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Senior Software Process Engineer

Draper Labs
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
555 Technology Square (Show on map)
May 27, 2024

Senior Software Process Engineer
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 2,000+ 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 www.draper.com.

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 www.draper.com/careers.

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 hr@draper.com.


The software process engineer builds relationships, bridges gaps, integrates teams, and inspires creativity across teams. This person provides consulting on DevSecOps for software teams. The software process engineer identifies key metrics to measure existing processes, and implement improvements.

    Optimize productivity by designing, implementing and testing new procedures
  • Design low-risk experiments to prove/disprove improvements
  • Create proposals for rolling out process improvements accounting for scope, cost, schedule, risk, metrics
  • Recommend innovative, compliant solutions to meet business needs
  • Drive improvements to Draper's software development process, including best practices
  • Lead Agile/Scrum activities to deliver high quality, compliant software
  • Provide mission assurance by mitigating risks and enhancing opportunities and ensuring compliance throughout the software development life cycle


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline (science, technology, engineering, software or math)
  • Familiarity with tools common to automation, quality tools, testing frameworks
  • 5+ years of work experience
  • 2+ years of experience in programming languages such as C, C++, Java, RUST, Python in Windows, LINUX, or Solaris environments
  • Experience with CI/CD systems like GitLab pipelines
  • DevSecOps mindset (through DORA, experience, commitment to outcome focused improvements and agility, etc.) with a focus on shortening lead time and frequent customer validation
  • Experience with software Cybersecurity principles and tools
  • Ability to anticipate problems and take appropriate actions, prioritize, multitask, work independently and as a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of government/industry standards, such as, MIL-Spec, AS9100, ISO 9001, DO-178C
  • Strong troubleshooting and reasoning skills; ability to debug and resolve difficult technical problems
  • Experience with Agile, SCRUM (SCRUM Master ideal)
  • Experience in a wide breadth of software development activities
  • Familiarity with quality assurance methodologies e.g. lessons learned, root cause analysis & corrective action
  • Familiarity with modeling tools e.g. MagicDraw
  • Familiarity with the Atlassian tool suite e.g. JIRA, Confluence

Security Requirement:

This position will require the ability to obtain a US Security Clearance. Main requirement for a security clearance is US Citizenship.


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