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Huntsville, AL
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Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challengesand we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every dayworking for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITREand make a difference with us.


MITREs Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Portfolio is seeking a motivated, results-oriented engineer to join our Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Technical Direction Agent (TDA) team as Project Leader and technical contributor. The TDA executes in a collaborative environment with the government and other Federally Funded Research and Development Centers and University Affiliated Research Centers. The Project Leader also serves as a Company Lead within the TDA construct; this involves working with TDA Leadership to staff and deliver technical quality MITRE expertise to the TDA work program. Huntsville is the ideal location for this position; however, other locations with sufficient sponsor connectivity (and higher travel availability) will be considered.


Required Qualifications:

  • Engineering experience relevant to GMD objectives in order to bring technical relevance to the project

  • Ability to provide leadership and technical management of tasks to influence and direct efforts

  • Understanding of MITRE Project Leadership approach

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build trusted relationships

  • Willingness to work in a shared leadership model

  • Possess tact, diplomacy, poise, and persistence

  • Experience in requirements definition, systems integration, and analysis

  • Possess an active secret security clearance

Preferred Qualifications


  • Formal or informal experience in Project Management

  • Understanding of the GMD mission and work program

  • Knowledge of the Ballistic Missile Defense System

  • Technical background in systems engineering and one or more of the following: fire control systems, communications, and/or command and control

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in one of the following disciplines, Electrical,  Computer or Systems Engineering or similar field 

  • 8 years related experience