About

Edward J. Leydon is a successful international business leader with over 20 years of Engineering, Program Management and Strategy Development experience including key accomplishments as Staff Systems Engineer and Engineering Program Manager at Lockheed Martin, PMO Director at Honeywell Aerospace and Director of PMO and Strategy at Beacon Red-EDGE.

Edward possesses strong leadership skills including ability to influence team by managing critical initiatives to deliver consistent results on time, within budget and meeting specifications.

He has a proven history of quickly understanding complex technical applications and developing innovative solutions to critical challenges.

He has led successful enterprise-level $100M+ annual budget transformational business initiatives working with leadership teams and executive (C-Level) leadership managing program performance budget, schedule, scope, resources and critical deliverables.

Edward has a passion for sharing his expertise and is a successful coach, trainer and mentor. He has worked on developing teams in China, Czech Republic, India, Puerto Rico, UAE, UK and USA.

Edward holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Project Management, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Engineering Technology, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Design For Six Sigma (DFSS) Green Belt, SAFe® 5 Program Consultant (SPC) and has received many other awards and recognitions throughout his career.

He is also the Founder and CEO of KNOW-THE-SCORE where he uses his extensive PMO leadership skills to help businesses manage critical initiatives. His work with KNOW-THE-SCORE also includes speaking, writing and blogging on PMO Best Practices, as well as coaching and mentoring other PM’s and future leaders. In addition, as part of his Advisory Services, Edward served as Technical Director for a Drone Education program where he led the development of products and services that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Computing (STEM+C). 

Virgin Galactic - Spaceport America, New Mexico
Virgin Galactic – Spaceport America, New Mexico

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive Technical Leader
  • Portfolio-Program-Project (P3) Management Office
  • Leadership Mentoring/Training
  • Business Management
  • Lean-Agile Transformations

Resume/Experience

Beacon Red HQ – Abu Dhabi, UAE July 2020

Director – PMO and Strategy BEACON RED – Abu Dhabi, UAE
As Director of PMO and Strategy under CEO’s Office, works with the senior leadership team to develop and manage strategic objectives and key deliverables to achieve aggressive technology and business targets. Focus on enhancing national security preparedness throughout the Middle East through innovative training solutions and advanced technology. As architect of company wide business management system, oversees strategic direction on over 100 training solutions and assessment platforms.

Achievements:
•Led the strategy development and strategy management for Beacon Red under the CEO’s Office. •Key member of the executive leadership team that establishes cross-functional collaboration for the benefit of total value of the organization while supporting business unit-specific objectives.
•Set priorities and ensures that all business operations and management systems are aligned to strategic goals of the company using lean processes and agile methodologies to maximize efficiencies, scalability and adaptability.
•Responsible for driving deliverables and all corporate reporting of performance and operations Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure success, identify risks early and Root Cause Corrective Actions (RCCA) to drive culture of Continuous Improvement (CI) throughout the organization. •Strategy Direction – business case development, business intelligence, portfolio level planning, prioritization, feasibility, key projects including growth opportunities, lean/agile/quality transformation initiatives, business process Improvement and PMO Deployment.
•Enterprise level reporting mechanisms to centralize and simplify reporting channels while providing visibility to CEO, business unit leaders and other internal/external stakeholders.
•PMO Department Leader – governance, standard processes and procedures, reporting dashboards, Key Performance Indicators (KPI), PM staffing, training and mentoring.

Shanghai, China 2018

Director Project Engineering – Honeywell Aerospace – Phoenix, AZ

PMO Director with total ownership and accountability for Honeywell; development and deployment
of Program Management Office (PMO) framework for DMAIC Producibility, Supplier Transitions and other business critical initiative projects. Led strategic E-Sourcing group in vendor management building short- and long-term plans to achieve increasingly aggressive savings goals and performance commitments. Presented regular status reporting to Chief Procurement Officer/Vice President of Global Sourcing and other Senior Leadership including performance dashboards, actual vs. plan variances, root-cause corrective actions, and risks/opportunities related to overall program/project performance for cost, schedule, scope and resources.

Achievements:
•Led PMO team ($100M+ annual budget, 50 global staff and 8 workstreams). Developed and deployed program artifacts including Statement of Work (SOW), Program Management Plan (PMP), Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), cost/ schedule/ scope baseline, change management, communication plans, stakeholder management and risk/opportunity register.
•Budget, schedule, resource planning for cross-functional teams (450+ FTE) hardware, software, systems engineering, production support, integrated supply chain, quality, contracts and finance. •Awarded 2019 Q1 Chairman’s Team Performance Award for YoY savings in hundreds of millions $USD as PMO Director for DMAIC Producibility Leadership Team.
•Drove organization change, reinforced a culture of accountability, processes and tools including developing and presenting training workshops in US, UK, Czech Republic, China and India.
•Served as ISC Representative on Steering Committee for Honeywell Global PM/PE Academy and provided PMO Best Practice consulting to leadership team of AME and Global Sourcing Organizations.

