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Cybersecurity Program Manager

Department: Program Operations
Location: Chicago, IL

+ About DMDII

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is where innovative manufacturers forge their futures. In partnership with UI Labs and the Department of Defense, DMDII provides factories with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, our more than 300 partners increase their productivity and win more business.

+ Position Overview

The Cybersecurity Program Manager will be responsible for the execution of DMDIIís Cyber programís plan and pilot projects. The Program Manager will help shape and deliver valuable outcomes through DMDII projects designed to improve the cybersecurity posture of the industrial base. This position will work with a diverse set of industry, government, and academic stakeholders to help launch and lead the newly announced National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing at DMDII.

The ideal candidate can execute on projects by being highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated, but is also looking to utilize their expertise, network, and passion to align government and private efforts to advance manufacturing cybersecurity.

The Program Manager will leverage DMDIIís existing assets (including a supportive consortium of industry partners and technology providers, and a unique manufacturing lab floor environment capable of supporting cybersecurity use cases) to help establish a leading cybersecurity center.

A strong understanding of the risks, network costs and integration issues that may arise during the development, deployment, and integration of manufacturing assets, software, and data systems is required. Equally important is an understanding of, and an ability to communicate with important stakeholders in the cybersecurity ecosystem.

+ Key Responsibilities

  • Lead execution and help shape successful cyber projects by using established agile/project management methodologies, tools, and templates
  • Facilitate the seamless delivery of all cybersecurity pilots and projects
  • Coordinate the efforts of project teams (DMDII members, manufacturers, project leads, cybersecurity specialists) Ė guiding pilots toward successful project completion
  • Create and maintain project plans, project schedules, status reports, performance metrics and targets, action item logs; drive corrective action in response to performance and escalate when needed
  • Collect lessons learned and detailed feature requests from pilot project outcomes and ensure they are appropriately prioritized in the respective cyber tool development backlog.
  • Facilitate both internal and customer facing meetings; submit meeting minutes and track action items from ideation to completion
  • Ensure quality project standards are met as prescribed by the security team through the effective implementation or use of approved processes, methodologies and deliverables
  • Understand how and when to escalate project issues or concerns

+ Position Requirements

  • Bachelorís Degree in computer science, project management or a related discipline; or equivalent work experience
  • ITIL Foundation, Certified Scrum Master and/or PMP certification preferred
  • 5+ years of experience managing infrastructure and security projects, preferably as part of a professional services organization, and with MS Office Suite
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in IT Security, Cybersecurity or GRC environments is preferred; experience in a manufacturing environment is a plus
  • Experience managing projects with personal accountability for delivering on time and within budget for large, complex projects varying from 3 to 18 months in duration
  • Experience forecasting project costs and approving contractor invoices for assigned projects
  • Willing to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced office with standard business hours
  • Detail-oriented, possess strong organization skills and able to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
  • Able to demonstrate the analytical and problem-solving skills needed to manage multiple factors on a project simultaneously
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams (internal and external), ideally geographically dispersed virtual teams
  • Familiarity with IT methodologies, processes and standards for project management as well as security regulatory compliance assessments: NIST, ISO 27001, PCI, etc.
  • Ability to travel occasionally to meet with project teams, members, vendors, etc.
  • Self-motivated with a strong interest in working autonomously; willing and able to take initiative

+ How to Apply

Please apply online at by clicking on the link to the position posting and submitting an application including your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this role and UI LABS.† Tip: Meeting the qualifications is important, but a great cover letter will set you apart!

+ Work with Us

UI LABS is a results-oriented, lean, collaborative tech organization and 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are hard-working, mission-driven, flexible, and work with a sense of urgency. We hire tech-savvy, committed, self-starters who can think outside the box, and have a strong capacity to learn and adapt to the needs of the organization and role through both skill and grit. All-star employees excel without the help of administrative support, and donít mind rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty (figuratively!). Additionally, people who love to solve problems, no matter how big or small, find they are a good fit for UI LABS.

Our state-of-the-art facility, located on Goose Island in Chicago (just north of downtown), features a manufacturing floor, a smart green infrastructure testbed, and a bustling open-office environment. UI LABS is a collaborative space, hosting many events for our partners and other prestigious organizations, so being able to engage with staff and visitors in a professional, helpful manner is a must.

UI LABS is a 10-minute walk from the North and Clybourn Red Line stop, a 20-minute walk from the Division Blue Line stop, and accessible by a variety of other public transit options; additionally, we have free parking available for employees.

+ About UI LABS

UI LABS is a tech organization driving the digital future of manufacturing and cities. We help companies solve problems far too big for them to solve on their own and connect them to innovators at universities and startups. By guiding our more than 300 partners through complex projects, we help them deliver cutting-edge solutions to their customers, improve their financial performance and transform industries. UI LABS encompasses the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) and City Tech Collaborative.

+ Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

UI LABS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse environment in our workplace, our communities, and within the tech industry. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, disability status, economic circumstance, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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