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DTI Operations Manager

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 14, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management, Other Business & Management, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Technology Administration/Other, Grants & Contracts
Employment Level
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Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description

The DTI Operations Manager facilitates the efficient operations and execution of the Division for Technology Implementation’s research portfolio. This position provides financial management of resources and may include the supervision of faculty, staff, and/or students to support the development and implementation of innovative transportation technologies, research support services, and data management systems in support of VTTI’s mission.

The position requires a demonstrated aptitude for planning, coordinating, and executing cross-functional transportation research projects. The position is responsible for managing the center’s financial resources, including the operating budget, project budgets during the proposal stage, determining monthly labor allocations for personnel, completing monthly reconciliation of project and department expenditures, and forecasting planned expenditures to support decision-making throughout project life-cycles. The Operations Manager will lead the project management activities of the Division. The position is also responsible for strategizing and implementing process and system improvements that assure efficient, compliant, and cost-effective operations that produce quality deliverables and services while remaining on-time and on-budget.

As an Operations Manager, the position is expected to:
• Provide project management oversight for the Division’s research portfolio, including timeline and budget tracking, assist with development of interim and final project deliverables, schedule and run internal and customer-facing meetings, and keep meeting notes
•Manage the finances of the Division to assure efficient, compliant, and cost-effective operations
• Manage the resource hiring, scheduling, allocation, and forecasting to optimize productivity and throughput
• Follow guidance and implement project management best practices as directed by VTTI’s Programs and Business Manager
• Lead the execution of the Division’s pre-award activities through collaboration with VTTI’s proposal and contract teams and assist with proposal development.
• Support the management of assets such as development tools, intellectual property, equipment, 3rd party software, research tools, research vehicles and facilities
• Support efficient communications across groups as well as external entities by documenting, filtering, and elevating essential information and requests to the Director
• Provide excellent customer service to internal and external project sponsors throughout project life cycles
• Support necessary administrative, compliance, audit, and reporting tasks

Required Qualifications

-Master’s degree in Engineering, Business, or equivalent. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and significant experience in lieu of Master’s degree may be considered.
-Demonstrated experience with preparing ROM and detailed budgets, forecasting, and managing actual expenditures compared to approved budgets
-Demonstrated process improvement experience
-Demonstrated project management experience in conducting complex research projects in an academic or industrial environment
-Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills
-The willingness to work in a fast-paced flexible research environment
-Good documentation skills
-Excellent attention to detail
-Creative, independent, and highly motivated
-Strong work habits and the ability to work independently as well as with a team
-Previous supervisory experience
-Understanding of engineering principles needed to analyze, verify, and interpret work
- Must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident due to Export Controls

Preferred Qualifications

-Experience in or familiarity with transportation safety, connected vehicles, automation, and/or vehicle electronics is highly desirable
-Experience with Virginia Tech financial management systems such as Banner, MicroStrategies, EasyProjects, Power BI, and HokieMart

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Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Lisa Eichelberger at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: October 14, 2021
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