Sr. Project Engineer
Posted on May 22, 2019 by Lawrence Livermore National Security
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We have an opening for a Senior Project Engineer in the Nuclear Threat Reduction Program (NTRP) supporting N Program of the Global Security (GS) Directorate. You will be responsible for estimating and managing project scope, schedule, and budget across multiple projects as well as participating in experiment execution as needed within the Nuclear Counterterrorism/Counter Proliferation (NCTCP) and Proliferation Detection programs. You will assist the Program Manager and Program Leads in implementing efficient management and execution practices and in developing organizational strategies to address the needs of our customers. You will be involved in field experiments at our Tracy campus or remote locations. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.
This position will be filled at the SES.3 or SES.4 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned as appropriate if you are selected at the higher level.
- Provide advanced technical direction and project leadership to team members in the execution of work scope with a focus on defining, developing, and executing complex experiments for NCTCP customers which involve hardware design, fabrication, testing, qualification, and deployment.
- Apply advanced systems engineering and project management principles to multiple complex technical projects at any given time and in a graded manner to balance resources with identified risk.
- Mentor Principal Investigators (PIs) in the development of proposals, statements of work, project plans, and project risk assessments and responses, and in the use of sound project management practices in accordance with GS and Engineering policy.
- Collaborate with teams of scientists, engineers, designers, technicians, coordinators, and procurement personnel to achieve project goals.
- Maintain and ensure quality standards for deliverables.
- Leverage team members' skills to successfully complete complex projects, by ensuring excellence in execution of technical work in the program.
- Utilize existing work, internal resources, and partnerships to develop innovative capabilities to increase the impact of LLNL and lead the development of project portfolios.
- Work to improve processes and implement changes to increase efficiencies within the organization.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In addition, at the SES.4 Level
- Establish a vision and strategy for implementation of project management principles across all elements of NCTCP.
- Lead project planning and execution as the Project Manager/Engineer for field experiments at our Tracy campus and remote locations, including leading multi-disciplinary and multi-laboratory teams in successful project execution.
- Report program status to N-Program management and external sponsors as required.
- Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related area, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
- Advanced knowledge of the processes involved in hardware design, fabrication, testing, qualification, and deployment.
- Significant experience in project management of complex, technical projects (especially R&D) including organizing, managing, and tracking scope, schedule, and budget.
- Significant experience assessing project risk and developing controls for managing project risk.
- Significant experience developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of complex problems and leading corrective actions where necessary.
- Ability to effectively mentor, develop, lead and manage a multi-disciplinary project team of engineers, scientists, designers, technicians, and coordinators.
- Significant experience interacting and cooperating with all levels of management.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.
In addition, at the SES.4 Level
- Substantial experience leading, tracking, and budgeting projects and managing and resolving resource conflicts including experience managing multi-laboratory projects, effectively accomplishing goals with team member who do not reside within your home institution through demonstrated leadership and influence.
- Substantial experience implementing an Integrated Safety Management program or an equivalent industry protocol and leading or participating in formal engineering design review processes.
- Expert communication skills, both verbal and written, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to interact effectively in a diverse research team environment, deliver effective presentations, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
- Master's in Engineering and/or certification as a Project Management Professional.
- Experience interfacing with external customers or industrial partners, especially the Department of Energy (DOE).
Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.
LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.