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Technical Program Manager

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
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Job Description

The Technical Manager facilitates the efficient operations and execution of the projects and initiatives in the Division for Technology Implementation's research portfolio. This position provides project-level financial management of resources and may include the supervision of faculty, staff, and/or students, and interactions with external sponsors to support the development and implementation of innovative transportation technologies, research support services, and data management systems in support of VTTI's mission.

The position requires a demonstrated aptitude for planning, coordinating, and executing cross-functional transportation research projects. The position is responsible for managing project financial resources, including the budget and resource allocations during the project execution phase. The Technical Manager will provide leadership for the project execution activities of the Division. The position is also responsible for strategizing and implementing process and system improvements that assure efficient, compliant, and cost-effective operations that produce quality deliverables and services while remaining on-time and on-budget.

The Technical Manager is expected to:

  • Provide project and technical management oversight for projects in the Division's research portfolio, including timeline and budget tracking, assist with development of interim and final project deliverables, schedule and run internal and customer-facing meetings, and keep meeting notes
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with external sponsor and vendor organizations to facilitate effective project delivery and generation of new opportunities
  • Follow guidance and implement project management best practices as recommended by VTTI's Project Management Office leadership
  • Participate in project proposal efforts through concept ideation, development of work breakdown structures, vendor/partner interactions, writing, and budget development
  • Support the management of assets such as development tools, intellectual property, equipment, 3rd party software, research tools, research vehicles and facilities
  • Support efficient communications across internal and external entities by documenting, filtering, and elevating essential information and requests to the Director
  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external project sponsors throughout project life cycles

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Engineering, Business, or equivalent. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree and significant experience in lieu of Master's degree may be considered.
  • Demonstrated experiences in developing and managing positive relationships with external sponsor, partner, and vendors
  • Demonstrated experience with preparing ROM and detailed budgets, forecasting, and managing actual expenditures compared to approved budgets
  • Demonstrated project management experience in conducting complex research projects in an academic or industrial environment
  • Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • The willingness to work in a fast-paced flexible research environment
  • Good documentation skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Creative, independent, and highly motivated
  • Strong work habits and the ability to work independently as well as with a team
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Understanding of engineering principles needed to analyze, verify, and interpret work
  • Must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident due to Export Controls

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in or familiarity with transportation safety, connected vehicles, automation, and/or vehicle electronics is highly desirable
  • Experience with basic project management tools and techniques
  • Experience with standard Office applications such as Excel, Word, Teams, PowerPoint
Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience, starting at $75,000

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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