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Draper Program Analyst 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 candidate will be working as part of the Defense Systems program management team in a dynamic, high volume department. The candidate will be involved in preparation of proposals, budgets, schedules, financial reports, and variance analysis. Successful completion of assignments will require interfacing with internal and external stakeholders regarding various aspects of the assigned program. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who works well independently and in groups. He or she must display strong analytical and problem solving skills with a high level of accuracy and productivity.


Supports program office in pursuit and management of business opportunities by:

  • Preparing cost volumes for proposal submission which includes but is not limited to understanding WBS structures, cost elements, preparation of basis of estimate and the ability to review a solicitation for compliance requirements

  • Supporting active contracts by providing financial data, analysis, and ensuring the fulfillment of Contract Data Requirement List(s)

  • Using information systems (PeopleSoft ERP, IBM Planning Analytics, Data Warehouse) to create and manage budget plans for programs and subtasks on a weekly/monthly basis and to respond proactively to address potential problems/anomalies

  • Ensuring adequate funding availability by maintaining accurate records of expenditures, directing preparation of expenditure projections, and proactively submitting timely requests for additional funding and/or senior management risk authorization when applicable. Communicating with customer and subcontractor financial staff as required to track and report financial progress

  • Monitoring the completion of project deliverables and ensure compliance with the internal quality management system requirements, including working in and assisting with program lifecycle tools

  • Supporting program teams in procurement management and tracking

  • Interfacing with Contracts Administration and other relevant departments to facilitate program management

  • Forecasting new business and resource management requirements based on available information

  • Proactively establishing priorities, executing responsibilities with minimal supervision, and meeting deadlines in a high-pressured environment

Bachelor’s degree and 2-5 years of related experience in defense, high tech or government contracting sector. Familiarity with spreadsheets, principles of financial tracking, scheduling and other program management tools including an intermediate to advanced skill level in Excel. Experience with Microsoft Office including Microsoft Project is preferred. Must demonstrate a high level of attention to detail and ability to think critically and independently in a fast paced environment. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. The exceptional candidate will have a working knowledge of the principles of project management and a familiarity with Earned Value Management concepts. Candidates, who must be US Citizens, will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

ID: 2020-4968

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc