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Draper Division Leader - Autonomy, Guidance and Control in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

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Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

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The Autonomy, Guidance, and Control Systems Software Division Leader will be responsible for the organizational leadership and line management of approximately 100 employees. The division resides within the Algorithms and Software Directorate in the Engineering Organization. Key technical capabilities of this Division are:

  • Guidance and control algorithms and software

  • GN&C mission design

  • Automation and autonomous system software

  • Resource planning and task allocation

  • Complex dynamic system modeling and simulation

  • Model-based software development

These capabilities are used to provide solutions for our customers in application areas involving spacecraft and launch vehicle systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), robotic ground vehicles, maritime systems including unmanned undersea vehicles, guided projectile and missile systems, and complex mission management systems. Specific Division Leader responsibilities will include:

  • Organizational leadership including the development and maturation of the division's technical capabilities and discriminating technologies

  • Career development of the future leaders of the organization through mentoring, growth assignments, professional seminars, and other educational opportunities

  • Business development technical support for project development and advancement of key technical capabilities in the division

  • Management of staff hiring and recruiting

  • The development of the division's strategic plan

  • Oversight of the quality of execution of projects led by division staff

Required Qualifications:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent

  • 10+ years of relevant experience in the leadership of Autonomy, Guidance, and Control as defined in the Responsibilities section.

  • Substantial prior organizational leadership experience and demonstrated success in managing a group or team of people (20+) as a project leader, technical director, or line manager.

  • Must be performance driven, a self-starter and have demonstrated consistently outstanding performance in his/her career.

  • The ability to work within a team environment is a must.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong contacts with government or commercial sponsors in the division’s domain areas are desired.

    Security Requirement:

  • Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.

ID: 2019-4422

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc