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Nuclear Materials Project Manager - Active Security Clearance Required

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/07/2024

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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
$191,220.00 - $294,672.00 Annually

$191,220.00 - $245,544.00 Annually for the SES.4 level
$229,440.00 - $294,672.00 Annually for the SES.5 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 an opening for a Project Manager for Nuclear Materials. You will plan, manage, and execute projects involving recapitalization and modernization of a highly integrated set of facilities, utilities, and specialized programmatic equipment to support weapons missions and capabilities. You will be responsible for managing large projects including General Plant Projects greater than $25 million. The infrastructure projects are needed to support nuclear weapons capabilities including stockpile stewardship, surveillance, and component fabrication and assembly. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), within the Engineering Directorate, and will require a significant amount (25% time) of travel. 

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  

  • Pursue new opportunities, plan schedules and budgets, oversee the design and construction, manage contractors, coordinate and execute the work, and monitor the progress and completion of large facility and infrastructure construction projects. 
  • Apply expert level application and industry best practices and methodologies to research, plan, communicate and guide successful completion of project and organizational goals. 
  • Assess technical direction, set broad project vision and strategy, and influence technical direction by developing efficient processes to execute projects. Recommend process improvements. 
  • Work with various stakeholders to develop and manage priorities. 
  • Work closely with the DTED business managers to ensure project status and performance data requirements are reported promptly and accurately to NNSA. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.5 level 

  • Act as a senior technical expert, working closely with program managers and weapons equipment and facility portfolio managers to ensure project execution meets approved cost, scope, and schedule requirements. 
  • Provide leadership of critical infrastructure area plans. Lead the integration of facility, infrastructure, and programmatic equipment. 
  • Use extensive experience to develop and implement new rigorous project management methods and tools to ensure successful execution of facility and infrastructure projects. 
  • Work closely with program sponsors on implementation of special construction initiatives to reduce project cost and schedule. Provide input for institution wide strategic planning related to infrastructure. 
  • Utilize expert-level communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills to effectively advise and influence senior Laboratory and NNSA personnel throughout project life cycle. 


  • 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 the equivalent combination of education and related experience. 
  • Highly advanced knowledge and experience in successfully leading teams in design and construction to deliver completion of large facility projects including major Special Facility Equipment (SFE) on budget and schedule.  
  • Experience in rigorous technical reviews and project controls methodologies and extensive experience in design, construction, and cost estimation. 
  • Strong track record working successfully with Science, Technology & Engineering and Environment, Safety & Health management. 
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors. 
  • Ability to travel.

Additional qualifications at the SES.5 level 

  • Expert knowledge and experience to deliver infrastructure to support technical capabilities integrating both scientific equipment and facilities modernization. 
  • Extensive experience providing organizational guidance and influence in defining and/or refining processes and procedures. Extensive experience and ability to champion and translate user capability requirements into stringent cost, scope, risk, and schedule specifications. 
  • Extensive experience serving as a senior technical resource and partnering with major internal organization infrastructure stakeholders. 

Qualifications We Desire 

  • Master’s degree or experience in engineering and/or special certification as a project management or cost estimation professional. 
  • Professional Engineer registration. 
  • Experience and knowledge of disciplined operations and the implementation and flow down of nuclear safety and security requirements in floor level application. 
  • Ability to develop, implement and maintain Documented Safety Analysis (DSA) and safety basis documentation in accordance with 10 CFR 830, 10 CFR 851, 29 CFR 1910.119, and applicable DOE Orders. 
  • Experience working in the nuclear weapons program and with Laboratory operations and business processes. 
  • Significant experience leading DOE, DOD, or other major US Federal pre- and post-award construction efforts. 


Additional Information


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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