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Research Portfolio Management Task Lead

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Job ID: 1927913
Location: SILVER SPRING, MD, United States
Date Posted: Mar 26, 2020
Category: Program Management
Subcategory: Project Analyst
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Teleworking: No

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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Research Portfolio Management (RPM) Task Lead to manage a multidisciplinary team within the Defense Health Agency (DHA)’s Research & Development Directorate (J-9).

The J-9 research mission focuses on medical and health services research to improve quality and continuity of care for service members, veterans and their beneficiaries. The RPM Task Lead will provide cross-organizational coordination and management of J-9’s $2B medical research portfolio throughout the research lifecycle, from concept to closure, to improve efficiencies and reduce duplication in research activities; provide additional audit services for budget and resource management; support legal and regulatory services related to research Technology Transfer and Human Subjects Protection; and collectively optimize cost-effectiveness and return on investment, while providing added value for the identification of innovative approaches and best practices.


Required Education and Experience:

  • A Master’s or Doctoral Degree in a health or biomedical science field (e.g., medicine, nursing, biology, chemistry, psychology, public health, epidemiology, medicine, or related interdisciplinary degree).  Doctorate preferred. Minimum of 10 years of experience in the subject area with at least 5 years in a management role.
  • Familiarity with Department of Defense policies and processes related to research, development, and acquisitions (e.g., Defense Acquisition University training certificate, demonstrated knowledge of DoD 5000 regulations).
  • Experience with managing a large budget within the DoD environment
  • Experience in a DoD Science and Technology (S&T) management organization.
  • Knowledge of metrics typically associated with a DoD S&T program and budget.
  • Excellent client-facing consultation skills to include briefing and/or advisement to civilian and uniformed government personnel.
  • Knowledge of military culture and structure to best support MHS initiatives and collaboration within the DoD and with other academic institutions.
  • Knowledge of scientific review standards and methods (IOM, NIH, AHRQ).
  • Knowledge of end-to-end DoD S&T program development and execution.
  • Experience in application of scientific research and analysis methods; application and use of scientific standards, theories, measurement, testing and evaluation procedures.
  • Experience integrating and synchronizing multiple projects.
  • Understanding of JCIDS processes and link to Acquisition/RDT&E.
  • Familiarity with common quantitative and qualitative research methods and related software programs.
  • Strong technical writing skills to clearly, logically, and succinctly communicate project-related information within the MHS, DoD, other federal agencies at the commensurate comprehension and reading level for the audience. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently, and have strong oral and written communication abilities, with strong conceptual and systems-thinking abilities and problem-solving skills.
  • Solid working knowledge of computer software (Microsoft Office business suite, to include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required to prepare reports, briefings, and products; experience with Adobe Professional and with posting and sharing documents in SharePoint.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience developing S&T strategic frameworks and strategic plans.
  • Experience working in DoD medical RDT&E.
  • Understanding of DoD financial management regulations.
  • Understanding of FDA regulatory requirements.


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's most complex modernization and readiness challenges. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission solutions. Using our expertise in existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions. We are 23,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has pro forma annual revenues of nearly $6.5 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom. For SAIC benefits information, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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