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The MITRE Corporation BMC2 Operational Requirements Group Leader in Bedford, Massachusetts

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MITRE’s Airborne Battle Management and Command and Control (ABMC2) department is seeking a Group Leader to lead the Battle Management Command and Control Operational Requirements Group. The successful candidate will lead a diverse team of systems engineers and global flight operations domain analysts in mission requirements analysis and experimentation that enable battle management command and control to achieve air superiority. The successful candidate will supervise, lead, and provide quality oversight of work. In addition, the candidate will be focused on staff development, technical expertise, delivery of high-quality technical products, and assist and grow the group’s capability. The selected candidate will help the Airborne Battle Management and Command and Control evolve Air Operations Division outcomes, by actively working as part of the leadership team, to support and craft the organization’s strategic direction, identify new opportunities and initiatives, and lead related activities. Candidates should have a track record of leading people, thinking and acting innovatively, and collaborating across boundaries. The Group Leader position is critical to staff and department/division outcomes.

Key Functions

Department and Staff Engagement – Direct supervisor (DS) for 6-8 assigned staff and interns, providing technical support, conducting regular performance and development conversations, staff advocacy and recognition, and communication with Project/Task Leads on performance. Serves as the main point of contact for new employee onboarding and as a resource to guide staff in navigating the MITRE organization and processes.

  • Partnering with Project Leaders to identify appropriate project opportunities where staff can leverage skills they have and continue to develop new skills.

  • Helping their staff craft impactful goals that will challenge them to focus on forward movement that has an impact.

  • Working to ensure their staff contribute to and are accountable for sponsor mission outcomes, and maximize employee potential, motivation, and engagement.

  • Ensuring that their staff are constantly involved in project work and learning opportunities that align with career aspirations and development plans.

  • Soliciting and providing regular feedback to employee(s) to help them grow.

  • Managing challenging interpersonal dynamics, and performance concerns amongst employees in their Group, their colleagues, and the project leaders they support.

  • Being the first‐line supervisor and the primary point of contact on human resources matters for the employees in their Group (to include participating in the annual performance and compensation cycles for their employees by assessing performance and recommending salary adjustments and promotions).

Assists Department Leadership team in workforce shaping, work program development, and maintaining awareness of emerging technical issues and opportunities.

Collaboration and Communications – Supports regular communication between staff and Project/Task Leaders, serves as a proactive liaison between staff and Department/upper management, seeks collaboration opportunities across portfolios and centers while facilitating an open sharing of program and/or technical area knowledge with other managers and staff.

Develops and executes a strategy for the Group, to include the following:

  • Help shape group and department work programs and capability investments.

  • Work with the Department Leadership to forecast workforce levels and skillset demands then grows the group to fill those needs.

  • Ensure technical quality of the group's work products.

  • Serve on the Department Leadership team in executing its strategy.

  • Represent the department and/or division in ad hoc efforts/events.

  • Work closely with other organizations and identify specialists to provide technical mentorship for the staff across various technical skillset areas.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM related field and 4 years related experience

  • Active Secret Clearance and ability to acquire TS/SCI clearance

  • Ability to coach, mentor, and advocate for all levels of staff

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Ability to formulate group level and department-level goals, and the persistence to execute until those goals are achieved

  • Desire to develop early career staff and navigate career options/paths at MITRE

  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following department’s strengths: radar and radar system analysis, sensor integration, global flight operations, system modeling, communication systems and battle management command and control (BMC2)

  • Proven track record to try new things and achieve significant work program, sponsor or organizational outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively across challenging/diverse sponsors/stakeholders to propose, shape, and lead impactful FFRDC work which aligns to MITRE’s brand and organizational strategic vectors

  • Demonstrated experience building highly collaborative teams

  • Demonstrated experience enabling and ensuring technical quality of deliverable products

  • Strong knowledge of Airborne Tactical systems, Global Flight Operations and sensor integration

  • Prior Group Leader, Task Leader, or other management experience

  • Prior experience recruiting, retaining, and/or developing junior staff

  • Experience in experimentation/agile approaches; Model Based Systems Engineering

  • Active TS/SCI clearance

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