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Los Alamos National Laboratory Associate Laboratory Director for Weapons Production in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Help shape the future of national security for the next 30 years. This is an opportunity for an exceptional leader to oversee Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Weapon Production Directorate with over $900M in program budget authority and a staff of over 1400 engineers, scientists, and support staff. The directorate is projected to grow substantially over the next few years as the 30 pits/year mission is realized. Reporting the Deputy Laboratory Director for Weapons (DDW), the Associate Laboratory Director for Weapons Production (ALDWP) serves as a member of the Laboratory’s leadership team and leads the ALDWP Directorate responsible for production of weapon components at LANL.

Work performed within ALDWP provides war reserve (WR) components to the stockpile. These components include detonators and plutonium products such as pits. The directorate also provides support for stockpile surveillance, and support for nuclear non-proliferation programs. It is home to NNSA’s Plutonium Center of Excellence, which provides capabilities central to the advancement of Plutonium (and more broadly Actinide) sciences. A key challenge for the Directorate is the re-establishment of WR pit production capability at production rates that support the national stockpile program.

ALDWP leads production and operations in a number of facilities including PF-4 (a Hazard Category 2 nuclear facility), the Radiological Utility Office Building (RLUOB), and the LANL Detonator Production facility.

Given hazards ranging from nuclear criticality to explosive handling, excellent conduct-of-operations is essential. Over the past 3 years, significant advances have been made within ALDWP in the areas of conduct of operations and waste processing. Maintaining and improving excellence in these areas is required as we advance our production capability.

LANL requires an individual with exceptional technical, operational, and leadership skills to lead the expansion of an exceptional workforce and production capacity.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Leadership

  • Demonstrated successful experience as a senior leader of a large operationally complex technical organization delivering on a nationally significant program portfolio in a highly regulated environment, strategic and tactical planning and execution, customer service, product quality, continuous improvement , and management systems such as safety, security, configuration management, and conduct of operations.

  • Demonstrated success working across the NNSA complex, the broader Nuclear Security Enterprise, and industry to attract and retain engineering, conduct-of-operations and program management leadership and expertise.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage large engineering organizations and represent complex technical presentations to diverse audiences.

  • Ability to accelerate the transition of ALDWP to a mature production agency (PA) and improve coordination and partnership with the design agency (DA) as defined in the Defense Programs Business processes.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and resolve difficult DA/PA conflicts to develop robust production processes.

  • Ability to accelerate growth of engineering capabilities including the areas of requirement engineering and management, systems engineering, production engineering, and quality engineering.

Coalition Building

Demonstrated ability to build and grow both internal and external relationships with a variety of constituencies, other R&D organizations, high level managers, direct reports, and other employees.

Personal Leadership

Strong leadership characteristics including: integrity and accountability, fiduciary responsibility, commitment to quality and excellence in programs and operations, commitment to workforce diversity and human resource development. Demonstrated experience with leading change in a large organization.


Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of personnel, both internal and external to LANL.

Compliance and Security

Demonstrated experience developing and implementing plans or programs to meet or exceed contractual requirements, performance measures, regulations, and laws including the proven ability to do so while operating in a highly sensitive or classified environment.


Applicants must have the ability to obtain a DOE “Q” (Top Secret) clearance, which requires US citizenship except in very limited circumstances.

Desired Qualifications:

Government Relations

Successful record of working with local and state governments in communicating complex institutional messages.

Familiarity with Environmental Regulations

Given the nature of the waste streams encountered, familiarity with the contractual requirements that govern waste disposal is desirable.

NNSA Laboratory Familiarity

Demonstrated experience with DOE Safety and security orders, interfacing with Laboratory management and a broad knowledge of operations and activities at the NNSA laboratories.

Active Clearance

An active DOE “Q” (Top Secret) clearance.


Master’s degree in Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Material Science, or related technical field and a minimum of 15 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Note to Applicants: Along with your resume, please include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet the job requirements and desired skill

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year .

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. SeeDOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Salyer, Reyna Linda
Email reyna@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC89873
Organization Name ALDWP/Associate Laboratory Director For Weapons Production
Minimum Salary 220900
Maximum Salary 442900
Req ID: IRC89873
Category: Executive