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DARPA Program SETA Engineering Lead

Fairfax County, VA
CENTRA Technology

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CENTRA Technology, Inc. is a leading provider of engineering, scientific, and program management support services to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). We are at the forefront of breakthrough technology development and demonstration programs in multiple areas, including artificial intelligence, robotics, hypersonics, microelectronics, cybersecurity, synthetic biology, autonomous systems, advanced sensors, propulsion, aircraft and space systems. We are currently seeking talented, enthusiastic, dedicated and dynamic individuals to support DARPA in formulating, coordinating, monitoring, and transitioning advanced research and development programs to the U.S. military.

Program and management responsibilities may include:

  • Providing expertise and assistance to the Government Program Manager in the execution of multiple advanced technology development programs
  • Performing program portfolio oversight to ensure all critical elements are addressed
  • Integrating and coordinating program activities with the Program Manager and other government and SETA team members
  • Performing detailed task planning and overseeing execution progress
  • Overseeing scheduling of program activity and milestones, budget execution, and contractor progress
  • Leading programmatic and technical discussions with government and industry teams to initiate new program concepts and discuss program planning and execution approaches
  • Managing and prioritizing SETA team support activities to ensure efficient operations and that all products are at the utmost quality and completed on schedule
  • Providing contract management and acquisition support
  • Presenting program briefings to all levels of the government
  • Authoring program plans, briefings and technical reports
  • Organizing and hosting technical meetings and conferences

Candidates will work closely with DARPA Program Managers as well as high level personnel throughout the government and industry research, development and user communities. Applicants must possess strong leadership, organizational, and oral and written communication skills. Candidates should be self-starters capable of working both independently and as part of a team. Travel between 25% - 50% will be required within USA.

Minimum qualifications:

  • BS in Engineering or Science field
  • US citizenship and Secret clearance.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, coordinating and executing advanced technology programs
  • Demonstrated organizational expertise in large programs or organizations with multiple components and diverse teams
  • Experience in leading and directing large teams in meeting program objectives
  • Demonstrated experience managing schedule, budget and program risks for fast-paced advanced technology programs
  • Ability to quickly identify and resolve program execution and personnel issues
  • Expertise in the acquisition of new programs, solicitations and contracting actions

Desired qualifications:

  • MS in Engineering or Science field
  • TS/SCI clearance
  • Military and / or DARPA program support experience
  • At least 10 years of defense related experience
  • Experience in defense-related technology research and/or development programs
  • Defense acquisition training
  • Military system developmental and operational test and evaluation
  • Experience in transitioning military systems to the user community

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