Principal Investigator/Product Manager - RAS

Date: May 10, 2023

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts, US

Company: QinetiQ

Who Are We?

We are a world-class team of professionals who deliver next generation technology and products in robotic and autonomous platforms, ground, soldier, and maritime systems in 50+ locations world-wide. Much of our work contributes to innovative research in the fields of sensor science, signal processing, data fusion, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and augmented reality (AR).

QinetiQ Inc.’s dedicated experts in defense, aerospace, security, and related fields all work together to explore new ways of protecting the American Warfighter, Security Forces, and Allies. Being a part of QinetiQ Inc. means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. 

Why Join QinetiQ Inc.?

If you have the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges, then you will experience a unique working environment where innovative teams blend different perspectives, disciplines, and technologies to discover new ways of solving complex problems.  In our diverse and inclusive environment, you can be authentic, feel valued, be respected, and realize your full potential. QinetiQ Inc. will support you with workplace flexibility, a commitment to the health and well-being of you and your family and provide opportunities to work with a purpose. We are committed to supporting your success in both your professional and personal lives.

Your Contribution to Our Mission

The Principal Investigator/Product Manager for Autonomous Systems will have responsibility to:

  • Drive technical direction and development of QinetiQ efforts related to software for autonomous operations, perception and sensing, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML), and intuitive user interfaces. 
  • Collaborate with Engineering, Program Management, and Business Development  to identify new customer  opportunities; develop technical, capture, and delivery strategies; and execute and implement plans to drive delivery.
  • Provide technical leadership working within the internal (US and international) business and external (industry and customer) communities to build relationships, develop .partnerships, and expand awareness for our next generation of autonomous systems. 
  • Develop, implement, and execute technology/product roadmaps related to Autonomy and AI/ML software systems and align with other product and technology areas. Identify, propose, and execute strategic investments to align with roadmap.
  • Lead interdisciplinary technical teams to execute complex projects, ranging from early development and experimentation to program of record delivery. Drive and monitor execution within  funding, schedule, and customer constraints.


To Land This Job, You Need:

  • Demonstrated ability to engage customers, write proposals, lead teams, interact with internal and external customers, and successfully execute complex programs. 
  • Ability to manage technology/product development with objective of transition technologies from early development to mature product/program.
  • Strong project management and leadership skills.  Able to lead multidisciplinary teams, supervise and mentor senior and junior level engineers, plan and manage projects including tasks and budgets. Defense program related experience desired.
  • Demonstrated experience managing fast paced initiatives and making system level tradeoffs, often with multiple stakeholders, with complex cost, schedule, and customer constraints.
  • Hands on experience with software development processes, methods, and management.   Specific technical experience with autonomous systems, AI/ML algorithms, lab and field software testing and refinement.
  • Must understand configuration management in software development from early prototyping through system level delivery and product realization.
  • Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills with extensive technical & proposal writing experience.  Strong presentation skills and the ability to lead customer and/or senior leadership interaction required.
  • Experience with MS Word, MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • BS or MS in computer science/ Engineering with 8 - 10 years industry experience in software development.


Job Type: Full-time


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QinetiQ Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All Qualified Applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.