Los Alamos National Laboratory Deputy Group Leader (R&D Manager 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Deputy Group Leader/ Deputy Program Manager is responsible for assisting the Group Leader/Project Director in the oversight of all matters pertaining to the B61-12 LEP. The selected candidate will serve both as the Deputy Program Manager of the B61-12 program as well as the Deputy Group Leader for the B61-12 Life Extension Group (Q-15).

The candidate’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Project Director in the leadership and execution of the B61-12 program, including all work related to product development and qualification, system engineering, system qualification and system certification. The candidate will also support the Project Director in all LANL elements related to budget, scope and schedule for the B61-12 program as well as reporting to NNSA and Air Force customers. In this job the candidate will also serve as the Deputy Group Leader for the B61-12 Life Extension Group (Q-15). This responsibility includes all hiring, employee evaluation and leadership activities related to the system engineering group staff. The candidate is also expected to assist the Project Director as required in activities regarding planning, operations, security assurance, personnel management and business practices, as well as to represent the institution at frequent off-site, NSE-wide programmatic meetings.

The Deputy Group Leader will also assist the Project Director, in his role as Lead System Engineer, by supporting all Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) communities as needed to assure WR Production, surveillance, JTA production and WR warhead sustainability are adhered to. In support of the Lead System Engineer, the candidate will be expected to provide engineering expertise and assist the Project Director in resolving complex technical and programmatic issues associated with the warhead as deemed appropriate. The candidate will also participate with staff that provide routine oversight of assembly and evaluation activities at various NSE Production Agencies (PAs) across the country.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of nuclear weapons and the U.S. stockpile.

  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: nuclear weapon design, development, qualification, certification, assembly/production, and surveillance.

  • Demonstrated experience with weapon assembly techniques and component fabrication.

  • Knowledge of systems engineering principles and practices.

  • Demonstrated experience with the engineering authorization system, document management systems (e.g., PDM Link).

  • Demonstrated project management expertise.

  • Demonstrated experience in program development and strategic planning.

  • Demonstrated record of developing and fostering successful cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems.

  • Demonstrated experience with conflict resolution.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of Laboratory personnel and internal and external customers.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience with B61 assembly practices.

  • Demonstrated experience interacting with one or more Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) Production Agency (PA).

  • Experience with the NNSA milestones, milestone reporting tool and relationship to DSW performance tracking and updates.

  • Experience with NNSA program review processes and deliverables.

  • PMP Certification

  • Knowledge of Air Force Project Officer's Group structure, subcommittees and functions.

  • Experience in personnel and resource management.

  • Active Q clearance.

Education:A minimum of a BS in science or engineering from an accredited school is required. A MS in mechanical, aerospace, or engineering mechanics is preferred.

Work Environment:Domestic/foreign travel.

Notes to Applicants:Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. (Please save cover letter with job number and name).

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.

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:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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, Los Alamos National Laboratory (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 Weapon Stockpile Modernization Division (Q Division) provides the system engineering, program management, component technology development and system and sub-system testing necessary to field the modernizations authorized to extend the life of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s assets in the active United States nuclear stockpile. Currently, these modernizations are directed at the B61 and the W88. This role demands expertise in design, engineering, fabrication and testing of multiple components using state-of-the-art computational simulation tools and engineering test facilities. The Division works in close liaison with the several production facilities across the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) as well as with the customers in the US Navy and Air Force. The Division is also tasked with broadly anticipating the scope of possible future modernizations and with enabling the various technology advances that they might require.

The B61-12 Life Extension Program (LEP) Group (Q-15) has technical and programmatic responsibility for executing the B61 LEP. This program serves as the Design Agency for the LEP and directs the work of a diverse group of scientists, designers and engineers across the Laboratory. Q-15’s technical work ranges from modeling and simulation to engineering ground and flight tests of all aspects of the B61-12 development while coordinating with Sandia National Laboratories, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense.

Maximum Salary: 197000

Minimum Salary: 116900

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-5993

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: Q-15/B61-12 Life Extension Program

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: Deputy Group Leader (R&D; Manager 3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66944