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Los Alamos National Laboratory Operations Manager / Operations Manager 2/3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Operations Manager 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) Facility Operations (FO) oversees safety at multiple experimental areas that are part of the accelerator facility. The Operations Manager works with the safety‐responsible line management to ensure that all operational activities fall within the authorized safety basis. This includes oversight; determining that activities are within authorization basis; maintenance management; waste management; document control; training; & readiness.

Operations Manager 2 ($85,400 – $139,600)

The Operations Manager of the Weapons Neutron Research (WNR/Lujan) facility at LANSCE is responsible for readiness, determining requirements for facility access, notifications and investigations of abnormal occurrences, and releasing programmatic work. The safety and security of all projects, experiments, and personnel must be coordinated across many collocated hazardous activities. The Operations Manager will ensure daily open communication with workers (including subcontractors) that promotes an environment where workers feel comfortable bringing errors, mistakes, system weaknesses and issues to your attention. WNR/Lujan is an area that contains multiple neutron flight paths utilizing various types of samples, to include radioactive samples. The Operations Manager must oversee and coordinate numerous experimental processes occurring simultaneously.

Operations Manager 3 ($103,500 - $172,800)

In addition to what is outlined at the level 2, as an Operations Manager 3 you will be responsible for defining operational goals and resolving problems by partnering with tenant managers and directing the activities of assigned and deployed personnel as well as implementing, improving, and maintaining an appropriate conduct of operations.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of operational management including systems, engineering design, maintenance, safety/authorization basis, configuration management programs, work control, facility control systems, major construction projects, and upgrades and renovations as assigned.

  • Knowledge of and experience with material and environmental control including waste management.

  • Experience conducting critiques, root cause analysis, and lessons learned.

  • Working knowledge of conduct of maintenance, conduct of engineering, conduct of operations and quality assurance programs.

  • Ability to gain cooperation of others and conduct presentations of technical and function-specific information concerning specific projects or schedules.

  • Ability to understand and implement criticality safety requirements.

  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.

  • Ability to manage, coach, and mentor others.

  • Demonstrated success coordinating a complex set of activities.

  • Full understanding of work hazards, safety practices, operating configuration, and lock‐out/tag‐out policies and procedures.

In addition to the requirements outlined at the level 2, the Operations Manager 3 requires:

  • Demonstrated success maintaining facility safety and security compliance, making safety and security an integral part of every task, including taking the necessary steps to stop work if continuing the job is unsafe or compromises security.

  • Experience ensuring safety, security and regulatory compliance at a nuclear facility and/or accelerator facility; experience assessing activity scope against authorized facility safety basis and authorization agreements.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand business trends and define operational goals.

  • Demonstrated success translating customer requirements into best practice operational strategies and processes.

  • Demonstrated success implementing and maintaining formality and/or conduct of operations.

  • Demonstrated success ensuring that facility and programmatic integrated work and documents appropriately identify hazards, that facility resources are coordinated to assist in hazard identification, and that controls are adequate.

  • Demonstrated communication skills on the implementation of operational management policies, procedures, and practices.

  • Experience coordinating work at the facility (plan of the day), supervisor, management, and vendor level to complete objectives.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent ability to identify problem areas, investigate alternative solutions, and determine action to be performed on problems affecting operations management.

  • Experience interpreting various physical, mechanical, and electrical documents, blueprints, drawings, and schematics.

  • Demonstrated ability to utilize and manipulate a computerized work management system in maintaining and tracking project activities.

  • Thorough knowledge of Laboratory conduct of maintenance, conduct of engineering, conduct of operations and quality assurance programs.

Education/Experience for the Operations Manager 2: This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of related management experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education/Experience for the Operations Manager 3: This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related management experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants: Application should include a resume and a cover letter that addresses how the candidate meets each of the required and desired skills listed above.

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

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.

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 maternity 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)

The LANSCE FOD supports multidisciplinary research engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The LANSCE FOD supports 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.

Additional Details

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.

  • 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. SeeDOE 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: 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Thalacker, Lindsay K.
Email lthalacker@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC85743
Organization Name LANSCE-FO / LANSCE-Facility Operations
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Req ID: IRC85743
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