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Director of Programs

Locations: Columbia, South Carolina | Arlington, Virginia | Remote

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Job Description

Director of Programs

What We Do

Integer Technologies is an applied research and product development company founded by scientists and engineers with a passion for technology and national security. We perform R&D on next-generation systems and technologies for the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government agencies. We are hardware and software developers with experience turning research into impactful products for military and commercial applications. Our core portfolio of research includes projects in power & energy systems, unmanned systems (with an emphasis on maritime systems), digital engineering, and advanced manufacturing. We are a startup founded for the purpose of putting research into action. Our mission is to create a safer world by translating scientific discoveries into reliable products that address urgent national security needs… at the speed of relevance.

Our unmanned systems portfolio includes work on critical enabling technologies for more reliable, more intelligent, and longer-duration unmanned systems. We are actively developing a new perception system that automatically detects objects on and just below the surface of the water, day or night, and in most weather conditions, by fusing sensor data from multi-spectral cameras and radar using reliable and validated machine learning algorithms. This perception system will be a key enabler for autonomous ships to navigate safely without human intervention. Our power & energy systems portfolio includes work supporting the DoD’s the electrification of platforms beginning with Navy ships. Applications include hybrid and electric propulsion systems, autonomous controls, and integration with mission systems to achieve ultra-fast power system response. Our advanced manufacturing portfolio includes works to improve the throughput and quality of high-temperature composite parts used in advanced military aerospace systems.

About the Role

Integer Technologies is currently hiring a Director of Programs to join the leadership team. In this role, you will be responsible for the strategy and management of Navy & DARPA science and technology (S&T) research programs, while developing new, innovative ways to manage multiple large-scale projects for our customers. This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

Integer is a science and technology research and development organization. As such, much of our work entails developing solutions for complex problems that presently have no known solutions. To achieve internal and customer project goals the Director of Programs must have prior experience running research and development programs for the Department of Defense and demonstrate the ability to understand new technical concepts from many engineering disciplines on advanced and complex topics, so that they can assist principal investigators (PIs) and project managers (PMs) to maintain a clear vision for their teams. The Director of Programs is responsible for ensuring that projects are executed to a high standard of excellence while simultaneously keeping project managers and engineering personnel focused on achieving quarterly and yearly prototype and product development milestones.

Job Duties. The duties of the Director of Programs include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Science and Technology (S&T) Portfolio Management. Be the technical and programmatic supervisor for a portfolio of current and future S&T projects. Duties for this role include but are not limited to:

    • Oversee the technical, schedule, and budget performance of multiple S&T/R&D contracts that include major university partner involvement. Ensure timely completion of all deliverables and consistent technical excellence. Provide risk management as needed.

    • Coordinate monthly and quarterly financial and technical performance reviews of multiple S&T/R&D contracts, presenting current and forecasted financial performance to Company management.

    • Supervise project managers (PM) and principal investigators (PI) of multiple projects, both within Integer and at our university partners. Provide them with strategic direction, technical guidance, and prioritization by identifying near-term and long-term technology maturation milestones and driving accountability.

  2. Technology Development to produce Prototypes. As the manager of a portfolio of S&T/R&D projects, be the lead for maturing science and technology research into functional, demonstratable prototypes that address validated customer needs. Duties for this role include but are not limited to:

    • Support project managers (PM) and principal investigators (PI) by identifying, documenting, implementing, and tracking progress towards capability and maturation milestones. In general, the goal of each of the Company’s S&T/R&D projects is to achieve TRL 6-7 as quickly as possible with a technology that addresses a known customer need. Be the lead for defining the strategy to reach TRL 6-7 for the Company’s portfolio.

    • Host quarterly internal reviews with the Managers to track progress toward prototype development goals and/or reassess product strategy.

    • Leverage existing relationships and develop new relationships with customers, competitors, clients, and teammates to develop market insight on end-user requirements and contracting pathways. Develops and supports strategic partnerships with industry leaders, driving innovation and new business opportunities.

    • Continuously monitor the market to keep track of competitor developments and customer changes and their impact on Company strategy. Contributes to the development and implementation of the Company’s strategy based on market research and corporate direction.

  3. Prototype Demonstration Events. Lead and manage regular customer/partner demonstration events that represent specific milestones on the technology development roadmap. Heavy interaction with program management and principal investigators is expected.

    • Identify and follow through on opportunities to demonstrate Integer’s prototypes in realistic operating environments to prove capability to new customers and grow interest in Integer’s products. Identify and develop relationships with sponsors who have funding to support test and evaluation activities.

    • Represent Integer in the industry through participation in industry-related organizations, conferences, and panels. Travel for this and related activities is estimated at ~30%.

  4. Business Development & Proposal Writing: Engage directly with government, university, and private industry customers (either existing or potential) to understand their priorities and gaps related to the Company’s core capabilities, develop relationships with university and industry partners, travel (est. 30% on average), and represent the merits of proposed projects to various stakeholders. Lead and assist with writing proposals to grow the Company. This includes managing proposal teams, defining statements of work, authoring the technical approach, costing, negotiating subcontractor roles, and generally being responsible for creating compliant and competitive proposals.

  5. Professional Leadership and Mentorship: Provide leadership, professional development, and mentorship to program and technical leadership staff at Integer. These duties may also include overseeing or supporting operational functions from time to time, such as providing business management support, personnel management support, assisting with recruiting and interviewing senior program and technical leaders.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in Engineering or similar technical field

  • Ten years of relevant experience with Navy and/or DARPA sponsored research programs

  • Experience managing applied research and technology demonstration project (budget activities 6.2 – 6.4) as a Principal Investigator or Project Manager

  • Experience managing diverse teams comprised of personnel from multiple business units and functional areas

  • Strong leadership skills with ability to hire and develop talent

  • Ability to lead with an agile and team-oriented approach to problem solving

  • Strong planning and organizational skills

  • Positive attitude with strong collaboration and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Engineering (Masters, PhD)

  • Experience managing maritime applied research topics: for example in areas such as uncrewed surface and underwater vehicles, ship power and propulsion systems, digital engineering for maritime applications, ocean sensing, and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR).

Company Perks

  • Integer fully covers medical, prescription, vision, and dental insurance costs for the employee and dependents. Meaning Integer standard plan pays 100% of health insurance premiums for your entire family from a well-known national insurer, saving its employee’s thousands of dollars annually.

  • Relocation assistance available.

  • Base salaries which exceed local & national industry averages.

  • Year-end performance-based bonuses.

  • 401(k) with company matching that vest immediately; no funny business.

  • Paid Vacation

  • Paid Sick Leave

  • Paid Holidays

Integer Technologies is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please let us know. In keeping with our culture and values of growth and open-mindedness, we at Integer Technologies believe in the inherent benefits of a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment. Trust, inclusion, openness, and diversity of perspectives are paramount for our team to perform at its peak.

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