Nuclear Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation Program Engineer - Active Clearance Required

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

We have an opening for a Program Engineer for the Nuclear Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation (NCTCP) Program. In this role, you will support NCTCP's mission to provide timely, credible assessments, capabilities, and products to inform operations and policy that enable all aspects of U.S. Government nuclear counterterrorism and counterproliferation missions. NCTCP consists of a diverse portfolio, combining fundamental science, intelligence analysis, experiments, modeling and simulation, and project/program management to deliver assessments and capabilities to NNSA, DOD, and other partners and stakeholders. As the Program Engineer for NCTCP, you will be responsible for: defining program management principles and implementing best practices; mentoring new staff and PIs in project management, ensuring consistency of operations for communications, experiments, and requirements and enabling infrastructure solutions to ensure that deliverables are met in a safe, secure, and efficient manner. You will partner with the NCTCP Program Leader (PL) to set program strategy and direction, prioritize resources to deliver new and deployable capabilities, and report progress and milestones. As part of the NCTCP leadership team, you will work with the Program Leader, Deputy Program Leader, and Associate Program Leaders to enable and sustain a culture of integration, inclusion, and innovation throughout the program. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role you will

  • Establish a vision and strategy for implementation of consistent project and program management processes and principles across all elements of NCTCP. Set priorities for and manage NCTCP's project engineering staff and resources to enable successful project execution and meet deliverables.
  • Develop and apply advanced systems engineering and project management methods and tools, including design structure and network analyses, in a graded manner to NCTCP's complex technical projects while facilitating integration, agility, and quality, and balancing safety, security, and resources with programmatic goals.
  • Track and report program scope, schedule, and budget to the Program Leader, Deputy Program Leader, and N-Program/external sponsors as required. Support consistent project entry into and tracking within the LLNS Project Reporting System (PRS) in coordination with the N Program Chief Engineer. Establish metrics, improve processes, and implement changes to foster agility, increase efficiency, and enhance quality across the NCTCP program.
  • Provide expert technical direction and project leadership to multi-disciplinary and multi-organizational teams in the planning and execution of work scope with a focus on defining, developing, and executing highly complex projects for NCTCP customers which involve hardware design, fabrication, testing, qualification, and deployment.
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams of scientific, technical, and support personnel to achieve program goals, while ensuring quality standards for execution and deliverables. Work with these teams to maintain situational awareness of, and coordinate with, projects across the laboratory and partner with the larger N Program project engineering team as needed for resource sharing and to promote best practices.
  • Mentor new and experienced staff, including Principal Investigators (PIs) and the NCTCP leadership team, in the use of sound project management practices in accordance with GS and Engineering policy and best practices. Assist PIs and program leadership with the development of proposals, statements of work, project plans, and risk assessments and responses.
  • Champion new processes and cultivate relationships for personnel recruiting, training, mentoring, development, and retention. Encourage and enable integration of staff across varying programmatic areas of NCTCP, N Program, and the larger GS and LLNL communities.
  • Serve as NCTCP's principal point-of-contact to enable infrastructure allocations, improvements, and authorizations to meet existing and future programmatic needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • 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. Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access. Please note that your current active Q or Top Secret clearance with DOE or another agency does not guarantee DOE SCI access approval; if you are denied access, you may be subject to re-investigation of your existing Q or Top Secret clearance.
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, physical science, or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Expertise in the management of complex, technical projects with varying priorities, including project management, systems engineering, production, operations, or organizational management.
  • Expert leadership, communication, and team-building skills to mentor, develop, and lead collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams; to represent programmatic activities; to cultivate productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders; and to advise senior management on decisions and planning processes.
  • Ability to foster a diverse, inclusive environment that enables teams to deliver timely, credible, and innovative solutions.
  • Highly advanced ability to develop innovative processes and to provide expert leadership, management, technical vision, and strategic planning for core program management and engineering, safety and risk management, and review activities.
  • Highly advanced knowledge of the processes involved in hardware design, fabrication, testing, qualification, and deployment. Specific experience with research and development environments and maturing capabilities for operational use.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master's degree or higher in engineering, physical science, or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Certification as a Project Management Professional.
  • Significant experience establishing and enabling opportunities for integration, collaboration, and program development with the internal LLNL Science and Technology community, as well as with the external weapons and counterterrorism / non-proliferation research and development communities.

