Refine Search Clear All

Career Areas

Show More

Experience Level

Employment Type



Show More

Security Clearance

Keyword Search

Back to open positions

Project Risk Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/08/2021

Apply Now  

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 committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Project Risk Engineer. You will be responsible for providing risk management support for the W87-1 Modification Program. This will include interfacing directly with the project team to elicit potential risks and opportunities, track these risks/opportunities and report on status to management, facilitate risk review board meetings and follow-on actions, and coordinate with NNSA and other sites as needed. You will also need to work with other risk managers and follow NNSA guidance regarding risk management. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED) supporting the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Gather risk-related data in partnership with the technical leads and program management to perform the following: identify and document candidate risks and opportunities, perform qualitative risk analysis, and develop risk response strategies.
  • Develop and maintain LLNL’s risk register within the Active Risk Manager (ARM) tool, including monitoring risks to ensure timely updates and execution of risk response strategies.
  • Coordinate the integration of program risks and opportunities into the integrated site schedule.
  • Apply engineering and/or technical knowledge to support the product realization and design teams in developing strategies for project risk mitigation.
  • Facilitate and prepare documentation in support of the monthly risk review board meetings, including tracking and completion of follow-on actions.
  • Act as the LLNL point of contact for risk register and risk requests with Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) counterparts ans NNSA Federal Program Office individuals.
  • Support the development of the LLNL risk management execution plan to implement the goals and objectives of the NNSA Risk and Opportunity Management Plan.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities at the TSS.4 level

  • Lead the identification of risks and opportunities to reduce program risk exposure for cost, schedule, and performance impacts.
  • Develop risk management training materials in support of the LLNL risk management execution plan.
  • Manage the quantitative risk analysis and report on the quantified probability of meeting project objectives, initial contingency time and cost reserves needed, and assessment of overall project risk exposure.
  • Generate recommended risk responses in partnership with program management based on the quantitative risk analysis.



  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and significant related experience.
  • Knowledge of and experience with standard project management practices, such as project plan development and control, scope management, project scheduling, cost estimation and management, quality assurance, project staffing, communications planning and management, risk and opportunity management, and procurement management.
  • Experience in mechanical, electrical, or system engineering or related technical fields.
  • Advanced communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, and advise senior management.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team environment and ability to coordinate work and goals on multiple simultaneous projects effectively.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.4 level

  • Significant experience using qualitative and quantitative risk analysis techniques to determine ways to control or reduce risk.
  • Ability to make decisions requiring scientific or engineering judgment across more than one field.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Ability to devise systems and processes to monitor validity of risk modeling outputs.
  • Experience working nuclear weapon programs/projects at the system and component levels.
  • Experience working with the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, or the Department of Defense.
  • Experience with Earned Value Management (EVM) and/or scheduling.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with Project Management tools, including Deltek Acumen Risk; Active Risk Manager (ARM), and Primavera P6.


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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that 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

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

Videos To Watch