QinetiQ North America Product Director in Waltham, Massachusetts


QinetiQ North America delivers world-class technology and revolutionary products to defense, security and commercial markets worldwide. Our offerings range from survivability and unmanned systems to power, controls, sensors, and transportation solutions. Customers rely on our products to increase readiness, improve mission effectiveness, streamline operations, increase situational awareness and enhance security.

At QinetiQ North America, you'll find a dedicated and talented team of people who enjoy their work and take pride in their accomplishments. As a member of our team, you'll work with cutting-edge technology and some of the industry's most brilliant minds. We offer a comprehensive, flexible benefit package including tuition assistance and career development opportunities. If you're interested in working for a technology-driven company that is the leader in its industry, but one that maintains the fast-paced, creative environment of a start-up, QinetiQ North America is the right place for you.

QinetiQ North America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, sex, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, or gender identity.


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Position requires U.S. citizenship.


Land Systems Product Director Position Description:

QinetiQ North America’s Unmanned Systems Group is looking for a highly motivated Product Director in the fast paced, high tech field of robotics and control systems. The Product Director is responsible for managing product lines including product roadmaps planning, Opportunity Capture, Program Management and platform configuration management for a portfolio of Unmanned Systems. Additional responsibilities include design, develop and product improvement, leading a multi-disciplinary team of cutting edge engineers. The Product Director will also be responsible for working with Product Managers and Business Development Leaders to developing new concepts, identify funding opportunities, securing internal funding, and external funding. The Product Director will be responsible for overseeing and managing Product Managers executing all aspects of the product lifecycle from concept generation through product fielding to deployed system sustainment.

Job purpose :

Candidate will be responsible for setting technical direction and driving development in QinetiQ North America’s Waltham, MA based Unmanned Systems group. Candidate will show thought and technical leadership in the field of military and commercial robotic products. The Candidate will be proficient in complex, intelligent systems, have an understanding of machine design and analysis, mechatronics, and software. The candidate will perform as the Product Manager Team lead. The candidate must to have a demonstrated ability to engage customers, write proposals, lead teams, interact with internal and external customers, and successfully execute complex programs.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  1. Manage all aspects of a mature and growing product line.

  2. Develop project and program opportunities, leveraging internal and external funding.

  3. Set direction and guide teams to execute complex projects, ranging from early development to product delivery.

  4. Provide technical leadership and guidance within funding, schedule, and customer constraints.

  5. Work within our robotics community and build relationships and partnerships.

Required Skills

Project Management – Strong project management and leadership skills required. Able to lead multidisciplinary teams, Create and assign tasks, supervise senior and junior level engineers, plan and manage projects including tasks an budgets

Technical – Strong skills in electromechanical and software engineering, with ability to manage product development and transition products to manufacturing. Hands on experience in assembling, testing and troubleshooting electromechanical systems in laboratory and field environments, strong skills across the entire design cycle. Demonstrated ability in making system-level tradeoffs under tight schedule, cost, and customer constraints.

Leadership - Strong leadership skills and team player: Must present a rapport of providing sincere helpful technical feedback and guidance. Think creatively, promote excellence.

Computer Aided Design and Software Tools – Must have a strong understanding of product realization and Product Life Cycles.

Communication- Must demonstrate excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills with extensive technical & proposal writing experience. Strong presentation skills and the ability to lead customer interaction required.

Computer- Proficient with CAD tools, MS Word, MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint.

Program Management – PMP highly desirable


  1. BS or MS in engineering/sciences with 8 - 10 years industry experience in electromechanical products or Robotics or controls.

  2. Experience with defense product development is desirable

Job ID 2019-35403

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Category Engineering