Defence Program Director


Basel, CH

Flexible Work Arrangement:  Hybrid
Job Category:  Aircraft Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO)
Career Level:  Management
Requisition Id:  2584

Since 1967, Jet Aviation has been crafting flight in its smoothest form. From one hangar in Basel, Switzerland, to some 4,000 employees, and some 50 locations worldwide. Aircraft Management, Aircraft Sales, Charter, Completions, Defence, FBO, Fixed and Rotary Wing Maintenance, and Staffing. Behind every seamless Jet Aviation experience, is a team of dedicated professionals perfecting the art of flight. The artisans of aviation. The craft that brings our customers’ journey to life. In the hangar, on the ground, and behind the scenes. Enabling global flight, with passion.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Position Summary

This position is responsible for Defence program. You will coach a core team of up to 10 members across the program life cycle. You will also have to take a quantitative approach to risk management, monitoring financial performance & reporting to executive leadership.

As Jet Aviation’s Defence Program Director your actions have to be in line with the organization’s vision and strategy. You will be collaborating closely with various stakeholders throughout the company to ensure that Completion’s portfolios are globally aligned and executed effectively.

Main Responsibilities

  • Plan, monitor and manage projects from start to completion; secure required resources and use formal processes and tools to manage resources, budgets, risks, and changes
  • Manage projects to ensure on-time completion according to specifications and within budgeted costs
  • Execute stakeholder management strategy, including being the internal voice of the customer
  • Maintain full profit and loss responsibility for a defence program exceeding 15M USD
  • Coach a core team through complex issues, provide developmental guidance where necessary
  • Own the negotiation strategy throughout the program
  • Represent Jet Aviation as one company internally and externally with industry groups, regulatory bodies, and the General Dynamics network

Minimum Requirements

  • Strong track-record in managing VIP completions, MRO, Defence or RMU programs in a global matrixed organization
  • In depth understanding of the aerospace industry, OEMs, and the regulatory framework
  • Highly sophisticated understanding of program and project management; PMP required (condition of employment)
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and 8 years applicable leadership experience or Master’s degree from an accredited university and 5 years applicable leadership experience or 15 years applicable experience (including 10 years applicable leadership)

Desired Characteristics

  • Results driven – able to execute with high personal accountability
  • Customer focused – externally focused - strong market perspective
  • High business and financial acumen
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Strong personal values corresponding with Jet Aviation values (Trust, Honesty, Alignment, Transparency)

If you are interested in a multicultural, challenging and innovative working environment and your profile matches our requirements, we are looking forward to receiving your online application in English.