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Product Realization Team (PRT) Leader - Active Security Clearance Required

Associate | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/12/2023

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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 essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range
$123,960.00  - $159,168.00  Annually for the SES.2 level
$148,650.00  - $190,932.00  Annually for the SES.3 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

We have multiple openings for Product Realization Team (PRT) Leaders for the W80-4 Life Extension Program and W87-1 Modernization Program PRTs. You will be responsible for delivering final design and qualified production for the components within a specific PRT’s scope in partnership with the NNSA Production Agency and programmatic staff from across the laboratory to include Physics, Chemistry, Quality, and other areas while providing a detailed schedule to ensure delivery on time to support the program. The core mission is to ensure an integrated design is defined, manufacturable, and delivered on schedule while executing PRT activities in accordance with DPBPS requirements and Program guidance. Travel in support of programmatic deliverables is required. These positions will be in Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED). DTED supports the Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) Program

These positions 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 

  • Provide the PRT with guidance in project engineering, design development, product realization, qualification, and certification.
  • Lead PRT engagements with Production Agencies (PAs) executing Nuclear Explosive Package (NEP) manufacturing.
  • Define, track, and complete PRT objectives on time and within budget in collaboration with other essential LLNL support personnel. Monitor performance required to meet programmatic milestones and deliverables. Engage to correct deficiencies and lead corrective actions where necessary.
  • Represent the PRT at meetings, briefings, and committee activities both internal and external to the Laboratory.
  • Ensure that PRT risks and requirements are communicated in an effective and timely manner to program leadership.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level.

  • Influence technical decisions made by program management and external stakeholders based on PRT component domain expertise.
  • Mentor staff across the PRT. Advise across the program on weapon design engineering, 6.X lifecycle processes, PAs, PRTs and product realization, certification, and qualification work.
  • Serve as PRT spokesperson to program management and/or peers in the Nuclear Security Enterprise.


  • 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 degree in Engineering or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience with design engineering, 6.X lifecycle processes, PAs, PRTs and product realization, certification, and qualification work.
  • Knowledge of nuclear warhead engineering, systems, and design, including production issues related to the Production Agency.
  • Ability to apply project management fundamentals, including work planning, scheduling, cost estimating, analyzing, and managing budgets.
  • Strong communication, facilitation, negotiation, and collaboration skills, necessary to present, explain, mediate, compromise, and advise program management and/or external stakeholders.
  • Ability to promote and maintain productive relationships across the PRT.
  • Experience working under limited direction and being responsive to changing priorities and ability to meet deadlines and keep management informed.
  • Ability to travel.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level 

  • Significant experience with design engineering, 6.X lifecycle processes, PAs, PRTs and product realization, certification, and qualification work.
  • Strong knowledge of nuclear warhead engineering, systems, and design.
  • Advanced communication, facilitation, negotiation and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, mediate, compromise, influence, and advise senior management and external stakeholders.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

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 time of hire. 

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

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

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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.

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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. 

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