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Program Finance Manager - Electronic Systems

Draper Labs
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
555 Technology Square (Show on map)
December 03, 2023

Program Finance Manager - Electronic Systems
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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.

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The Draper Program Finance organization is looking for a Program Finance Manager that will support our Guidance Navigation & Control, Production, and Decision Solutions business segments within the Electronic Systems program office. In this critical managerial role, the selected candidate will help lead part of this high-performing Finance organization here at Draper and be an integrated team member of a business area that is pioneering precision guidance, designing autonomy architecture for unmanned undersea vehicles, and advancing celestial navigation technology. Draper Program Finance collaborates with our internal and external customers, with a vision to be the business partner of choice, to ensure our businesses have the financial acumen, accuracy, and dedicated support to execute significant contracts in support of national defense.

The Program Finance Manager, reporting to the Program Finance Associate Director, with matrixed responsibilities to the Electronic Systems program office for GN&C, Production, and Decision Solutions programs, is directly responsible for the daily management of Program Finance staff. This role requires an ability to think strategically and tactically to deliver efficient, consistent and compliant application of financial principles, including Earned Value Management (EVM), Estimates-at-Complete (EACs), and Risks & Opportunities (R&O).

The Manager will provide direction to staff according to established policies, procedures, and management guidance. This role will support their team in the development of program level structures, budgets, and schedules. They will be responsible for providing guidance and direction to their respective business areas on related policy and procedure, and foster an environment of continuous improvement that includes, recommending and implementing new process and tools as appropriate to enhance automation and analytics.


    Manages staff and assists in the generation of EVM deliverables, EACs, and R&O management
  • Drives the frequent, accurate, and transparent program-level inputs for budgeting and forecasting
  • Budgets/Forecasts at the program level by element of cost and granular Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for award contracts, as well as provides transparency/insights into follow-on work and new business opportunities
  • Monitors and proactively communicates program funding levels
  • Reviews, advises on, and/or conducts cost and schedule risk analyses, supporting Program Managers in mitigating risks and capitalizing on opportunities
  • Reports program level metrics, and generates internal and external reports
  • Generates financial information for the Program Management Reviews (PMRs)
  • Generates financial information for the Quarterly Business Reviews (QBRs)
  • Collaborates with Cost Estimating team to provide historical actuals and program insights
  • Collaborates with Program Management and Billings teams to drive timely invoicing and collections
  • Collaborates with Program Management and Contracts teams to drive contract modification execution in a timely and compliant manner
  • Leads program level accruals, cancellation of funds, and contract closeout efforts
  • Supports internal and external audits as required
  • Identifies and complies with applicable cost accounting standards (CAS) and acquisition regulations (FAR, DFARS)
  • Works with others across Draper to implement tools and technology to enhance automation and minimize manually intensive finance processes
  • Performs special projects, process improvements, and other ad hoc analyses as required


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance, MBA, CPA, or equivalent experience, strongly preferred
  • At least 8 years of experience managing high-performing teams in a rigorous and complex environment; or 4 years of experience with a Masters or Advanced Degree
  • Proven ability to develop and manage direct reports with diverse experience
  • Prior demonstrated experience executing various contract types (FFP, FPIF, CPFF, CPIF, T&M)
  • Demonstrated experience in EVM, including external reporting
  • Demonstrated command of relevant accounting subject matters, including for ASC 606
  • Able to provide guidance on of relevant federal acquisition regulations (CAS/FAR/DFARS)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving ability
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to ensure tasks are completed on time and accurately
  • Proficient with Microsoft software, including advanced MS Excel skills

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