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Draper Guidance System Manufacturability and Supply Chain Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact

An ambitions and resourceful professional is needed to assist in designing manufacturability into emerging systems and build the supply chain for the next generation of strategic-grade guidance systems. Will work in lock step with design teams to shape the technology path along with the supply chain that will make the next generation, cutting-edge systems a reality. Should have the requisite technical background to understand the underlying technology of strategic sensors and guidance systems and the inherent manufacturing challenges therein. Must be an independent, self-starter who is willing to collaborate closely with internal design teams, forge new external business relationships and travel as needed to make those relationships a success. Must have experience in a relevant R&D environment and developing and qualifying vendors in volume production environments. Defense and Semiconductor industry experience preferred.

  • Experience utilizing DFx concepts in a prototype and production environment (Design for Manufacturability (DfM), Design for Cost/Procurement (DfC/DfP), Design for Assembly (DfA) and Design for Testability (DfT))

  • Mechanical Engineer or Manufacturing engineering background with experience/understanding of various materials and how that can impact manufacturability on high precision, tight tolerance parts, systems, and assemblies. Experience with precision mechanical instruments preferred.

  • Experience with developing supplier relationships, and establishing new suppliers to DoD programs, contracting/NDA strategies, cybersecurity, handling of CUI/classified information

  • Understanding of quality requirements and specifications needed for suppliers to meet necessary requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or similar

  • 5+ years developing vendors and manufacturing supply chain in a high technology field

    Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.



ID: 2023-7026

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc