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Systems Analysis Group Leader - Active Security Clearance Required

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 11/22/2021

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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 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 Systems Analysis Group Leader to provide scientific, technical, and administrative leadership for the Systems Analysis Group (SAG) within the Director’s Office.

In this capacity, you will advance the Director’s priorities, meet identified institutional needs, and help position the Laboratory for future mission success. Among other things, you will provide technical analysis and advice to internal stakeholders across LLNL in support of the Laboratory’s Mission Focus Areas (e.g., integrated strategic deterrence and competition, biosecurity, climate adaptation) and facilitate support to other broader Laboratory priorities and emerging national security needs. In parallel, you will engage with external stakeholders in the nuclear security community and broader national security enterprise, including the Department of Energy (DoE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and others as appropriate.

You will develop a cogent work plan, allocate and manage internal resources, conduct externally sponsored analyses as appropriate, and develop proposals to conduct and execute tailored systems analysis and related studies of mutual benefit to LLNL and the Laboratory’s mission partners. This may require, for example, technically assessing national security problems, formulating policy and programmatic options, and proposing feasible and credible courses of action to capitalize on identified technical or operational opportunities and/or mitigate identified gaps or vulnerabilities. Your team’s research, analytic, and engagement activities may variously focus on a single topical area (e.g., directed energy or biosecurity), in a single domain (e.g., space or land), in multiple domains (e.g., air-sea or cyber-space) or in a combination of functional areas of enduring or emerging interest (e.g., conventional, cyber, artificial intelligence, and/or nuclear). Your team will integrate information from multiple sources into finished analyses and make formal presentations to U.S. Government and industry sponsors, Laboratory leadership, and U.S. officials in the policy, intelligence, acquisition, operations, law enforcement, scientific, or other communities.

In this role you will 

  • Oversee a team of full-time systems analysts as well as a cadre of multidisciplinary technical subject matter experts throughout the Laboratory to support our mission partnerships and mission priorities.
  • Collaborate with Strategic Planning and other Director’s Office elements, Principal Associate Directors, Associate Directors and their staffs in identifying and prioritizing emerging needs, developing study proposals where appropriate to advance LLNL mission support.
  • Lead, manage and participate in the collection, evaluation, and technical assessment of multiple-source information relevant to non-strategic and strategic conventional and nuclear weapons, delivery platforms, and emerging technologies; assessments of emerging national security issues, such as biosecurity or climate change; and assessments of cross-cutting issues, such as integrated strategic deterrence.
  • Serve as part of the Strategic Planning leadership team, helping shape the Laboratory’s strategic direction and advancing institutional priorities and advancing the Laboratory’s strategic priorities, working with the Government Relations and External Engagement office, Director of Communications office, other Director’s Office elements, and broader Laboratory stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Prepare and present high-quality written and referenceable assessments, oral briefings, and other products that communicate the findings from analytical research studies to sponsors and customers, traveling as necessary.
  • Develop and foster relationships with key interagency mission partners throughout the nuclear security community and broader national security enterprise.
  • Solicit and obtain funding to support new analysis projects and associated research proposals, as appropriate.
  • Mentor technical staff to promote professional development, conduct staff and performance management activities in collaboration with the Strategic Planning director, including succession planning.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • 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. Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access. Please note that your current active Q or Top Secret clearance with DOE or another agency does not guarantee DOE SCI access approval; if you are denied access, you may be subject to reinvestigation of your existing Q or Top Secret clearance.
  • Ph.D. in operations research, political science, engineering, physical science or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Substantial experience in developing new programs and research proposals for internal and external sponsorship.
  • Substantial experience leading, motivating, and building complex multidisciplinary teams in support of programmatic and institutional goals.
  • Professional experience working collaboratively with one or more Federal agencies and within the interagency process.
  • Experience with concepts, approaches, technologies, and systems related to LLNL missions.
  • Experience with strategic planning, strategy development and implementation.
  • Expert  communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors. 
  • Thorough understanding of relevant qualitative and quantitative methodologies and tools of interest for the Laboratory’s mission and research.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Extensive experience working effectively as part of a management team.
  • Extensive experience working effectively with multiple Federal agencies and industry.
  • Advanced knowledge and significant experience in national security as it relates to the threat or use of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and recommend courses of action relating to emerging technologies of prospective national security significance and enduring and emerging national security threats.

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

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, 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.  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.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

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