Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Advanced Conventional Weapons Project Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External DOE L or Secret
Job ID: 104465
Job Code: Technical Services & Ops MTS 1 (TSS.1) / Technical Services & Ops MTS 2 (TSS.2)
Date Posted: November 06 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 an opening for a Project Engineer supporting LLNL Strategic Partnership Programs (SPP) focused on Advanced Conventional Weapons (ACW). You will work with the ACW principle investigators and project managers to support the development, modification of, and reporting on ACW project plans (including Statements of Work (SOWs), plans of action milestones (POAMs), budget forecasts, workforce needs, high level and detailed schedules, and required support from LLNL infrastructure and staff. You will also interface with schedulers and/or project controls analysts (PCAs) to track progress and performance metrics of the ACW projects, and report on project execution to the Department of Defense (DoD) customers. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the TSS.1 or TSS.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additonal job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Work with program principle investigators and project managers to develop realistic ACW work proposals (including budget forecasts and high-level schedules) in response to customer requests. Contribute to the authoring of Statements of Work (SOWs) or SOW amendments associated with those proposals.
- Develop, maintain, and update project plans for funded activities, including resource-loaded POAMs, detailed schedules (in Primavera/P6), and time-dependent infrastructure, and staffing needs.
- Report periodically to DTED Associate Program Director (APD) for SPP and to project managers on upcoming staffing and resource needs for each project, and on conflicts between projects.
- Interface regularly with Resource Analysts (RAs) and schedulers/PCAs and track project performance metrics (e.g. earned value, cost and schedule performance indices), and report status weekly to the project managers.
- Support risk tracking and risk management activities for the ACW SPP projects.
- Collaborate with LLNL and partner scientists, engineers, technicians, etc. to maintain interface control documents (ICDs).
- Prepare technical reports, documentation, and presentations, and participate informal and informal design reviews.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the TSS.2 Level
- Develop consistent guidelines, methods, and practices across all ACW SPP projects for work planning, resource sharing, and the tracking and reporting of project performance metrics (e.g. cost and schedule indices, earned value reporting, etc.)
- Anticipate and report on schedule conflicts resulting from competing demands on LLNL resources (staffing and infrastructure support), both between projects within ACW, and between ACW projects and other LLNL efforts.
- Develop initial LLNL capabilities to support customer-requested Model Based System Engineering initiative, using the GENESYS software platform, and interface with other organizations to support the development of cross-organization system models.

- Bachelor’s degree in engineering or technical field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience with project planning, budget estimation and forecasting, schedule development, and methods for tracking project performance (such as earned value).
- Experience with risk management practices.
- Sufficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively interact and collaborate with LLNL staff, national team partners, and DoD customers.
- Ability to take initiative to develop innovative solutions for successful project execution.
- Knowledge of and experience with MS office tool suite, MS Project, and Primavera/P6.
- Ability to travel (approximately six to nine trips per year).
In Addition at the TSS.2 Level
- Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in one or more of the following areas: conventional weapons, hardware design; fabrication; initiation systems; mechanical testing; explosive testing; chemistry, compatibility, and aging; mechanical analysis; hydrodynamic analysis; development of engineering drawing packages.
- Ability to manage (organize, direct, and monitor schedule and budgets) multiple projects concurrently, conduct design and project reviews, and to reprioritize and change programmatic direction depending on emergent requests.

Desired Qualifications
- Master’s degree or MBA in a relevant technical field.
- Experience working in the nuclear weapons program especially with LLNL's configuration management tools and practices and with LLNL’s operations and business processes.
- Education, training, and/or experience in systems engineering, and proficiency with GENESYS and DOORS software.

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 a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter.  In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. L-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for 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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