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Facility Design Manager

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Business Operations | livermore, CA | 01/11/2024

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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

  • $142,050 - $182,388 Annual (TSS.3)
  • $170,430 - $218,868 Annual (TSS.4)

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 an opening for a Design Manager focusing on facility engineering.  You will contribute to and oversee the development of construction documents prepared by architects and engineers from all facility design disciplines which include: electrical (power, electronics, telecom, alarms), civil, survey, architecture, structural, and mechanical (HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, laboratory systems, controls). This position is in the Project Management Office (PMO).

The Project Management Office (PMO) provides LLNL with engineering, design, estimating, construction, and project management services. PMO provides infrastructure services to enable cutting-edge research and development in the areas of defense technologies, global security, laser science, bioscience, and more. PMO offers cradle to grave infrastructure services to achieve reliable delivery of completed projects with priority on safety, collaboration, and a workforce working toward our shared vision.

In this role, you will

  • Use your technical expertise to translate stakeholder requirements into technical criteria and coordinate the work effort of multi-disciplinary design and engineering teams working on complex building and laboratory facility projects for new construction and the renovation and remodeling of existing facilities.
  • Fulfill project design requirements for one of the disciplines. For example, if you are a licensed mechanical engineer then you will prepare and stamp calculations, specifications, construction documents, and project requirement documents.
  • Provide oversight of construction document development and review the documents for consistency, conformance with the criteria and scope, and cross-discipline coordination.
  • Facilitate the coordination and communication of the project scope and technical criteria between the project engineers and client and/or project manager; guide the successful completion of projects and contribute to the development of organizational goals and support projects that are not under your direct management.
  • Manage all project design reviews and approvals for assigned projects by collecting and disseminating construction documents, receiving and consolidating comments, coordinating responses and corrections, and managing the drawing signature process, as well as the review of construction submittals and oversight of construction field activities and installations.
  • Prepare procurement documents for the subcontracting of outside consultant Architectural/Engineering (A/E) services to supplement internal engineering capability; manage the outside A/E contracts, including preparing project scopes, technical criteria, engineering design estimates and schedules.
  • Prepare designs and engineering studies for conventional equipment and components in complex building environments supporting research activities.
  • Prepare construction documents for designs, including construction drawings, construction specifications, and procurement specifications for the pre-purchase of LLNL furnished equipment and ensure construction documents that have been prepared by both internal staff and external A/E firms are in conformance with applicable Building Codes and LLNL Standards.
  • Provide solutions to complex issues/problems that require in-depth analysis and frequent use of ingenuity and creativity.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.4 level

  • Provide Subject Matter Expert advice to management for projects related to the design, construction and operation of laboratory and office facilities.
  • Serve as the spokesperson for the PMO Design & Engineering Division on specialized projects or programs.
  • Mentor peers and less experienced junior engineers in engineering principles and practices.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture or engineering or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • California Professional Engineering Registration in appropriate engineering discipline or reciprocity from another state within twelve months.
  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary design teams.
  • Significant experience in design management, including project planning, scheduling, professional services estimates, and adherence to completion dates.
  • Significant experience troubleshooting and analyzing complex system problems and developing criteria and scopes of work that can be used to successfully restore the proper operation of the system.
  • Experience utilizing design/build project delivery methods.
  • Advanced knowledge of applicable state and national construction codes and standards.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills, necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and explain technical information and provide advice to management.
  • Analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to evaluate, interpret, negotiate, recommend, and implement actions/solutions for complex problems.
  • Significant experience in the use of Microsoft Office software, Adobe, Revit or Bluebeam or like systems for the preparation of working drawings.                                                                          

Qualifications at the TSS.4 level

  • Subject matter expert knowledge of design, construction and operation of laboratory and office facilities, and engineering principles.
  • Expert verbal and written communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain and advise senior management.
  • Experience leading and developing design teams.

Qualifications we Desire

  • Expert using AutoCAD and Revit to prepare design drawings.
  • Expert ability to use pdf-editing software such as Adobe or Bluebeam.
  • Expert with Microsoft Office Suite.     

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 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 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.

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