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  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

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We have an opening for a Program Engineer for the Nuclear Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation (NCTCP) Program. In this role, you will support NCTCP's mission to provide timely, credible assessments, capabilities, and products to inform operations and policy that enable all aspects of U.S. Government nuclear counterterrorism and counterproliferation missions. NCTCP consists of a diverse portfolio, combining fundamental science, intelligence analysis, experiments, modeling and simulation, and project/program management to deliver assessments and capabilities to NNSA, DOD, and other partners and stakeholders. As the Program Engineer for NCTCP, you will be responsible for: defining program management principles and implementing best practices; mentoring new staff and PIs in project management, ensuring consistency of operations for communications, experiments, and requirements and enabling infrastructure solutions to ensure that deliverables are met in a safe, secure, and efficient manner. You will partner with the NCTCP Program Leader (PL) to set program strategy and direction, prioritize resources to deliver new and deployable capabilities, and report progress and milestones. As part of the NCTCP leadership team, you will work with the Program Leader, Deputy Program Leader, and Associate Program Leaders to enable and sustain a culture of integration, inclusion, and innovation throughout the program. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role you will

  • Establish a vision and strategy for implementation of consistent project and program management processes and principles across all elements of NCTCP. Set priorities for and manage NCTCP's project engineering staff and resources to enable successful project execution and meet deliverables.
  • Develop and apply advanced systems engineering and project management methods and tools, including design structure and network analyses, in a graded manner to NCTCP's complex technical projects while facilitating integration, agility, and quality, and balancing safety, security, and resources with programmatic goals.
  • Track and report program scope, schedule, and budget to the Program Leader, Deputy Program Leader, and N-Program/external sponsors as required. Support consistent project entry into and tracking within the LLNS Project Reporting System (PRS) in coordination with the N Program Chief Engineer. Establish metrics, improve processes, and implement changes to foster agility, increase efficiency, and enhance quality across the NCTCP program.
  • Provide expert technical direction and project leadership to multi-disciplinary and multi-organizational teams in the planning and execution of work scope with a focus on defining, developing, and executing highly complex projects for NCTCP customers which involve hardware design, fabrication, testing, qualification, and deployment.
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams of scientific, technical, and support personnel to achieve program goals, while ensuring quality standards for execution and deliverables. Work with these teams to maintain situational awareness of, and coordinate with, projects across the laboratory and partner with the larger N Program project engineering team as needed for resource sharing and to promote best practices.
  • Mentor new and experienced staff, including Principal Investigators (PIs) and the NCTCP leadership team, in the use of sound project management practices in accordance with GS and Engineering policy and best practices. Assist PIs and program leadership with the development of proposals, statements of work, project plans, and risk assessments and responses.
  • Champion new processes and cultivate relationships for personnel recruiting, training, mentoring, development, and retention. Encourage and enable integration of staff across varying programmatic areas of NCTCP, N Program, and the larger GS and LLNL communities.
  • Serve as NCTCP's principal point-of-contact to enable infrastructure allocations, improvements, and authorizations to meet existing and future programmatic needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
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  • 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. Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access. Please note that your current active Q or Top Secret clearance with DOE or another agency does not guarantee DOE SCI access approval; if you are denied access, you may be subject to re-investigation of your existing Q or Top Secret clearance.
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, physical science, or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Expertise in the management of complex, technical projects with varying priorities, including project management, systems engineering, production, operations, or organizational management.
  • Expert leadership, communication, and team-building skills to mentor, develop, and lead collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams; to represent programmatic activities; to cultivate productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders; and to advise senior management on decisions and planning processes.
  • Ability to foster a diverse, inclusive environment that enables teams to deliver timely, credible, and innovative solutions.
  • Highly advanced ability to develop innovative processes and to provide expert leadership, management, technical vision, and strategic planning for core program management and engineering, safety and risk management, and review activities.
  • Highly advanced knowledge of the processes involved in hardware design, fabrication, testing, qualification, and deployment. Specific experience with research and development environments and maturing capabilities for operational use.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master's degree or higher in engineering, physical science, or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Certification as a Project Management Professional.
  • Significant experience establishing and enabling opportunities for integration, collaboration, and program development with the internal LLNL Science and Technology community, as well as with the external weapons and counterterrorism / non-proliferation research and development communities.

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