Bangalore, India 2017

Sr. Program Management Manager – Honeywell Aerospace – Phoenix, AZ


CORE Program Leader for Mechanical Portfolio including programmatic responsibility for planning, developing, integration, testing, and certification of products for future integration on Aero-wide platforms and strategic initiatives including Internet Of Things (IoT), Development Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Obsolescence Programs. As member of Program Management Leadership team, manager of Senior Program Manager direct reports including establishing resource needs, hiring, disciplinary actions, skill gap analysis, training/ mentoring programs and semi-annual performance assessments.

Achievements:
•Prepared and executed detailed project plans, schedules, cost estimates, baseline change management, risk mitigation, technical design reviews, management reviews, cost/schedule/status reporting, with >95% on time completion of critical milestones for Next Generation Flight Management System (NGFMS), Advanced Graphics Module (AGM3), RMU Obsolescence APU Electronic Controller Units (ECU) and Next Generation Propulsion Engine(s) hardware and software development programs. •Ensured that product performance delivery requirements were met and served as primary communication conduit between the executive leadership and the program execution team.
•Led project management efforts for $60M annual budget program(s) including schedule and Earned Value Management (EVM) reporting to team/executive leadership as well as Program Management Reviews (PMR), Annual Operating Plan (AOP), Short Range Outlook (SRO) and Strategic Planning (STRAP) activities.

A-10C Warthog – Davis Monthan AFB – Tucson, AZ

Engineering Program Manager – Lockheed Martin – Air Force Research Laboratory – Mesa, AZ

Engineering Program Manager lead for Aircrew Training System (ATS) A-10C Full Mission Trainer (FMT) Systems Engineering department manager for Systems/Mechanical/Hardware Engineering and Configuration Management including staffing, recruitment, performance ratings, goal/objective planning, resource allocation and time charging approvals. Presentations and preparations of reviews with USAF customer including Preliminary Design Review (PDR), System Requirements Review (SRR), Critical Design Review (CDR), Test Readiness Review (TRR) and Enterprise Product Team (EPT) meetings.

Achievements:
•Technical planning with USAF customer on $130 million multi-year training systems program to improve overall contract performance in moving towards EVM metrics process-driven development environment that was reflected in improved Contractor Performance Assessment Report (CPAR) ratings by customer.
•Developed innovative technical approaches, Statements Of Work (SOW), Basis Of Estimates (BOEs), Integrated Master Schedules (IMS), Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and successfully coordinated all technical approaches for $2-4 million Engineering Change Proposals (ECP) and Task Orders. •Awarded Lockheed Martin Mentor of the Quarter 2011 by Global Training & Logistics business unit President for mentoring relationship that included helping employees with training, career development and stretch assignment that expanded the employee’s capabilities and visibility within the organization. •Prepared Request For Proposal (RFP) responses and developed Systems Engineering Management Plans (SEMP) with traceability to RFP requirements per Department Of Defense (DoD) and Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) Guidelines.

Senior System Engineer – Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego, NY

Project Engineering Lead for Systems Integration Lab (SIL) on VXX Presidential Helicopter and
Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR-X) Helicopter Replacement, Light Armored Vehicle Command & Control (LAV-C2) Upgrade, Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) and J4 Counter-IED programs. Technical Project Lead on Lockheed Martin Corporate Counter-IED Task Force IRAD program on J4 platform
for US Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF) including design, integration and test efforts for J4 program including integration of complex IP-enabled systems for situational awareness.


Achievements:
•Coordinated Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering activities with other departments including Program Management, Contracts, Finance, Quality Assurance (QA), Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), and Sub- Contract Management (SPM) to successfully proceed from $4 million technology demonstration phase to $52 million full production and support award.
•Proactively assured engineering success by identifying requirements, constraints, priorities, evaluation criteria, developing functional/physical/ operational architectures and evaluation of customer modes of operation, maintenance and support, and environment conditions.
•Reporting and presenting status to customer (USMC PM-LAV), planning and managing all aspects of the TDP including chairing Technical Review Board (TRB) and Change Control Board (CCB). •Transitioned project procurement activities from R&D funding to SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) integration with PTC Windchill Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems.
•Solid performance recognized by senior and executive management on network infrastructure architecture for Project 220 flight simulator for multi-million-dollar lab environment capital projects.

Education/Certifications

  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA): Technology Management
  • Bachelors of Science (BS): Project Management
  • Associates of Applied Science (AAS): Engineering Technology
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Green Belt
  • SAFe® 5 Program Consultant (SPC)
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
  • Certified SonicWALL Security Administrator (CSSA)

Key Projects

  • Beacon Red/EDGE: PMO/Agile Transformation – Director PMO and Strategy
  • Intentional Science: Technology in Education – Technical Director
  • Honeywell: Sourcing Operations – Transitions/eAuction PMO Director
  • Honeywell: DMAIC Producibility – PMO Director
  • Honeywell: NGFMS – Lead Project Manager
  • Lockheed Martin: A-10 Aircrew Training – Lead Systems Engineer
  • Lockheed Martin: LAV-C2 – Upgrade – Lead Systems Engineer
  • Lockheed Martin: CSAR-X/MPC Proposals – IPT Lead Systems Engineer

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