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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Quality Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311815

Directorate: Performance Management

Division: Quality

Group: Quality

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 8 years of related experience, or an advanced degree plus 6 years related experience.

  • Candidate must be able to obtain a DOE Q Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

Must have significant experience in two or more of the following and at least one where you would consider yourself having a high proficiency, soon to be a Subject Matter Expert (SME):

  • Experience working in a highly regulated environment/industry with a robust Environment, Health, Safety, and Quality (EHS&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 Coutnerfeit 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 with developing Commercial Grade Dedication (CGD) plans while leading the necessary interactions from other team players (i.e. design engineers, process engineers, suppliers, etc.).

  • Experience in a manufacturing/fabrication environment, with an understanding of process qualifications.

  • Experience with Non-Destructive Technology (NDT) methods: LT, RT, UT, PT, etc.

  • 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.

Highly desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) and experience, but not required to apply:

  • Significant experience in a manufacturing environment that is highly regulated (i.e. nuclear, aviation, medical device, etc.) with a strong understanding of how to lead Quality Assurance and Quality Control of a product.

  • Comfortable providing oversight of specific QA plans, supplier evaluation scheduling and coordination, pre-evaluation, notification, reporting, corrective action, and documentation.

  • Confidence to ensure quality assurance results, materials, processes and final products meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements.

  • Strong capability to review and approve inspection reports including evaluating and closing non-conformance reports.

  • Familiarity in one or all of the following Non Destrucitve Testing (NDT) elements: designing and qualifying a process, administering tests, procedural writing and surveillances.

  • Ability to work with safety and licensing engineers to ensure compliance with quality standards and regulatory requirements for software.

  • Comfortable directing and assisting other quality engineers, quality specialists, and technical specialists in the planning, conduct, and reporting of vendor and internal independent assessments, surveillances, and audits.

  • Confidence to independently perform a surveillance and when required, to be part of an audit team or possibly lead a team of auditors.

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.

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.

Closing Statement

  • Must be comfortable traveling up to 20 percent annually, as needed.

Directorate: Performance Management

Job Category: Performance Management/Performance Assurance

Group: Quality

Opening Date: 2021-03-17

Closing Date: 2021-04-14