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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Group Leader-Optimization and Control, (Manager) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309879

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Optimization and Control

Job Description

The Group Leader (GL) has responsibility for stewarding the capabilities in the Optimization and Control Group (OCG), comprised of approximately 45 research and support staff working in the areas of control theory and application as applied to the nation’s energy infrastructure. OCG is made up of five teams of 8-12 staff each, organized into capability-based units.

The GL is accountable to the Director of the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division for overall capability stewardship, including strategy development and implementation, staffing plans, facility and equipment refreshment, operational discipline, workplace culture and external recognition of individuals and teams within group.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

The GL is expected to be a technical expert in at least one of the technical fields represented in the group: control systems and optimization methods with applications in grid modernization, building energy controls, transportation, and other mission-relevant fields. The GL’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing high-level technical vision for the group

  • Broadly representing the collective capabilities of the Group and the Division

  • Defining and executing internal and external engagement and recognition strategies at group level

  • Developing new capability and improvement agendas that impact the Division and Directorate

  • Developing leadership among Team Leads and high-potential staff

  • Translating Directorate and Division strategy into actions

  • Providing career development coaching, mentoring, and feedback to team leads and other direct reports

  • Ensuring effective communication up and down the Organization

  • Developing and executing workforce and talent management plans, including addressing staffing needs, retention, and hiring plans

  • Conducting salary management for the Group

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

  • Overseeing staff performance evaluation and final rating

  • Assuring a strong safe, secure, and compliant culture

  • Advancing Group capabilities through engagement in business development activities

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in engineering, physical sciences, or economics and 10 or more years of progressively responsible leadership experience and experience managing complex assignments. An advanced degree with 8 or more years of experience is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional Expertise: An in-depth understanding of control theory and/or optimization techniques and their application is required.

  • 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.

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

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Managers

Group: Electricity Infrastruc & Bldgs

Opening Date: 2019-09-27

Closing Date: 2019-10-26