Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Principal Associate Director, Weapons and Complex Integration

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Administrative/Management
Organization:  Office of the Director
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 104296
Job Code: Principal Associate Dir (174.0)
Date Posted: September 25 2018

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has an opening for the Principal Associate Director (PAD) for the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) organization. LLNL is one of the nation's premier national laboratories with programs that range from basic and applied research across multiple scientific disciplines to nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship and support of other national security priorities. The Laboratory's annual budget of $2 billion and about 6,500 employees are managed within the principal directorates: Global Security, Weapons & Complex Integration, National Ignition Facility & Photon Science, and Operations & Business; and the science and technology discipline organizations: Computation, Engineering, and Physical & Life Sciences. LLNL is operated by Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), Limited Liability Company (LLC) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The LLNS LLC draws its management team from the University of California, Bechtel National Corporation, Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Group, URS Corporation, and Battelle.

As the PAD for WCI you will be responsible for LLNL’s programs that ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the Nation’s nuclear deterrent in the absence of explosive nuclear testing and serve as one of LLNL’s key interfaces with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP). This includes responsibility for conducting the Annual Assessment of the deployed stockpile, carrying out life extension programs as required and assigned, and developing and maintaining the capabilities and tools necessary for addressing current and future stewardship needs including the programmatic execution of LLNL’s Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) efforts. You will work in close coordination and collaboration with the Laboratory’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology and the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science (NIF&PS) program to develop and execute stockpile stewardship experiments on NIF.

You will also be responsible for maintaining WCI core capabilities and the infrastructure necessary for the long-term health of the weapons and complex integration program. These responsibilities include maintaining existing and implementing new infrastructure needed by the weapons program and operating many of the high-hazard facilities located at LLNL. As the PAD/WCI, you will oversee a budget of approximately ~$1B and lead an organization of about 370 direct staff members with an additional ~1700 matrixed staff consisting of scientists, engineers, and other technical staff who support the Laboratory’s mission. Due to the heavily matrixed nature of the weapons program at LLNL and the interdependence with NNSA organizations external to LLNL for program success, you will need to work closely with all members of LLNL’s Senior Management Team as well as with the leadership of NNSA’s other design laboratories and production organizations.

You will assure high-quality program execution and develop and implement efforts to meet future sponsor needs, via strategic use of the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program and other initiatives. As the PAD/WCI, you will work with the Director’s Office to assure excellent relationships with executives in the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense (DoD), and will work in close collaboration with NIF operations and Global Security Programs, as well as the Operations and Business, and Science and Technology (S&T) organizations at the Laboratory. You will serve as a member of the Laboratory's senior management team and report directly to the LLNL Director / President of LLNS, LLC.

Essential Duties
- Lead and execute the Laboratory’s nuclear weapons program to support the current stockpile, its transformation to a future stockpile, and the health of the infrastructure of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex, ensuring stockpile safety, security, reliability, and performance.
- Execute the Stockpile Annual Assessments Review (AAR) process in cooperation with Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and support the LLNL Director’s Letter to DOE and DoD.
- Execute the Independent Nuclear Weapon Assessment Process (INWAP) in cooperation with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
- Deliver on Stockpile Life Extension Programs (LEPs), provide peer review of LEPs for LANL and SNL as requested.
- Develop and articulate the mission and strategic plan for the WCI organization
- Oversee the WCI budget; define and maintain baselines; establish executable plans and maintain timely change control processes.
- Manage WCI organization personnel, ensuring an effective system for recruiting and hiring a diverse, high-quality scientific staff and training and developing existing staff.
- Grow scientific leaders for the nation’s nuclear weapons enterprise with purposeful mentoring and engagement.
- Develop and sustain the broad range of WCI technical capabilities and infrastructure that supports the current and long-range missions of the Laboratory.
- Develop and deploy advanced technologies to modernize the production complex and ensure the safe dismantlement of retired weapons.
- Manage operations in nuclear, high explosives, super-computing, and waste processing facilities.
- Develop and maintain a close partnership with DOE/NNSA and DoD across all relevant areas of interest to the nuclear enterprise, including strategy, program priorities, major milestones, and budget.
- Serve as a member of the oversight board of the Laboratory’s Office of Defense Coordination to engage strategically with leaders of the DoD and to leverage Laboratory capabilities for program development.
- Provide oversight and manifest personal commitment to the goals of Integrated Safety Management, Integrated Safeguards and Security Management, compliance with all Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H) regulations, good business practices, diversity, and equal opportunity.

- Ph.D. in a scientific or engineering discipline, or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge and experience, with a strong background in nuclear design, nuclear weapons technology, engineering, or the physical sciences.
- Broad knowledge of the DOE/NNSA laboratory, site, and production complex and the Nation’s nuclear weapons programs and policies.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the technical elements of the Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP), including a working knowledge of weapon physics and design, weapon engineering, advanced computing, and the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program
- Exceptional leadership skills, both in setting technical directions and motivating people, as well as demonstrated success in managing scientific programs, projects, or organizations and promoting creative contributions to solving complex scientific problems.
- Experience working with senior program leaders, officials in Washington D.C., DoD stakeholders, and industry collaborators.
- Experience working effectively in a high-impact, high-visibility, multi-tasking environment and ability to lead a multi-disciplinary management team contributing to strategic planning, operational preparedness, and milestone delivery.
- Experience and track record in program development, including communicating new program proposals to potential sponsors and acquiring sustained funding.
- Experience managing technical priorities and balancing the delivery of program milestones and world-class capabilities in science and engineering.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills necessary to explain, present, direct, negotiate, influence, and coordinate technical and programmatic activities.
- Extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of managerial and financial practices and the ability to effectively balance complex technical and budgetary priorities to achieve desired results.
- Extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of innovation practices and strategic planning for highly technical organizations.
- Strong understanding of the regulations and requirements associated with operating WCI’s facilities.
- Experience ensuring standards of environmental safety and health as well as quality assurance are established and appropriately followed.

Desired Qualifications
- Broad knowledge of WCI’s core capabilities and infrastructure.
- Established contacts with the relevant academic, sponsor, and Congressional communities.
- Working knowledge of current national security and nuclear policy issues.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire. 


Note:   This is an At Will, Career Indefinite position.  Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.  This is a key personnel position that requires a commitment from the selected candidate to serve at least two years in this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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