Laser System Engineering and Operations Group Leader

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  Internal Posting
Job ID: 107227
Job Code: Science & Engineering TSL 4 (SEL.4) / Science & Engineering TSL 5 (SEL.5)
Date Posted: June 24 2020

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have multiple openings for Engineering Group Leaders.  You will lead a multi-disciplinary group of individuals composed of engineers, supervisors, engineering associates, and technicians responsible for supporting key operations and R&D activities in the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science Directorate (NIF&PS).  You will have a critical role in fostering successful careers, creating a positive and inclusive working environment, and providing an outstanding and diverse staff to meet program needs. In addition to the Group Leader role, you will be expected to maintain a full-time programmatic project role/assignment in the NIF&PS Directorate.  These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.
These positions will be filled at either the SEL.4 or SEL.5 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Lead, supervise, and provide technical and administrative guidance to about 10 group members, write performance appraisals, and participate in the LSEO division ranking and salary management processes.
- Collaborate with the NIF&PS Directorate leaders to identify and manage the work assignments for the group members, define work objectives, and obtain ongoing performance feedback.
- Advise and evaluate staff on the execution of technical work, provide performance feedback, and facilitate regular career development discussions, including plans and goals. Identify staff networking opportunities, growth areas, training and coaching needs, and career advancement opportunities. 
- Monitor and influence the work environment to foster employee morale and well-being; recruit, hire, mentor, and retain outstanding technical staff.
- Lead and participate in formal and informal design reviews; provide guidance to group members on engineering excellence using Engineering Safety notes in accordance with Engineering Design Safety Standards, industry best practices, systems engineering, and project management.
- Mentor group members in design, analysis, implementation, and integration for components and subsystems.
- Manage workforce projection working with programmatic managers to meet staff availability and training needs, using this information to help develop a vision for the group.
- Identify and foster Science & Technology initiatives  in lasers, optics, diagnostics, and other research areas for NIF&PS and Engineering.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SEL.5 Level 
- Provide solutions to highly unusual, complex, and/or sensitive issues/problems where the solution path is not known ahead of time.
- Responsible for high-level goal setting, strategic planning efforts, and succession planning on long range goals and working with Division Leader, Deputy Division Leader, Associate Division Leader, and peer Group Leaders.
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering discipline or related field or the equivalent combination of education and  relevant experience.
- Subject matter expert knowledge and experience in design, analysis, and implementation in one or more of the following technical areas: hardware or systems used on precision optomechanical or electromechanical systems; design, assembly, and commissioning of systems; shot operations; industrial safety and control systems; beampath and structural design, fabrication, and installation; facility and process utility design, commissioning, and operations; systems engineering and project management.
- Significant experience giving technical presentations and participating in design reviews, identifying technical needs, developing practical approaches, and delivering working solutions for program customers.
- Significant experience with LLNL  and Engineering administrative policies, procedures, and design safety practices and standards.
- Expert verbal and written communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to lead a team, present and explain technical information and administrative policies and procedures, advise/inform senior management, and promote situational awareness. 
- Experience in and interpersonal skills to lead/supervise project teams, mentor, negotiate win-win solutions, team building, and provide customer service.
- Ability to manage emotions in positive ways to communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome setbacks, and defuse conflict.
In Addition at the SEL.5 Level
- Extensive experience leading complex personnel management issues, innovative workforce development activities, incident investigation teams, and policy initiatives at the Institutional or national level.
- Extensive leadership experience advancing state-of-art technologies related to one or more of precision clean systems, optomechanical or electromechanical systems, precision alignment, process utilities, and industrial safety systems.
- Experience and expert ability to champion, lead and develop innovative cutting-edge principles, theories, and concepts.
Desired Qualifications

- Master’s degree/PhD in Mechanical, Electrical, or Optical Engineering or related field.
- Experience in high energy/power laser systems.
- Experience in Ombuds program or equivalent.

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 appointment and only Laboratory employees with Career Indefinite status may apply for this position.

About Us

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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


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