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Operations Manager – Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems

SAIC Corporation

This is a Full-time position in Arlington, VA posted February 22, 2021.


SAIC is seeking an Operations Manager (Temporary position) to support the Pentagon Force Protection Agency’s Counter Small-Unmanned Aircraft Systems program. Duties include, but are not limited to:  planning, communications and problem solving, office infrastructure management, workflow management and prioritization, periodic reporting process, security, personnel management coordination, budget management, and research prioritization and communication. The Operations Manager will also track/monitor issues and organizational performance measures.

This is an exciting position that requires close interaction with senior leadership staff within the Pentagon and across the Department of Defense (DoD) community, including Components and industry partners, to achieve mission goals and outcomes. The Operations Manager will help our customers solve complex problems; manage project schedules, meetings, risk, policy compliance, training, workflow, budgets, and reporting; and increase workforce productivity through process improvement.

This position is currently identified for one year duration.

Job duties include:

  • Gather highly technical information; articulate, analyze, and solve problems; visualize and present information; and provide decision support to achieve mission outcomes.
  • Create and manage project schedules and ensure milestones are met on time and within budget.
  • Develop weekly reports on significant activities, report on the effectiveness of events and processes.
  • Assist systems integrator(s) and original equipment manufacturers with the installation of various technologies/systems
  • Assist in the development and implementation of training for system operators.
  • Work with various stakeholders and external agencies (e.g., first responder organizations)
  • Organize and facilitate internal and external communications on a wide array of subjects including internal and external tasks, program reviews, meetings, congressional events, invitations, speaking events, and resources.


Education & Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and ten (10) years of experience; Master’s degree and eight (8) years of experience. 
  • 5 years in DoD with an emphasis in OSD
  • Understanding of security classifications and protection of classified materials and information
  • Experience with accelerated technology development and demonstration in both traditional and non-traditional acquisition processes
  • Experience aligning work products with DoD strategic priorities
  • Ability to develop technical products including analysis of technical feasibility, operational employment, commercially available technologies, existing/planned acquisition programs, and science and technology research in the CUAS domain
  • Ability to conduct research and analysis of capability gaps identified by the Services, Combatant Commands, and interagency partners
  • Physically capable of scaling ladders and lifting heavy objects up to 75lbs
  • Willingness to occasionally work an alternate/flexible work schedule to support testing/training
Desired Qualifications
  • Prior military experience in command and control, air operations, integrated air and missile defense, and defense support of civil authorities.
  • Prior military experience in executive level operations, supporting strategic planning.


  • Active secret clearance 

Target salary range: $105,001 – $115,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation’s modernization and readiness challenges. Our offerings across defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets include high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission outcomes. We integrate the best components from our portfolio with our partner’s ecosystem to deliver innovative and effective solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, VA, SAIC has annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For information, visit or Working at SAIC for benefits details. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer empowering people no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and respectful work culture that values all.