IT Applications Administrator

Date: Jun 3, 2021

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Engineering Division works in partnership with all the other Laboratory technical divisions to design and build advanced technology systems of national importance. Projects include space and aircraft payloads and ground-based systems.


The Division’s expertise includes mechanical, materials, aero, thermal, optical, control, and fabrication engineering plus energy and autonomous systems. Supporting the engineering efforts are a wide range of specialized laboratories, electronics and mechanical fabrication capabilities, plus integration and environmental test facilities.


The division’s groups work collaboratively in cross-divisional teams supporting a wide range of projects. Special emphasis is placed on the integration of design and analysis capabilities to support the rapid prototyping of hardware systems.

Job Description

MIT LL is currently seeking an experienced Aras Innovator PLM Application Administrator.  The successful candidate will be responsible for collaborating with Engineers, Designers, and Fabrication Professionals to implement, maintain and improve the quality and efficiency of the Aras Innovator PLM system. The ideal applicant has worked previously in an engineering or research driven environment and has experience with PLM and ideally enterprise applications.   


  • Collaborate with Engineers, Designers, and Fabrication Professionals to implement, maintain and improve the quality and efficiency of the Aras Innovator PLM system.
  • Advise engineering teams on the usage of PLM
  • Provide technical expertise in analyzing and resolving requests and problems as they pertain to the Aras Innovator PLM system and CAD integrations
  • Manage multiple system environments such as (Development, Test, and Production)
  • Provide Technical leadership for system integrations with the PLM system
  • Support improvements in overall systems reliability, configuration, license and configuring databases
  • Administer PLM Database
  • Understand and document current business processes and lead analysis into the definition of the future state, including both system and people change
  • Manage addition and deletion of new users, groups, roles, securities
  • Write and maintain user help guides

Responsibilities Cont.

  • Gather user feedback and implement appropriate process improvements, best user practices and training either as an individual mentor or in group settings.
  • Define and understand the elements, connections, behaviors, and properties of an engineering software system
  • Interpret technical and business requirements to articulate the needs to be addressed 
  • Work with stake-holders to define engineering data model – which are enterprise-level data, and are local to engineering system
  • Determine short and long term integration strategies, architectures and designs to reduce constraints and roadblocks to application integration
  • Design engineering software architecture that includes PLM system, enterprise-level SAP S4, and other local engineering software tools

Communication, Collaboration, Training

  • Act as a liaison with other subject matter experts and users of the systems.
  • Document and communicate ongoing work and design changes to IT and research.
  • Collaborates across teams to ensure standard system functionality is identified and used in all relevant situations.
  • Develops, publishes, and maintains documentation according to department standards.
  • Develops and delivers training on applications capabilities to increase user acceptance.
  • Communicate architecture and trade-offs to stake-holders laboratory-wide


  • Performs a variety of complicated tasks and may direct the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Involved in planning of system and development, testing, deployment.
  • Identifies and proposes both business process and system design related reengineering and streamlining opportunities for implementation.
  • Ensures business requirements are met by monitoring available metrics and collecting feedback.
  • Acts as the stakeholder’s advocate to IT in order to ensure that problems are resolved effectively and expeditiously.

Qualifications - Required

  • BS degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  • 5+ years of working with and/or managing the Product Data Management and Product Lifecycle Management within an engineering environment.
  • 2+ years of designing and delivering large scale enterprise distributed systems
  • Hands-on experience with of C++/object oriented programs, SQL, web application development, security and open source technologies
  • Experience managing multiple system environments such as (Development, Test, and Production)
  • Experience with SQL and database management systems and client-server concepts
  • Solid understanding of security/access control, scalability, high availability, and concurrency patterns
  • Good understanding of software development processes and methodologies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to effectively communicate to a variety of stakeholders

Required Cont.

  • Ability to communicate and apply architectural design patterns across a wide range of technical problems
  • Experience with ERP systems, master data and architectural principles
  • Working knowledge of the software lifecycle and methodologies.
  • Ability to work independently toward delivery of milestones as well as collaborate in team efforts.
  • Skilled in analyzing process and data flows.
  • Skilled in requirements collection and analysis to identify needs and constraints
  • Skilled in building consensus among stakeholders and colleagues
  • Excellent business, functional, technical acumen


  • Proven ARAS Innovator PLM experience in requirements gathering, development, deployment and support
  • Experience implementing and managing multiple system environments such as (Development, Test, and Production) using continuous integration continuous delivery CI/CD
  • Experience with developing software based solutions in SQVI and or ABAP
  • Experience with reports development
  • Direct experience in an implementation and operational support
  • Solid understanding of programming concepts with multiple programming environments and languages.

Preferred Cont.

  • Project management and collaboration skills to succeed in matrixed environment
  • Working with change management tools for software life cycle development
  • Programing languages such as C#, Javascript, SQL, or XML
  • Experience in PLM or Enterprise Data Management domain
  • Proven experience designing and implementing contiguous integration and development systems and configurations


This position reports to the Division IT Manager

This position interacts frequently with application owner for functionality prioritization feedback on tradeoff decisions

This position routinely interacts with MIT-LL users and system stakeholders.

Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.


MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.




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