Senior Program Manager


Bedford, NH, US, 03110

Optics 1 is a global leader in full-service design and production of electro-optic and navigation systems. Leveraging core competencies in defense technologies, Optics 1 provides unmatched, first-class mission solutions for military and law enforcement personnel.


We have a high-paced, high-energy environment focused on acknowledging individual and team successes, as well as overall growth. Optics 1 is a community that cares about the mission of our customers. Our team believes in supporting and enriching our community through engagement; whether that means giving back to our troops, veterans and their families, investing in next generation innovators through STEM education, or higher education initiatives, giving back is an important part of who we are as a team.


We are united by a unique culture and commitment to provide the highest quality products to those who serve.



If being a part of a team that makes a difference serving those who serve and delivering innovative technical solutions to challenging problems of national interest is what moves you, then look no further!

Come join our growing Program Management team at Safran Optics 1, where you will be responsible for managing technology-intensive programs through all stages of product development, providing program capture and execution leadership to our engineering teams to deliver state-of-the-art Electro-Optic and Navigation products with unparalleled benefits to our customers.

We are looking for both veteran and rising star Program Managers: if you’re eager to learn and grow, we’re eager to have you join our team!





  • Manage programs associated with the development, introduction, and delivery of Electro-Optical and Navigation products for defense applications.
  • Lead development and detailed implementation of program plans, ensuring execution and performance in accordance with contractual requirements and business objectives.
  • Provide programmatic leadership and technical oversight to cross-functional program development teams through effective management of scope, risk, budget, schedule, quality, and resources.
  • Serve as a direct customer interface, nurturing close customer relationships, proactively addressing challenges and pursuing opportunities to strategically expand the business.
  • Lead program capture/ proposal development efforts.
  • Other duties and responsibilities assigned, as may be required by the Company.



  • Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience in Capture Management and Program Management in the defense sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage technology-intense development efforts and lead cross-functional engineering development teams.
  • Experience developing and delivering complex integrated system hardware.
  • Demonstrated understanding of program/product life-cycle management, stage-gate management, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and apply integrated master plans and schedules, risk and opportunity management, and effective monitoring and control.
  • Experience developing competitive, winning proposal.
  • Proactive, systematic, and methodical approach to addressing challenges.
  • Willingness to learn and support others.
  • Must work well and thrive in deadline driven, fast-paced environments.
  • Strong communication, negotiation, collaborative problem solving, and conflict management skills; ability to influence, motivate, and drive without authority.
  • Experience with USG and DoD customer base.
  • Must be a US Citizen as the position requires the ability to obtain DoD Secret clearance.



  • Existing Program Management Certification (e.g., PMP Certification or equivalent).
  • Working knowledge of Earned Value Management.
  • Working knowledge of Systems Engineering practices.
  • Relevant background in one or more of the following: Electro-Optical Systems such as laser systems, imaging systems, and night vision systems; Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting Systems; and Navigation Systems.
  • Experience developing and transitioning products, from early concepts to low rate initial production.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, multi-customer environment; international customer experience is a plus.
  • Experience working in an ITAR environment.
  • Experience in DoD acquisition and contracting.
  • Active Secret security clearance.




  • Up to 30% - Frequent travel between facilities and customers in the United States, along with some international travel.





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

EOE/AA/M/F/Vets – US Protected Individual status required (US citizen, lawful permanent resident, asylee, refugee or temporary resident (as defined at 8 USC 1160(a).

Nearest Major Market: Manchester
Nearest Secondary Market: Nashua