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Business Associate - Early Career Hire Rotational Program At Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Location: Pasadena, California

Job Description

Overview
Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

We are proud to be part of NASA and Caltech, as we explore the universe and make history through new discoveries.

We aim to do things never done before and to go places few can go. We dare mighty things…do you?

Responsibilities
The Business of Space:

JPL’s Business Operations Directorate has management and leadership responsibility for accounting, finance, institutional business systems and tools, contracts, program and project resources, acquisition, material management and logistics, technical information, facilities, and protective services.

Business Operations Rotational Program:

As part of our Early Career Hire Employment Program (ECH) for graduates entering the workforce, the Business Operations Rotational Program offers the opportunity to rotate through each functional division within the Business Operations Directorate of JPL. This program allows the ECH to see how all of the separate business organizations come together to support the success of our projects and fulfill our mission.

With the successful completion of the six-month program, the ECH will be placed in the division where their education, experience, skills, and talents can be utilized to the fullest.

Below is a brief overview of each division:
Protective Services: provides personnel and Laboratory protection, visitor management, on-boarding and off-boarding of personnel, badging, investigations, special event planning, emergency operations management including business continuity and continuity of operations.
Acquisition: supports the Laboratory in all aspects of the procurement lifecycle from purchasing laboratory supplies and equipment to subcontract management for space flight systems with industry partners and universities.
Financial Management: supports the Laboratory in all financial matters including institutional financial planning and budgeting, project and general accounting, cash management, travel and accounts payable, timekeeping, labor allocation and payroll.
Contracts Management: serves as the Laboratory’s primary point of contact between NASA, Caltech, and Laboratory personnel on all matters relating to administration of the Prime Contract. Includes the execution and management of Task Orders, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Organizational Conflict of Interest, and Allowability Determinations.
Enterprise Business Information Services: provides business IT services through the management and support of the Laboratory’s business applications portfolio, full systems development lifecycle including application selection and implementation and custom application development.
Program Business Management: manages the full business lifecycle of JPL’s missions from inception through operations; includes key activities of cost estimating and proposals, planning and budgeting, project scheduling, project performance management and analysis including earned value management.
Logistics and Technical Information: provides a diverse set of services to the Laboratory including mission proposal support, graphic design, research services for scientists and engineers, and records management
Facilities and Logistics: ensures physical facilities and assets at the Laboratory are in working order, responsibilities from maintenance and minor facility modifications to major construction projects. Logistics support the Laboratory through materiel management, mission hardware movement planning and transportation, and asset management.
What You Will Gain:
A comprehensive understanding of the responsibilities and major business processes.
A chance to create a solid foundation of skills through projects and tasks.
Develop and foster a network of professionals, including peers and managers.
The opportunity to develop both professionally and personally.
Qualifications
What It Takes:
Must be graduating between Winter 2018 and Summer 2019 with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in business or a related major.
Areas of study: Business, Management, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Statistics, Contracts, Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Continuity, Criminal Justice, Administration of Justice, Homeland security, or related disciplines.
Must have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA out of 4.0 scale

What Would Help:
Drive to develop in a dynamic work environment
Possess critical thinking and analytical skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Customer service oriented
Team player, coupled with strong collaboration skills
Eagerness and motivation to be a key contributor on one of our Business Operations teams