocce, horseshoes, gaming tables, pickle ball, and basketball. For more information on Park Place visit 

Who we are: 

Ever wonder who brings the entertainment to your flights? Panasonic Avionics Corporation is #1 in the industry for delivering inflight products such as movies, games, WiFi, and now Bluetooth headphone connectivity!  

How exciting would it be to be a part of the innovation that goes into creating technology that delights millions of people in an industry that’s here to stay! With our company’s history spanning over 40 years, you will have stability, career growth opportunities, and will work with the brightest minds in the industry. And we are committed to a diverse and inclusive culture that will help our organization thrive! We seek diversity in many areas such as background, culture, gender, ways of thinking, skills and more. 

If you want to learn more about us visit us at And for a full listing of open job opportunities go to  

The position: 

Supervisory and Leadership

  • Directs project managers of hardware, software, and services to ensure on-time delivery of complex projects.
  • Assigns appropriate resources across both functions; provides visibility of project risks and opportunities at all levels within Engineering.
  • Lead the project managers by ensuring regular team meetings, ensuring that all aspects of projects are kept current and that integrated schedules are maintained and available.
  • Ensure that assigned staff is accountable for schedule, cost, resource, change, quality and risk of each project.
  • Ability to prioritize daily workload in support of each project and its priorities.
  • Monitor project schedule commitments and direct appropriate personnel to manage impacts(s) or change(s).
  • Mentor and provide feedback to Project Managers.

Project P&L management including financial management for:

  • Project cost
  • NRE (outsource engineering 3rd parties)
  • STC Costs Planned Vs Actual
  • License Fees/NRE by program
  • Cost/Payment Project Deferrals
  • Penalty Exposures
  • Ensuring alignment of regional sales forecast.
  • Travel Costs associated to non-standard Program requirements
  • Purchase Order Management for all aspects of projects
  • Interactive Development (3rd Party Costs)

Project Planning and Oversight

  • Responsible for the entire life cycle of all Projects assigned.
  • Support process improvement activities within Project management.
  • Project financial approval in accordance with existing company guidelines.
    Project Reports to include schedule accuracy, Risks and Opportunities, KPI of Project Performance, Financial Status (P&L review, status and tracking).
  • Maintain compliance to departmental operating procedures.
  • Maintain superb communications with internal Cross-Functional Team, external 3rd Party Suppliers and with the customers by regular follow up status reviews and correspondence.
  • Arrange, attend and chair regional program team meetings, reviews, technical coordination meetings and design reviews as required.
  • Ensure smooth transition to in-service operation by coordinating efforts with the Product Support Group/CSE and PTS throughout the program.

What we’re looking for: 

  • 4-year University Degree - in a technical field preferred. MBA Highly desired
  • 10 years in technical program management or technical project management of which 5 years were in a leadership position; or a minimum of 10-15 year’s work experience in engineering, software development, project engineering, system engineering or project management of which 7-10 years were in a leadership position.
  • Aerospace and/or IFE industry experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor, lead, and build effective teams
  • Wide knowledge of the Airline and aviation industry
  • Demonstrated ability to fully manage program profit and loss statements.
  • Proven leadership ability in identifying program issues, facilitating solutions, and assisting/managing customer escalations for program issues.
  • Proficient in the use of MS office suite of software applications. 
  • Advanced experience using Microsoft Project highly desired.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to read situations and apply diplomacy and tact in communications needed to perform duties.
  • Seasoned ability to communicate effectively and work with all areas of the company.
  • Ability to effectively influence multiple constituencies internally and externally and inspire action without direct organizational management responsibility. Comfortable leading matrix/integrated teams
  • Outstanding communication skills and demonstrated ability in developing and delivering business presentations for senior management.
  • Participates with other senior managers to establish strategic plans and objectives.
  • Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires in-depth knowledge of the company.
  • Directs and controls activities of a broad functional area through several department managers within the company.
  • Ability to travel to domestic and international locations as a routine part of the role.

Our Principles: 

Contribution to Society | Fairness & Honesty | Cooperation & Team Spirit | Untiring Effort for Improvement | Courtesy & Humility | Adaptability | Gratitude 

What we offer: 

At Panasonic Avionics Corporation we realize the most important aspects in leading our industry are the bright minds behind everything we do. We are proud to offer our employees a highly competitive, comprehensive and flexible benefits program. 

  • We offer flexible remote work options depending on your role. Where possible, we offer fully remote or hybrid work opportunities. 
  • Paid time off: Exempt Salaried employees receive unlimited PTO. This means that there is no fixed number, range, or limit to the amount of Personal and Vacation Days that may be taken for exempt employees. Non-exempt hourly employees accrue 14 vacation days per year + 7 sick days + 3 personal days. Accrual rate increases with tenure. All employees receive 11 company paid holidays per year. We also close our offices at the corporate level in the U.S. between Christmas and New Year. For operational positions that are expected to work on holidays, we provide additional compensation for hours worked. 
  • Health Insurance: Medical insurance offerings from Aetna and Kaiser (CA &HI). Options for Employee Only, Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner, Employee + Children, or Family. Dental PPO and DMO options & Vision insurance through EyeMed or VSP.  
  • 401K with 50% match on up to 8% contribution, full vested from day 1 
  • Other offerings include: Wellness Program, Counseling services, FSA & HSA, Life Insurance for employee, spouse and child, AD&D Insurance, Long-term and Short-term disability, Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance, Legal Assistance, Pet Insurance, Identity Theft Protection, Dependent Care FLSA, Education Assistance, Commuter Program, Employee Purchase Program, Service Award Program. 

All applicants are subject to Company policies, third party customer and worksite requirements, and government requirements, regarding vaccination and/or testing for COVID-19.  Where permitted by applicable law, applicants may be required to be fully vaccinated with an authorized COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, unless they are eligible for and obtain an exemption based on a reasonable accommodation because of a disability or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. While the Company strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccinations, it may require vaccination and/or testing for positions in which third party customer, worksite, or government requirements apply, in accordance with applicable law. At those locations where requirements apply, exemptions will be considered based on applicable law.  

Panasonic is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law or company policy. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Pre-employment drug testing is required for safety sensitive positions or as may otherwise be required by contract or law. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Avionics Corporation. 


REQ: REQ-130320 Project Management

  • Irvine, CA, United States
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