Riverside Research Institute

Senior Program Manager - System Prototyping

Location US-VA-Centreville
ID 2024-3343
Technical Management
Position Type
Full Time Salary

Riverside Overview

Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. We provide high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country’s most challenging technical problems.
 All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Position Overview

We are seeking a talented and experienced Senior-Level Program Manager with a proven track record in leading rapid integration and system prototyping for experimental deployment. The ideal candidate will have strong project management skills, technical expertise in systems engineering, and a passion for driving successful outcomes. This role offers the opportunity to lead exciting projects and collaborate with cross-functional teams to deliver innovative solutions to our customers.



  • Lead and manage the full lifecycle of rapid integration and system prototyping, from initiation to delivery.
  • Define project scope, objectives, and deliverables in collaboration with stakeholders and customers.
  • Develop and maintain project plans, schedules, and budgets to ensure successful project execution.
  • Coordinate cross-functional teams, including engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance, and supply chain, to achieve project milestones and deliverables.
  • Monitor project progress, identify risks and issues, and implement mitigation strategies to ensure on-time and within-budget delivery.
  • Communicate regularly with stakeholders and customers to provide project updates, address concerns, and ensure alignment with project requirements.
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives to optimize project management processes and increase efficiency.



  • TS/SCI Clearance
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or related field. Master's degree
  • 10+ years of experience in program management, preferably in rapid integration and system prototyping efforts.
  • Strong technical background in system prototyping and understanding of related technologies.
  • Experience providing mentoring, guidance and coaching to project team members, including remote team members.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing complex projects, including planning, execution, and delivery.
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to develop and maintain project plans, schedules, and budgets.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and stakeholders.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent problem-solving and analytical abilities.
  • Knowledge of project management tools and methodologies.
  • Travel up to 25%


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with defense or aerospace customers and familiarity with military standards and specifications.
  • Certification in project management (e.g., PMP) is a plus.
  • Familiarity with agile project management methodologies.
  • Previous experience in managing projects involving optical design, imaging systems, or sensors.





Global Comp

$160,000 - $220,000 This represents the typical compensation range for this position based on experience, location and other factors.

Closing Statement

Riverside Research Institute is a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, where service to our customers and support of our staff is our overall mission. Riverside is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring.  Riverside offers comprehensive compensation and benefit packages to our employees.
Riverside bases its employment decisions solely on technical experience, qualifications and other job-related criteria related to our organizational purpose as a not-for-profit company, and without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status or any other status legally protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.


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