Director, Executive Branch Government Relations

in Falls Church, VA

Director, Executive Branch Government Relations Job

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    Falls Church, VA 22042, US

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Job Description What's a career like at BAE Systems? Remarkable. The Director, Executive Branch Government Relations is responsible for achieving BAE Systems Inc. executive branch goals, including federal policy initiatives and support for company programs.

Essential Duties:

  • The Director will lead the development and execution of engagement strategies with the executive branch (including Department of Defense, Executive Office of the President, and other agencies) for a diverse number of programs and issues. Qualified candidates should have extensive current contacts at the Pentagon, and Navy contacts are a plus.
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with senior leaders in the executive branch (particularly the acquisition community) and staff to position the company for future business opportunities.
  • Attend/facilitate engagements for senior leaders in the executive branch, including briefings, visits to company facilities and events.
  • Meeting regularly with sector leadership to collaborate on priorities and provide advice/recommendations on how the Government Relations function can assist with their set of priorities/objectives.
  • Develop an environment that encourages open communication and collaboration among sector leadership and the Government Relations function.
  • Provide the Vice President of Executive Branch and Government Relations and sector leadership with timely updates about developments in the executive branch.
  • Offer strategic input to the Integrated Business Planning Process (IBPP) relative to business development strategy, programs and budget.
  • Understand DOD’s acquisition priorities and concerns. Effectively communicate those concerns to company leaders; likewise, the individual will understand company priorities and concerns and effectively communicate those concerns to the appropriate leaders in the executive branch.
  • Influence, negotiate with and persuade others by using direct and indirect influence to accomplish results. Take multiple steps or uses outside experts to influence an outcome with each step adapted to the specific audience.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills

  • Bachelor Degree with 15 years of experience
  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years related experience and comprehensive understanding of the defense industry, the defense acquisition process, and the federal budget environment and cycle. Service retirees are encouraged to apply, particularly from the Navy for this particular role. Qualified candidates should have extensive current contacts at the Pentagon.
  • The candidate must be a citizen of the US and be eligible to obtain a high level security clearance. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply to join this diverse and equitable team.

Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills

  • Extensive exposure to the acquisition community, U.S. national security policies and priorities, federal budgets and budgeting, and an understanding of the factors affecting acquisition decisions.
  • The ideal candidate will be military retiree, particularly from the Navy. Pentagon experience on the OSD or a service acquisition staff and an aviation background are all advantages.

  • Work experience on Capitol Hill is not required for this position and thus does not meet the “related experience” criteria. Pentagon and MilDep experience preferred.

  • The ability to quickly and thoroughly analyze a broad range of issues utilizing varied analytical techniques is key, as is sophisticated/strategic thinking to determine how best to influence decision/policy makers.

  • Deliver concise, incisive, logically written documents and having a professional presence.

  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills, as well as project management, analytical, planning, presentation and interpersonal relationship skills.

  • Must be flexible and demonstrate strong judgment/decision-making skills, and political insight.

About BAE Systems, Inc.BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. People are the greatest asset in any Company. BAE Systems is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression

Additional Information

Who We Are

You're used to protecting what matters most.

Throughout your career in the military, you've been dedicated to improving security, defending freedom and making the world a safer place. Now you can continue that commitment through cyber operations, intelligence analysis, and building combat vehicles and electronic systems. We’re proud to provide solutions and services that advance the strength and security of America and our allies – and we’re honored to offer an environment where veterans and reservists can continue doing mission-centered work. In all that we do, we are guided by our company values – trusted, innovative and bold – understanding that it’s not just what we do, but how we do it that underpins our success.
+ The Organization

Our team has the privilege and the responsibility of knowing that the work we do really matters. Our work is vital to the armed forces personnel and major corporations who rely on us to protect, equip and support them where it counts; to the security and prosperity of the nations we serve; to our skilled and talented people; to the local communities where we are based; and to the wider community who invest in, supply and engage with us. At BAE Systems, everyone can make a difference.

+ The Culture

We believe that a diverse workforce inspires creativity and drives innovation. We respect and value the huge variety of skills, abilities and perspectives that our people bring to our business. We celebrate our differences and aim to recruit and develop talent from all backgrounds, championing the strength that a truly inclusive and collaborative workplace gives to our company culture and performance.

+ The Work

Enjoy a flexible environment that values your work-life balance and helps you perform at your best.

+ The Opportunity

On the job training, leadership programs, collaboration with leading experts – excellence is built into your career development whether you are just starting out as an apprentice or are an experienced professional.

+ The People

We’re united by trust, camaraderie and a shared ambition to lead the world in our field. It helps that we’re nice people too.

+ The Reward

See your contribution, making real change as breakthrough technology and intelligence solutions reshape the landscape for our customers.

What We Offer

+ Warrior Integration Program (Est. 2008)

This program was created to assist in the employment, transition, education, and development of wounded warriors. Through mentoring, partnership, education, and leadership, we vow to serve our veterans in the same manner they served our country. WIP provides mission-centered work that gives wounded warriors the opportunity to contribute, providing a path for career progression.

+ Camo to Corporate (Est. 2013)

Camo to Corporate underpins all of our military recruiting and veteran efforts. We participate in annual career workshops and partner with VA employment reps to identify opportunities for vets at BAE Systems. We’re also proud members of Joining Forces, the Veteran Jobs Mission and Hiring our Heroes - initiatives focused on helping vets and their spouses find meaningful careers.

Perks & Benefits

  • Veterans Support Network
    Veterans Support Network +-

    The mission of the Veterans Support Network is to help connect former service members, active duty members, reservists and those who are supportive of the Armed Services.

  • Health & Wellness
    Health & Wellness +-

    We offer medical plans that take great care of you and your family’s health and well-being. These include medical plans, prescription drugs, dental and vision, along with incentive programs and health saving and spending accounts.

  • Time Away From Work
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    Paid Time Off (PTO) provides you with paid time away from work that you can use for vacation, personal time, personal illness, or to care for dependents. You can accumulate up to a maximum of 400 PTO hours.

  • Military Leave
    Military Leave +-

    Full-time and part-time employees who serve in the military reserves are eligible to take paid and unpaid leaves of absence to perform military duty.

  • Employee Assistance Program
    Employee Assistance Program +-

    The EAP offers confidential support to manage personal issues, such as stress, family issues, and substance abuse.

  • Employee Discount Programs
    Employee Discount Programs +-

    BAE Systems partners with Beneplace to offer exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services.

  • Tuition Reimbursement
    Tuition Reimbursement +-

    Lifelong employee learning is critical to both your personal growth and that of BAE Systems as a trusted, innovative, and bold organization. That’s why we offer a tuition reimbursement program, so you can pursue advanced education to help further your career.

  • Adoption Assistance
    Adoption Assistance +-

    You can be reimbursed up to $4,000 for qualified adoption expenses through the Adoption Assistance program.

  • Financial Wellness
    Financial Wellness +-

    Plan for today, save for tomorrow. Our programs support your goals at every stage of life. These programs include 401(k) savings plans, life and accident insurance, disability coverage, home, auto, and pet insurance and legal planning.

Our Partners

G.I Jobs Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Job Mission Joining Forces Soldier for Life American Association of People with Disabilities

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