Director of Programs



torrance, ca, usa
Posted on Friday, March 22, 2024

About Epirus

Epirus is a high-growth technology company developing software-defined high-power microwave (HPM) systems with devastating counter-electronics effects on modern drone threats. The Epirus Leonidas HPM family of products, empowered by innovations in AI and microelectronics, is human-safe and cost-effective. Distinguishing itself from lasers, Leonidas excels against drone swarms while also bending the cost curve back in DoD's favor - taking drone defeat costs from millions of dollars per drone to pennies on the dollar.

Job Summary: This is an exciting role in an innovative technology company. We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Program Manager to join our dynamic team, focusing on Department of Defense (DoD) programs. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of DoD acquisition processes, specifically with expertise in the Defense Acquisition System, the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process, and the intricacies of managing large-scale Acquisition Category I (ACAT I) programs. The successful candidate will oversee and coordinate all aspects of program management, ensuring successful execution and planning within the established timelines and budget constraints. In this role, you will work closely with a talented leadership team, reporting to the SVP of Programs and Products.


  • Strategic Planning: Develop and implement strategic program plans aligned with organizational objectives, ensuring a clear definition of project scope, goals, and deliverables.
  • Project Management: Apply program management best practices to manage projects throughout their lifecycle, from initiation to closure, ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards.
  • Risk Management: Identify and analyze project risks, developing proactive mitigation strategies to minimize potential issues and ensure successful project delivery.
  • Stakeholder Collaboration: Collaborate with cross-functional teams and stakeholders to gather project requirements, facilitate communication, and ensure alignment with organizational goals.
  • Resource Allocation: Effectively plan, allocate, and manage program resources, including personnel, budget, and materials, to optimize efficiency and achieve project objectives.
  • Performance Monitoring: Implement robust monitoring and reporting mechanisms to track project progress, identify variances, and provide regular updates to stakeholders.
  • Quality Assurance: Enforce quality assurance processes to ensure program deliverables meet or exceed established standards and specifications.
  • Continuous Improvement: Evaluate and enhance program management processes and methodologies, incorporating industry best practices to drive continuous improvement.

Basic Qualifications:

  • ACAT 1 DoD program management experience with both fixed-price and cost-plus contract types with contract values greater than $200M
  • Excellent communicator
  • AS9100 experience
  • Secret clearance with an ability to obtain a Top Secret Clearance
  • Bachelor’s Degree in STEM or related field
  • A minimum of 10+ years related experience

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master's Degree in a related field
  • CMMC Level 2 certification experience
  • Technical degree
  • PMP certification
  • Experience in ITAR export programs
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Experience spanning the product lifecycle: gathering requirements through sustainment

Additional Requirements:

  • Occasional travel required (~1 trip every 6 weeks)


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

People are the most important part of Epirus – and always come first. We don’t believe in the word impossible and are always asking “why not” as work to usher in a new paradigm of power efficiency. Our fast-growing team is agile, creative, and innovative. We support a culture of constant learning and sense of belonging among our team members and know that mentorship matters. We embrace diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. To deliver on our mission, we are always looking for problem solvers, changemakers and innovators to join our fast-growing team.

As required by the Equal Pay Transparency Act, Epirus provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location.
For the state of California only, the range of starting pay for this role is:
$162,500$225,200 USD