PAE, Inc VP/General Manager in Olympia, Washington

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

VP/General Manager

Position Description:

Candidate will have responsibility for cost, schedule and technical performance of a 10-year, $4B support services contract at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 586-square mile Hanford environmental remediation site near Richland, Washington. Candidate will lead a workforce of 1,500 to provide infrastructure and site services to DOE, tenant organizations, and other host contractors (OHC) in support of DOE’s Environment Management (EM) office. Infrastructure services include operations and maintenance (O&M) of buildings; electrical transmission, distribution and energy management; water system; sewer systems; sanitary waste management & disposal; roads and grounds; and railroad system. Site services include transportation; safeguards and security, emergencies and first responders, training and workforce readiness, information technology and management, real property management, environmental stewardship, safety quality and assurance, and business services.

The Program Manager will act as President of a legal entity created solely for execution of the contract, will be responsible for day-to-day operations and affairs of the legal entity, will have signature authority to bind the entity, and will take direction from a management board.


  • Lead the program team: build it, manage it, and motivate it. Coach and mentor the team, building their maturity and authority.

  • Manage the program budget: Monitor costs incurred against plans, demonstrate savings through innovative planning and coordinating techniques.

  • Plan the overall program from end-to-end. Monitor and report progress.

  • Identify issues and initiate corrective action as necessary.

  • Communicate regularly and effectively will all stakeholders, within the team, within the organization, and beyond.

  • Take overall responsibility for the benefits realization plan.

  • Responsible and accountable for the coordinated management of multiple related projects directed toward environmental management and other organizational objectives. Approve the project plans of the project teams, negotiating work packages as required. Ensure the delivery of these work packages within the set time, quality, and budget constraints.

  • Manage and resolve dependencies between the projects of the program.

  • Manage the program risks; embed a risk management process into the program from the outset.

  • Be responsible for program quality, and embed quality processes into the program from the outset.

  • Report overall program status to the management board at regular intervals and on an ad-hoc basis.

  • Responsible and accountable for deliverables from third-parties as necessary.

  • Work closely with the Quality Assurance as necessary.

  • Create and maintain the program plan, integrating key deliverables of the program.

  • Put in place the governance and operational working practices of the program team.

Experience / Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and 25+ plus years industry experience, with a minimum of 15 years in project/program management.

  • Executive-level leadership and management skills.

  • Prior program leadership / management role within DOE or as contractor to DOE.

  • A track record of delivering complex programs with annual revenue of $400M or more.

  • Direct management of a program that provides infrastructure and site services to multiple stakeholders across a large geographical area.

  • Management of geographically dispersed teams of various trades.

  • Experience working within, influencing within, and networking within a matrix environment.

  • Expert knowledge and handling of project and program management methodology and techniques.

  • An expert who is conversant in project management methodologies.

  • Innovative problem solver.

  • Excellent communication and briefing skills.

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Desired Qualifications:

  • Management of facility and support service operations within a nuclear surety environment

  • Experience working at the DOE Hanford Site

  • Experience in similar role at another DOE site

  • MBA or other advanced degree

  • Optional program management qualification (PgMP or MSP)

  • Able to create a sense of community and shared direction amongst a disparate and diverse program team.

  • Ability to build credibility, trust, and rapport with stakeholders at all levels, both within and outside of the organization.

  • A forward thinker who actively identifies program gaps and implements improvement approaches.

  • Ability to influence at all levels.

  • A good listener.

  • Proactive and sophisticated management of key stakeholders.

  • A proactive communicator who will seek to communicate rather than wait to be asked. Proactive engagement within the organization to build awareness of the program.

  • Business focused: always looking to maximize benefits for the business and minimize downside risk.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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