Chief Operations Officer

Blackmere’s mission is to connect brilliant people with inspiring opportunity. Since 2011, our commitment to build strong, positive and innovative communities has started right here at home on the Blackmere team. We are dedicated to integrity, innovation and excellence in both recruitment and technology and are constantly iterating, solving problems and empowering internal and external teams to build a better world.

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Our National Security R&D-focused client is looking for a proven technical leader to oversee and manage their national security operations and facilities division. You will be responsible for providing operational oversight for functional line organizations including: Mission Assurance, Infrastructure Operations, Business Services and Management, CFO, Chief of Staff, Strategy, Planning & Protocol, ES&H, Communications, Health Services, Human Resources and the Office of Counter Intelligence. This role works collaboratively as part of the Executive Leadership team to determine and execute upon operational strategy in support of the nation’s complex, global, national, homeland and energy security challenges.

What's in it for YOU:

The opportunity to:

  • Lead an internationally recognized center of excellence in national security solutions
  • Leverage your executive leadership and operational expertise to shape and integrate functional strategies
  • Enable transformation; emphasizing and demonstrating operational excellence and balanced risks
  • Collaborate with and influence national security executives across government and industry worldwide
  • Foster program development and help define technical and operational strategy
  • Contribute directly to the organization's long-term Stakeholder engagement and set aggressive functional goals across the complex
  • Inspire and motivate through the communication of compelling purpose
  • Enjoy outstanding benefits and the ability to truly make a difference


Ideally, you have . . .

  • A Master's or PhD in engineering, science or related discipline; a PhD in a STEM field or an MBA is preferred
  • 20 years of experience in an operations leadership role
  • Financial and business savvy coupled with the ability to analyze metrics
  • 10 years of experience interfacing with design entities, internal/external customers and suppliers
  • Proven track record of leading operations in a multi-site environment
  • Change agent with a continual focus on increasing value to the customer
  • Extensive experience in scientific and technical leadership
  • Expertise in senior management-level strategy development
  • Experience with defense contractors a plus
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills with the ability to alter your messages for varying audiences, including sponsors
  • Experience applying innovations to develop solutions to practical problems
  • Financial and business savvy coupled with the ability to analyze metrics
  • The ability to drive change with a continual focus on increasing value to the customer
  • Prior experience with DoD and/or other government agencies is preferred


You also must be an U.S. citizen in order to acquire a DOE Q Level security clearance as well as higher clearance levels as required.


Blackmere is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.