MIT Lincoln Laboratory Business Manager in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Applied Space Systems Group develops environmental monitoring electro-optical and infrared sensor systems for detecting and tracking natural and man-made phenomena. The group's activities include the extraction of target and feature information from airborne and spaceborne hyperspectral imagery; system support of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) environmental satellites in performance analysis and improvement of existing sensors and products; architecture definition and sensor development support for the next-generation NOAA satellite systems; and chemical detection sensor and system development. Work includes electro-optical and infrared sensor design, system and architecture analysis, signal processing, data analysis, and algorithm development. The group seeks physicists, astronomers, applied mathematicians, electrical engineers, computer engineers and those with related experience who have interest in developing cutting edge space remote sensing technologies for future missions.

The Applied Space Systems Group develops environmental monitoring electro-optical and infrared sensor systems for detecting and tracking natural and man-made phenomena. The group's activities include the extraction of target and feature information from airborne and spaceborne hyperspectral imagery; system support of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) environmental satellites in performance analysis and improvement of existing sensors and products; architecture definition and sensor development support for the next-generation NOAA satellite systems; and chemical detection sensor and system development. Work includes electro-optical, infrared, and microwave sensor design, system and architecture analysis, signal processing, data analysis, and algorithm development.

The business manager is instrumental as a member of the Group Office team with responsibility for facilitating the group’s technical execution through effective management of all group financial, procurement, and administrative functions. Roles and responsibilities focus on the development and maintenance of: 1) program and portfolio level funding, procurement, and execution plans for all research efforts managed by the group, 2) detailed situational awareness with respect to internal and external financial and administrative activity, and 3) relevant data that enables effective decision making by technical management.

Specific program level responsibilities include: preparation of budgets and budget justifications for staff members who are responding to calls for proposals, both internal (Line proposals, NTI, ACC, etc.) and external (NASA, NSF), assisting staff members and program managers with the preparation of memorandums of justification for procurements as well as documentation for new program packages, cost estimating, program/WBS creation, procurement planning, labor planning and tracking, performance monitoring, internal/external reporting, and program closeouts. Additional responsibilities include preparation of Performance Evaluations for Group 97 Administrative Assistants and participation in the review process, approval of time sheets, travel, and ship orders, property management, as well as verification of purchasing card activity.

The successful candidate will be able to work both cooperatively and independently, to build relationships with supervisors, peers and subordinates, and communicate effectively with group management, technical leads, sponsor representatives, and across all Laboratory functional areas. The candidate must also have the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance.

Required Skills

  • BS in finance or related field

  • Minimum of five years of experience beyond degree is required, preferably in a technical environment supporting multiple persons and projects

  • A solid understanding of transactional, financial, and government processes with strong analytical and estimating techniques is required

  • Advanced Excel skills

  • Proficiency with computer-based financial management tools

  • Experience developing and implementing process improvements

  • Ability to demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills

  • Proposal preparation experience

  • Understanding of Non-DoD Interagency and Support Agreements

Preferred Skills:

  • MS / MBA in finance or related field

  • Familiarity with NASA’s NSPIRES system

  • Project management experience and/or formal project management training

  • Proficiency with MS Project

  • Working knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

  • Experience with SAP or equivalent ERP system

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.