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Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) Project Manager

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education: Certification
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: February 13, 2023
Reference Code: 19162
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) MFC Project Manager group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Project Manager.
Our team works a hybrid 4x10 schedule located at our Materials and Fuels Complex with every Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
The Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking project managers reporting to the MFC Project Division Director. If you want to be part of enabling nuclear energy research and development, including deployment of next generation nuclear reactors then this position is for you.
INL is recognized as the lead national laboratory for the United States Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, providing much of the nuclear research, development, and demonstration capability needed to move nuclear innovation forward to deployment. MFC hosts a unique combination of personnel, facilities, and infrastructure that enables research and development (R&D) of nuclear materials and fuels from design, development and fabrication, and post-irradiation analysis. In coordination with the National Reactor Innovation Center, MFC also plays a pivotal role in demonstrating new, advanced nuclear technology concepts. MFC's diverse set of nuclear and non-nuclear facilities, coupled with the wide range of research and development activities conducted at MFC, requires close integration between project management, engineering, nuclear safety, and operations to ensure projects are executed in accordance with programmatic, technical, and regulatory requirements.
MFC Project Managers implement MFC's management fundamentals (planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and assessing/improving) and establish and reinforce nuclear safety culture principles in execution of projects. Project managers are responsible for managing projects of all sizes ranging from small, task-oriented scope to medium sized construction or fabrication contracts, to nuclear facility instrument and equipment upgrades, to large general plant and line-item capital construction projects. Projects can include traditional construction projects, scientific equipment design and fabrication or modification, nuclear fuels research, development, and deployment, operations-based scope, waste management scope, utility and infrastructure repairs or installation, advanced reactor demonstrations, recapitalization of existing infrastructure, line-item capital construction projects establishing new capabilities, and everything in between. Project Managers are responsible for managing and administering a wide variety of projects from the conceptual stages through planning, engineering, procurement, execution, start-up, turnover, and operations, as applicable.
Key functions of the role are:
  • Provide leadership, integration, and strategic direction for assigned projects by communicating and integrating project activities with operations, engineering, safeguards and security, nuclear safety, construction management and other project support personnel
  • Responsible for employing technical comprehension of engineering, procurement, industry, and nuclear processes including their interfaces and interdependencies
  • Responsible for understanding specific requirements and related nuances for execution of scope within and around nuclear and radiological settings; actively engage and make decisions that could impact MFC's nuclear facility operating posture
  • Responsible for identifying issues/concerns that could impede delivery of products and services and working closely with performing organizations to mitigate potential risks and to appropriately respond to challenges encountered during execution of work scope
  • Applies project management techniques and processes to assure technical, schedule, and budget baselines are established for assigned project; monitor progress to assure schedules are met and work is performed within budget
  • Provides leadership for the development and maintenance of a high-performance project team and assists in the mentoring and training of new project managers and team members through both formal training and on-the-job training
  • Manages work activities in compliance with INL policies and procedures, DOE Orders, and Federal, State, and Local regulations (where applicable), and Work for Other's (WFO)/Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA)
  • Resolve problems and coordinate operational requirements
  • Support successful execution of a portfolio of projects driven within MFC's nuclear facilities and in support of critical mission outcomes
  • Supports execution of assigned portfolio of medium to high-risk projects of approximately $20M
  • Supports other project managers in execution of strategic projects, including line-item capital construction projects
  • Engages strategically within INL, with DOE, other DOE laboratories, and industry partners (as applicable) to develop teams for the successful execution of assigned projects and maintain customer relations
  • Provide regular project reporting in a variety of settings up to and including MFC and INL Management, and local and headquarters DOE personnel


Minimum Requirements:
  • BS and 8-12 years relevant experience or Advanced Degree and 6-8 years relevant experience
  • BS in technical/engineering subject area and 10-13 years relevant experience or Advanced Degree and 8-11 years relevant experience.
  • Relevant experience includes nuclear and commercial/industry program and project management experience
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "Q" clearance, which requires US Citizenship
Preferred Requirements:
  • Must hold a current Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of varied backgrounds and objectives.
  • Familiarity with INL processes and programs desired
  • Familiarity with application of DOE-STD-1189, "Integration of Safety into Design."
  • U.S. Department of Energy experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience and knowledge of Earned Value Management System principles and their implementation
  • Demonstrated customer/client interaction
  • Familiarity with DOE O 413.3B, "Program and Project Management for the Acquisition of Capital Assets"
Job Information:
  • Salary Grade 220 ($107,520 - $177,336)/ 240 ($139,488 - $237,144)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.