Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Principal Associate Director, Operations and Business

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Administrative/Management
Job ID: 102610
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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.

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has an opening for a Principal Associate Director for Operations and Business (PAD for O&B). LLNL is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE), dedicated to applying science and technology to important problems of our time. The Laboratory is managed and operated for the DOE by the Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) which offers a team of five world-class organizations: Bechtel National, University of California, BWX Technologies, AECOM, and Battelle. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion and employs ~6,900 employees. The PAD for O&B is a member of the executive leadership team, reporting to the Laboratory Director/President of LLNS, LLC and will actively participate in and contribute to key decisions pertaining to strategic initiatives, operational improvements and operational execution.

The successful candidate will be responsible for a budget of ~$200M and for leading a team of ~1200 operations and business personnel including property management, procurement, technical information, human resources, project management, project controls, design engineering, project management and construction, infrastructure and facility management, business management, maintenance management, emergency preparedness, environmental restoration, sustainable energy management, nuclear operations; and interacting with Laboratory stakeholders. The O&B PAD is a principal contact for the Laboratory on operational matters and may represent the Laboratory externally to constituents such as the Department of Energy, NNSA, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, and peer organizations and laboratories in the DOE complex, as well as private industry and the local community. Critical for success in this position is the ability to provide programmatic mission support that balances operational requirements with scientific and research needs, and credibly satisfying both constituents.

Essential Duties
- Develop and articulate the Operations and Business strategic plan.
- Participate on the laboratory senior leadership management team, developing strategy, setting priorities, and facilitating execution.
- Direct the development and integration of business and operational policies and procedures to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness.
- Provide leadership, management, applied expertise and knowledge of infrastructure standards to facilitate improvements across the Laboratory.
- Responsible for oversight of medium hazard facilities, both active and inactive; provide leadership to ensure efficient and effective processes and procedures for nuclear facility regulatory compliance.
- Responsible for oversight and leadership of strategy human resources, ensuring the recruitment, retention, development and availability of highly trained and qualified staff to support program needs.
- Lead efforts to integrate and optimize business processes across the Laboratory, including identification of business software needs.
- Provide leadership and oversight to ensure timely, efficient, and regulatory compliant procurements on other supply chain activities.
- Responsible for the planning and execution of construction facility and infrastructure upgrade projects across the Laboratory, and for ensuring completion on schedule and within budget.
- Oversee the Operations and Business PAD budget; define and maintain baselines; establish executable plans and maintain timely change control processes.
- Lead the organization to achieve successful operational performance for the annual Performance Evaluation Management Plan (PEMP), meeting DOE/NNSA’s challenges in energy sustainability, and in identifying opportunities for continuous improvement in key functional areas residing in the O&B PAD.
- Provide leadership as the Chairperson of the Operations Excellence Council to support continuous improvement opportunities for the entire Lab.

- BA/BS in Scientific, Engineering or related technical field with substantial applicable work experience or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge.
- Demonstrated success managing operations within a large, multi-disciplined organization and comprehensive knowledge of managerial and financial practices with the demonstrated ability to effectively balance complex technical and budgetary priorities to achieve desired results.
- Demonstrated advanced technical and organizational problem solving and decision-making skills necessary to independently interpret, advise, recommend, and approve actions and implement solutions.
- Experience providing oversight and strategic leadership of multiple business and operations function to ensure effective and efficient process and regulatory compliance in the areas of Human Resources, Procurement/supply chain and nuclear facility operations.
- Demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, both in setting strategic direction and motivating people, as well as managing programs, projects, or organizations.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience implementing work planning and control.
- Experience aligning services and infrastructure operations with the needs of current and prospective program mission work enabling responsive and timely performance within resource plans.
- Experience managing construction/infrastructure projects, with a record of on time and on budget execution
- Working knowledge of the DOE/NNSA complex and relevant policies, standards and requirements.
- Experience interacting with senior lab, DOE, and NNSA field office and headquarters management and senior management levels.
- Experience managing a large multi-disciplinary technical and operational organization.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication, facilitation, negotiation, collaboration, problem-solving, and influencing skills.
- Demonstrated experience in building positive working relationships in a collaborative technical environment.

Desired Qualifications
- Advanced degree in scientific, engineering or other technical field, degree in business administration, contracts management or related fields or an equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge.
- Effective working relationships with program management and broad familiarity with LLNL programmatic and/or science and technology efforts.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access.
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. 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 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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