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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Quality Engineer, Senior in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310346

Directorate: Performance Management

Division: Quality

Organization Statement

  • Are you the type of person that dreams about being a part of cutting-edge innovation on a global scale?

  • Do you dream of inventing and being a part of teams where your ideas and creativity can make a difference?

  • Do you care about United States national security and want to be a part of the teams that help keep America and the world safe?

  • Are you looking for a home or a new home, to grow your career and get recognized by management for taking on challenges and trying to make things better?

  • Are you the type of person that gets energized when given the opportunity to learn something new?

If you have answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then we want to hear from you.

Job Description

  • Responsible for providing advice, facilitation, training, assessment, and other services related to the development, administration, and technical aspects of quality or assurance programs administered at various organizational levels (e.g., Board, PNNL, program, project, etc.). Serves as a subject matter expert (SME) in some or all aspects of quality or assurance fields, including planning or directing activities concerned with contractor assurance or quality standards, such as ASME NQA-1, Good Laboratory Practices, ISO 9001, 17025, etc.

  • Quality and Assurance Management - As a deployed resource to the Research and Development and/or Management and Operations directorates, serves as a relationship manager and/or resource deployment manager for Quality Assurance and Contractor Assurance Programs and resources. Responsible for deploying requirements, systems, processes, tools, analytics, and capabilities required to lead and/or enable quality and performance management to serve the strategic, organizational, operations and project needs of the assigned directorate.

  • The primary purpose of the Quality Engineer (QE) role at PNNL is to support Science and Technology (S&T) projects in establishing effective quality assurance processes and practices – with the overall impact of mitigating risk and ensuring compliance, while striving for increased efficiency and effectiveness of project execution.The QE is the primary deployed resource for the Quality Division, working directly with Quality Managers, Project Managers, and project staff to achieve this impact. The QE is responsible and accountable for delivering (i.e., planning, implementing, and assuring effectiveness) all elements of the PNNL’s Quality Management Program as well as compliance to project-specific requirements that may exist.

  • Overall, the successful Quality Engineer will have a demonstrated track record of leadership, and a broad-based exposure to quality-related techniques and methodologies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 12 years of related experience, or an advanced degree plus 10 years related experience.

  • Experience in one or more of the following industry pillars from an engineering perspective: Quality, Manufacturing, Design, Construction, or New Product Development (NPD).

Preferred Qualifications

Significant experience in four or more of the following and at least one where your peers consider you a Subject Matter Expert (SME) is highly desired.

  • Experience working in a highly regulated environment/industry with a robust Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Quality (EHSS&Q) culture. (e.g. nuclear, food, oil and gas, transportation, medical, pharmaceutical, aerospace, etc.).

  • Experience and practice with any of the following: NQA-1, DOE O414.1D, 10 CFR 50 App B, 10 CFR Part 21, 10 CFR Part 71, and/or 10 CFR 830 requirements

  • Experience in quality program development, maintenance and implementation.

  • Supplier Quality Management (SQM): Qualifications, Capability Studies, Relationship Management, etc.

  • Software Quality Assurance (SQA)

  • Auditing and/or surveillance including on-site fabrication surveillance and reporting experience.

  • Technical writing and composition skills matching processes to procedures.

  • Lean/Six Sigma (DMAIC, etc.…): process capability studies, control and improvement.

  • Experience in Suspect Counterfeit Items (SCI) programs, processes and execution.

  • Apparent Cause Analysis (ACA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and the modeling of sustainable solutions.

  • Statistics and Data Analytics: process modeling, trending, and background in data-driven decision making.

  • Experience with drawings and inspection design, including GD&T.

  • Experience in analytical chemistry and technical reviews of laboratory generated documents/research.

  • Experience in a manufacturing/fabrication environment, and experience with process qualifications.

  • Experience in designing, qualifying or using Non-Destructive Technologies (NDT).

  • A holder or past holder of any of the following certifications/license: ASQ CQE, CSQE, CQA, ASNT NDE (Level II or III), AWS CWI, PE License, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • Comfortable traveling up to 20 percent annually as needed.

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 participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

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: Performance Management

Job Category: Performance Management/Performance Assurance

Group: Quality

Opening Date: 2020-01-22

Closing Date: 2020-02-21