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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Associate Business Manager in Lexington, Massachusetts

The mission of the Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group is to develop and demonstrate tactically-relevant Space Domain Awareness (SDA) systems in support of the U.S. Space Force and Intelligence Community. The group focuses on the techniques, operational concepts, and advanced sensor systems that are needed to obtain timely and predictive information about space objects. This work is enabled by hands-on access to an operational network of space surveillance sensor systems. The group operates the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC), comprising the Millstone radar, Haystack Ultra-wideband Satellite Imaging Radar (HUSIR), and the Haystack Auxiliary (HAX) radar. The group is also responsible for the space mission at the Reagan Test Site (RTS) on Kwajalein. The Lexington Space Situational Awareness Center (LSSAC) serves as a central mission-support center and data-fusion node, with data feeds from the entire Space Surveillance Network and prototype sensor systems including the 3.5-meter Space Surveillance Telescope, located in Western Australia. These systems form a test range that is used to develop and demonstrate novel tactical SSA techniques such as optics-cued radar search, high-interest object monitoring, high-value asset neighborhood watch, and new launch custody.

The group also develops advanced sensors and sensor concepts, including improvements to the LSSC and RTS radars. The group recently developed and built HUSIR, which is the highest resolution radar in the U.S. Space Surveillance Network. The group supports the government in the development of the Space Fence, a large space-surveillance phased array radar system, and develops and demonstrates bistatic and multistatic radar technology for tactical search, custody, and characterization of space objects.

These efforts are led by technical staff with expertise in sensor systems, exploitation techniques, and real-world operations. The staff is sharply focused on the most relevant problems by vigilant understanding of threat scenarios and user needs, backing analysis with measurements and experiments. The group seeks talented people with backgrounds in physical science, engineering, or applied mathematics, and interests in astrodynamics, experimental physics, software development, signal and image processing, electromagnetic analysis, RF technology or system integration.

Job Description

The Associate Business Manager’s role includes management of the Group’s administrative and business functions, including the Group’s financial portfolio and day-to-day operations of the Group. The Associate Business Manager’s financial responsibilities include cost estimation, proposal preparation and new program package submissions, program funding updates, and status of both program-specific and overall-group financial health. The Associate Business Manager will also be responsible ensuring the Group’s administrative needs are met, including procurements, property, IT compliance, office and lab space planning and allocation, etc.

Financial Analysis and Reporting

  • In collaboration with program managers and the Group Office, develop new program packages including initial cost estimates and funding profiles, ensuring consistency between the statements of work, quad chart, and anticipated funding entries.

  • Create program/task level cost estimates (in conjunction with program managers) and track budget to actuals. Analyze trends and discrepancies from plan, track milestones and risk assessments.

  • Manage program level financial reporting provided to sponsors and program managers.


  • Help manage the group’s procurements and actively tracks all critical and long lead-time procurements. Guide technical staff through the steps of the procurement process.

  • Review and edit “statements of work” and “memorandums of justification” for clarity of purpose.

  • Manage the procurement of consultant services and subcontractor labor.

    Project Management

  • Provides program management financial support to Group Leaders and project managers as needed. Focuses on assisting with initial program planning including all defined deliverables, task-level budgets, and schedules.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of project management best practices, to assist program managers during program execution.

Human Resources & Personnel Management

  • Support Group Office and employees in matters related to recruiting and employment.

  • Provides information and/or referrals to HR relative to application of personnel policies and administrative procedures

Facilities Planning

  • May develop space plans for group moves, renovation and staff needs


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or related field is required

  • 2-5 years applicable experience beyond BS degree is required

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (primarily Excel, Word & PowerPoint)

  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and organizational skills

  • Proven track record pursuing process improvement initiatives to increase efficiency

  • Ability to analyze, create and present financial results/reports

  • Experience in SAP a plus

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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

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.

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