ViaSat, Inc. Program Manager in San Diego, California

Location San Diego, CA

Requisition 14098BR

Job Title Program Manager

Job Responsibilities US and coalition military forces count on ViaSat for secure satellite and wireless networking systems and services that deliver reliable, affordable communications beyond the reach of traditional wired networks. During the chaos of combat, warfighters need fast, secure communications and instant access to information. ViaSat helps warfighters and commanders access and share trusted intel from any location to make better decisions faster. As the world's leading experts in high-capacity satellite communications, military-grade cybersecurity, and line-of-sight data links, we apply fearless innovation, unconventional thinking, and ingenuity to bring game-changing, life-saving capabilities to warfighters on the battlefield. No matter where the mission goes across air, land, or sea, ViaSat keeps service members connected with real-time access to video, voice, and data communications.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Experience with mid-level Government programs execution (development and production) of communications products/programs

  • Overall responsibility for program execution through leadership, program scheduling, financial reporting and budgeting, managing contract deliverables while identifying and mitigating risks, and interfacing with production, supply chain and program customers.

  • Serve as a key interface to the customer(s) representing the entire program team and ViaSat as a whole.

  • Apply a collaborative/consultative working and leadership style, relying on common sense and personal competence for persuasion and consensus building.

  • Display proactive and flexible project-oriented dedication, with ability to both delegate to engineering PMs leads as well as drive down into detail, assisting in areas of weakness.

  • Work with business area management in assessing market/product offerings and opportunities, representing overarching PM viewpoint of the ability of the business area to execute to derived cost/schedule market requirements. Participate in go/no management decisions regarding new products/projects and develop technical and cost proposals for new offerings.

As a Program Manager for our Government Systems Division, you will utilize your leadership, communication and negotiation skills along with your deep understanding of contracts to manage program cost, schedule and performance while mitigating risk. Not only will you develop customer relationships for your assigned programs, you will coordinate with supply management and operations for the identification and management of subcontractors and critical suppliers. Utilizing your experience developing complex technical systems, you will effectively manage the customer’s expectations within the scope of the contract and understand their concerns while leading technical activities and staff to address development and production transition challenges.


  • 5+ years’ program management or technical leadership experience

  • Experience in leading complex design and development programs that include hardware and software development and integration

  • Customer-facing program management and program capture experience

  • Track record of leadership, problem solving, performing analysis and making trade decisions, utilizing formal program management techniques and achieving program and business goals

  • Ability to manage proposal efforts develop technical and cost proposals

  • Understanding of Profit/Loss Concepts 

  • Understanding of contract types and risk management practices

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • US Government position. US Citizenship required.

  • Ability to travel up to 30%


  • BA/BS degree in Engineering (EE, CE, CS) 

  • Experience with satellite modem or other wireless communications systems

  • Experience as a prime government contractor technology developer or system integrator of products/programs for Government customers

  • Track record of leading and managing a team spread over diverse geographical locations 

  • Experience with EVMS and related government reporting

  • Current Active Secret Clearance

Our Carlsbad, CA office is just 30 minutes north of San Diego and 5 minutes from the beach. We know there is more to life than work and with full gym access, volleyball/basketball courts and meal services onsite you’ll never want to leave our beautiful campus. At ViaSat, we believe there are no limits to what we can build…and we can do it better. We encourage all employees to stretch, be creative, and participate as critical team members throughout the business. We’ll take care of you with great opportunities, exceptional benefits and the chance to work with some of the best people in the industry.

Are you ready to join an industry leader? Take a couple minutes to submit your resume. We’ll send you an automated response to let you know it has been received and someone from the recruiting group will follow up with you if there is a possible match. We look forward to hearing from you!

** ViaSat is an EEO/AA/Disability/Protected Veteran Employer. U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence status may be required for certain positions. For positions requiring U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident status, verification of such status will be required upon accepting employment.