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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Assistant Head of the Business Transformation Office in Lexington, Massachusetts


As a Department of Defense Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), MIT Lincoln Laboratory conducts research and development on problems critical to national security. Research at the Laboratory includes projects in air and missile defense, space surveillance technology, tactical systems, biological and chemical defense, homeland protection, communications, cyber security, and information sciences. The Laboratory develops prototypes, most of which evolve from initial concepts, through simulation and analysis, to design, testing, and demonstration.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory employs approximately 4,000 individuals across a range of technical, administrative and support functions. Together, these employees contribute to and sustain the Laboratory’s mission of “Technology in Support of National Security. MIT Lincoln Laboratory embraces the reality that attracting, developing and retaining employees of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences advances the Laboratory’s mission and contributes to its excellence.

Digital Modernization

The Business Transformation Office (BTO) was established in 2018 to lead the Digital Enterprise Transformation (DET) of Laboratory-wide business operations to improve both efficiency and effectiveness. Reporting to the Assistant Director for Operations, this office leads and supports modernization efforts across the entire enterprise. All efforts consider the impact of people, process, and technology on the ability of the Laboratory staff to execute the business of research. Projects include the implementation of modern business and management systems, re-architecture of the Laboratory data, and development of efficient and effective business processes for research and operations. Team members in the BTO engage leaders and staff across the Laboratory in sensemaking, process improvement, and change management in order to plan and lead project execution. Our ultimate goal is to create a culture of continuous improvement that allows our researchers and staff to be more effective and have greater job satisfaction.


The Business Transformation Office (BTO) is seeking an Assistant Head to work closely with the Head in leading the BTO Team in planning and executing the Laboratory-wide DET program. This will entail leading individual modernization efforts; assisting in planning, budgeting and strategy development for the DET program; being a champion of accompanying Organizational Change Management; and communicating to both internal Laboratory and external DET stakeholders. This position will report to the Head of the Business Transformation Office.

Key Responsibilities:

Program Management

  • Lead one or more of the transformation projects within the DET portfolio including program planning, resource management, budget, stakeholder engagement and communications

  • Engage Department/Office Leaders and process owners from the operations departments to plan and execute the process documentation and transformation efforts.

  • Advise and guide other project leaders within the BTO in areas such as process improvement, organizational change making, and project execution

  • Prepare materials and present the DET Program to a wide range of audiences from external and internal senior leadership to various employee communities

Strategic Development

  • Work with the BTO Head and the other Senior laboratory leaders to plan and execute the multi-year DET roadmap

  • Engage stakeholders across the Laboratory to determine priorities and requirements, evaluate necessary staff and budgets

Organizational Change Management

  • Work closely with the BTO organizational change manager to plan and implement an effective change management program

  • Be a Change Champion for the DET program to help prepare the Laboratory community

Leadership and Staff Development

  • Assist the Office Head in day-to-day leadership of the office (projects and staff)

  • Perform the duties of the BTO Office Head as necessary in his/her absence

  • Contribute to the development and leadership of the BTO staff members. This will include helping to provide formal and informal feedback on their work and project efforts, listening and understanding their career goals and objectives, writing and reviewing formal performance reviews and participating in quarterly goals discussions.

Education & Skills (Required)

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business or related discipline

  • 10 years of experience in government, industry or academia with demonstrated track record of advancement and increasing leadership and responsibility throughout career

  • At least 5 years of project management experience including development of project schedules, managing resources and successful execution

  • Experience managing and developing individuals to achieve their individual career goals

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate to all levels of the organization

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and lead multi-functional teams

  • Demonstrated ability to influence organizational change that affects various stakeholder interests spanning the enterprise

  • Quantitative and analytical skills, including ability to conduct outside/inside research, analyze data and use tools to effectively develop models and drive analyses.

  • Facilitation and change making: Ability to facilitate and lead cross-functional workshops and planning sessions, adapt and listen to input from stakeholders and synthesize appropriate inputs and gain consensus on a path forward

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success leading digital transformation in a research environment

  • MBA or other advanced degree

  • 15+ years of experience with 10 years of leadership experience

  • Six Sigma or Lean experience or certification

  • Experience with SAP, PPM, CRM technology and implementation

  • Organizational change making experience and/or certifications

  • Project management certification

  • Experience in financial and business processes improvement

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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.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

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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