Los Alamos National Laboratory Program Manager (Program Manager 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Program Manager for the W88 Alt 370/Conventional High Explosive Refresh (CHER)will manage the overall scope of work within the LANL-Production Agency (PA) for this weapons program and report directly to the Project-Program Director 5 for Defense and Power Systems Programs.

Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the LANL-PA primary interface with the W88 Alt 370/CHER

Federal Program Office (FPO) to develop, negotiate, and define program scope, in accordance with Laboratory, ADPSM, and IPM capabilities, capacities, and priorities, which balance the best interests of the customer, the program, and the institution as a whole.

  • Adhere to reporting and documentation requirements with the W88 Alt 370/CHER FPO and serve as the primary spokesperson to report status on a monthly and as-needed basis, manage expectations, and warn of upcoming issues to Laboratory senior manages and the FPO.

  • Provide leadership, tactical planning, and overall direction for execution of the given portfolio requiring multidisciplinary integration across multiple organizations.

  • Define work scope, schedules, budgets, and funding for program work, priorities, and performance milestones.

  • Negotiate, authorize, and direct the use of resources to meet work scope, schedules, budgets, and Laboratory goals.

  • Provide direction to direct and/or deploy staff in the planning, tracking, and execution of program plans.

  • Ensure integration with other Laboratory priorities and commitments, including safety, security, environmental compliance, quality, contractor assurance, and business imperatives.

  • Manage the interface with program, project, and line management to ensure performance, monitor, and track cost, schedule, and progress against milestones.

  • Identify potential portfolio risks, developing risk mitigation strategies and corrective actions, and recommending risk acceptance/avoidance for all aspects of the W88 Alt 370/CHER within the Production Agency.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Advanced knowledge of and consultative experience in all aspects of program or project management of technical or operational work, including defining work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones; developing cost, scope, and schedule baselines; reporting cost and schedule variance; and managing change control and risk.

  • Advanced knowledge of the technical or operational discipline of the assigned portfolio(s).

  • Advanced knowledge of regulatory and Laboratory requirements related to programmatic work of assigned portfolio(s).

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a program and provide direction to a project management team.

  • Ability to travel frequently (typically 2-3 times/month) to interface with external customers

  • Bachelor’s degree in science and/or engineering with a minimum of eight years of program or project management related experience.

Desired Skills:

  • Hands-on experience working in high-hazard nuclear and/or high-explosive facilities

  • Advanced engineering or science degree

  • Experience interacting with NNSA and/or other customers

  • Successfully demonstrated experience in interacting effectively with all levels of internal and/or external personnel; by building trust, gaining consensus, and resolving conflicts.

  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in developing and executing complex organizational interface agreements, funding cost models, or similar integration tools

  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills

  • Demonstrated experience managing a component or set of components through the 6.x process

  • Experience utilizing formal Earned Value Management System (EVMS) principles to help manage a project/program


Bachelor’s degree in science and/or engineering

Notes to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants MUST include a cover letter addressing each of the requirements (minimum and desired) noted in the job posting individually. Please copy, paste the minimum and desired qualification, and then add sub-bullets with your commentary.

Additional Details:

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.

*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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include ongoing drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

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

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 primarily responsible for monitoring the safety, security and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting research into new defense programs. It is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

The Integrated Program Management (IPM) Office is responsible for providing professional program management of Plutonium Science and Manufacturing (PSM) Directorate activities that support the nation’s defense, energy and security science needs. IPM is responsible for providing Directorate and Laboratory interface, negotiating program requirements and budgets with external customers, providing programmatic oversight of production, scientific operations and equipment installation, assuring that the Laboratory’s Production Agency commitments are met as well as resolving any priority conflicts that arise between programs.

Maximum Salary: 197000

Minimum Salary: 116900

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Swoboda, Roseanne

Organization Name: PSM-IPM/Integrated Program Management

Email: rswoboda@lanl.gov

Job Title: Program Manager (Program Manager 3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC61841