1602: V.P. R&D Programs

Open Job Announcement: Vice President, R+D Programs
September 2016

SSCI is looking to fill a Vice President, R+D Programs position for program management in the areas of unmanned systems autonomy, information fusion, perception, computer vision, mission planning, GNC, machine learning, intelligent and human supervisory systems.  The successful applicant will be responsible for program oversight, advanced concepts and technology development in research and development programs from Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA.  This position requires U.S. Citizenship and eligibility for U.S. DoD Security Clearance.

Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI) is a leading developer of advanced technologies for GNC, information fusion, mission planning and autonomy systems for the Aerospace and Defense industries. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in the metro-Boston area, SSCI has built a reputation for delivering high quality and mission-relevant technology solutions. SSCI is among the Top 20 companies in highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SSCI’s clients and teaming partners include all major branches of the U.S Department of Defense, NASA, and many of the leading prime contractors.  SSCI is actively involved in a number of programs from DARPA related to collaborative autonomy for unmanned systems.

Job Title Vice President, R+D Programs – Job Code SSCI 1602
Level PhD in Engineering, Computer Science, Aerospace or related field, with demonstrated experience of over 10 yrs. in winning and managing R+D programs, including DARPA.  Progressive technology development and leadership experience in robotics, machine learning, AI, computer vision and/or data science.
Location Woburn, MA.

R+D Program Management: Reviews, QA, Risk Management & follow-on contracts

Goal – to enhance contract performance and follow-on awards success including generation of new ideas for DoD and NASA customers.

Overall responsibility for ensuring that R+D programs are meeting financial, schedule, and program execution targets and successfully capturing follow-on awards / options/ contracts.

Lead the Program Review process including application of QA/Risk methodologies.

Mentoring of Program Managers and Principal Investigators.

Identify opportunities for follow-on business and improve conversion ratio for SBIR

Programs and options and follow-on contracts for DARPA programs.

New Business Development

Market SSCI technologies and capabilities – develop a strategy for their incorporation into DoD and NASA S&T and Transition programs.

Meetings with customers to identify Customer Hard Problems and operational directions needed to influence technology vision.

Development and customer acceptance of system/technology concepts designed to address challenges.

Develop and maintain an opportunity pipeline including both short term and long term opportunities.

Technology Vision: integration of IRAD, RD & SBIR programs, and Business Development into a cohesive plan; Tech/Customer Roadmap Developments

Define, socialize and implement a technology roadmap that contributes to major program pursuits and IRAD directions.

Successful integration with IRAD and Business Development policies, strategies, and processes (as part of higher level organizational growth and sustainment strategy).


Required Skills and Experience Broad and in-depth knowledge of the state-of-the-art in technologies listed above.

Demonstrated successes in new business development for innovative solutions.

Experience in managing DARPA advanced technology development programs.

Demonstrated collaboration with subject matter experts across domains.

Demonstrated ability to interact independently with DoD and NASA R+D customers.

Demonstrated R+D team leadership and interpersonal skills.

Demonstrated management experience of an R+D portfolio.

Excellent oral and written communications skills.


Desirable Skills and Experience Experience in new business development and program management of advanced technologies for other DoD (ONR, AFRL, MDA, SOCOM), the intelligence community, and/or NASA customers.


Compensation Salary is competitive with market rates, with annual bonus awards based on company and individual performance. SSCI offers a generous benefits package, which includes an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Bonus Plan, 401K, and Health / Life / Disability Insurance.


Notes US Citizenship and eligibility for DoD Security Clearance are required for this position.


Please email your applications to: SSCI1602@ssci.com    Include the Job Code 1602 (use Subject Line) and at least three (3) references with your correspondence for prompt consideration.

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