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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Project Controls Professional in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312556

Directorate: Business Services

Division: Project Lifecycle

Group: NSD 2 Project Controls

Job Description

PNNL is looking for motivated individuals interested in developing innovative project controls solutions tailored to a diverse set of projects. In this role, the staff member is responsible for providing support to high risk and complex projects at PNNL. The staff member primarily supports line or project managers and project teams in developing, implementing, and maintaining project controls systems (e.g., planning, scheduling, control, reporting, and performance measurement requirements) through performing the following activities:

  • Prepare proposals to deliver breakthrough science and technology to meet key national needs.

  • Develop detailed project controls plans, statements of work, and other project planning documents.

  • Construct time-phased budgets, work schedules, work breakdown structures, and control account plans.

  • Create project workflows (e.g., Gantt charts, PERT, and CPM network diagrams).

  • Familiarize, learn, and apply knowledge of applicable PNNL policies, procedures, and customer expectations.

  • Work simultaneously on different projects or with multiple customers.

Within this framework, the staff member utilizes effective communication, problem-solving, negotiating, and teamwork skills to identify high-risk issues that could impact a project's success; bring them to management’s attention, and interact with internal and external customers to translate their needs into value-added project controls solutions, products and services. The staff member may simultaneously work with multiple customers or on different projects with increasing complexity, risk, or Laboratory impact.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Associate Senior: Implements, monitors, and analyzes existing project controls systems using standard software tools, and techniques. Learns to design, develop, and implement new system components. Develops working relationships with assigned customers; program, project, and task managers, staff in other disciplines; and coworkers. Develops and learns to apply knowledge of project controls, tools and techniques. Increases depth of knowledge of project control systems, tools, and techniques. Develops skills in the three core competencies: (1) technical and disciplinary skills, (2) business insight and judgment, and (3) relationship management skills. Becomes familiar with and begins to apply knowledge of PNNL policies, procedures, the Research and Project Management M&O Program, assigned work, and customer expectations.

Title Only: Designs, implements, monitors, and analyzes new systems or components; may implement a project controls system for a new project. Develops working relationships with all levels of management; program, project, and task managers; staff in other disciplines; and coworkers. Develops one or more areas of project controls expertise; is sought out by coworkers and internal customers for expertise. Continues to increase depth of knowledge of project controls systems, tools, and techniques. Is becoming familiar with overall project management concepts and principles. Demonstrates increasing proficiency in the core competencies. Continues to increase knowledge of PNNL policies, procedures, the Research and Project Management M&O Program, projects, and customer expectations. Keeps current with prevailing project controls technology and philosophy and shares knowledge with customers, coworkers, and management.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 2+ years of relevant experience; or advanced degree and 0 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 6+ years of relevant experience or advanced degree and 4+ years of relevant experience.

  • Knowledge of project controls concepts including scheduling and earned value management.

  • Prior experience using project controls applications and tools including Primavera P6 and/or Microsoft Project.

  • Knowledge of general business administration; government performance measurement systems; and financial, administrative, and reporting systems.

  • Record of adapting to changes, being creative with solutions, and having a tolerance for ambiguity.

  • Experience and/or coursework in management information systems and databases (e.g. SQL, Access, and Visual Basic).

  • Preferred Degree Programs: Management Information Systems (MIS), Operations Management, Project Management, Finance, Construction Management, Engineering Management, Accounting.

  • Exposure to project management concepts, terminology, and methodologies; knowledge of general business administration.

  • Demonstrated organizational, problem-solving, negotiating, and teamwork skills; and good verbal and written communication.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office software products such as Excel, Access, Power BI, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

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.

Closing Statement

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

  • U.S. Citizen

Directorate: Business Services

Job Category: Finance/Accounting/Auditing

Group: Project Lifecycle

Opening Date: 2021-08-20

Closing Date: 2021-09-18