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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Group Leader - Software Engineering and Architectures in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312027

Directorate: National Security

Division: Computing and Analytics

Group: Software Engineering and Architectures

Job Description

PNNL’s Software Engineering and Architectures (SEA) group leads the charge to create innovative, software-centric solutions to our nation’s most pressing challenges in science, security, and energy. The group develops and delivers well-architected and well-engineered systems that integrate software, hardware, data, and sensors. The mission-focused scientists and engineers in SEA lead and support projects across the Laboratory to create and deploy sustainable products that move the nation’s science, security, and energy needs forward. Learn more about our Software Engineering capability at

We are seeking a people-focused leader passionate about the practice of software engineering to serve as the Group Leader (GL) for the SEA group, which includes more than 75 staff located primarily in Richland and Seattle, WA. The Group Leader provides line management and technical leadership for the SEA capability, with responsibility for selecting, maintaining, and growing the people, equipment, facilities, and technical capabilities necessary to grow and execute the group’s work. The GL directly oversees a leadership team of seven Team Leaders to whom staff in the group report. The GL is a strategic, future-oriented thinker who leads teams in developing growth strategies and identifying and removing barriers. The GL establishes high standards, seeks continuous improvement, and establishes a culture of quality while creating the productive, joyful work environment that enables the success of each SEA team member.

About the Role

The SEA group is home to capabilities in full-stack development, cloud and data engineering, test engineering and automation, DevOps, and software lifecycle management. The group delivers software-centric products using a variety of languages, technologies, and development frameworks, and brings a software-centric view to cutting edge research and development projects that address critical global needs in security, energy, and science. Well-architected software and agile development practices are key enablers for innovation in all of PNNL’s missions, and this mission-driven approach to technology development pushes us to seek forward-looking solutions to new problems, advancing software engineering in the context of real challenges.

The SEA Group Leader also serves as a core member of the Computing and Analytics Division leadership team, helping to guide the growth of the computing capability across PNNL and establishing productive collaborations with other mission areas in the Laboratory. The GL seeks connections across the organization and both influences and understands the impact of organizational, national, and global changes. The GL must be a diplomatic communicator, able to interpret and disseminate technical and organizational directions up and down the organization.

The GL creates a work culture that prizes innovation, entrepreneurship, and flexibility while emphasizing engagement and morale, operational discipline, security, and safety. The GL works to continuously enhance the group’s reputation and visibility with stakeholders inside and outside the Lab, guiding the SEA capability through its next phase of growth, including expanding the diversity of its funding sources and connections across all of PNNL’s mission areas. As a member of the National Security Directorate’s extended management team, the GL also identifies, solicits and applies overhead and R&D funding and other resources necessary to meet these objectives. Depending on level of experience, the GL may contribute to business and institutional objectives across the National Security Directorate and PNNL more broadly.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Developing and executing technical group plans, including R&D, business, and organizational priorities to support delivery on software engineering programs.

  • Managing seven or more technical team leaders as part of the SEA management team, growing the next generation of leaders. Through the Team Leaders, accountable for the organizational leadership of 75+ software engineering professionals.

  • Fostering a feedback-rich environment; actively understanding and resolving barriers that impede staff and accomplishment of work; providing clear, direct, and timely feedback and growth opportunities; and fostering active bi-directional communications to inform organizational decisions.

  • Influencing, advocating and leading the software engineering community across the lab to improve quality and consistency of software development practices.

  • Working with business developers to define and attract new programs to the group; identify and promote new R&D ideas.

  • Contributing to division and directorate strategy objectives as a member of the CA Division leadership team; may lead, coordinate, or contribute to activities that advance organizational long-term goals.

  • Translating strategy into action, setting directions for capability investments and defining future group strategy and technical agendas.

  • Actively communicating Lab, sponsor, and external technical trends to the group, and representing group directions and capabilities outwardly to these communities.

  • Liaising with the external technical community, including developing partnerships with university and industrial collaborators; interact regularly with government sponsors to connect mission needs with PNNL computing capabilities.

  • Administering overhead budgets and staff development resources to ensure expertise, facilities, and equipment are mission-ready.

About PNNL

As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory operated by Battelle, PNNL’s science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely and securely. Our discoveries change the way people live and think, increase our nation's energy capacity, and improve our national security efforts — making the world a safer and cleaner place. PNNL employs nearly 5,000 scientists, engineers and non-technical staff to deliver nearly $1 billion in research in partnership with government, industry, and universities. Our values of integrity, creativity, collaboration, impact and courage provide the foundation for all we do; our collaborative environment and commitment to work-life balance makes us an ideal place to advance your career, challenge yourself and make a difference.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 10 or more years of relevant experience or an advanced degree plus 8 or more years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Highly skilled in managing research or technology development projects and teams; experience with DOE, DOD, DHS, and/or other federal agency cybersecurity priorities is preferred.

  • Strong record of collaboration across technical domains and delivering results in multi-disciplinary environments.

  • Demonstrated record of developing and sustaining external funding for R&D programs, and of professional, technical, and management accomplishments in software engineering or a related field.

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills and a love of mentoring others, along with a reputation for integrity and trust.

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.

  • Supervisory or line-management experience and direct responsibility for capability stewardship of a technical working group is preferred.

  • A degree in a field related to software engineering is preferred as is experience leading large-scale software engineering activities and teams.

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.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Managers

Group: Computing & Analytics Div

Opening Date: 2021-04-28

Closing Date: 2021-05-17