Senior Mission Technologist

US-VA-Reston
5 months ago
Requisition ID
2017-1981

Overview

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,600 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.

 

 

Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

 

 

Responsibilities

The senior mission technologist will lead Draper’s initiative in operational mission analysis.   Working across programs and engineering directorates, the chief technologist will develop and execute a strategy to engage sponsor communities in framing operational challenges, shaping development programs to address needs and identifying a path to transition the solution into use.  A successful candidates will be a highly motivated strategic thinker with experience in leading complex technical programs who will influence and leverage Draper’s model-based engineering approaches and tools to address this mission analysis capability.

Specific Mission Architect Responsibilities will include:

  • Work with other senior leaders in engineering and program directorates to engage potential customers. Collaborate with customers to define mission requirements and constraints. Lead the analysis of concept of operations and development of quantitative data driven frameworks to solve the operational challenges.
  • Leverage Draper’s model based engineering approach to inform the mission analysis. Oversee the development of system requirements, and analysis of cost/schedule and success/failure tradeoffs. Develop customer engagement strategy, shape programs and deliver superior solutions. ¿
  • Drive strategic planning and lead activities in support of long range and near term technology development plans. Guide and manage teams during all phases, from concept development to fielding of systems. Provide mission analysis expertise and serve as a thought leader in this domain.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to uncover and address strategic technology development and business development opportunities. Execute complex assignments with minimal or strong management direction. Mentor technical staff and development teams to successfully work to deadlines, often while successfully managing to multiple competing priorities.

Qualifications

M.S in Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering, or equivalent with 20+ years of relevant experience in enhancing National Security through the application of advanced technology to system level solutions. The qualified candidate must have substantial prior organizational and technical leadership experience working organizational change through others.   Working knowledge of modeling and simulation for multi-disciplinary complex systems is desired.  Domain knowledge in space, military or intelligence community systems is a plus. Specific experience in building, shaping and establishing new initiatives is necessary. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other leading national experts in science and technology from academia, national laboratories, and industry who may have ongoing competing priorities and viewpoints, is a must.

 

The qualified candidate must be performance driven, a self-starter and have demonstrated the ability to set organizational vision and achieve results. Strong ability to couple conceptual level thinking, creativity and resourcefulness with detailed execution and ability to work within a team environment are a must.  Willingness to travel is necessary.

The final candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

 

 

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