Sr. Business Acquisition Policy Subject Matter Specialist Job
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Sr. Business Acquisition Policy Subject Matter Specialist (Job Number: 322537)

SAIC currently has an opening for a Senior Acquisition Policy Subject Matter Specialist, in Arlington, VA to provide executive level support for Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) level Acquisition Oversight of Defense Business Systems (DBS). The work locations will be at the Pentagon and the Mark Center.

Under the direction of the government Acquisition Lead for the Acquisition Support Division and Components' Program Managers, the Senior Acquisition Policy Subject Matter Specialist will assist in:

  • Guiding the Major Automated Information System (MAIS) Component Program Managers through the OSD Level Acquisition Oversight processes for Defense Business System (DBS). This includes direct support to the DBS Overarching Integrated Product Team (OIPT) Leader and, through the OIPT Leader, to the DoD Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO) and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)).
  • Assisting the Government Acquisition Lead within the Office of the DCMO’s (ODCMO’s) Investment and Acquisition Management (IAM) Directorate to guide the MAIS DBS programs through the business acquisition lifecycle per DoDI 5000.02 and the DTM 11-009. To accomplish the Acquisition Process, the Senior Acquisition Policy Subject Matter Specialist must be able to assist in facilitating acquisition decisions, program strategy decisions, and procurement decisions via the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) guidance and direction.
  • Prepare, coordinate, schedule, conduct and document post-implementation reviews and in progress reviews via Overarching Integrated Product Team (OIPT) and the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) process framework. Must be able to document these efforts in terms of key risks, information required, milestone entry and exit criteria, other decisions, and in continuous action follow up by the DBS OIPT overseeing the individual programs assigned to the candidate's portfolio.
  • The Sr. Acquisition Policy Subject Matter Specialist will work with the Component Program Managers to develop their understanding of the Business Capability Lifecycle (BCL) Acquisition Process:
  • The steps, capabilities, and requirements
  • To ensure requirements for submitting a Program for an Acquisition Milestone Decision approval are met in preparation for DAB process meetings.
This unique position provides the opportunity to work directly with DoD Senior Executive leaders within the ODCMO leadership, OSD Staff organizations, and DoD Components to re-shape the manner in which DoD business is conducted in a challenging and fast-paced environment.

  • Position requires a skill set commensurate with a Chief of Staff, Executive Officer or Military Assistant to a Flag Rank Officer or member of the Senior Executive Service (SES).
  • Product deliveries include: Acquisition Decision Memorandums, Investment Decision Memorandums, Congressional and GAO data call responses, Staff Action and Info Memos, White Papers, Background Papers, etc. as it pertains to written documentation, and briefing charts.
In terms of Component acquisition decisions, the candidate must be able to delimit requirements which are not sufficiently defined, unclear, or overly detailed and be able to meet urgent or critical mission requirements.

  • Ensure the Component organization’s effort is defined and funding identified to begin the project via a cogent review and analysis of the problem statement, business case, or other statutory and regulatory acquisition documents. The candidate will then follow the effort through the acquisition lifecycle, including through milestone decision approvals from a larger DoD oversight and management perspective.
  • The candidate must possess expert level knowledge in analyzing and addressing extremely complex problems with nuanced situational dependencies.
  • The candidate must be able to provide sound recommendations to ensure that the decisions made by executive leadership are well informed based on the candidate's analysis.
  • The candidate will also be responsible for analyzing solutions that meet (or that represent the best trade-off of) all cost, schedule, and performance goals and ensuring that those objectives can be met by the respective Program Management Office.
  • This position will regularly interact with senior DoD management and/or executive leadership at the highest levels of DoD on matters impacting multiple functional areas, initiatives, and OSD customers. As a result, it requires the ability to change thinking of, or gain acceptance of, others in sensitive situations.
  • It also requires someone who can listen well, clarify issues, is expert at documentation and staffing, and knows how to build consensus through both verbal and written communications.
  • The candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge of current data management and processing techniques, as well as cutting edge and emerging technologies, and be able to demonstrate completion of very difficult and extremely complex assignments in a timely fashion.
  • Additional duties include:
  • Guide senior leadership to ensure requirements are met for the submission to the DBS OIPT Leader's and MDA's meetings for Acquisition Decision approvals, staffing of required documents, and submission to the MDA for review and/or approval.
  • Coordination of acquisition decision documents to the DBS OIPT stakeholders and ensuring the MDA's review are coordinated and documented within the Staff Action Control and Coordination Portal (web-based tracking database for staff actions used in some Department of Defense organizations).
  • Perform the development and staffing of DCMO policies, guidance and instructions.
  • Participate in WIPTs and possibly lead workgroups.
  • The Senior Acquisition Policy Subject Matter Specialist will perform analysis and provide executive level support of acquisition decisions, direction and management to the ODCMO IAM Directorate.


  • Position requires an active DoD Secret clearance in order to be considered for this opportunity.
  • 14+ years' experience in the DoD sector preferably as a Field Grade Officer or equivalent Civil Servant grades preferred.
  • 7 years of DoD Acquisition experience preferred.
  • Prior experience as a DoD Acquisition Program Manager preferred.
  • PM level III certification preferred.
  • Experience preparing documents/presentations for executive level signature/delivery.
  • Knowledge of DoD Acquisition Statutory and Regulatory requirements.
  • Familiarity with the DODI 5000.02 regulation and DTM 11-009 preferred.
  • Ability to read statutory and regulatory policy and related acquisition guidance to a stated situation, and apply the concept presented.
  • Ability to think independently and provide others with convincing evidence that supports a stated acquisition strategy or position.
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively, both independently and within work groups to meet timelines and compete assignments.
  • Superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with senior level government managers and team mates during tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, in particular, MS Excel, PowerPoint and MS Word.
  • Interpersonal skills and strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Team player.
  • Analytical skills (data and process).
  • Self-motivated and discipline.
  • Professionalism.
  • Desire to work in often times ambiguous, fast paced environment.
  • Experience working in a client environment.
  • Experience leading/facilitating/participating in meetings and/or work groups.
  • Strong technical Project Management skills.
  • DAWIA level 3 Program Management certification.
  • In depth knowledge of DoD Acquisition Statutory and Regulatory requirements.
  • Knowledge of the DODI 5000.02 regulation and DTM 11-009.
  • Strong proficiency in MS Office Suite, in particular, MS Excel, PowerPoint and MS Word.
  • Experience working in a DoD Component, Agency or Service senior staff preferably as a Chief of Staff, Executive Officer or Military Assistant to an SES or Flag Rank Officer.
  • Experience with SACCP, DAMIR, DITPR tools.
  • Database and application development skills.
  • Experience developing reports and reporting requirements.
  • Bachelors' degree required, Masters' degree desired.

SAIC Overview:
SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company's approximately 41,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of $11.1 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2011. For more information, visit SAIC: From Science to Solutions®

Job Posting: Feb 21, 2013, 1:52:02 PM
Primary Location: United States-VA-ARLINGTON

Clearance Level Must Currently Possess: Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Teleworking: No
Travel: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Yes, 10% of the time
Schedule: Full-time

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