Program Manager

Job description

About nLIGHT:

At nLIGHT, we are constantly on the cutting-edge of laser technology in a massively growing market. We are a leading provider of high-power semiconductors and fiber lasers for industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace & defense applications, to name a few. Our lasers are changing not only the way things are made, but also changing the things that can be made.

Headquartered in Camas, Washington, nLIGHT is a publicly listed company (NASDAQ: LASR).

About the Role:
In summary, the Program Manager, Aerospace and Defense role is responsible for managing customer programs from inception through completion, including project execution & tracking, risk management, revenue forecasting, tracking funding and billing, customer liaison, subcontractor management, follow on proposals, meeting coordination (internal and external), and regular corporate reporting on program performance.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the successful technical, schedule, and cost performance of a major program, or multiple programs in accordance with contract requirements and company policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Participate in the negotiation of contract and contract changes, change orders, and preparation of proposals/business plans; performance of Statement of Work (SOW) and specifications; and performance to operating budgets and financial terms/conditions of contract
  • Track program/project against its schedule and budget, and against phase review objectives
  • Lead or support proposal efforts
  • Own and manage customer satisfaction
  • May be responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring staff
  • Monitor contract, subcontract, and funding; prepare forecasts of program financial performance
  • Experience in building customer relationships, leading customer interactions and discussions of a technical and/or strategic nature, preferred


  • Minimum 3 years' experience in Program Management, ideally 5+ years' experience
  • Minimum BS in Business, Finance, Engineering/Physics or a related degree. MBA or MS, preferred
  • Knowledgeable with Government contractual terms and major contract types; CPFF, FFP, T&M, preferred
  • Knowledge of ITAR, EAR and related U.S. regulations, preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US government security clearance, if required
  • Must be willing to travel up to 15%

nLIGHT is proud to offer comprehensive COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Salary level will be based on qualifications, education and experience:

  • Program Manager:  $95,000 - $120,000 annually

Other Compensation and Benefits

  • Target Cash Bonus of 5% of your wages
  • Eligible for Restricted Stock Unit grants
  • 3 weeks of Paid Time Off per year, increasing by 1 day each year up to 4 weeks
  • 9 paid Holidays
  • Eligible for health benefits on the 1st day of the month after your start date
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits, including prescription and orthodontia with employee-paid premiums as low as $37.00 per pay period
  • Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • 401(k) with company match and immediate vesting
  • Company paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, and Life & AD&D Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Aflac Supplemental Insurance
  • Paid Bereavement Leave and Jury Duty
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Pet Insurance

Leading provider of high-power semiconductor and fiber lasers.