Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

System Group Leader and Weapon System Project Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 104291
Job Code: Science & Engineering TSL 4 (SEL.4) / Science & Engineering TSL 5 (SEL.5)
Date Posted: October 10 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.

We have multiple openings for Weapon System Group Leader/Project Engineers, either in the Reentry Systems Group or the Cruise Missiles Group. You will be responsible for leading technical activities, leading a group of professional and technical personnel, and stewarding the stockpiled LLNL weapon systems. You will manage employees and resources to accomplish technical and administrative requirements. These positions are in the Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) Program, in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED).

These positions will be filled at either the SEL.4 or SEL.5 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Foster and uphold the weapon program’s mission, vision, and values through leadership of the Reentry Systems or Cruise Missile Group personnel and activities. Lead and engage in thoughtful engineering design reviews to ensure the technical excellence of our designs.
- Lead the Reentry Systems or Cruise Missile Group personnel to execute required scope, while providing a stimulating and challenging environment which encourages continual learning, improved system knowledge, improved processes, and personal growth.
- Provide Design Agency support to Production Agencies in their execution of production, surveillance, investigations, and dismantlement scope.
- Develop and manage technical work scope necessary to maintain confidence in performance and safety of the weapon system, informed by all legacy knowledge, to support all Annual Assessment activities and deliverables. Manage all aspects of the group’s projects including appropriate work assignments, definition of scope, cost estimates, funding allocations, and schedules.
- Support documentation, refinement, and execution of standard processes for weapon system stewardship with other weapon system groups and group leaders, in order to provide uniformity and continual improvement in execution of stewardship mission.
- Maintain robust communications, collaborations, and contacts, internal and external to LLNL. Represent WTE and WCI at meetings, briefings, and committee activities both internal and external to the Laboratory. Ensure project requirements, status, risks, and issues are communicated in an effective and timely manner to senior leadership.
- Conduct performance management activities for group personnel and support DTED ranking and salary processes.
- Support activities for hiring and managing a vigorous and capable workforce.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SEL.5 Level
- Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers.
- Facilitate the Product Realization process of design, qualification, and certification of nuclear weapon systems.
- Serve as organization spokesperson by Laboratory management and/or external advisor by sponsors.

- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field, or equivalent level of education and related experience.
- Significant experience with engineering analysis, hardware design, fabrication, testing processes, formal design reviews, and technical presentations.
- Expert knowledge of nuclear weapon systems, their applications, their design, and support of their production at the Plants within the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE).
- Effective organizational skills, knowledge, and experience with project management tools and techniques, including work planning, scheduling, cost estimating, analyzing and managing financial data, and project reporting.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors and to promote and maintain productive relationships across directorates, with other laboratories, and with other external entities.
- Effective leadership, interpersonal skills, and supervisory skills to lead personnel, write performance appraisals, and actively participate in ranking sessions.
- Working knowledge of Laboratory policies and practices and applicable NNSA orders.
- Ability to travel.
In Addition at the SEL.5 Level
- Expert knowledge of and extensive experience in Surveillance or Product Realization processes of design, qualification, and certification of nuclear weapon systems.
 - Nationally recognized expert in engineering analysis and hardware design, fabrication, and testing processes or expert technical knowledge to address advancements that may have impact beyond the Laboratory.

Desired Qualifications
- Master’s degree or PhD in Engineering.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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 listing has multiple openings; these are Career Indefinite positions. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for these positions.

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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