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Associate Program Leader for Nuclear Materials Engineering/Nuclear Materials Engineering Group Leader - Active Security Clearance Required

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 04/04/2022

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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 an opening for an Associate Program Leader/Group Leader for Nuclear Materials Engineering. You will provide technical leadership and management of the Nuclear Materials Engineering program element of Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) program and line-management responsibilities for Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED). You will direct a multidisciplinary team of engineers, designers, and technologists. You will be responsible for managing the work to successfully complete programmatic deliverables. You will manage a portfolio of special projects in the LLNL and other NNSA nuclear facilities for expanding capabilities in plutonium and tritium process systems, including equipment design and reconfiguration. You will provide leadership of professional and technical personnel to identify, plan, and safely complete the milestones associated with programs that are supported. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), within the Engineering Directorate. DTED provides support to Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Programs.

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

  • Provide management oversight, technical direction, safety, and security leadership to staff working in nuclear facilities to ensure that programmatic milestones are safely met on schedule and within budget in accordance with NNSA Enhanced Management.
  • Collaborate with program principals to enhance group capabilities and to define programmatic element objectives consistent with Nuclear Materials strategy, to develop technical approaches, and to define budgets, and schedules.
  • Develop staffing requirement plans for Nuclear Materials Engineering programmatic element. Support recruitment and training of new talent to foster an agile, proficient, and sustainable workforce. Provide personnel supervision within DTED Nuclear Materials Engineering group activities, including technical guidance, review, professional growth, and development.
  • Perform performance management activities for group personnel and contribute to the DTED ranking and salary processes. Monitor performance required to meet programmatic milestones and deliverables, and lead corrective actions where necessary.
  • Review required engineering specifications, calculations, models, drawings, test plans and documents to ensure that nuclear facility safety requirements and programmatic objectives are met.
  • Direct special assignment activities in support of Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Programs and WTE.
  • Serve as a technical contact for the Program at meetings, briefings, design reviews, and committees both internal and external to the Laboratory.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SEL.5 level

  • Provide programmatic management solutions to highly unusual, complex, and/or sensitive issues/technical problems where the solution path is not known ahead of time.
  • Responsible for high-level goal setting, strategic planning efforts, and succession planning on long range goals, working with the WTE Directorate Office and/or Engineering Directorate senior managers.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with other NNSA supporting laboratories by serving as an organizational/programmatic element spokesperson as appointed by Laboratory management.


  • 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 Mechanical Engineering or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience in managing large projects or portfolio of projects (>$10M) to successful conclusion.
  • Subject matter expert knowledge of and significant experience with highly advanced Project Management Controls and Systems Engineering processes and functions including configuration management, risk management, requirements development, earned value management, milestone and schedule management, contingency allocation processes, scheduling, and interface control.
  • Knowledge of laboratory management and structure including how to engage other organizations to accomplish different aspects of a project. Ability to promote and maintain productive relationships across directorates, with other laboratories, and with other external entities.
  • Significant experience performing programmatic leadership responsibilities, which include functional management and overall technical leadership of the group. Leadership and supervisory skills needed to effectively lead personnel, write performance appraisals, and actively participate in ranking sessions.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to lead multidisciplinary teams, present and explain technical knowledge, and provide advice to senior management and/or external sponsors.
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements governing nuclear material projects and general knowledge of plutonium processes, and general familiarity of NNSA complex.
  • Subject matter expert knowledge in theory, design, and application of management practices to address challenging technical engineering problems.

Additional qualifications at the SEL.5 level

  • Significant experience working with plutonium, nuclear facilities, or a highly regulated radiological field to design systems and operations for rigorous work control process.
  • Significant experience with DOE-certified earned value management system or equivalent.
  • Extensive experience and expert technical knowledge to address advancements that may have impact beyond the Laboratory.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related field.
  • Knowledge of nuclear facility safety analysis and familiarity with design requirements driven by DOE Orders governing nuclear facilities.
  • Significant engineering experience with equipment deployment and/or operations at LLNL, Nevada National Security Site, or Los Alamos National Laboratory.


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 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.  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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

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

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.

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