Are you looking for an opportunity to join a company that allows you to combine your passion for learning with the chance to develop your skills and grow your career?  Challenge, reward and opportunity; PAL Aerospace is committed to offering them all. If you&39;re interested in working i

FAcT Program - Program Manager

PAL Aerospace • 
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:

Are you looking for an opportunity to join a company that allows you to combine your passion for learning with the chance to develop your skills and grow your career?  Challenge, reward and opportunity; PAL Aerospace is committed to offering them all. If you&39;re interested in working in an environment that values and respects your contribution, then we would like to hear from you. 

PAL Aerospace is a leader in international aerospace and defense design, development and operation of airborne surveillance aircraft, heavy maintenance checks and software applications. We provide a wide range of aviation and related services to domestic and international markets. PAL Aerospace is driven by technology and is proud to be a pioneer of industry-leading innovations in special airborne missions.   

PAL Aerospace has partnered with SkyAlyne who has been named by Canada as the preferred bidder for the Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program which Is our next generation pilot and aircrew training program for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).  The scope of the FAcT Program contract includes all training and in-service support requirements needed to prepare Pilots, Air Combat Systems Officers (ACSO), and Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators (AES Op) to meet the future aerospace requirements of the RCAF. In collaboration with the Government of Canada and several major Canadian subcontractors, SkyAlyne will provide live-flying, simulator and classroom-based training, facilities construction and management, information management and information technology support, site support services, aircraft maintenance and much more. 

This Program will be a 20+ year contract and will be managed from the National Capital Region (Ottawa), with one of its main operational locations in Winnipeg, MB.

PAL Aerospace is searching for an experienced Program Manager to join our FAcT team in Winnipeg, MB.  This role has two phases; the first being the “Transition-In” phase which includes the development of products and services, and obtaining customer acceptance.  The second  is the “Training Steady State” phase which is to support the day to day operations of the products and services delivered. This will be in support of ACSO and AES Op training at 402 Squadron. This is a unique opportunity where you, as a civilian, can be part of the RCAF community!

The Program Manager is responsible to manage cross functional teams and projects within the FAcT program ranging from aircraft missionization in St. John’s, NL; development and production of simulator in Montreal, QC; airworthiness engineering services in Vaughan, ON; and courseware development, training delivery, flight operations and aircraft in service support maintenance services in Winnipeg, MB. Working within a matrix organization, the Program Manager will work directly with the Program Director and other internal stakeholders to serve as the main point of contact for program deliverables.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage program activities throughout lifecycle, including the allocation of adequate resources, scheduling, documentation, budget, and other factors necessary to meet contractual and company related obligations of the projects to ensure profitability and success.
  • Provide day-to-day leadership for team members.
  • Direct multiple projects, simultaneously involving a variety of resourcing, scheduling, subcontracting and other project management activities.
  • Resolve project work/schedule problems by reprioritizing activities.
  • Liaise with customer on project matters including negotiations and securing customer acceptance.
  • Make recommendations regarding recruiting and other human resources activities (e.g., performance review) for direct reports.
  • Develop/capitalize on opportunities for contract amendments and/or side contracts to extend project scope, solve scope/financial problems or improve fixed-price financial returns by reducing costs.
  • Establish a complete project plan for each approved project. 
  • Report on project health and suggest ways to optimize outcomes.
  • Ensure clear communication of expectations and program status to stakeholders and senior management. 
  • Adhere to established methodologies for Project & Program Management. 
  • Develop procedures and guidelines for executing program activities.
  • Establish, implement, and follow a formal change management program. 
  • Identify and resolve conflicts within teams.
  • Lead risk and opportunity management for the Program.
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of subcontract and work share agreements.
  • Conduct reviews to identify areas for improvement and make recommendations based on findings.
  • Travel required.


  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in Business or a related subject. 
  • A minimum of (5-10) years of related experience.
  • A minimum of (5) years of Aviation experience, preferably with the Royal Canadian Airforce (RCAF)
  • Project management certification - PMP.
  • Experience working on large complex Canadian Defence contracts is considered an asset. 
  • Experience with RCAF training programs, aircraft maintenance and/or flying operations is considered an asset.
  • Highly effective negotiation, diplomatic, and conflict resolution skills. 
  • Experience working with internal and external stakeholders of a diverse background.
  • Demonstrated results-oriented approach to projects.
  • Demonstrated success in Program delivery and execution of Project and Program Management methods.
  • Able to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with all levels of staff, including technical, professional, and senior management.
  • Strong knowledge of financial management, technology management, and internal controls.
  • Strong problem identification and problem resolution skills. 
  • Ability to create and edit Program documents, materials, and presentations.
  • Able to build and maintain lasting relationships with business units, corporate departments, key managers, and external stakeholders.
  • Flexibility to adjust to shifting priorities and deadlines.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including MS Project, Power BI,  and Jama software.
  • Experience with earned value cost accounting and reporting; experience with metrics for assessing and reporting program progress, productivity, and variance analysis.
  • Bilingualism (French and English) is preferred.

Security Responsibilities:

Must comply with all company security and data protection usage, policies and procedures.  Personally responsible for adhering to marking and handling requirements for protected and/or classified information and assets, in any forms, as per Government of Canada security requirements. Must maintain confidentiality and not release or divulge any information and or assets for unauthorized purposes under per the Security Information Act, Access to Information Act, Privacy Act or breech of any Government Security Policy or Oath of Secrecy. 

  • Incumbent must be able to hold a Canadian Security Clearance & Controlled Good Clearance.  

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

What PAL Aerospace offers you

  • Personal travel privileges with PAL and interline agreements with other airlines. 
  • Employee and Family Assistance Programs.
  • Comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. 
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan.
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan.
  • Employee Tuition Assistance Program.
  • Opportunities for growth.
  • PAL Days between Christmas & New Years.

PAL Aerospace is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment that celebrates and encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion whereby individuals are recognized, supported, and respected. 

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank You.


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