Director of Business Operations

TitleDirector of Business Operations

Location: Culpeper, VA office

Open until filled

ARiA applies broad interdisciplinary toward innovative science and engineering research and development for a diverse set of government and corporate clients that focuses on modeling & simulation for training and model-based signal-processing and artificial intelligence for detection and classification. Partnering with government, industry, and academia, ARiA solves critical challenges.

To enable effective and efficient transition of applied research to advanced development of products and systems, ARiA is structured to bring together top-quality research scientists with development and software engineers in an environment in which research and development mutually benefit from joint leveraging of in-house expertise.

ARiA is a small business where you can make a big difference. Our employees, including those at entry-level, are working with the Secretary of the Air Force to use cognitive computing to change the way the government acquires technology and working with top Navy leaders to use video games and simulation to change the way sailors are trained to use sonar.

ARiA: Real Research. Real World.TM

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ARiA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 Position Description:

The Director of Business Operations will manage the day-to-day business operations of ARiA such that he/she:

Facilitates the execution of ARiA’s business model

Ensures a culture of compliance with cost-accounting standards for government contractors, serving as the primary interface to outside accountants and government audit agencies

Establishes a strong financial picture for ARiA by developing budget and rate projections for proposals and managing the negotiation and government review of rates for cost contracts

Delivers accurate and timely financial functions by conducting billing and accounting functions including government billing,  management of the in-house job-cost accounting and timekeeping systems, signing timecards and checks, managing federal and state tax deposits and employee benefit plans and deposits

Ensures ARiA compliance with all applicable rules and regulations (including Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), as well as federal, state, and local regulations and licensing, permits, representations and certifications)

Manages excellent subcontract and teaming relationships including drafting of contracts, MOUs, allocation-of-rights agreements, payment terms, and compliance with FAR/DFARS

Manages and seeks to optimize return on company assets, including intellectual property

Conducts financial management of projects in coordination with ARiA Principal Investigators (PIs) to produce reports for government program and contracts using Earned Value Management (EVM)

Enhances business development efforts by supporting PIs in development of proposals, including management plans and cost volumes

Establishes a secure facility as the primary interface to the Defense Security Service (DSS) throughout the facility-clearance process and facilitates ARiA’s ongoing security program as the Facility Security Officer

Contributes to a professional public image for ARiA by developing and maintaining promotional and marketing material

Responds to all requests for information from government agencies by serving as administrative contact for all government contracts and subcontracts

Ensures a workplace that supports the business objectives of ARiA and supports the work of its employees by hiring and managing all vendor and service-provider relationships

Performs other duties as required


Bachelor’s degree with coursework in business operations and/or accounting (or ability to rapidly gain such knowledge and facility)

Excellent oral and written communication skills and professional presence

Solid facility with QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel (or ability to rapidly gain this facility)

Ability to work independently but collaboratively

Ability to negotiate and support coworkers’ success in achieving their goals through effectively completing complex tasks

Applicants selected for employment will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements, including U.S. citizenship, for access to sensitive information.

Desirable Skills, Qualifications, and Experience:

Prior experience with federal and U.S. Department of Defense contracting or comparable work/internship experience

To Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to