STRATEGIC BUSINESS TEAMS (SBT )
The Strategic Business Teams (SBT) is intended to provide a cohesive and uniform expertise in critical performance areas. Their focus is to accomplish top down strategic planning and implementation of the Commander’s initiatives and policy direction in the life cycle management of weapons systems, equipment and munitions. The SBT’s mission is to provide business advice and direct support to the Product Group Director (PGD) and Program Managers (PMs) in the development of a unified acquisition approach and execution of program scenarios within the constraints of affordability and return on investment, resulting in the efficient and effective procurement of weapon systems for the Fleet Marine Force.
The Business Manager plays a pivotal role in the SBT. Because of their background the Business Manager is expected to be an expert in and able to perform in two or more disciplines. The Business Manager must be Level III certified in Program Management, which in and of itself requires a level of expertise and familiarity in all areas of acquisition (i.e., financial management, systems engineering, logistics, other skill sets within the team and as such is capable of providing some backup support to most of the other team members as appropriate). Since the Business Manager’s duties include integrating and recommending product group goals and objectives for the PGD, in many instances the Business Manager may act as the team focal point as well as represent the entire team to other internal command and external groups.
The Financial Manager is the Senior Financial Advisor within his/her Product Group. This individual is responsible for leading the SBT on all strategic financial issues by conducting continual analysis for existing and potential programmatic problem areas. In carrying out this analysis the Financial Manager, in concert with the PGD and other SBT members, will evaluate the full range of implications for all alternative considered and their effect on existing policy decisions.
The Lead Engineer is the senior engineer on the Product Group’s Strategic Business Team. The Lead Engineer will facilitate the efforts of Systems Engineering (SE) in the PGD and ensure that SE is implemented consistently for all programs. The Lead Engineer also has a role of as a member of the engineering functional integration team. The Lead Engineer will be heavily involved in establishing technical criteria during material solution determination and program initiation. The Lead Engineer will lead the technical effort of programs during the milestone team assessment. The Lead Engineer will provide more of a support and mentoring role to program engineers during later stages of a program development.
As a core member of the SBT, the Lead Logistician provides guidance and direction to the logistics managers to ensure that plans will manage the cost, schedule, performance and integration aspects of supportability for weapon systems and equipment.
The Lead Contracting Officer serves as the PG’s senior Contracting Officer with authority for executing all contracting actions.
- Maintain PG map of 6.2, 6.3b, lab, ONR & other service technology programs for potential “customer” programs on PM Teams
- Maintain PG map of Marine Corps Warfighting Lab experiments and potential transition-to-reality to PM Teams
- Integrate PG technology insertion plans with other PGs and OSD&TI
- Facilitate and integrate PM teams use of SBIR, FCT, COSSI, etc.
- Facilitate global technology search for PM Teams (with FMS)
- Serve as a member of the Engineering FIT to provide collaborative solutions to program management and general business issues and improve competencies, skills, and abilities of related workforce members