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Project Controls Specialist - Mid/Senior

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 02/05/2022

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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.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for a Project Controls Specialist (PCS) to support the Nuclear Weapon Life Extension Programs (LEPs). You will utilize Project Management and Earned Value Management methodologies, and be responsible for the in-depth review, analysis, and reporting of project cost, schedule, and risk throughout the project lifecycle. These positions are in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED), within the Engineering Directorate. NSED provides support to the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Directorate

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. 

In this role you will 

  • Coordinate with project team to define activities and associated scope, activity durations, logic, and interface between activities and resource loading activities.
  • Implement advanced earned value management systems by independently reviewing and analyzing project schedules for proper sequence, logical relationships, critical path analysis, cost estimates and budgets, and establish credible cost and schedule baselines.
  • Perform trend analysis and actively evaluate project performance providing clear results of cost and schedule variances and root cause analysis, including preparation of recovery or corrective action plans, identify potential risk areas, and validate forecasts.
  • Prepare complex monthly project performance analysis, costs, schedule status reports, and any additional project documentation as required through all phases of project lifecycle.
  • Implement change management practices and appropriately capture associated cost and schedule activities and prepare required supporting documentation.
  • Interface with designated management and client counterparts for specific planning and schedule tasks/cost/earned value presentations including: participating in project meetings, collecting progress data, coordinating the development of monthly forecast budgets, and revising project plans.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the Q01.4 level

  • Responsible for integration of project activities across program milestones to maintain project critical path.
  • Develop dashboards to communicate cost and schedule performance to project team in real time.
  • Implement a standardized suite of cost and schedule reports that enable program management to make data driven decisions.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Information Systems discipline or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant earned value management knowledge and experience in interpretation, execution, and application of project management theories, principles, and techniques for cost and schedule systems.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience using project controls software systems such as cost processors, scheduling and reporting tools; such as Primavera P6 and Deltek Cobra.
  • Considerable knowledge of Microsoft Office with extensive experience in advanced Excel functions.
  • Self-motivated problem solver with excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and accuracy while supporting interruptions in a dynamic working environment.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills necessary to communicate with multidisciplinary team members, using negotiation skills to influence.

Additional qualifications at the Qo1.4 level

  • Experience directing project controls functions, including cost estimating, cost control, and cost analysis.
  • Expert level understanding of project controls technical skills and the integration of all the components of an Earned Value Management System.
  • Experience performing statistical analysis, schedule monitoring and data architecture, and operations to disseminate, create, and present highly detailed and complex financial information to diverse audiences.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Familiar with Department of Defense (DoD) 5000 and NNSA 6.x acquisition processes.
  • Program Management Professional certification/license.
  • Familiarity with technical processes, engineering drawings, quantity determinations, and mathematical and financial reports.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

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. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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