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The MITRE Corporation Senior Principal Deep Tech Investments in Bedford, Massachusetts

Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challenges—and we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every day—working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE—and make a difference with us.

The MITRE Acceleration Office (AO) is seeking a Senior Principal Deep Tech Investments (SP) to drive the full innovation lifecycle through investment funds and “crowd-in capital” in deep tech Critical and Emerging Technologies to scale impact for public sector whole of nation interests.

Managed by the AO, MITRE invests in private capital funds, companies, and spins-out startups to create safer world in specific areas where MITRE has expertise, capabilities, or knowledge impacts future importance for economic prosperity and national security. The AO works across MITRE to rapidly advance MITRE’s Good Growth strategy and unique brand as the active connector of government, industry, and academia for solving our nations hardest problems.

MITRE’s focus on investing for innovation for public good is connected through the AO bringing critical Research and Development (R&D) and Science and Technology (S&T) capabilities where success is measured by impact and financial return as part of a broader strategy.

Work Type

This position offers a 50% hybrid schedule.

Job Description:

Within the AO, the SP leads and shapes investment strategy and outcomes to create outsized impact for MITRE’s strategic goals. Create and manage AO investment strategy within MITRE technical and business domains including performance parameters to address the sector, market size, technology trends, business model innovation, competitive landscape, social, and impact.

  • Create opportunities by leveraging MITRE’s capabilities to accelerate the government priority Critical and Emerging technology areas and R&D/S&T focus areas.

  • Develop our investment brand and manage relationships with: Private Capital firms, startup accelerators, founders, and other members of the venture ecosystem.

  • Work within MITRE invested funds to shape investment among critical technology for public good and sponsor whole of nation mission needs.

  • Leverage understanding of documentation and economic/legal structure of MITRE investments.

  • Proactively shape the sustainable use of MITRE technical resources to scan landscape and validate opportunities for investment.

  • Identify and create opportunities for use of MITRE Intellectual Property (IP) by portfolio companies.

  • Find and execute opportunities to spinout MITRE IP as a startup.

  • Lead internal teams in all stages of an investment including diligence, market, and competitive analysis, and developing investment themes, and deal negotiations.

  • Perform due diligence including financial modeling, financial and operational analysis, transaction structuring, and industry research.

  • Lead creation of investment memos and participate in investment committee discussions as needed.

  • Manage the overall transaction and closing processes.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a minimum of 12 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 10 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 7 years’ experience; or equivalent combination of related education and work experience.

  • Experience working in a venture fund, incubator, accelerator, or corporate M&A/investments.

  • 10 years in investment banking, private equity, or venture capital

  • Exceptional financial modeling, analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving capabilities

  • Excellent writing and communication skills, excellent attention to detail, and good judgment

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively across industry, MITRE, and funds.

  • Intellectual curiosity and interest in creating impact beyond financial returns in society or economy.

  • Strong understanding of business or technology within one or more of MITRE investment sectors (Microelectronics, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Healthcare, Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Energy, Advanced Communications, Integrated Deterrence)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree (MS, or PhD) in a technical area

  • 15 years in investment banking, private equity, or venture capital

  • Prior work in a nonprofit or federally funded research and development center (FFRDC)

  • Proven track record of growing an organization from vision to successful realization of the vision.

  • Extensive network spanning industry and government in one or more verticals (microelectronics, advanced communications, AI, advanced materials, advanced energy)

Our culture is a tangible asset that endures through our people and leaders. At MITRE, our leaders must also demonstrate and continually develop a consistent set of shared Leadership Competencies:

  • Lead with a Strategic Mindset: Drives alignment across MITRE to achieve our mission by engaging across and beyond the enterprise, making and executing decisions, and activating the Good Growth Strategy.

  • Create Value: Takes a broad approach to solving complex problems using a national and global lens. Unleashes the full capabilities of our people in a relentless pursuit of innovative solutions that are scalable, equitable, transferable, and sustainable.

  • Cultivate Inclusion: Creates an environment and opportunities, built on trust, where people can be their whole authentic self, feeling welcomed, supported, engaged, and respected for who they are and what they contribute to the organization. Embraces and engages all dimensions of diversity to exponentially expand MITRE’s impact in solving problems for a safer world.

  • Communicate for Impact: Conveys powerful messages tailored to the unique needs of stakeholders—and desired outcomes—in a style that engages and inspires action. Exemplifies active listening to foster collaboration, understanding, and alignment.

  • Commit to Action and Outcomes: Holds self and others accountable for acting on and achieving established objectives. Exemplifies cultural attributes while executing and delivering impactful outcomes.

This requisition requires the candidate to have a minimum of the following clearance(s):

None

This requisition requires the hired candidate to have or obtain, within one year from the date of hire, the following clearance(s):

None

Work Location Type:

Hybrid

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