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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Cyber Security Technical Group Manager in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309415

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Computing and Analytics

Job Description

PNNL is a global leader in advanced cybersecurity research, development, and operations. The impact of our work is seen on the front lines every day, improving the security and reliability of critical networks and infrastructures through advanced sensing, analysis, defense, and response. Our fast-growing cybersecurity portfolio bridges basic research in the science of cybersecurity and applied programs that bring these advances to life.

The Cybersecurity Group Manager is responsible for overall stewardship of PNNL’s cybersecurity R&D capability, including establishing and implementing strategy, developing and leading people, ensuring operational excellence, and interacting with sponsors to expand PNNL’s reputation and programs. The Cybersecurity Technical Group includes approximately 70 staff located in Richland and Seattle, WA. The Group Manager directly manages Technical Team Leads responsible for individual capabilities within the group and reports to the Division Director for Computing and Analytics.

We create a work environment that prizes innovation, entrepreneurship, and flexibility, and we provide infrastructure and facilities – like advanced cyber-physical testbeds, high-performance computing platforms, and virtual reality environments – to bring out the best in your team. As Group Manager you will partner across the Laboratory and with sponsors throughout the US Government to guide our cybersecurity capability through its next phase of growth while solving pressing cybersecurity challenges for the Nation.

Specific responsibilities include:

• Developing and executing technical group plans, including R&D, business, and organizational priorities to support delivery on cybersecurity programs.

• Managing 7 technical team leaders on the Cybersecurity Group management team, guiding performance development and creating the next generation of leaders.

• Establishing workforce and talent management plans including addressing staffing needs, retention, and hiring plans to grow and recruit new cybersecurity R&D leaders.

• Fostering a feedback-rich environment; actively understanding and resolving barriers that impede staff and accomplishment of work, and fostering active bi-directional communications that informs organizational decisions.

• Administering overhead budgets and staff development resources to ensure expertise, facilities, and equipment are mission-ready.

• Working with business developers to define and attract new programs to the group; identify and promote new R&D ideas.

• Contributing to division and directorate strategy objectives as a member of the Computing and Analytics Division leadership team; may lead, coordinate, or contribute to activities that advance organizational long-term goals.

• Translating strategy into action, setting directions for capability investments and defining future group strategy and technical agendas, while ensuring staff are successfully deployed on programs.

• Liaising with the external technical community, including developing partnerships with university and industrial collaborators; interacting regularly with sponsors in government to connect mission needs with PNNL capabilities, and creating business opportunities for staff and programs in the Cybersecurity group and beyond.

• Actively communicating Lab, sponsor, and external technical trends to the group, and communicating group directions outwardly.

• Creating and sustaining a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive work environment.

Success in the role:

As a Group Manager you are a strategic, future-oriented thinker who develops and executes growth plans with participation from staff and stakeholders around the Lab and across the nation. You establish high standards and seek continuous improvement, while creating the work environment that enables the success of each team member. You seek connections across the organization and both influence and understand the impact of organizational, national, and global changes. You are a diplomatic communicator, able to interpret and disseminate technical and organizational directions up and down, and are a role model for quality, safety and security performance

About PNNL

As a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory operated by Battelle, our science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely and securely. Our discoveries change the way people live and think, increase our nation's energy capacity, and improve our national security efforts — making the world a safer and cleaner place. PNNL employs about 4,400 scientists, engineers and non-technical staff to deliver nearly $1 billion in research in partnership with government, industry, and universities. Our values of integrity, creativity, collaboration, impact and courage provide the foundation for all we do; our collaborative environment and commitment to work-life balance makes us an ideal place to advance your career, challenge yourself and make a difference.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree plus 10 or more years of relevant experience or an advanced degree plus 8 or more years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

• An advanced degree in a field related to cybersecurity is preferred as is research or engineering expertise in cybersecurity.

• Highly skilled in managing research or technology development projects and teams; experience with DOE, DOD, DHS, and/or other federal agency cybersecurity priorities is preferred.

• Strong record of collaboration across technical domains and delivering results in multi-disciplinary environments.

• Demonstrated record in developing and sustaining external funding for cybersecurity programs.

• Outstanding record of professional, technical, and management accomplishments in cybersecurity or a related field, along with a reputation for integrity and trust.

• Strong interpersonal and leadership skills and a love of mentoring others.

• Exceptional oral and written communication skills.

• Supervisory or line-management experience and direct responsibility for capability stewardship of a technical working group is 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

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.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Managers

Group: Computing & Analytics Div

Opening Date: 2019-05-28

Closing Date: 2019-08-25