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Deputy Program Manager

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Job ID: 2301770
Location: UPPER MARLBORO, MD, United States
Date Posted: Mar 17, 2023
Category: Program Management
Subcategory: Program Mgmt
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI
Potential for Remote Work: Hybrid Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a highly motivated Deputy Program Manager to join our expanding, multi-disciplined team of professionals operating our Identity and Data Sciences Laboratory (IDSL) in Upper Marlboro, MD. The selected individual will report directly to the Senior Program Management Director as the Biometric and Identity Research Deputy Program Manager (DPM).  SAIC is a key performer supporting the DHS Science & Technology’s biometric and identity research, development, test and evaluation initiatives. The successful be candidate will be a detail oriented, self-starter instrumental in the coordination, administration, and management of this unique applied research program.

The IDSL team performs applied research related to biometrics, identity and human-algorithm teaming in both laboratory and field environments, with the goal of improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and satisfaction of travel and trade processes used by our customers.  SAIC’s IDSL team operates the Maryland Test Facility (MdTF; in support of both small- and large-scale technology evaluations and research projects. The candidate will join a team composed of scientists, engineers, subject matter experts, and program management professionals working to design, build, and execute experiments in support of customer goals and objectives. This position is based in Upper Marlboro, MD and expects up to 20% travel within the continental US.  Remote work is possible on a limited basis. Compensation DOE.

In this role as the Biometric and Identity Research Deputy Program Manager (DPM) you will be responsible for maintaining program priorities and schedules, ensuring day-to-day workflow aligns with those priorities and schedules, managing the performance baseline for this program and resolving key issues and concerns. You will be responsible for coordinating with technical team leaders to identify day-to-day personnel priorities, and collaborate with these team leads to translate priorities into project plans. You will also support and ensure successful programmatic execution including financial, contractual, administrative and security functions, through coordination with the program business operations leadership and team.

The successful candidate will have sufficient technical depth in computer science, signal processing, or operational test and evaluation.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate across programmatic lanes (e.g. schedules, financial) and technical lanes (e.g. research, systems engineering, test and evaluation) efficiently and effectively, with ability to ensure end-to-end closure throughout execution, identify shortfalls, and adjust program plans throughout the organization with ability to influence key decisions, and escalate issues at the appropriate time
  • Support the Senior Program Director in the monitoring and analysis of schedule, cost and resource planning to ensure projects are completed on time and fulfill the objectives of the program
  • Manage and monitor the working of various functional organizations supporting the Program
  • Develop and adhere to budget baselines
  • Maintain strong understanding of research initiatives, test events, and program status, with ability to brief to senior stakeholders and executives, as needed, on program schedule and financial performance. 
  • Develop and deliver presentations to Customers, leadership and program stakeholders
  • Coordinate program logistical activities associated with test and evaluation events at the Upper Marlboro, MD facility or at locations in the continental US.
  • Backfill the Program Director, as needed

The Deputy Program Manager provides a senior level skill set and ability to execute against a broad range of leadership, problem solving, financial, and technical challenges, in support of the Program Director.  While the primary objective is the delivery of all contractual and technical requirements, within cost and schedule; the DPM will conduct strategic analyses for the PD and work together with technical team leads to help set and align priorities for success of the program. 

The selected individual must be able to interact with and influence executive level management and customers and communicate effectively with both oral and written presentations. The role involves obtaining and maintaining command of complex cost, schedule and performance issues across a broad enterprise and working collaboratively to achieve outcomes of common concern.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors and ten  (10) years or more of related experience; Masters and six (6) years or more experience.
  • Supervisory experience in a related business or technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical training, or work/military experience
  • Hands on experience overseeing program financials and schedules to influence and execute program decisions
  • Must be able to obtain TS/SCI
  • Must be able to obtain DHS Suitability
  • US Citizenship is required

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in biometrics, research, software engineering, data science or systems integration in support of Government customers
  • Analytical, planning, program management and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to lead and influence cross-functional work groups, manage project teams and achieve results
  • High energy, ability to multi-task and a strong work ethic

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

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