Los Alamos National Laboratory Program Manager 4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Quality and Performance Assurance Division (QPA) provides contractor assurance, institutional quality (IQ) assurance (QA), performance management, and independent assessment services to customers throughout the Laboratory.

Individuals at this level have broad expertise or unique knowledge and use these skills to contribute to development of objectives and principles to achieve goals in creative and effective ways. Candidates for this position are viewed as experts in the field, work on unusually significant/unique/complex issues, and provide solutions through data driven analytical techniques where appropriate.


The QPA-IQ Program Manager 4 is a deployed resource, representing QPA-IQ, to the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) Project supporting a large, highly-visible, multi-billion dollar project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Program Manager will be reporting to the CMRR Project Manager for identified execution activities included in current project mission. The Program Manager is a member of the CMRR Integrated Project Management Team and will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and coordinating improvements applying to all functional areas.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining required quality, safety and security training and compliance, ensuring direct reports make these project values an integral part of every task, including taking steps to pause/stop work if continuing the job is unsafe or compromises quality or security.

  • Managing quality assurance services to maximize the effectiveness of risk-based, fully integrated project performance input.

  • Acting as the focal point and leader for project quality affecting culture and QA programs/documents.

  • Coordinating with project departments, functional management, and stakeholders to establish quality work execution standards.

  • Monitoring the project Quality Management System (QMS).

  • Serving as the interpretive entity for the application of 10 CFR 830 Subpart A Quality Assurance Requirements, DOE Order 414.1D Quality Assurance, Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA-1) Consensus Standard, and Los Alamos National Laboratory Quality Assurance Program.

  • Applying advanced knowledge of regulatory/enforcement requirements related to project quality expectations.

  • Interacting with all levels of internal and/or external personnel; earning trust, gaining consensus, and resolving conflict.

  • Scheduling/directing the conduct of audits, assessments, and surveillance to measure project programs, processes, and activities against contractual requirements and customer expectations.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the selected candidate has broad expertise or unique knowledge, and uses skills to contribute to development of objectives and principles and to achieve goals in creative and effective ways. The selected candidate will be viewed as an expert in the field. The individual works on unusually significant, unique or complex issues and provides solutions that are highly creative where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangibles. The selected candidate will create or use formal networks involving coordination among groups and other key decision makers. Regular contacts with other resources internal and external to the QPA-IQ organization are also typical to successfully execute responsibilities. The individual works under consultative direction toward predetermined long-range targets. Assignments are often self-initiated. The candidate is virtually self-supervisory, and uses independent judgment for determining course of action to accomplish objectives. The candidate uses wide latitude in the methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Expert-level experience in the development and implementation of quality assurance and control programs.

  • Expert-level knowledge of quality assurance regulatory, contractual, and technical documents(e.g. DOE O 414.1D, 10 CFR Part 830 Subpart A, and NQA-1-2008 and 2009); Addenda extensive experience reviewing procedures and other documents to verify quality requirements have been adequately addressed and flowed down as necessary.

  • Expert-level knowledge of construction QA activities supporting procurement and engineering products, including Commercial Grade Dedication (CGD) work packages and application of graded approach in an NQA-1 environment.

  • Expert technical knowledge of the application of engineering, procurement, and construction practices sufficient to comprehend specified QA requirements for these disciplines.

  • Expert-level experience participating in and supporting quality assessments, surveillance, and/or audits.

  • Expert-level experience and ability to ensure quality assurance requirements are met during the design, bid, build, and start-up of nuclear, non-nuclear, high-, moderate, and low-hazard facilities and equipment.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret various physical, mechanical, and electrical documents, blueprints, drawings, specifications, and schematics.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills and demonstrated experience interacting and effectively communicating with all levels of project and client personnel.

  • Proven record of customer-focused success and participating in cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems.

  • Facilitates collaboration and coordination to solve complex institutional performance challenges.

  • Proven ability to plan, prioritize, and schedule work to ensure completion in accordance with requirements, deadlines, and budget.

  • Currently or previously Lead Auditor qualified.

Desired Skills:

  • Active Lead Auditor Certification from a recognized professional organization.

  • Demonstrated experience as an M&O; contractor for the Department of Energy (DOE).

  • Nationally recognized quality engineering related certification such as American Society of Quality’s Certified Quality Engineer, Reliability Engineer, or equivalent.

  • Expert-level knowledge of project management methodologies and applying quality requirements to projects being managed through a formal project management process.


  • This position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and at least twelve years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. At this level, an advanced degree may be expected.

Notes to Applicants:

  • For full consideration, applicants must submit a resume and comprehensive cover letter that addressing each of the minimum requirements and desired skills.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (This 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.

*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. See DOE 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.

Term Position:Regular-status Laboratory employees applying for term-status positions may retain regular status with approval of the cognizant Principle Associate Director.

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 regards 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.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The Institutional Quality and Assurance (IQ) group supports the Laboratory by helping organizations ensure quality work is executed consistently and effectively across the institution. IQ includes internal assessments, supplier evaluations, NQA-1 audits, receipt inspection, suspect/counterfeit items, product certification, procurement quality, HLR inspections, quality support, quality program, document control/records and software quality functions. The IQ mission is to integrate quality requirements into engineering processes, validate that Policies and Programs meet regulatory and customer requirements, and to develop and manage electronic systems to support the QPA division institutional programs.

The CMRR Project will be completed as two subprojects: RLUOB Equipment Installation-Phase 2 (REI2) and PF-4 Equipment Installation (PEI). REI2 and PEI subprojects allow the immediate reuse of existing facilities, minimizing new footprint; specifically the REI2 subproject will maximize the use of the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB) and the PEI subproject involves repurposing lab space in PF-4.

Maximum Salary: 219800

Minimum Salary: 126700

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Gonzales, Andrea Jo

Organization Name: QPA-IQ/Institutional Quality

Email: andreag@lanl.gov

Job Title: Program Manager 4

Appointment Type: Term Appointment

Req ID: IRC62337