• Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Sonatech, LLC is a premier undersea acoustics engineering and manufacturing company. With a focus on supplying advanced SONAR solutions for the US Navy, our technical expertise, customized design capabilities and diverse manufacturing abilities have led to Sonatech products being deployed on virtually every class of underwater Navy system currently in operation.

Located in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA five minutes from the beach, we pride ourselves as having a culture of innovation as well as first-class customer service. Sonatech has a challenging and rewarding work environment where employees have the opportunity to develop their careers by taking on new responsibilities and providing innovative solutions.

Job summary: The Program Manager will lead critical company programs of varying size and complexity, serving Government and commercial customers in a fast-paced design and manufacturing environment. This role will oversee research and development, engineering, prototyping, manufacturing, testing, product demonstrations, and customer support. As a small business, Sonatech relies on the capabilities and good judgment of our staff. Employees retain a high degree of autonomy and responsibility.


  • Work closely with customers to establish program requirements and act as primary customer contact for program activities
  • Work with stakeholders to assemble program teams, assign responsibilities, identify resources needed, and develop schedules
  • Coordinate preparation of business plans, Statements of Work, specifications, and operating budgets
  • Decompose high-level requirements into low-level tasks and milestones that can be tracked quantitatively
  • Identify technical, schedule, budget, staffing, and security risks and implement risk mitigation measures
  • Work with engineering, management, and business development teams to perform requirements analysis, often starting with only notional customer requirements
  • Work with the engineering team to advance hardware, software, and firmware designs to meet or exceed program requirements
  • Work with the Contracts and Program Finance teams on cost and time tracking, invoicing, and contract compliance (DCMA, DCAA); optimize financial performance of the program and overall business
  • Maintain adherence to program schedules, budgets, requirements, and deliverables
  • Build a collaborative working relationship with customers and staff to ensure the highest level of responsiveness, quality, and customer satisfaction

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years program management experience
  • Expertise in Microsoft Project or comparable program management software
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong technical writing and presentation skills, particularly with technical reports
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain a U.S. Secret Clearance; active or previous Security Clearance is desired


  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Experience with Navy programs, Naval operations, Navy user groups, and Naval terminology
  • Expertise in Navy and/or marine electronic systems, particularly SONAR, acoustic positioning, acoustic telemetry, transducers/hydrophones
  • Technical expertise in systems engineering, electrical engineering or another engineering discipline
  • Experience in manufacturing
  • Familiarity with Earned Value Management (EVM)

Sonatech is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.

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