The job of an Acquisition Program Manager involves developing and coordinating program acquisition planning, support documentation and program rating. He/she is responsible for managing quality assurance and logistic support, providing recommendations of best practices involved in acquisition program management and identifying potential improvement for processes used in the internal acquisition program.
Education/Experience Requirements A successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in finance, business administration or any business fields plus at least 5 years experience in acquisition/project management or risk management plans. Larger companies or government agencies may also require certification as a project management professional or acquisition professional.
Skills Proficient in computer programs (such as word-processing and spreadsheets), excellent written and oral communication skills, superb interpersonal organizational and managerial skills, and ability to multi-task, meet deadline, maintain effective working relationships and work without supervision.
Specific work elements Assessing progress of assigned projects or programs and keeping records of schedules, cost estimates and performance supportability, providing input during source selection, monitoring contractor’s acquisition development up to production and deployment, planning and coordinating activities of logistics, data management and other activities of functional specialists, evaluating program progress, reviewing progress of contractors, taking actions to approve contracts, budgets, terms and other conditions related to the contractor, and ensuring maintenance of documentation, among others.