What You Will Do
Join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.
The Weapons Production directorate (ALDWP) is seeking highly motivated First Line Managers to support important national security missions at LANL, working in the Actinide Material Processing and Power Division (AMPP). AMPP Division leads and executes various key missions to support our nation's security and space endeavors as we produce the next generation of nuclear engineers and scientists. We proudly support Pu-238 science and manufacturing for NASA and their exploration programs, various Defense Programs, the Advanced Recovery and Integrated Extraction System (ARIES) for nuclear non-proliferation, the Material Recovery & Recycle (MR&R) to enable the future of plutonium missions, and Americium production to support well logging for the United States. As a highly skilled first line manager in AMPP Division you will help lead and execute numerous key missions to support our nation's security and space endeavors as we produce the next generation of nuclear engineers and scientists.
This role works in a team environment within LANL's nuclear facility to manufacture product, support material movement and support glove box operations. The majority of daily work is "hands-on" glove box work in support of plutonium processing. Processes at Los Alamos National Lab are performed using detailed operating procedures and work requires extensive knowledge and expertise following Conduct of Operations, nuclear criticality safety, material control and accountability, radiological safety and environmental compliance requirements.
Reporting to your Group Leader, you will provide management and leadership to various teams of 10 to 15 employees, consisting of engineers, scientists, and technicians. As the First Line Manager, you will have responsibility, authority and accountability to execute work that supports programmatic milestones and deliverables while setting the standards for excellence and operational effectiveness.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Planning, organizing, and defining strategic objectives.
- Establishing scope, schedule, and budget through work package development, resource and performance management and ensuring worker qualification and authorization.
- Delivering quality products and/or services; enforcing adherence to quality standards; achieving balance between the need to meet both productivity goals and quality standards.
- Ensuring administrative and operating procedures are current, understood, and adhered to before releasing work.
- Working with facility operations staff to execute work safely, securely, with quality, and in compliance with nuclear facility requirements.
- Ensuring direct daily oversight of work, workers and the work environment.
- Serving as the safety responsible line manager over people, equipment, and processes.
- Ongoing communications with line management reporting on work status, deliverables and commitments.
- Directing and overseeing work performed by employees including "on the floor" supervision.
- Mentoring and motivating peers.
- Providing financial stewardship over budget, procurement, time and labor, travel, and property.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Management: Experience in managing people and/or projects, including planning, organizing, and resource management, as well as demonstrated experience creating work scope, schedules, budgets, coordinating work activities, and tracking progress.
Financial Stewardship: Demonstrated experience with financial stewardship. Demonstrated experience in identification of resource requirements and development of schedules.
Leadership: Demonstrated experience in the ability to effectively supervise, negotiate, conduct conflict resolution, mentor, and conduct personnel development.
Communication: Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills as evidenced by internal and/or external interactions, seminars, briefings, presentations, and publications; effective interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers. Demonstrated communication of technical issues and solutions to employees, peers and upper management.
Safety/Compliance: Demonstrated experience performing work in a manufacturing environment and executing work in compliance with safety and facility requirements while maintaining a rigorous formality of operations.
DOE Order 426.2: Requires a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or related science, and 4 years nuclear experience. Education or experience that is job related may be substituted on a case-by-case basis. The degree may fulfill 3 of the 4 years of nuclear experience on a one-for-one time basis.
Education/Experience: Position requires a bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited institution and 5 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Nuclear Experience: Experience with nuclear high hazard facility operating requirements, safety authorization basis and/or Conduct of Operations planning and execution of work.
Diverse Team Experience: Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team of technicians, engineers, scientists, and professional staff.
Clearance: Active DOE Q Clearance and HRP Certification highly desirable
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.
The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.
Note to Applicants:
• For full consideration, please submit a comprehensive resume or CV reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skills stated above.
• Evaluation of applications will commence immediately.
• While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grow into the full salary band over time.
Where You Will Work
Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
§ Dental and vision insurance
§ Free basic life and disability insurance
§ Paid childbirth and parental leave
§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs
§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.
*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.
426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.
New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.
Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.
Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment Status Full Time