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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Associate Senior - Project Manager in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312713

Directorate: National Security

Division: Operational Systems and Technology

Group: Technology Systems Integration

Job Description

This position provides direct technical and management support to PNNL’s Global Material Security Office of Radiological Security by serving as a Regional Project Manager in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Radiological Security. Specifically, the position will serve as a PNNL Regional Project Manager for the international implementation of the Office of Radiological Security (ORS), securing nuclear and radiological materials at civilian locations in over 70 countries worldwide and throughout the United States. The candidate will report directly to the ORS Deputy Program Manager for expert delivery and customer relationship development. This position requires frequent high-level interactions with senior government, political, and industry partners, including senior management at the U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters, hospital administrators, university deans, regulators, U.S. Embassy officials, as well as senior managers from other USG Agencies. The incumbent will provide technical and project management leadership for all project tasks, including project planning, execution, and reporting.

The candidate will reside as a member of the Technology Systems Integration Group within the National Security Directorate and will be directly accountable to PNNL’s ORS Program for project execution. Collectively this program has an annual budget in excess of $100M. As a Regional Project Manager, the incumbent will provide technical and project management leadership and oversight for the execution of all protection, reduce, and remove activities within his/her assigned region. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for devising a long-term sustainability strategy for the assigned region. The candidate will be directly accountable to the ORS Deputy Program Manager for expert project delivery, providing direct management and technical oversight to regional projects having a total annual budget of approximately $10M.

The incumbent will support complex, politically sensitive, nationally critical, and technically challenging projects within the Global Security Implementation Project Management Office. Successful experience in a wide array of technical, teaming, and complex operational situations, plus a demonstrated ability to interact positively and professionally with customers, senior executives, key stakeholders, and project managers is essential.

The candidate will provide direct technical and project management expertise and leadership to assist clients in developing and implementing nonproliferation and international security policy. In this capacity, the candidate will utilize his or her own technical and project management expertise, supplemented by management and staff from other DOE National Laboratories and subcontractors. Specific requirements include:

  • Demonstrated ability to work proactively with HQ clients and counterparts, and to independently initiate and carry out new technical activities to provide project management to various nonproliferation projects in a leadership capacity. Provide a consistent communication link with internal and external clients.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills with an ability to adapt and prioritize work assignments in a rapidly changing environment. Possess the ability to effectively work with and manage widely dispersed multi-laboratory staff and interagency teams.

  • Perform project management and technical activities as directed by the PNNL program manager.

  • Provide project management oversight for assigned project activities, including project planning, scheduling, budgeting, change control, project documentation, performance tracking, and reporting. Interface with PNNL project controls and contracts staff to implement assigned project activities.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of disciplined project controls and earned value management systems, with familiarity of industry recognized project management tools and software.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability for writing technical, policy-oriented and project documents in a clear and understandable manner.

This position is accountable to the ORS Deputy Program Manager and Program Manager for:

  • Overseeing assigned technical and project management tasks with exquisite detail to ensure project activities comply with technical scope, budget, and schedule commitments, while complying with all Program policy requirements.

  • Providing technical expertise and coordination.

  • Identifying opportunities for expansion of PNNL business within the NA-21 Account and providing recommendations to the Program Manager.

  • Providing immediate and first-hand communications between PNNL and ORS Headquarters for NA-21 business opportunities and performance assessment.

This position is accountable to the assigned Technical Team Lead for:

  • Obtaining and maintaining necessary credentials as a Project Management Professional.

  • Adherence to laboratory policies and procedures including, but not limited to, timely time reporting; annual refresher training as well as project-specific training; adherence to expense report policies, etc.

  • Communication and commitment to professional development activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in a technical or related field with 6 years of relevant experience or Master’s degree in a business or engineering management field and an undergraduate in a technical field with 4 years of related experience in technical project implementation. Demonstrated ability to work proactively with clients and to independently initiate and carry out new activities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly politically sensitive environment due to the nature of business dealings with senior federal staff and the high visibility of the program.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to prioritize work assignments and adjust schedules based on changing requirements.

  • Expert knowledge of project management, database applications, custom reporting systems, and system integration

  • Knowledge of contracting principles and business practices within the government, commercial and international arenas; knowledge of a wide range project management, marketing, and financial practices; advanced knowledge of business standards and practices.

  • Pre-existing experience/relationships with NA-21 Program/Client strongly preferred.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability for writing concisely and clearly

  • Demonstrated capability to interact successfully with senior program managers and the NNSA/GMS customer is essential.

  • Pre-existing experience/relationships with NA-21 Program/Client strongly preferred.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Other Information

  • Frequent domestic and/or international travel is required (not to exceed 40%), and if the candidate is required to visit nuclear or radiological facilities, completion of PNNL ORS radiological training for offsite nuclear facilities will be required.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Safeguards and Security

Group: Technology Systems Integration

Opening Date: 2021-09-14

Closing Date: 2021-09-19