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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Operations Specialist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309968

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Group: Operations and Assessment

Job Description

The position reports to the Operations Manager for the Energy & Environment Directorate (EED), and has day to day interface with the Division Directors, Technical Group Managers, Team Leads, and Project Management Office Directors to provide guidance and support. The incumbent is expected to act on behalf of the Operations Manager, work with little to no direction and will have the latitude to make decisions on behalf of the EED organization.

This position is expected to support EED in:

  • Managing the Directorate’s exposure to operational risk - maintain an awareness of existing/planned changes in the Directorate’s risk profile, assess changes to regulatory or compliance environment, and make recommendations to the management team to mitigate exposure to operational risk and reduce the frequency of operational upset conditions.

  • Operational Event Recovery

  • Facilitation and resolution of Operational Issues between EED staff and management and key M&O organizations. This requires the incumbent to be able to maintain situational awareness of both operational needs and emerging M&O program requirements, and to be able to provide analysis of options and recommendations, as well as serve as an advocate for staff, managers and support organizations.

The incumbent will also be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Day-to-day interface and providing guidance to ES&H, RadCon, and Quality subject matter experts (14) who are deployed to EED to assist with assessment activities, risk identification and risk mitigation.

  • Contributing to the evaluation of EED’s Operational Performance Management, which includes supporting the development and execution of the Directorate’s operational self-assessment program.

  • Providing guidance and oversight to 120 Cognizant Space Managers, who support the operations office by assuring all Integrated Operations System (IOPS) and Lab Assist related activities are completed in compliance with Laboratory expectations.

  • Performing initial hazards/risk analysis of complex projects and activities.

  • Analyzing and performing assessments on complex activities and recommending improvements to assure optimal integration of safety features, systems and/or process safety, and conduct of operations.

  • Conducting hazard/risk analyses on complex projects and activities and influencing design to assure that the engineered systems provide acceptable levels of safety

  • Assuring operational excellence via anticipation and communication of requirements, identification and mitigation of previously unidentified critical, high risk issues, strategic awareness, influencing operational culture and having a presence and demonstrating leadership within EED and across the Laboratory.

  • Facilitation and resolution of issues via advocacy for EED staff & Management, and for Support Organizations, analysis of options, recommendations, maintaining situational awareness, communication, coordination, continuity and consistency.

  • Timely operational event recovery, including conducting or leading critiques, cause analyses, extent of condition and cause, corrective action planning, effectiveness reviews and lessons learned.

  • Facilities & Infrastructure support, including participation in F&I planning, preparation of F&I Requests, identification of opportunities, and serving as POC for tactical move requests and coordination.

  • Developing creative or unique solutions to highly complex problems for which no precedents or past practices exist.

The incumbent is considered an expert in the operational arena in Environment Safety & Health (ES&H) and Facilities & Operations (F&O) processes and have exposure to Security related requirements. The incumbent is expected to lead by effectively influencing management and staff at all levels, both internally and externally. The incumbent must be able to productively and proactively network to build good working relationships across the Laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (science/engineering preferred) and 15+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 12+ years of relevant experience. Certification may be preferred.

  • Based on client and project requirements, a U.S. citizen is required.

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) clearance in the future is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Be an experienced and respected leader, advisor and facilitator.

  • Extensive experience in broad operational positions (ES&H/F&O) and clearly demonstrated expertise in integration/implementation of new operating principles and practices.

  • Detailed knowledge of and experience with PNNL ES&H, and F&O processes and systems.

  • Strong operational disciplined background with experience in process and/or system engineering, DOE Conduct of Operations or DOE nuclear operations.

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: Environmental/Safety/Health/Quality

Group: Operations & Assessment

Opening Date: 2019-10-08

Closing Date: 2019-10-25