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Packaging & Transportation Regulatory SME

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Environmental, Safety & Health | livermore, CA | 09/06/2023

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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
$109,350 - $164,328 Annually
$109,350 - $135,756 Annually for the 338.1 level
$132,360 - $164,328 Annually for the 339.2 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're looking for a Packaging and Transportation (P&T) Regulatory Subject Matter Expert (SME) to provide comprehensive P&T support to LLNL programs and operations requiring a broad application of practices and regulatory requirements and to monitor compliance within P&T activities occurring across LLNL which include many different types of hazardous materials (e.g., nuclear, radioactive, high explosives, chemical, biological, etc.). In this role you will work within the P&T Safety Functional Area (PTSFA) to assist the PTSFA Manager with regulatory interpretation, institutional development of PTSFA procedures, and flow down of requirements to Work Control Documents (WCDs) for activities that contain P&T tasks. This position is in the PTSFA within the ES&H Directorate but will be matrixed to and co-located full-time with the Soils Team in the Technical Services Department.

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 

  • Interpret regulatory requirements related to DOE Orders 460.1D, 460.2A, 461.1C, 414.1 and 49 CFR Parts 100-185 Hazardous Material Regulations and Parts 350-399 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in support of the Packaging and Transportation Safety Functional Area (PTSFA).
  • Independently assist operations organizations with the implementation of P&T requirements in work authorization/control documents, this includes but is not limited to the following: review of work authorization/control documents, walk-downs of work areas, observation of work activities and creation of control sets for P&T activities/operations.
  • Perform assessments/inspections of organizations to ensure adequate implementation and understanding of P&T requirements.
  • Interact with LLNL research scientists, engineers, program managers, on program and cross-organizational P&T compliance issues/questions.
  • Interact with LLNL research scientists, engineers, project leaders and program managers with respect to providing coordination of P&T projects associated with LLNL Transition and Disposition activities.
  • Review PTSFA, institutional and programmatic documents and procedures for technical accuracy and compliance with regulatory issues and make change recommendations as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 339.2 level

  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers and high-level technical personnel to provide highly advanced technical and/or technical management support.  Guide the successful completion of projects, contributes to the development of organizational goals and exerts extensive technical and administrative lead/supervisory authority with significant influence on major organizational goals.
  • Direct highly complex technical tasks, projects and contribute to multi-disciplinary teams to solve P&T issues.  Collaborate independently with all levels of personnel, both internal and external to LLNL. 
  • Represent PTSFA as the primary customer contact and technical resource on tasks and projects.  Presents formalized reporting and presentations to management and outside collaborators as required on topics related to P&T which may include but are not limited to budget, schedule and effort.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in electronics, mechanical, industrial, manufacturing, computer engineering or electro-optic technology or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience in a field of engineering training or related technical experience with packaging and transportation regulations.
  • Significant experience and demonstrated ability to champion, lead, and develop innovative solutions to highly complex organizational problems.
  • Proficient verbal, written, and interpersonal skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment when reviewing and evaluating documents and present and explain technical/regulatory or operational information.
  • Advanced communication, facilitation, collaboration, interpersonal and problem-solving skills necessary to effectively interact with and advise all levels of management including group/division leaders, project engineers, facility managers and scientific personnel to determine type and level of support needed.
  • Effective organizational skills with detail orientation necessary to coordinate multiple and frequently conflicting concurrent tasks/projects in an environment with frequent interruptions while providing high-level customer service and good follow-through. 
  • Advanced knowledge of regulatory requirements as they pertain to local, State and Federal regulations such as the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), International Air Transport Association (IATA) or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and other consensus standards.
  • Experience using independent judgement, decision-making, creative and innovative problem-solving skills in order to develop solutions to a diverse range of moderate to complex issues in operational areas with respect to implementation of regulatory requirements and coordination of P&T operations projects in support of T&D projects at LLNL.
  • Experience performing assessments of operations for compliance with work instructions, institutional requirements and local, state and federal regulations.
  • Experience applying regulatory knowledge to operational situations.

Additional qualifications at the 339.2 level

  • Experience responding to hazardous materials packaging and transportation emergencies and incidents on site, participate in the investigation of P&T incidents or accidents involving hazardous materials and make recommendations for corrective actions related to these incidents or accidents.
  • Highly advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to collaborate in a team environment for synergy. Present and communicate complex technical information to all levels of management, laboratory personnel, regulatory agencies, and key stakeholders.
  • Project management skills necessary to coordinate high volume operations related to P&T as they support T&D operations at LLNL.
  • Highly Advanced skills and understanding of relevant technologies and processes.

Qualifications We Desire

  • DOT HAZMAT certification, IATA certification and FMCSA Motor Carrier certification with experience shipping radioactive and/or explosive materials.
  • Experience utilizing project management tools and processes to coordinate support to multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience applying various Human Performance Improvement tools for both individuals and work teams (e.g., procedure use and adherence, place-keeping, pre-job briefings, etc.).

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.

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

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