WCI Explosives Operations Manager

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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We have an opening for an Explosives Operations Manager to support the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate high explosives facilities. This position will partner with the operations, engineering, and maintenance organizations across LLNL to establish a framework to continually assess, prioritize and execute both short and long-term institutional needs that will ensure the viability of the WCI explosive enterprise.

You will be responsible for managing explosive facility operations in support of LLNL programmatic missions.

Essential Duties

- Provide technical leadership and direction to the WCI High Explosives facilities organization through facility managers and work control managers to ensure that work is conducted safely and efficiently by a well-trained and qualified staff in compliance with DOE Orders and applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.

- Manage the work processes for Integrated Safety Management, Environmental, Safety, and Health (ES&H) and Quality within WCI explosive enterprise and manage operational performance for the assigned annual Performance Evaluation and Measurement Plan (PEMP) elements.

- Provide advice, counsel, and assistance to the WCI Deputy Principal Associate Directorate (DPAD) Operations in developing both a tactical and strategic approach for integrating personnel, resources, facilities, and equipment investments consistent with the WCI programmatic mission.

- Works closely with DPAD to establish strategic objectives and long-term goals for the WCI explosive enterprise that ensure efficient and effective operations.

- Represent the PAD on institutional oversight and action-oriented committee, comprised of senior management, both internal and external, and pertaining to operations, facilities, security, and ES&H.

- Influence management and stakeholders in the development and integration of business and operational policies and procedures to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness.

- Manage budgets for WCI explosive facilities; develop and implement cost-saving initiatives for improving equipment reliability and safety.

- Provide oversight to succession planning and career development strategies across the institution and manage succession planning and career development within the WCI explosive enterprise.

- Perform other duties as assigned.


- Bachelors Degree in the appropriate scientific, engineering, or related technical field or equivalent level of education and related experience.

- Significant experience with high hazard facilities, including but not limited to, design, construction, commissioning, operating, maintaining, modifying, and decommissioning/disposal.

- Leadership and management experience over a large-scale, mission-oriented enterprise consisting of multiple organizations with varying levels of oversight and management required.

- Experience managing operations, including but not limited to, facilities, human resources, procurement, and ES&H within a large, multi-disciplined organization. Experience in organizational problem-solving, decision-making and leadership skills necessary to independently advise, counsel, recommend and develop solutions on a wide variety of management-level technical and operational issues.

- Experience with safety policies and procedures to identify hazardous conditions and operations with proven ability to take appropriate action to correct or eliminate the hazard and to assure appropriate procedures, training, equipment, warnings, tools and resources are provided to personnel.

- Extensive knowledge of DOE policies, procedures, regulatons, and standards, including DOE Order 422.1 Conduct of Operations and DOE Standard, Explosives Safety, DOE-STD-1212-2019.

- Experience and comprehensive knowledge of management practices in planning, overseeing, and executing budgets and a proven ability to effectively balance operational and budget priorities to achieve desired results.

- Expert communication skills, over a wide range of topic areas, both written and verbal, necessary to effectively explain, facilitate, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management, to both internal and external organizations such as DOE, NNSA, etc.

Desired Qualifications

- Masters degree in the appropriate scientific, engineering, or related technical field or equivalent level of education and related experience.

- Experience as an Explosives Handler; Senior or Master Handler qualification preferred.

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.

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.

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

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applyingcutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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