Program Manager - Microphysiological Systems

6 months ago
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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


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This PM1 position will be responsible for conceiving, creating, capturing and executing highly innovative development programs for human organ system (organs-on-a-chip). This position requires the rare combination of outstanding technical talent (both broad and deep) along with exceptional interpersonal and organizational insight in order to spot emerging customer challenges; relate Draper capabilities to address these challenges; and develop, capture and run relevant programs.

The PM1 must be an impetus for new technical and business development in the organs-on-a-chip sector, with the ability to bring energy, create focus, build enthusiasm and engender cooperation on multi-disciplinary, technically challenging developments.  The Program Manager also serves as the principal customer interface for the programs and proposals she/he will manage, with frequent travel required.

Key skills for this position include:


·         Demonstrates strong leadership skills in both business development and program execution for a program of significant complexity

·         Ability to lead technical execution teams

·         Contributes to the development of our strategic plans


·         Regularly interacts with customers and maintains a large network of internal relationships and grows external relationships

·         Able to identify, explore and qualify new business opportunities

·         Ability to interact effectively with individuals at all levels including customers, superiors, peers and subordinates in a manner than helps achieve or business goals and inspires trust and confidence at all levels

·         Works to develop broader personal external footprint and raise Draper’s profile


Management and Business Development Skills:

·         Demonstrated depth of knowledge in relevant technical discipline coupled with a strong ability to work at the system level

·         Demonstrated ability to develop follow-on business writing winning proposals: and plan & execute complex but moderate risk programs

·         Appropriately balances innovation and Draper’s best practices resulting in winning proposals and highly successful programs

·         Ability to manage medium to large, but typically moderate-risk, programs

·         Ability to manage several programs concurrently with a total annual program value of >$5M

·         Understands sponsor needs and is able to synthesize solutions to their problems

·         Demonstrated ability to consultatively engage with customers

·         Ability to clearly and concisely communicate complex ideas and program statues

·         Performs work with minimal supervision


Domain Knowledge

·         Good marketplace domain knowledge including knowledge of customer issues and market opportunities




Required Education: A technical or scientific bachelor’s degree, ideally in biology or biomedical engineering, is required. Advanced degree preferred (M.S. MBA, PhD, MD, MPH)


Required Experience:

The candidate should have a minimum of 10 years or more collective experience in at least three (3) of the five (5) categories listed below;

  • 5 Years or more of progressive program management experience in either the medical device development or government grant management arenas
  • 5 Years or more as a practicing hands on scientist and or engineer who contributed to device development, technology development,  and or pure research, ideally in mammalian cell culture.

3 years or more experience in managing multidisciplinary technology development teams in tissue culture experimentation 3 years or more experience with business development around engineering or R&D services.


Required Skills: Demonstrated program management, leadership and new business development skills.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal and listening skills.  Must be self-motivated, able to take initiative and work independently with a high level of productivity. Able to research, understand, assess, and critique multiple technologies and associated technological solutions.  


Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification is preferred



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