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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Project Management Office Director (PMOD) Environmental Science and Technology in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311623

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Chief Operations Office

Group:Project Management Office

Job Description

This position executes and continually enhances a codified, replicable process for innovating products and services that distinguishes PNNL from its competitors and manages project risks. The Project Management Office Director (PMOD) supports the achievement of the Laboratory Mission Outcomes assigned to the Directorate and serves as the expert delivery steward for the Directorate. The PMOD oversees all aspects of expert delivery, including acceptance and management of project risk and interfacing with project managers, Team Leaders, Group Leaders, Division Directors, Market Sector Managers and clients to deliver programmatic outcomes having national impact. Projects within this PMO are generally associated with environmental sciences; many projects involve extensive field work. Key sponsors include DOE EERE, DOE EM, DoD US Army Corps of Engineers, and others.


  • Consistent with Market Sector plans, contribute to the development of competitive proposals based on value propositions for key customers.

  • Assure project risks are properly identified at the proposal stage, addressed in planning, formally accepted, and can be fully mitigated during project execution.

  • Ensure cost estimates for proposals and Annual Operating Plan (AOP) submittals are appropriate and capture all aspects of project costs.

  • Fully engage in the AOP and Project Management Plan (PMP) preparation and submittal processes to ensure work is adequately planned, milestones are defined, and risks are mitigated.

  • Continuously monitor progress against PMPs.

  • Assure execution of the planning and delivery of results.

  • Assure that projects are executed in a safe, secure, environmentally conscious, and operationally compliant manner.

  • Assure that appropriate quality steps are taken to guarantee that products are technically sound and can be relied upon by the sponsor.

  • Oversee the creation of intellectual property (IP); maintain close involvement in the discovery, development, and deployment of IP.

  • Review and approve significant changes to project scope commensurate with adjustments in budget and schedule.

  • Ensure attention and resources are focused on delivering maximum value to Directorate and Lab strategy.

  • Guide and mentor project managers (PM) in the implementation of an integrated, graded approach for all project execution steps, including the proposal development and product delivery process.

  • Work with cognizant market sector, contracts, finance, line management, and the PM to assure establishment of adequate budgets, realistic schedules and align appropriate resources for performing the work so that high-quality products are delivered to sponsors on time and within budget.

  • Assure PMs fully understand and meet or exceed client expectations for content, quality and delivery.

  • Tailor management system processes and staffing models to support reliable delivery of high-quality results.

  • Perform resource loading assessments to provide line management with hiring gaps.

  • Assist in identification of capability gaps and investments required to execute Market Sector plans.

  • As requested by Market Sector Managers, provide ongoing communications with the sponsors on project progress to obtain feedback.


To Associate Laboratory Director/Chief Operating Officer for:

  • Assuring that all significant risks have been identified, fit within operational boundaries, and can be appropriately mitigated before authorizing proposals to be released and funded projects to proceed.

  • Providing management oversight to confirm project execution and risk mitigations are effective.

  • Assuring projects are properly staffed, planned, and executed to produce high quality deliverables.

  • To Project Managers for:

  • Communicating PMOD expectations for project management disciple and oversight.

  • To Sector Managers for:

  • Assuring projects are properly executed to produce high quality deliverables on time and within budget.

  • Active participation in visits by sponsors as requested

  • To Division Directors/Group Leaders for:

  • Providing high-quality performance feedback for staff to enhance professional development.

  • Providing input to capability development needs and strategies.

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

PMOD level 5:

Provides leadership and management to multi-year projects and programs with high client and/or PNNL impact. Has an established network with senior-level management across the Lab complex, multiple client sets and external stakeholders. Leverages key-client relationships to create future business for PNNL and/or Battelle. Provides leadership in managing very large, complex multi-year projects and programs with high client and/or Battelle impact or investment, coordinates widely diversified and geographically dispersed project teams, and seamlessly coordinates with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure expert delivery. Leverages senior level client relationships to promote business development and strategy.

PMOD level 6:

An experienced leader that manages highly-visible, complex multi-year projects and programs that require building and sustaining key client relationships. Has an established network across the Lab complex, multiple client sets, and external stakeholders, with the effect that positively positions PNNL and/or Battelle in retaining and growing future business. Provides senior, experienced leadership and management oversight to very large and/or highly complex projects and programs with exceptionally high client and/or Battelle impact and investment. Responsible for managing extremely complex and high-risk multi-year projects or programs, leveraging cross-directorate resources and capabilities, and effectively managing stakeholder interactions.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree plus 12 years of experience or advanced degree plus 10 years of experience. Eight or more years of experience relevant to project management and depth of knowledge in science and/or methods needed to deliver project objectives.

Professional Expertise: Must possess demonstrated technical leadership and management skills. Graduate of PNNL leadership programs, PMP certification or demonstrated equivalent (knowledge competency criteria). Strong, proven interpersonal communications, problem solving, and human relations skills are also needed to communicate well with staff, management, and external clients/groups. Extensive experience and documented business success over a 5-year period. A sound knowledge of PNNL policies and procedures, in addition to research facilities and their operational requirements is required.

Breadth of Relevant Specialized Knowledge and Skills: Understanding of the technical capabilities of the project management office and its role in the Battelle Customer Service Model is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree plus 15 years of experience or advanced degree plus 13 years of experience.

10 or more years of experience relevant to project management and depth of knowledge in science and/or methods needed to deliver project.

A background in environmental related technologies and projects is preferred. A sound knowledge of PNNL policies and procedures, in addition to research facilities and their operational requirements 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

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

The incumbent must be familiar with laboratory and facility operations and must be knowledgeable enough to work with staff to mitigate potential hazards encountered in these environments. Must also have understanding of field research activities.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Managers

Group: Chief Operating Officer

Opening Date: 2021-02-03

Closing Date: 2021-03-06