Witt O'Brien's
  • 21-Dec-2017 to 19-May-2018 (PST)
  • Operations
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental/Vision & 401K

Witt O'Brien's Position.... Program Manager Position Description

Company Profile:

Witt O'Brien's is a global leader in crisis and emergency management, with unrivaled experience and knowledge of public safety, disaster mitigation, continuity of operations, and emergency management issues. We offer a full range of services to better prepare your organization before disaster strikes and help you recover more quickly if it does. Our capabilities allow us to tackle any assignment, from food supply security to infrastructure protection and back up to natural disaster response. Our world-class subject matter experts are also uniquely adept at building necessary coalitions that link government agencies, first responders, and business communities. We help you Prepare, Respond, Communicate, Recover. We help you control the outcome.

 Position Overview:

  • Reports to:                                              Chief Operating Officer 
  • Supervisory Responsibilities:               Yes -- Operations Managers
  • Position Location:                                  Houston, TX
  • FLSA Classification:                                Exempt


Position Summary

This is a new role in our rapidly growing organization. Its core focus is on optimizing functional support for complex client projects in often challenging circumstances, such as large-scale disaster recovery and emergency response operations.

Projects requiring immediate support are government contracts for post-disaster consulting, staff augmentation and project management services. These contracts include both self-performance and subcontracted arrangements. However, this role will also be expected to support complex program requirements in our private sector business.

The Program Manager must be able to define and execute requirements for complex field deployments under short deadlines. This will require travel, including deployment to the field to experience client requirements and operating conditions first hand. He/she must be able to perform under pressure in a highly professional and effective manner. Strong team-building and communication skills are an absolute prerequisite for this position.


Duties and Responsibilities

Leads integrated support for complex field operations across multiple support functions, including HR, IT, Contracts & Compliance, Travel, Logistics, etc.

  • Acts as prime interface between field operations and functional support
    • Receiving, prioritizing and meeting agreed client requirements (e.g. staffing, IT, logistics, etc.)
    • Communicating and managing corporate requirements of field teams (e.g. reporting, compliance, etc.)
  • Leads key aspects of project planning and execution from RFP and proposal stage through contract execution and demobilization
  • Designs functional support system, processes and communication to optimize field operations
  • Delegates aspects of program support to Operations Managers (direct reports) and others, oversees execution of these delegated responsibilities
  • Monitors and evaluates progress of work in relationship to project goals and adjusts as needed
  • Prepares budgets and staffing plans
  • Prepares detailed project status reports and analysis for company leadership
  • Develops policies and procedures to streamline and improve efficiencies in fulfilling contract terms
  • Audits and reports on effectiveness of contract support
  • Manages resource allocation and backlog, including personnel, equipment, subcontractors, etc.
  • Oversees the mobilization/demobilization/transition of project teams and subcontractors

Education and Experience

  • BS/BA degree in program/project management, engineering, logistics preferred
  • 10+ years' experience managing large programs and projects, preferably in government contracting or similar roles
  • Proven success managing simultaneous multi-million-dollar contracts, preferably with both self-performed and subcontracted services
  • Prior experience managing project P&Ls preferred
  • Project Management Certification preferred, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Project or similar project management systems


Working Conditions

  • While based in Houston, TX, this role will require frequent travel on short notice
  • This role will require occasional weekend and /or evening work.

This position description incorporates the core responsibilities of the job.  It recognizes that other related duties not specifically mentioned might also be performed, and that not all responsibilities may be carried out depending on operational needs.

Commitment to Diversity:

  • Witt O'Brien's is always looking for the most qualified and experienced professionals with a passion for public safety, emergency management, homeland security, disaster response, and continuity of operations.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. wittobriens.com


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