Strategic Systems Program Manager - Sensor Technologies

Draper Laboratory
Somerville, MA
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit .

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The Strategic Systems Program office is seeking a Sensor Technology Program Manager. This program develops, tests, and delivers the world's most accurate and reliable guidance, navigation & control (GN&C) systems to enable credible, survivable, and resilient port-to-target solutions to support the US Navy. The Sensor Technology Program Manager will lead the development of sensors in support of strategic programs. The program manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of the plans, schedules, and budget for the Sensor Technology area, as well as monitoring program performance and execution to those plans, including identifying and addressing risks and issues as needed. Additional responsibilities include:
  • Leading engineering teams in development of next generation sensors for use in strategic missions
  • Working with multidisciplinary teams to conceptualize and architect next generation systems utilizing enabling technologies.
  • Engaging in collaborative brainstorming and strategic planning for key technology areas related to inertial guidance and navigation across Draper, industry, and government.
  • Interfacing directly with US Navy customer, external program stakeholders, and internal stakeholders to support program alignment and execution.
  • Communicating clear program objectives and goals across program areas and help ensure alignment with overall strategy and priorities.
  • Developing detailed program plan for program area with clear timelines and milestones that is integrated with overall program plan and schedule.
  • Driving program monitoring and control processes by developing and using appropriate data and metrics to measure program performance and facilitating the tracking of program status within area of responsibility.
  • Ensuring compliance to internal policies, Trident program requirements, and quality management best practices.
  • Monitoring and managing risks and opportunities within area of responsibility.
  • Fostering collaboration and teamwork among program stakeholders.
  • Continuously evaluating and improving program processes and outcomes within area of responsibility.
  • Supporting weekly and monthly program reviews to status execution within program area.
  • Developing and building team within program area by providing coaching, mentoring, and training as needed.
  • BS, MS, PhD in Engineering or Science field with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Extensive background in sensor development including an understanding of current and future technologies.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills, with the ability to motivate and develop a team of professionals.
  • Experience building relationships with leaders across an organization and ability to collaborate with stakeholders to understand the business' current state and develop data-driven insights that can drive organizational-wide goals and strategies.
  • Possesses excellent business judgment, strong written and oral communication skills, and a practical, common-sense approach to getting things done.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with an ability to make data-driven decisions.
  • Ability to hold themselves and others accountable to high standards of success.
  • Strong meeting management and negotiation skills.
  • Leads with humility and respect, seeking diverse perspectives and fostering an inclusive environment on their team.
  • Proven track record of demonstrating high integrity behaviors.

Security Requirement
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security Government security clearance requires proof of US citizenship.
  • Top Secret Clearance preferred.
Job Summary
  • Requisition ID: 2023-7457

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