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Draper Senior Program Manager - Space Systems 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 Draper Space Systems Program Office is seeking a Program Manager who will be responsible for developing and managing Draper Space Systems programs. The Program Manager will support the Draper Space Systems Director and Business Area Leads to develop and execute a strategy for growth building on existing and new sponsors and leveraging the deep technical expertise of the entire Draper organization. The candidate will have demonstrated leadership in program management and possess aerospace program and technology experience. Responsibilities will include leading critical space programs, including program capture, development, planning and execution. Candidate will be responsible for developing new programs with Draper space programs customers including NASA and commercial industry to partner in the development of new space systems and technologies. Demonstrated management capability and experience with the overall program life-cycle from proposal through execution is essential. This position will support the Draper Space Systems Director and Business Area Leads in the development of strategic plans and provide recommendations for research and development.

Degree in a related technical field. 10+ years of experience in aerospace systems is required. Additionally, the candidate will have a technically versatile background with the ability to quickly learn new technologies and/or new applications; and, the ability to develop a vision for the business and create new opportunities. The candidate will possess an intimate knowledge, and track record of successful business interaction. The candidate must be persuasive, a strong relationship builder with excellent communications, presentation and networking skills. Must have the ability and interest to understand and embrace Draper’s mission as a not-for-profit R&D organization.

Applicants selected are required to be U.S. citizens and will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to sensitive information.

ID: 2019-4054

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc