Los Alamos National Laboratory CMRR Transition to Operations Work Package Manager (Technical Project Manager 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Technical Project Manager 2 or Technical Project Manager 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities and job complexities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The selected candidate is a member of the Program Readiness and Transition to Operations (PRTO) Group in the Plutonium Strategy Infrastructure (PSI) Division. PRTO represents the CMRR project owner, and is integrated with the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) Project team to ensure that the program and user requirements are met from initial planning through readiness and final turnover to operations. The Technical Project Manager will report to the PRTO Group Leader within the PSI organization, and the CMRR Transition to Operations (TTO) Manager.

The primary responsibilities for the TTO Work Package Manager (WPM) for the CMRR Project are to support the CMRR TTO Control Account Manager (CAM) in managing the TTO work scope, cost, and schedule for the Radiological Laboratory, Utility, and Office Building (RLUOB) Equipment Installation-Phase 2 (REI2) and PF-4 Equipment Installation-Phase 1 (PEI1) projects. The REI2 and PEI1 projects have combined equipment installation and operational startup efforts of $1.03B, which will enable the analytical chemistry and materials characterization (AC/MC) capability transition from the CMR facility to the TA-55 site in support of national security missions. The TTO scope is approximately $110M, which includes the operational startup planning and preparation, management self-assessments, and hot testing of AC/MC processes in RLUOB and PF-4. The WPM is expected to become a fully certified CAM in accordance with LANL Earned Value Management System (EVMS) requirements and will act as the backup CAM. The WPM will actively manage the risks and ensure efficient execution of TTO work scope.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Technical Project Manager-2 (TPM-2) will:

  • Serve as the technical subject matter expert in three or more of these areas: engineering, construction, project management, project controls, EVMS, chemistry, and material science.

  • Support the execution of the project scope, cost, schedule, and estimate in accordance with DOE Order 413.3B and LANL EVMS requirements.

  • Assist TTO CAM in change control, variance analysis, and EVMS related tasks.

  • Serve as a work package manager or/and CAM and manage the subset of TTO work scope.

  • Apply working knowledge and experience in operations, programmatic, and technical disciplines in strategic planning and work execution.

  • Work with the CMRR project to support transition from construction through commissioning, turnover, and close out of Design Change Packages in conformance with TA-55 configuration management requirements.

  • Partner with the PRTO Integration Leads to ensure project integration with equipment installation and transition to operations.

Technical Project Manager 3 (TPM-3) will:

In addition to the TPM-2 requirements outlined above, qualification at the TPM-3 level requires the following:

  • Serve as a senior technical subject matter expert in nuclear and program operations.

  • Understand procedures and regulatory guidance and governance specific to the project and program work at a nuclear facility (e.g., RLUOB, PF-4, and CMR).

  • Provide leadership and tactical planning for operational startup preparation and assessment activities.

  • Work across divisions and directorates to lead diverse technical teams to a common goal.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Project Manager-2 (TPM-2) ($87,800-$144,800)

  • Demonstrated experience in aspects of project management for a project, program, or operational activities.

  • Familiarity with LANL EVMS and Project Controls requirements.

  • Expert knowledge of and demonstrated experience in aspects of project management for technical or operational work.

  • Demonstrated experience in two or more of the following areas relative to complex projects and operations: engineering, construction, project and risk management, safety management programs, and readiness assessments.

  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively and calmly under pressure of deadlines and changing priorities, including taking the initiative and assuming responsibility for organization, prioritization and driving of multiple tasks to completion.

  • Proven success in working independently and as a contributing, motivating leader of a team: being able to interact effectively with all levels of personnel; building trust, gaining consensus, and resolving conflicts.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and nurture effective mid-level internal and external customer relationships.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including presentation skills.

Technical Project Manager-3 (TPM-3) ($105,600-$178,300)

In addition to the TPM-2 requirements outlined above, qualification at the TPM-3 level requires the following:

  • Demonstrated experience with the startup and assessments of programmatic operations.

  • Demonstrated expertise working within the operating requirements of nuclear facilities, including safety, safeguards and security, radiation protection, waste management, criticality safety, safety basis, conduct of operations, and QA/QC.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of nuclear facility programmatic operations, specifically high-hazard activities (e.g., RLUOB, PF-4, and CMR)

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated hands-on working experience in a Hazard Category 2 Nuclear Facility (e.g., TA-55 PF-4).

  • Demonstrated experience in implementing LANL EVMS requirements.

  • Experience in leading technical or operations teams.


Technical Project Manager-2 --- Position typically requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a technical relevant field, and at least five years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Technical Project Manager 3 --- Position typically requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a technical relevant field, and at least eight years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must also submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses how you meet each of the minimum job requirements and desired skills.

Additional Details:

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.

*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.

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.

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 regards 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, LANL is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The Plutonium Strategy Infrastructure (PSI) Division is the focal point for the future of LANL’s plutonium mission. PSI is the implementation arm of LANL’s Plutonium Strategy and provides independent oversight across line-item construction projects and the TA-55 site. Plutonium operations are centered along the Pajarito Corridor, and PSI focuses its activities at the TA-55 site. PSI supports the CMRR Project, which will ensure continuity in enduring analytical chemistry and materials characterization capabilities essential to NNSA’s stockpile stewardship mission; TA-55 Reinvestment Project (TRP)-Phases 2 and 3; RLUOB Reconfiguration Project (RRP), PF-4 Reconfiguration Project (PRP), Low-Level Liquid Waste (LLW) Project, and Plutonium Modular Approach (PMA).

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: Program Readiness and Transition To Ops (PSI-PRTO)

Job Title: CMRR Transition to Operations Work Package Manager (Technical Project Manager 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC62597