Cyber Systems Program Manager

2 days 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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The Cyber Systems Program Manager will lead Draper’s initiatives to develop new, advanced technology programs for cyber defense of commercial and military embedded computing systems; transitioning these technologies to protect critical national infrastructure and defense capabilities.  Draper is actively developing a portfolio of innovative cyber security hardware, software and analysis capabilities for rapid, thorough detection and mitigation of cyber vulnerabilities in embedded systems.  


  • Develop business plans, technology investment plans, partnerships, and engineering resources to support and grow Draper’s Cyber Defense business  
  • Develop a technology base by capturing lead R&D programs for Draper
  • Develop strategic plans and programs for internal R&D investments in emerging cyber technologies
  • Lead talented and multidisciplinary engineering and program manager teams to develop game changing cyber defense and operations concepts; resulting in a steady output of white papers and proposals
  • Regularly interface with government leaders to understand emerging challenges and priorities to help shape and capture critical national security programs
  • Develop personal credibility with sponsor organizations and establish corporate thought leadership relationships with sponsor organizations

As the technology matures; lead Draper’s efforts to broadly apply to securing systems already deployed and future systems in development


  • 10+ years management experience transitioning advanced technology from development to practice on Defense or Intelligence programs
  • Strong technical background in Computer Science, Embedded Systems, vulnerability research or related cyber disciplines (e.g., applied cryptography, formal methods, static and dynamic analysis tools) 
  • Software development management, creativity, presentation, and project management skills
  • Effective leadership / project management in programs leveraging advanced technologies
  • Strong technical acumen for presentations and communications with cyber customers
  • Demonstrated skills in realizing innovative solutions from research
  • Ability to obtain a Department of Defense security clearance
  • Flexibility for frequent travel


  • Experience as Principle Investigator on DARPA/IARPA programs
  • Department of Defense Top Secret clearance


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