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Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division Operations Safety Officer - Active Clearance Required

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 03/04/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division (NACS) Operations Safety Officer to focus on the oversight and authorization of experimental laboratory activities for the Division as well as representing the Deputy Division Leader for Operations in his/her absence. You will work under the consultative direction of Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) senior operations leaders and interact and collaborate closely with NACS Division Leadership. This position is 25% funded and requires you to have funding to cover the majority of your own time. This position is in the NACS Division within the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SEL.3 or SEL.4 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

In this role you will 

  • Review and authorize complex experimental activities in NACS Facilities; perform confirmation of controls for all laboratory work; assess and accept risk for NACS.  These decisions and activities may impact organizational operations.  There is a high consequence of error in the work authorization process and failure to complete assignments could negatively impact safety and compliance.
  • Respond to internal and external auditors; resolve non-compliance issues you authorize and track issue resolution through the use of Institutional tools; report incidents to the PLS Assurance Manager and develop and implement follow up actions.
  • Serve as the Authorizing Individual for approximately 40 Work Control Documents (WCD) and Procurement Work Sheets (PWS) within NACS.
  • Perform work observations and safety walkthroughs.
  • Collaborate with Division and Facility Management to coordinate initiatives that improve operational compliance, efficiency, housekeeping, and safety in NACS managed facilities.
  • Serve as the backup for the NACS DDL-Ops during his or her absence. Represent NACS DDL-Ops as needed at Directorate and Institutional levels, including serving on safety committees and coordinating emergency response preparedness efforts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SEL.4 level

  • Perform specific safety duties as assigned by the DDL-Ops in the primary, rather than backup role.
  • Provide technical leadership and oversight to NACS infrastructure activities; work closely with Division leadership to develop and write infrastructure proposals and coordinate construction activities with existing operations in NACS facilities.

 

Qualifications

  • This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at the time of hire.
  • Bachelor’s in a science or engineering field, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge and technical expertise with PLS/NACS personnel, facilities, and experimental activities.
  • Advanced knowledge and significant experience planning the integration and implementation of new programs and/or operational best practices, and the ability to champion, lead and develop innovative principles, theories, and concepts.
  • Significant experience ensuring safe and secure operations in complex scientific organization(s).
  • Advanced and thorough understanding of LLNL’s Integrated Safety Management and Work Planning and Control.
  • Significant technical leadership or management experience in a research and development environment, including project or program planning, budget and personnel administration with the ability to work effectively in teams and with individuals with diverse backgrounds to achieve institutional and programmatic goals.
  • Advanced knowledge of LLNL policies, procedures and operational practices.
  • Advanced written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills, necessary to effectively present, explain and and present highly complex ideas, as well as  influence and advise employees and all levels of management.
  • Advanced organizational, decision-making, managerial, and leadership skills; ability to effectively work on multiple tasks and deliver on time.

Additional qualifications at the SEL.4 level

  • Extensive experience ensuring safe and secure operations in complex scientific organization(s).
  • Extensive technical leadership or management experience in a research and development environment, including project or program planning, budget and personnel administration with the ability to work effectively in teams and with individuals with diverse backgrounds to achieve institutional and programmatic goals.
  • Experience as a Responsible Individual in the IWS or WP&C system.

Qualifications We Desire

  • M.S. in a science, engineering, or closely related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience in managing the operations of experimental activities with complex or unique hazards.
  • Experience as an Authorizing Individual.
  • Working knowledge of DOE orders and experience with the Livermore Field Office.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Most positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement).  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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