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Senior Program Manager - IR&D

Date: May 13, 2022

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.

The Senior Program Manager, reporting to the Vice President of Engineering, will support QinetiQ Inc’s Technology Solutions with key responsibilities:


  • Manage multiple internal research and development (IR&D) projects spanning the ground robotics, advanced armor (survivability), and maritime business areas serving both commercial and department of defense (DOD) customers.
  • Work closely with business management & finance to ensure that the business case supporting the investment remains valid over the duration of the project.
  • Develop project plans with offramps and advanced risk management/mitigation techniques.
  • Continuously monitor technology innovation to spiral advances into projects that deliver customer advantage.
  • Communicate progress to internal and external stakeholders.


To land this job, you need:


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering with a minimum of 12 years of experience.
  • Proven ability to develop project plans that proactively manage risk and uncertainty.
  • Broad swath of engineering knowledge spanning electrical, mechanical, software, and systems engineering disciplines.
  • Concurrent engineering mindset using DFx and DTC principles.
  • Self-starter who keeps management well informed and co-workers motivated.
  • Ability to work in Waltham, Franklin, and Devens, MA facilities.
  • Excellent listening skills which enable the ability to take unique perspectives and forge the best outcome within the boundaries of the project (Cost, Schedule, Technical Performance, Resources).
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to make sound judgements with limited/partial information; when appropriate leverage advanced statistical analysis techniques to support decisions.
  • Ensure internal and external customer needs are met even if they at times conflict.


Job Type:  Full Time

Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain:

DOD Secret

Why QinetiQ Inc.?

  • Your work will contribute to the protection of American Warfighters and Security Forces.
  • Opportunity to work with cutting edge technology.
  • Extensive opportunities for continuous learning, professional growth and advancement. 
  • We only hire the best!  No matter if you are entry or senior level, you will have the opportunity learn from some of the best in the industry.
  • We have fun!  We regularly have company events, from luncheons and costume contests to golf tournaments.
  • We care about YOU and YOUR FAMILY.  We offer competitive benefits and health insurance options.


COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:

In accordance with the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, all QinetiQ Inc. employees, including employees working from home/remotely, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption is approved by QinetiQ Inc.

No One Has Time for Long Job Applications!

We completely understand, that is why we have made the application process easy. We promise. This will be simple.


If because of a medical condition or disability you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (540) 658-2720 Opt. 4 and let us know the nature of your request and contact information.

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.