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Associate Director of Autonomous Systems

Draper Labs
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
555 Technology Square (Show on map)
December 27, 2023

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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 2,000+ 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 www.draper.com.

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 www.draper.com/careers.

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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.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact hr@draper.com.


Draper is seeking an Associate Director of Autonomous Systems to join our Electronic Systems business. As the portfolio leader, you will be responsible for leading our Autonomous systems solutions research, development, and testing throughout the product lifecycle. As a nonprofit, Draper is focused on fielding innovation, often first-of-a-kind solutions, with unique requirements and specialized supply chains. You will lead a team of Program Managers and matrixed engineers to advanced critical technologies and transition new solutions to the hands of users. You will develop business strategy and manage to an integrated business plan while implementing effective product management to enable transition. If you are passionate about the fielding of technological solutions and have experience in advancing autonomy technologies for DoD or the Intelligence Community, please consider joining our team.


Required Qualifications:
- A Master's Degree in a relevant technical discipline with 10 years' experience or a Bachelor's Degree and at least 15 years' experience managing research and development projects.

- Demonstrates deep knowledge in Advanced Positioning, Navigation, and Timing technologies and products

- Demonstrated ability to interpret customer needs and synthesize solutions to their problems

- Experience delivering products that exceed the expectations of our company and customers.

- 5 years' experience in personnel management

- Demonstrated strong leadership skills (e.g., develops a vision, communicates to achieve alignment, motivates teams, delivers results), enabling him/her to lead tasks of significant complexity

- Demonstrates the ability to define and/or apply common best business practices

- Demonstrates highly developed communication skills, both in written and oral forms; clearly communicates with sponsors, management and peers

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience in personnel management of a diverse, geographical separated workforce

- Prior Product Management experience or experience in the transition of technological solutions into a production environment.

Security Requirement:
- Current Secret clearance is required.

- Current in scope Top Secret security clearance with SCI eligibility is preferred.


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