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The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has an opening for a Deputy Principal Associate Director (DPAD) for Operations and Business (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 consists of five world-class organizations: Bechtel National, University of California, Babcock & Wilcox Government and Nuclear Operations, Inc. (B&W GNO), AECOM, and Battelle. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2 billion and employs ~7,000 employees. Reporting directly to the Operations and Business Principal Associate Director (PAD), the DPAD serves as a member of the Operations & Business (O&B) senior management team and will actively participate in and contribute to key decisions pertaining to strategic initiatives, operational improvements and operational execution.
The selected candidate will serve as a senior advisor and member of the O&B executive leadership team and will represent the Principal Associate Director for O&B across a broad spectrum of operational areas comprised of ~1200 operations and business personnel with an annual budget of more than $250M. In partnership with the PAD, this position is responsible for long-term and short-term strategic leadership for Operations and Business including planning, developing, and establishing goals, objectives, and programs aligned with the overall mission of LLNL. In partnership with the PAD, provides leadership over the following Directorates: Business, Strategic Human Resources, Nuclear Operations, and Infrastructure and Operations. The Deputy will be responsible for increasing effectiveness of cross-Department activities and interface points; assurance functions; representing O&B on numerous committees across LLNL; and play a significant role in helping manage the overall budget. The selected candidate will be responsible for collaborating with all stakeholders on issues and initiatives to develop the plan to implement strategy. The successful candidate must be able to represent the PAD as needed on technical issues to senior management of the Laboratory, NNSA, DOE and other sponsoring agencies. In addition, the DPAD for O&B will share in management of operational matters and represent the Laboratory externally to constituents such as the DOE, NNSA, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Board, and peer organizations and laboratories in the DOE complex, as well as private industry. The Deputy Principal Associate Director reports to the Principal Associate Director for O&B. We are seeking a candidate that has the capabilities and desire to be a succession candidate to one of the Associate Directors within O&B and/or the PAD.
- Participate on the O&B senior leadership management team, developing strategy, setting priorities, and facilitating execution.
- Refine, articulate, and implement the Operations and Business strategic plan.
- Direct the development, integration and optimization of business and operational policies, processes and procedures to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness including identification of business software needs.
- Provide leadership, management, applied expertise and knowledge of infrastructure standards to facilitate improvements across the Laboratory.
- Responsible for leadership and management of assurance functions for O&B, including risk registry, dashboard/metrics, assessments, corrective action tracking, causal analyses, incident investigation, ORPS reporting, Lessons Learned and Quality.
- Work with Laboratory and O&B staff to support and enable work planning and control implementation across the PAD.
- Responsible for coordinating and authoring Performance Evaluation Management Plan (PEMP) input for operations and business functions across the Laboratory.
- Lead budget management efforts for O&B, including gap analysis and representing those needs in cross Laboratory prioritization efforts.
- Support the PAD by leading initiatives within the organization to achieve successful operational performance for the annual PEMP, meet DOE/NNSA’s challenges in energy sustainability, and in identifying and leading opportunities for continuous improvement in O&B.
- Provide a leadership role in major Laboratory initiatives. Participates in the earliest phases of strategic planning for major initiatives. May serve as a Laboratory or DOE resource in conceptualization, design, planning, implementation, and completion of complex problems, tasks or initiatives that result in solutions that have little or no precedent. Represent the PAD on institutional oversight and action-oriented committees, comprised of senior management, both internal and external.
- Establish frequent and ongoing communications with O&B PAD personnel to identify and address operational support needs and review potential operational policy impacts to drive efficiencies and effectiveness of the operations.
- Collaborate with other LLNL organizational entities to develop effective partnerships and successful strategies to maximize synergies with the Laboratory’s mission and long-range strategies.
- Serve as the PAD for O&B in the absence of the Principal Associate Director.
- Oversee the Alternate Executive Business Coordination Center (EBCC), and act as the liaison between the Director’s Office and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
- Provide leadership for implementation of quality assurance and conduct of operations principles, policies, and procedures by assisting Facilities staff with application of national, industry, and professional standards into task solutions and setting documentation standards for task/project activities. Ensures appropriate national, industry, and professional standards are applied to task solutions and sets documentation standards for task/project activities.
- Proactively seeks out customer needs as they pertain to service requirements. Develops a full understanding and accepts ownership of those needs, seeks relevant solutions which meet all requirements and follow up to ensure that the customer is satisfied.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree preferably with a scientific, engineering or related technical field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Leadership and management experience with capabilities and desire to be a succession candidate for an Associate Director or PAD.
- Knowledge and implementation of work planning and control.
- Extensive experience with safety and security policies and procedures to identify hazardous conditions and operations with proven ability to take appropriate action to correct or eliminate the hazard and to assure appropriate procedures, training, equipment, warnings, tools and resources are provided to personnel.
- Expert communication skills, over a wide range of topic areas, both written and verbal, necessary to effectively explain, facilitate, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management, to both internal and external organizations such as DOE, NNSA, etc.
- Extensive senior-level leadership and management experience over a large, diverse multidisciplinary team of people in a research and development environment building positive and collaborative working relationships among a wide range of scientific, technical, operational and administrative staff members engaged in a variety of programmatic and operational efforts.
- Extensive experience in organizational problem-solving, decision-making and leadership skills necessary to independently advise, counsel, recommend and develop solutions on a wide variety of management-level technical and operational issues.
- Senior level leadership and management skills, both in setting strategic direction and motivating people, as well as managing programs, projects, or organizations, to influence the development of institutional goals and objectives.
- Experience and knowledge of management practices in planning, overseeing and executing budgets and a proven ability to effectively balance operational and budget priorities to achieve desired results.
- Proven strategic and innovative thinker who anticipates needs and makes decisions within the framework of the institution’s strategic direction.
- Proven ability to resolve complex operational issues in a manner that fosters institutional values and customer buy-in. Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
- Excellent analysis skills and ability to formulate logical and objective conclusions, achieving directional consensus, and implementing directives.
- Proven record of managing support service functions in a cost effective and efficient manner while meeting the needs of institutional clients.
- 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.
- DOE work experience and knowledge of relevant DOE Orders.
Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.
Security Clearance: This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.
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. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 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 a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.
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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.