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Process Improvement and Project Specialist - Flex Term

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Environmental, Safety & Health | livermore, CA | 03/14/2023

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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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$136,500 - $183,888 Annually for the TSS.3 level

$163,740 - $220,632 Annually for the TSS.4 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

The Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) Directorate has an opening for a Process Improvement and Project Specialist.  ES&H is a multi-discipline directorate with 100+ complex and dynamic ES&H programs that we manage for the Laboratory, a $85+M budget, and ~450 employees.  You will be a member of the Planning and Performance Management Office (PPMO) staff reporting to the PPMO Office Leader, where your primary objective will be leveraging process improvement and project management principles to lead complex and cross-organizational projects that better the organization and its partnerships with stakeholders and customers.  One of your first key roles will be management and coordination of the LLNL-wide project to improve the lockout/tagout (LOTO) process for maintenance and construction work.  For the LOTO project, you will be matrixed to the LOTO project director.  In this role, you will frequently interact with the ES&H subject matter experts (SMEs) in addition to senior staff, programmatic customers, operational stakeholders, and other Laboratory support organizations.

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. 

You will 

  • Provide support for LLNL Lab-wide Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) corrective action plan (CAP) program enhancement projects to ensure the Lab identifies, plans for, executes, controls/monitors, and closes out its key commitments and project deliverables.
  • Facilitate and lead process improvement efforts and communicate resultant objective and action statuses through completion.
  • Infuse subject matter expertise of the process improvement discipline to ES&H staff and cross-organizational partners, ensuring a standard of high-level project planning, stakeholder engagement, and execution of major ES&H deliverables.
  • Provide leadership and technical expertise to multidisciplinary working groups to develop and integrate highly complex ES&H-related programs with broad implications across the institutional and customer community.
  • Train ES&H stakeholders, at various levels, and SMEs to instill a culture of project discipline across the organization, including developing detailed task breakdowns and schedules.
  • Facilitate various advisory and working group meetings/committees related to assigned projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.4 level 

  • Mentor ES&H SMEs and partners in process mapping, value streaming, and process improvement, to instill a culture of programmatic discipline.
  • Lead significant technical projects without formal authority, resolving a diverse range of complex problems and developing, planning, and coordinating highly complex solutions.
  • Develop and deliver briefings to the PPMO Office Leader, ES&H senior leadership team, and impacted stakeholders, regarding the status of metrics and performance indicators for the projects assigned.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering, physical science, ES&H, or other related technical field, or equivalent combination of education and related technical experience.
  • Lean Six Sigma certification and experience facilitating/leading process improvements.
  • Experience working in maintenance, operations, ES&H, and/or infrastructure projects.
  • Technical leadership skills and experience which includes interactions with SMEs, customers, and external regulatory organizations.
  • Experience leading complex, high-value technical projects and, experience leading in situations without formal authority, resolving complex problems and developing, planning, and coordinating solutions.
  • Broad experience applying project management principles and problem-solving, conflict resolution, persuasion, negotiation, and consensus-building skills and independent judgement to ensure milestones and deliverables are met.
  • Skilled in generating, and maintaining, successful and effective working relationships with a broad cross-section of management, technical, and administrative personnel.
  • Experience in developing and implementing innovative solutions to complex technical and process issues.
  • Experience leading significant change, serving as a strong change agent, and mentoring various levels of staff, including technicians, engineers, and managers.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication, facilitation, collaboration, and presentation skills required to effectively present, explain, and advise senior management.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.4 level 

  • Significant experience working in maintenance, operations, ES&H, and/or infrastructure projects.
  • Advanced technical leadership skill and experience which includes interactions with SMEs, customers, cross-organizational stakeholders, and senior management, and external regulatory organizations.
  • Extensive experience leading change and mentoring various levels of staff, including technicians, engineers, and managers through the project management process.
  • Expert verbal and written communication, facilitation, collaboration, and presentation skills required to effectively present, explain, and advise senior management and external regulators.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience managing projects involving the isolation of hazardous energy sources associated with mechanical and/or electrical systems and components.
  • Experience developing and implementing processes to ensure appropriate and timely maintenance/infrastructure needs are identified and completed.
  • Experience working at DOE or non-government hazardous facilities, ES&H, and/or work planning and control roles.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Flexible Term appointment, which is for a definite period not to exceed six years.  If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained (should funding allow).

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Site 300

Site 300 is an experimental test site operated by LLNL.  Situated on 7,000 acres in rural foothills approximately six miles southwest of downtown Tracy and 15 miles southeast of Livermore, Site 300 hosts approximately 200 employees with expertise in such fields as engineering, chemistry, biology, and environmental restoration. Employees assigned to work at Site 300 may be exposed to the organism that causes San Joaquin Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis).

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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.

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