AI/ML Consultant (R & D Portolio Management 5) - 17102

Date: Mar 1, 2024

Location: Mountain View, CA, California, United States

Company: HII's Mission Technologies division

Requisition Number: 17102 

Required Travel: 11 - 25% 

Employment Type: Full Time/Salaried/Exempt

Security Clearance: Ability to Obtain  

Level of Experience: Senior HI


This opportunity resides with Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), a business group within HII’s Mission Technologies division. From towers to processors, we design, develop, integrate and manage the sensors, systems and other assets necessary to support integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations, exploitation and analysis for the Intelligence Community, the military services, geographic and functional combatant commands and DoD agencies. 


Meet HII’s Mission Technologies Division
Our team of more than 7,000 professionals worldwide delivers all-domain expertise and advanced technologies in service of mission partners across the globe. Mission Technologies is leading the next evolution of national defense – the data evolution - by accelerating a breadth of national security solutions for government and commercial customers. Our capabilities range from C5ISR, AI and Big Data, cyber operations and synthetic training environments to fleet sustainment, environmental remediation and the largest family of unmanned underwater vehicles in every class. Find the role that’s right for you. Apply today. We look forward to meeting you.

Who we are

HII Mission Technologies Division is seeking an Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML) subject matter expert to serve as a consultant and advisor to the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) AI/ML portfolio director and technical director to fulfill their mission, leveraging commercial technology to solve Department of Defense strategic problems using AI/ML. We are looking for a dynamic and experience leader and technical expert with AI/ML who would like to make a difference for a national mission of critical importance. The AI/ML subject matter expert is responsible for technical diligence and assessments of DIU projects as well as helping drive AI/ML technology and policy across DoD and the rest of government. We desire the position to be based out of Mountain View, CA (or one of DIU's other locations). Travel can be expected up to 25% and the applicant must have the ability to obtain a top secret clearance with access to compartmented information.

Key Responsibilities:

Deliver on DIU's unique mission:

  • Provides deep technical expertise and experience in both development and deployment of systems that incorporate artificial intelligence, machine learning, high-performance computing, and data science.
    • Member and lead technical contributor to the AI team that delivers commercial AI solutions for the DoD.
    • Works with mission partners to identify and qualify compelling DoD problems. 
    • Helps to identify and match commercial technologies to DoD problems. 
  • Supports Program Managers in source selection, program execution, milestone assessment, and test & evaluation. 
  • Coordinates/manages the activities of DIU’s AI/ML technical staff. 
  • Evaluates and calibrates level of technical risk taken on by DIU AI/ML programs.
  • Provides technical support across a wide variety of applications; current projects span healthcare (computer vision), predictive maintenance (time series), business process optimization (structured data analysis), and knowledge graph construction (natural language processing + graph data analysis).
  • Supports public AI prize competitions and projects with other DIU portfolios: Cyber, Human Systems, Autonomy, Advanced Energy & Materials, and Space.

Help to drive the adoption of commercial AI capabilities across DoD and the rest of government:

  • Leads the technical interface with other USG organizations including DARPA, OSD R&E, Department of State, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
  • Contributes to high-level policy efforts such as operationalizing the DoD AI Ethical Principles, securing supply chains, response to legislative requests, and dialog with the broader policy community.
  • Establishes connections to academia and early-stage industry so that DoD can keep abreast of capabilities that will most influence DoD’s direction.  
  • Shares DoD’s vision of the emerging capabilities can provide the greatest value to the DoD.

What you need to have:

  • 15 years relevant experience with Bachelors in related field; 13 years relevant experience with Masters in related field; 10 years relevant experience with PhD or Juris Doctorate in related field; or High School Diploma or equivalent and 19 years relevant experience.
  • 5+ years of professional experience positions of engineering, technical, and/or product development focus.
  • PhD in computer science / engineering or similar technical degree(s) or Masters + substantial commercial experience; current PhD students acceptable.
  • Full-stack proficiency in a relevant set of software languages / frameworks (e.g. Python, C++, PyTorch, Tensorflow, Docker, Kubernetes, etc.)
  • Experience developing AI / analytic models, performing test & evaluation, and deploying them to production.
  • Familiarity with and/or implementation of Responsible AI (RAI) principles.
  • Ability to drive big-picture goals while maintaining strong attention to detail.
  • Strong project reporting skills with a focus on interdisciplinary communication.
  • Self-motivated with excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Strong cross-functional collaboration skills to achieve results without direct reports.

Bonus points for:

  • Expert knowledge of current and emerging AI / computing technologies, academics, investors, and companies.
  • 10+ years of professional experience positions of engineering, technical, and/or product development focus.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful commercial (non-GOV) software development, product and/or project management.
  • Skills in understanding complex technology and translating those environments into executable solutions for large organizations (e.g., large companies, DoD, etc.)
  • Ability to exercise mature leadership and sound judgment in resolving problems involving multiple stakeholders and equities. 
  • Ability to independently collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data, and present findings and recommendations to senior leadership. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with junior, senior, technical, and non-technical audiences on complex technical issues both orally and in writing, and to mentor less experienced team members. 

We build the world’s most powerful, survivable naval ships and defense technology solutions that safeguard our seas, sky, land, space and cyber. Our diverse workforce includes skilled tradespeople; artificial intelligence, machine learning (AI/ML) experts; engineers; technologists; scientists; logistics experts; and business administration professionals.


Recognized as one of America’s top large company employers, we are a values and ethics driven organization that puts people’s safety and well-being first. Regardless of your role or where you serve, at HII, you’ll find a supportive and welcoming environment, competitive benefits, and valuable educational and training programs for continual career growth at every stage of your career.


Together we are working to ensure a future where everyone can be free and thrive.
Today’s challenges are bigger than ever, and the nation needs the best of us. It’s why we’re focused on hiring, developing and nurturing our diversity. We believe that diversity among our workforce strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas and enriches the work lives of all our employees. 


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