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Job #: R-00065928
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Category: Business Development
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 50%
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos is seeking a Senior Business Development Specialist. This work supports the Research Partnerships and Tech Transfer group under the Research and Innovation Center (RIC) at the National Energy Technology Lab (NETL). NETL is part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory system and supports the mission to advance the energy security and economic competitiveness of the United States through a broad spectrum of energy and environmental R&D programs.

Externally funded projects reinforce and support NETL’s mission as the premier fossil energy and decarbonization research laboratory in the U.S. The Senior Business Development Specialist will support development and implementation of a proactive process to pursue business opportunities between NETL and external organizations. A successful strategic marketing effort will provide NETL with a needed capability to systematically plan for and successfully pursue business development opportunities that increase funding and enhance the Laboratory’s technical reputation. The Senior Business Development Specialist will develop leveraged relationships that will broaden and extend the reach and effectiveness of the Lab’s mission.

The Senior Business Development Specialist will directly support the NETL staff to identify and plan for forthcoming external funding opportunities, secure strategic partners, position NETL to effectively pursue these opportunities and help NETL prioritize opportunities that compete for Laboratory resources.  Under the direction of NETL staff, the role may work with government organizations, companies, universities, other national laboratories, and organizations in the public sector to forge and implement a proactive and consistent leveraged partnered development effort consistent with the Research and Innovation Center’s mission and role within NETL.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA. Remote work is temporarily authorized due to COVID-19 protocols.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Learn and then leverage an in-depth knowledge of Lab’s research capabilities, services, facilities, and communicate them through compelling value propositions.
  • Research government organizations to gain anticipated funding opportunities and identify key points of contacts within these organizations and technology areas relevant to NETL’s work.
  • Research markets and then map the lab’s strengths and service offerings to potential partner/customer needs. For example, utilize Energy I-Corps and lean start-up processes to facilitate customer discovery identifying unfulfilled needs that may be facilitated by NETL resources, services, and capabilities. Follow industry trends and adjust plans as needed.
  • Work with the Leidos Research Support Team (LRST) staff to create and then continually improve business development and proposal preparation and management processes.
  • Contribute to the Lab’s entrepreneurial development activities, e.g., support efforts to expand NETL programming, serve as an industry mentor to NETL teams enrolled in Energy I-Corps programming, and support brown bag presentations to LRST researchers.
  • Support Lab account managers to create, manage, and expand relationships, and then help retain relationships with new and existing partners and clients. 
  • Communicate effectively with internal teams (Leidos, NETL) and external partners and clients to effectively respond to opportunities.
  • Support NETL researchers in prioritizing externally funded opportunities and develop integrated proposal teams with external organizations.
  • Self-motivate and motivate teams to develop growth plans to increase client and partner base.

Additional Responsibilities May Include:

  • Prepare strategic commercialization plans that will help identify NETL technologies ready for commercialization with potential licensing partners.
  • Secure new technology licensing opportunities.
  • Administer routine correspondence, memoranda, and related documentation.
  • Track and report weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual metrics, and respond to ad-hoc metric requests.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field and ten (10) years of professional experience in corporate, university, and startup environments.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain access to customer site.
  • Proven experience in technical marketing, business development, proposal management, entrepreneurial training, and technology commercialization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as this position requires extensive interface with all levels of the federal client and potential collaborative partners.
  • Excellent organization and documentation skills, attention to detail, and ability to quickly respond to inquiries.
  • Experience working to and exceeding targets.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Teams, SharePoint, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a technical field or graduate business/executive certificate preferred.

External Referral Bonus:


External Referral Bonus $:

Potential for Telework:

Yes, 50%

Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021.  For more information, visit

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