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Program Manager – Microreactor Demonstrations

Idaho National Laboratory

Location: US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: March 7, 2023
Reference Code: 19291
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) Engineering Nuclear Science and Technology group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Program Manager - Microreactor Demonstrations.
Our team works a 9x80 schedule hybrid located at our EROB facility with every other Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
The Idaho National Laboratory's (INL's) Nuclear Science and Technology (NS&T) division is seeking a senior program manager directly reporting to the Advanced Reactor Technology and Design (ARTD) Manager, via the Microreactor Program's National Technical Director (MRP NTD) and their staff, to enable the deployment of the Microreactor Applications Research Validation and EvaLuation (MARVEL) Project. The position will have a secondary integration responsibility with the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) Projects Division Director and their staff that are assigned to the MARVEL Project. If you want to be part of the revitalization of 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. Within NS&T, the MRP NTD is responsible to the Reactor Systems Design and Analysis (RSDA) Division Director for enabling these advanced reactor demonstrations across a broad suite of initiatives and is specifically tasked with demonstrating the design, construction, operation, and decommissioning of a microreactor, which has been named MARVEL. The Microreactor Demonstrations Program Manager (MDPgM), working in concert with the assigned MFC Project Manager, is responsible and accountable to NS&T, ARTD Manager, and the MRP NTD, for enabling the timely, safe, and compliant design, construction, and start-up of MARVEL. After MARVEL is constructed, the MDPgM may maintain financial and schedule responsibility for MARVEL testing activities or transition to other microreactor demonstration projects of a similar nature.
The MDPgM interfaces and integrates programmatic activities with personnel and organizations at MFC and MFC's Transient Test Reactor (TREAT). MFC plays a pivotal role in demonstrating new, advanced nuclear technology concepts, and MARVEL will be constructed and operated at the TREAT facility. MFC has project management personnel assigned to supervise TREAT modifications that will ready it for MARVEL (and other demonstrations), to complete design, fabrication, and installation of MARVEL, and to integrate MARVEL with TREAT operations.
The MDPgM will bring to bear breadth and depth of program/project management and technical experience to enable the deployment of MARVEL at TREAT. They will initiate, build, and mentor multidisciplinary teams with shared objectives, accountability, and ownership for MARVEL's mission. The MDPM will work directly with the MRP NTD and program staff, with the MARVEL technical lead and chief designer, with the MFC MARVEL Project Manager, and other MFC staff to ensure proper scoping of MARVEL deliverables, facilitate work scope execution, and provide timely and accurate internal and external performance reporting. The MDPgM will actively identify issues/concerns that could impede delivery of products and services and will work closely with performing organizations to mitigate potential risks and to appropriately respond to challenges encountered during execution of work scope.
As a senior program manager assigned to MRP and NS&T, functions for this role include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide leadership, integration, and strategic direction to MARVEL and activities related to MARVEL deployment at MFC.
  • Provide cross-cutting communication and integration between various INL customers (including DOE-ID and HQ), Divisions and Departments, Operations, Engineering, Safeguards and Security, and Nuclear Safety management (to include the MFC Projects Division Director and MFC-assigned project personnel) to ensure integrated support and execution of advanced reactor demonstration projects.
  • Integrate work scope with other Laboratory organizations (quality, procurement, etc.), as necessary, to ensure successful delivery of MARVEL work scope.
  • Use project/program management techniques to assure technical, schedule, and budget baselines are controlled throughout the advanced reactor demonstration life-cycle.
  • Supervise work activities in compliance with INL policies and procedures, with DOE Orders, and Federal, State, and Local laws (where applicable), and Work for Other's (WFO)/Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).
Provide guidance to:
  • Ensure MARVEL is completed in a safe manner, within budget, on schedule and in conformance with the appropriate standards and specifications.
  • Ensure programmatic objectives, status, and issues are communicated internally and externally.
  • Lead all aspects of internal and external performance reporting, including coordination of reporting with industry partners and integration of MARVEL activities with activities performed by others.
  • Provide oversight and initiate actions for development of related estimates, budgets, schedules, baseline, project controls, performance reports, and forecasts to ensure program objectives are met.
  • Translate MARVEL objectives into integrated strategies and tactics that optimize alignment with overall MRP planning, while increasing operational performance and resource alignment.
  • Provide special assignment and evaluation support to the MRP NTD and MARVEL technical lead.
  • Responsible for technical comprehension of engineering, procurement, quality, and industry processes including their interfaces and interdependencies.
Minimum Requirements:
  • PR4: BS + 8 years exp, MS + 6 years or PhD and 4 years relevant experience. Relevant experience includes nuclear and commercial/industry program management experience. Familiarity with INL processes and programs desired.
  • PR4: BS + 12 years exp, MS + 8 years or PhD and 6 years relevant experience. Relevant experience includes nuclear and commercial/industry program management experience. Familiarity with INL processes and programs desired.
  • Must be a US Citizen and have the ability and willingness to obtain and maintain an Q clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
  • Must have senior level program management experience.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade PR0400 - 230 ($121,212 - $206,232) or PR0500 - 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 validated 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:
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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.