Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Technical Group Manager, Electricity Infrastructure in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306531

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Job Description

The Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings Division within the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is currently seeking a Technical Group Manager (TGM) for the Electricity Infrastructure group. The TGM contributes to the organizational development and stewardship of capabilities as a member of the directorate’s extended leadership team. The focus of this position will be growing our electricity infrastructure capabilities, engaging with interested stakeholders, representing and advocating for the staff internally and externally, and aiding Sector Managers in growing the portfolio.

The Electricity Infrastructure group consists of approximately 70 staff conducting and supporting research focused on the reliability and security of the nation’s electric power system. Over the last decade the research team has gained national recognition for leadership in grid analytics, tools and techniques to realize a “smarter grid”, overcoming challenges to integrate high percentages of renewables on the grid, integration of PNNL-developed tools into industry products leveraging high performance computing techniques, new technologies using phasor measurement units that allow for a real-time perspective of grid performance, and how better to protect energy assets from cyber events. The group is known for taking a broad systems engineering view of electric power system problems and addressing those problems through development and application of advance modeling and simulation tools.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

The TGM is expected to be a technical expert in at least one of the technical fields represented in the group:

-Transmission System Resilience

-Distribution Systems and Flexible Distributed Energy Resources

-Energy System Cyber Security

-Advanced Grid Analytics

The TGM will be responsible for working with staff and PNNL management to recruit, retain, develop, mentor, and manage a diverse staff base that has a national and international reputation in electricity infrastructure research. The TGM will also be responsible for ensuring the Laboratory’s high quality standards and on-time delivery expectations are met. Principle responsibilities include:

- Manage assigned resources to ensure optimal utilization of staff, equipment, and facilities.

- Ensure quality of product/services are delivered by assigning appropriately trained and motivated staff to projects.

- Work with Division Directors, Sector Managers, and Product Management Office Directors to identify future resource requirements.

- Support the Sector Manager’s in the development of new business opportunities for the group.

- Market group capabilities within the Laboratory and support Sector Managers in external marketing.

- As necessary assist Project Management Office Directors and Sector Managers in identification and selection of project managers.

- Network with other Technical Group Managers, Project Management Office Directors, and staff from PNNL, Battelle Memorial Institute, and other organizations to discover and fulfill capability requirements.

- Managing 4 team leads, setting performance expectations and growing the next generation of leaders.

- Cultivate staff success through advancement of a supportive and inclusive work environment where all staff are valued and respected.

- Foster a feedback-rich environment; actively understanding and resolving barriers that impede staff and accomplishment of work; and foster active two-way communications that informs and impacts organizational decisions.

- Ensure staff contributions are appropriately recognized and rewarded.

- Evaluate and provide meaningful high quality performance feedback to staff members to optimize their organizational contributions and support long-term professional/personal development goals consistent with Battelle/PNNL.

- Support professional development of staff by offering opportunities to enhance their capabilities and expertise.

- Ensure safe, secure, effective, and compliant operations.

- Take action to mitigate hazards associated with work conducted by assigned staff.

The TGM is expected to spend approximately 60%-80% of their time on group management responsibilities. The balance of their time should be focused on technical contribution and project management.


- Professional Expertise: An in-depth understanding of electricity system issues in general, and one or more of the following areas: Transmission System Resilience, Distribution Systems, Distributed Energy Resource Integration, Energy System Cyber Security, or Advanced Grid Analytics.

- Work-related Experience: Recognized successful performance as a senior scientist, engineer, project manager, and/or line manager. This includes client relationship management. Supervisory or line-management experience and direct responsibility for capability stewardship for a technical working group is preferred.

- Breadth of Relevant Specialized Knowledge and Skills: Demonstrated leadership skills to perform each essential duty are required. Strong, proven interpersonal communications, oral and written, problem solving and human relations skills are also needed to communicate well with internal staff and to succeed at group goals and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree plus 10 years experience; or advanced degree plus 8 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

- Advanced degree in electrical engineering or a related field is preferred with progressively responsible leadership experience and experience managing diverse work groups and complex assignments.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Managers

Group: Electricity Infrastruc & Bldgs

Opening Date: 2017-04-21

Closing Date: 2017-05-21