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Program Manager

Hello. We’re Virgin Australia. And we’re back (in a big way).

We’re the airline that’s always done things a little different. Our way. The Virgin way. For us, flying is so much more than simply taking off and landing (although we understand that is quite important). It’s about going the extra mile, in the air and on the ground, to create authentic experiences that put our guests firmly at the heart of everything we do. 

Who we’re looking for:

Manage and deliver complex programs subject to the IT Project Delivery Framework. You will oversee multiple project teams, vendors, and partners, ensuring program goals are achieved. This includes managing the program scope, budget, schedule, and RAIDD, ensuring adequate resourcing and governance, and operating effectively. You’ll work closely with project sponsors and cross-functional teams to ensure alignment. There are multiple opportunities for a 24-months fixed term.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Collaborate with Project Sponsors, Program Directors, cross-functional teams, portfolio COE leaders and assigned Project Managers to plan and baseline scope, deliverables, and timing.
  • Ensure required resources are in place to deliver the desired program outcome.
  • Develop and maintain an integrated program schedule aligned to the portfolio-level integrated schedule.
  • Manage the relevant delivery teams (internal and external), including coaching to team members.
  • Create and manage the program budget, forecast and monthly cost recognition.
  • Negotiate and manage partner commercials and contracts.
  • Ensure RAIDD (risk, assumption, issue, dependency, decision) registers are in place and actively maintained.
  • Manage delivery compliance with the VA Delivery Framework.
  • Collaborate with other program managers to identify risks and opportunities across multiple programs and projects.
  • Produce accurate and timely reporting of program status throughout its life cycle.

You’ll be great in this role if you:

  • Extensive experience in Program/Project Management, delivering at least 5 complex programs, with multiple streams and of high value.
  • Experience leading high-performing teams and coaching then on successful project delivery.
  • Ability to time manage and mitigate risks.
  • Financial modelling, budgeting and forecasting experience.
  • Proven track record of building strong relationships with a broad set of stakeholders, including executive management.
  • Critical thinking, analytical and forecasting skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to extract, understand and use data and provide insight to enable fact-based decision-making.
  • Sound understanding of financial budgeting, governance/controls.
  • Outstanding working knowledge of project and change management principles and performance management processes.
  • Agile and Waterfall delivery approaches.
  • Proven ability with project management tools, including Jira, Confluence, DevSecOps, MS Project, Power BI.
  • Airline industry experience (beneficial).
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, as well as confidence in presenting.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in Project, IT or Business Management.
  • Master’s degree in business administration (beneficial).

What you’ll get from us:

We’re committed to looking after you, with some of the best benefits and conditions in the industry – including (but not limited to):

  • Heavily discounted air travel for you and your loved ones (including $1000 worth of travel credits per year)
  • Flexible working arrangements (including work hours and work from home)
  • Discounts on travel insurance, car hire, accommodation and experiences worldwide
  • Discounted Virgin Australia Lounge membership
  • Hospitality, retail, technology, beauty services and wellness discounts
  • Wellness support, including the betterme digital wellbeing platform
  • A comprehensive Employee Assistance Program, which offers confidential coaching and support from qualified professionals for all aspects of life – physical, mental, social and financial
  • Dress for Your Day – enjoy the freedom to wear whatever is appropriate for the type of work you do and the day you have ahead of you

Equality rules:

We’re all individuals. We love that. That’s why we encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those from diverse cultural backgrounds, our friends in the LGBTQI+ community, and anyone else who wants to join our family.


The safety and security of our people, guests and operations come first. Always. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive ‘Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy’. In a nutshell, to work with us, you’ll need to comply with our (and the airport’s) rules and regulations. And be fully vaxxed.

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