Group Leader – System Assembly

Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
Posted Date 1 month ago(2/1/2018 12:57 PM)
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As a Group Leader in the Mechanical Engineering Division, you will be exposed to a broad range of technical challenges where you can apply your knowledge and leadership in solving problems of national interest. As the focal point at Draper for hardware development and fabrication, the staff within the Mechanical Engineering & System Packaging Division is responsible for supporting technical solutions across the Lab as we design, analyze, and build a variety of electro-mechanical hardware.

As the Group Leader for System Assembly, you will be responsible for a multi-discipline group of staff and technicians who build the hardware that Draper engineers design. The role encompasses driving and overseeing the entire span of hardware fabrication, from procurement and stocking, to kitting, assembly, and rework. In this role, you will also support proposal efforts and project reviews as well as technical discussions and audits.

The Group Leader will be responsible for managing personnel including assignments to tasks, career guidance and support, as well as recruiting and hiring as necessary to support efforts requiring skills from the group. The Group Leader will be expected to engage with program leadership and customers (internal and external) to understand needs. Complimenting these efforts, the Group Leader will also be expected to keep abreast of technology to formulate where strategic investments may be needed to maintain and expand capabilities.

Additionally, the candidate may be expected to directly support programs by applying their technical knowledge either as an individual contributor or task leader.


Minimum of Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant field such as manufacturing engineering or mechanical engineering with 7+ years of experience in application of those skills to assembly of high-technology products.

The candidate must be familiar with circuit card assembly (e.g. surface mount assembly), harness fabrication, chassis fabrication and the associated operations drivers such as procurement lead time, planning, scheduling, quality, etc.

Two years of direct experience leading teams and tasks projects is required with demonstrated ability to lead and manage teams of at least 10 people comprising of engineers and technicians. The candidate will also be a self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills, be capable of achieving organizational and program objectives, and be able to interface with all levels of personnel.

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




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