Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Quality Assurance Officer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Services & Ops
Organization:  Weapons and Complex Integ
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 105549
Job Code: Technical Services & Ops MTS 3 (TSS.3) / Technical Services & Ops MTS 4 (TSS.4)
Date Posted: July 03 2019

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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 Quality Assurance (QA) Officer. You will contribute to the oversight and management of Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI)’s QA programs, and the design and deployment of plans and procedures to provide assurance that WCI activities are performed in compliance with Directorate and LLNL/LLNS policies, federal, state and local laws and regulations associated with QA programs. This position is in the WCI Principal Directorate (PD).
This position will be filled at either the TSS.3 or TSS.4 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Provide Quality Assurance advice, leadership and assistance to specific WCI operations, projects and programs to ensure compliance with quality assurance regulations (e.g.10CFR830.120, DOE O 414.1D, NAP24A) and ensure QA objectives and SQA requirements are met in WCI facilities; serve as a point-of-contact for WCI programs, projects, operations and other work related to WCI’s Quality Assurance program.
- Design the deployment and operation of WCI’s Principal Directorate Quality Assurance Plan (PDQAP) and QA documents and procedures.
- Develop performance criteria/metrics; evaluate and qualify suppliers.
- Contribute to WCI programs, projects and operations, performing quality control inspections at LLNL and at vendor sites to assure products meet specification requirements.
- Apply risk-based approaches to evaluate rigor level of product qualification activities and create test plans, including destructive and non-destructive testing, to determine inherent adherence to quality requirements, as appropriate.
- Provide solutions to complex technical problems and recurring issues of significant impact, advise WCI management (e.g. Program Managers, Facility Managers and Assurance Managers).
- Schedule and conduct audits, assessments, and inspections to monitor and evaluate the implementation of WCI’s QA activities then coordinate successful closure of WCI QA program self-assessment and audit results.
- Lead and develop new systems and processes focused on continuous improvement to ensure quality requirements are effectively implemented and ideal behaviors in the workplace are enabled.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
 In Addition, at the TSS.4 Level
- QA Subject Matter Expert to WCI managers and staff members regarding LLNL and WCI’s QA policies, NAP24A, NQA-1 and ISO 9000 regulatory interpretation and implementation.
- Significantly influence, formulate, and execute short-term and long-term strategic QA goals providing solutions to highly complex technical issues/problems where the solution path is not known ahead of time, working under consultative direction.
- Direct highly complex technical tasks and act as a leader of multi-disciplinary teams to develop verification methods for quality requirements and provide engineering support that ensures the appropriate qualification and testing evidence meets design requirements.
- Bachelor’s Degree in science, chemistry, engineering, or a related technical/science discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience with and advanced knowledge of DOE Orders and federal regulations pertaining to QA and SQA programs for nuclear and non-nuclear facilities and activities.
- Significant experience managing and maintaining quality management systems (i.e., ISO 9000, NQA-1, NAP-24A).
- Significant experience providing independent assessments and audits of organizations, operations, and facilities for assuring the effective and compliant implementation of Quality programs.
- Advanced decision-making skills necessary to advise, counsel, recommend and develop solutions on a wide variety of complex QA issues.
- Significant experience with non-conformance tracking systems, work control processes, and QA programs.
- Advanced knowledge and understanding of the application of the theories, principles, practices and procedures of the quality assurance discipline to science and technology research, development and operations at a national laboratory.
- Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, direct and coordinate self-assessment activities, and provide advice to senior managers and staff internal and external to WCI.
In Addition, at the TSS.4 Level
- Significant experience developing, applying and explaining complex technical programs, documents, procedures, specifications, and reports.  Expert verbal and interpersonal communication and facilitation skills.
- Significant experience successfully negotiating and influencing various levels of personnel within large organizations and/or DOE/NNSA.
- Significant experience leading the application, development and implementation of quality management systems (i.e., ISO 9000, NQA-1).
Desired Qualifications
- Advanced knowledge of LLNL and WCI organizations with significant experience interpreting and implementing Laboratory policies, procedures, and practices.  Experience qualifying and implementing safety significant software meeting ISQA requirements.
- Relevant work experience within WCI organizations (e.g., Nuclear Material Technology Program, Primary Nuclear Design, Nuclear Weapons Engineering) in QA or other management role.
- Lead Auditor qualification for ISO-9001.

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) Q-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.  Q-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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.