Division Leader, Laser Systems Engineering and Operations Division

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Management
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 107673
Job Code: Technical Manager 2 (TSM.2)
Date Posted: October 15 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!

The Engineering Directorate is seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong scientific or engineering background to lead the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations Division (LSEO) as a Division Leader (DL).  LSEO is an organization of 500 engineers, technicians, designers, coordinators and administrative staff.  LSEO primarily supports the NIF and Photon Science (NIF & PS) Principal Directorate (PD) in the following areas: mechanical and electrical design engineering, laser and opto-electronics development and design, laser system operations, control systems engineering, optical systems design, high-energy-density-physics diagnostic engineering and development, target engineering, optics production and procurement. Depending on the selected candidate’s skills and interests, they may also have a part-time programmatic role in support of one or more Directorate priorities.  This position will report to the Associate Director for Engineering and will be a part of the Engineering Directorate’s core management team.

Essential Duties                                                                                                        
- Provide technical and strategic leadership, and manage financial and personnel resources of the Division, integrating the technical and programmatic needs of the Engineering Directorate and the programs, and establish and manage a clear, sustainable framework to ensure the delivery of high-quality engineering to all LSEO customers for the near- and long-term.
- Manage a division of approximately 500 Engineers, Associates, Technicians, Designers and Administrative staff, through technical area leads and technical managers, to achieve organization objectives and goals, and provide direction and oversight for personnel administration activities including performance reviews, performance management, appraisals, ranking, and salary management.
- Serve as a member of the Engineering Senior Management Team in formulating, implementing, and monitoring the Directorate's strategic plans. Work closely with other DLs to manage workforce changes and assignments and to improve Engineering business processes. Champion and lead special projects for the Directorate.
- Responsible for budget management activities for the Division.
- Lead the recruiting and hiring of engineering technical and leadership talent, outstanding innovators, and world-class researchers in support of current and projected programmatic needs.
- Oversee and provide strategic direction for the Division’s affirmative action, outreach, mentoring, and employee development efforts. Foster an environment that promotes diversity, equal opportunity, teamwork, and a professional work environment.
- Collaborate with the NIF & PS Chief Engineer to establish, integrate and maintain engineering standards and processes consistent with the needs of the Program and with the Engineering Directorate.
- Establish direction and provide oversight of strategic R&D initiatives for LSEO.

- Master’s degree in Engineering or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Broad knowledge of the programmatic activities associated with the NIF&PS Directorate.
- Broad applied knowledge and expertise in leadership, supervision, personnel management, resource planning and control skills, and significant organizational, technical, and salary administration experience.
- Expert leadership skills and  success in managing a large, diverse organization comprised of engineers, technical, and administrative work force.
- Extensive experience with customer service requiring exceptional interpersonal skills in order to resolve the demands of many constituencies with diverse needs. Expert written, verbal, facilitation, organizational, and collaboration skills to effectively interact with, negotiate with, influence and advise people representing a wide variety of expertise and level of responsibility at LLNL and other government agencies and industry.
- Extensive experience leading technical initiatives in an engineering or scientific discipline.
- Extensive effective management experience, including project or program planning, budget and staffing.
- Extensive experience identifying problems that are highly unusual, complex, and/or sensitive in nature and developing innovative solutions.
- Significant experience interpreting and implementing organizational policies, procedures, and practices. Experience implementing and managing an integrated safety management program.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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 an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2


Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered 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.

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.