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Non-Destructive Evaluation Portfolio Director

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, (US)
Posting live until
7 Aug 2024

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Company Description

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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$256,290 - $330,756 Annually

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) Portfolio Director within the Materials Engineering Division (MED) with matrixed responsibilities to the Strategic Deterrence program as well with other LLNL programs which utilize NDE technologies and assets. You will be responsible for strategy, institutional integration, and program development for 50+ NDE staff across LLNL as well as for multiple facilities containing sophisticated equipment occupying a total footprint over 50,000 sq ft. Job duties will both be specific to LLNL programmatic needs as well integrated across Engineering and the entire institution. In these roles, you will ensure cross program needs are understood, integrated, and that Non-Destructive Evaluation projects are executed efficiently and in compliance with requirements at LLNL. You will be a trusted resource to our projects to help them successfully navigate through a diverse range of requirements and regulations with varied facility types and security levels to support NDE capability improvements and infrastructure projects. You will also lead and enhance a competency that researches and integrates advanced static and dynamic non-destructive characterization approaches, including new experimental methods as well as modeling, simulation, and data visualization capabilities, focusing on current and future mission applications. You will integrate these activities across all LLNL programs outside as well as engage in developing and executing future infrastructure projects. This will be performed while working closely with technical staff, supply chain management, the project management office, infrastructure offices, senior management, external vendors, regulators, reviewers, and stakeholders. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED) within the Engineering directorate.

In this role you will

  • Refine, adapt and lead the strategic direction for the NDE enterprise in the Engineering Directorate and the Laboratory to ensure it is aligned with the Institutional and Directorate roadmaps as well as delivering to programs.
  • Work across the Weapon Technology and Engineering (WTE) and broader Strategic Deterrence program to identify, prioritize, and implement strategic capabilities based on future programmatic needs.
  • Gather engineering, technical, and functional requirements that are broadly defined from multiple stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to develop detailed designs, project scope, costs, schedules, and risk mitigation in support of complex equipment recapitalization projects and infrastructure planning efforts.
  • Write and review detailed procurement documents such as Statement of Work (SOW), and Project Requirements Documents (PRD).
  • Track project progress and provide regular updates to management regarding milestones, plans and resourcing or technical problems that could significantly impact costs or schedules.
  • Work with both programmatic and Engineering Senior Management on budget development and resource planning.
  • Work with Engineering Management on integration of NDE efforts across LLNL.
  • Lead a team of specialists consisting of SMEs, mission support organizations in Operations and Business (O&B), Environmental Safety and Health (ES&H), and Science, Technology, and Engineering (ST&E) to direct successful project execution. Participate in both technical and administrative reviews that assess capabilities, project requirements, and safety controls.
  • Prepare supporting health and safety documentation that is aligned with the Integrated Safety Management (ISM) requirement and participate in design and management reviews.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Master’s degree in engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Significant knowledge of hardware design, fabrication, installation, and commissioning of complex technical equipment.
  • Ability to devise solutions for complex technical requirements and to independently develop innovative solutions for successful project execution.
  • Experience with project management, project engineering, or project planning including managing project scope, schedule, cost, and quality.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and to reprioritize and to change direction depending on emergent requests.
  • Expert knowledge and significant experience working with technical requirements that are complex and may not be well defined.
  • Extensive experience leading teams and delivering multiple projects with a strategic focus on budget and on schedule, including knowledge of leadership, management, and organizational development principles and methods applied in a technical area.
  • Experience translating broadly defined user capability requirements into stringent cost, scope, risk, and schedule specifications.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, negotiation, and collaboration skills that are necessary to present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and external sponsors.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

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For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place. Its defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. The Laboratory’s science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counter-terrorism and non-proliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.

Why work for us
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Training and development
LLNL’s Education Assistance Program offers support to qualified employees who wish to pursue an academic degree, job-related course work, or a certificate program in a field that is pertinent to the mission of the Laboratory. Support may include reimbursement for tuition, lab, and registration fees. Several on-site university programs make learning even more convenient for employees.

What we are looking for
We offer opportunities in a variety of fields in science and technology. We are home to a diverse population of professionals that includes staff and postdoctoral researchers.

Livermore, CA, USA

Number of employees

Eligible to work in the US

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round


Company info
7000 East Avenue
CA 94550
United States

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