Applied Minds

Technical Project Manager

US-CA-Burbank

Overview

Applied Minds is a small company that invents, designs and prototypes breakthrough products and services for both industry and government. We are an interdisciplinary group of artists, scientists and engineers, with skills in architecture, electronics, mechanics, physics, mathematics, software development, system engineering, and storytelling. Our projects range from toys to cancer treatments, from buildings to algorithms, and from off-road vehicles to high-resolution displays. Our team of world-class innovators enjoy building the next industry-changing technology ideas from concept to prototype.

 

We are always looking for talented people with technical and/or creative design skills. If you are very good at what you do and like the idea of working in an interdisciplinary environment with other people who are as good or even better than you are, please upload your profile.

 

We are seeking a Technical Project Manager to convert the Founder’s vision into technical initiatives that deliver world-class innovative solutions. The selected individual will organize and coordinate the work of a variety of technical and creative contributors.

Responsibilities

  • Manage a variety of work which may include more than one concurrent project involving diverse and complex technical issues and substantial creative content
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate successfully in an ambiguous environment with light infrastructure and process
  • Build strong and productive relationships across the organization and with remote client personnel
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively plan budgets, manage project spending, provide explanations for budget status as needed in real time, and anticipate budget issues in time to act
  • Communicate progress on projects and their related tasks regularly to ensure stakeholder awareness
  • Anticipate the need to solicit feedback from executive stakeholders to confirm consistency of project direction with AMI vision.
  • Notify stakeholders of new input from clients and proactively assess impact of requested changes
  • Monitor technical progress closely and make adjustments to technical initiatives, resource assignments and schedules as required
  • Ensure on-time, high quality delivery of all projects  
  • Proactively identify areas where objectives may not be met, notify internal stakeholders and drive prompt resolution without impacting client satisfaction
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technical subjects quickly, converse effectively with client technical personnel, and appreciate technical subtleties
  • Assist in developing and orchestrating “Demonstration Events”
  • Anticipate all needs for meetings such as conference rooms, teleconferencing arrangements, travel details, catering, meeting notices, attendee confirmations, materials and presentations, and general communication 
  • Confer with customers and designers during all development phases and communicate input to executive stakeholders. Work to implement adjustments in technical vision for the projects as directed.
  • Identify need for talent acquisition and work with appropriate company resources to drive the recruitment of suitable candidates
  • All other duties as assigned

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast paced environment and be self directed while collaborating closely with a very diverse team.  Key qualifications include:

 

  • BS in Electrical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering (or related field)  with 5+ years of project management experience in highly technical and creative environment involving fast paced delivery cycles
  • Strong technical background; practical experience in engineering preferred, including rapid prototyping/development and/or designing one of a kind/complex systems
  • Understanding of technical specifications
  • Experience in one or more of the following industries: Aerospace, Military and/or DOD, Instrumentation, High Technology Products
  • Ability to demonstrate decisiveness and good judgment
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Ability to drive effort under deadline pressure while maintaining a collaborative, calm, and pleasant demeanor at all times
  • Ability to work collaboratively with senior Project Owner (C-level executive) to understand, document and execute on the vision
  • Must be flexible and able to accept rapid changes
  • Must be highly proficient in MS Office
  • Effective communication on all levels

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